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If youre interested in the end of the world, youre interested in New Zealand. If youre interested in how our current cultural anxieties climate catastrophe, decline of transatlantic political orders, resurgent nuclear terror manifest themselves in apocalyptic visions, youre interested in the place occupied by this distant archipelago of apparent peace and stability against the roiling unease of the day.
If youre interested in the end of the world, you would have been interested, soon after Donald Trumps election as US president, to read a New York Times headline stating that Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, considered New Zealand to be the Future. Because if you are in any serious way concerned about the future, youre also concerned about Thiel, a canary in capitalisms coal mine who also happens to have profited lavishly from his stake in the mining concern itself.
Thiel is in one sense a caricature of outsized villainy: he was the only major Silicon Valley figure to put his weight behind the Trump presidential campaign; he vengefully bankrupted a website because he didnt like how they wrote about him; he is known for his public musings about the incompatibility of freedom and democracy, and for expressing interest as though enthusiastically pursuing the clunkiest possible metaphor for capitalism at its most vampiric in a therapy involving transfusions of blood from young people as a potential means of reversing the ageing process. But in another, deeper sense, he is pure symbol: less a person than a shell c...
1339 The Milanese army and the St. Georges (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clashed in the Battle of Parabiago.
1547 Edward VI was crowned King of England.
1810 Andreas Hofer, Tirolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleons forces, was executed.
1835 Concepcin, Chile was destroyed by an earthquake.
1866 Carl Westman, Swedish architect, designed the Stockholm Court House and Rhsska Museum, was born (d. 1936).
1872 New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art opened.
1873 The University of California opened its first medical school.
1887 Vincent Massey, Governor-General of Canada, was born (d. 1967).
1901 The legislature of Hawaii Territory convened for the first time.
1901 Louis Kahn, American architect, designed the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Bangladesh Parliament Building, was born (d. 1974).
1902 Ansel Adams, American photographer and environmentalist, was born (d. 1984).
1906 Gale Gordon, American television and radio actor, was born (d. 1995)....
What did Israels Prime Minister mean by his statement about the Iranian threat To our world? Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation. In his first 
one of his (Trumps) first acts upon taking office was to do away with restrictions imposed by his predecessor on the availability of firearms to people with mental illness. Danielle McLaughlin, Sunday Star Times 18 February 2018 Its in the constitution By Roger Childs The names are a litany of school gun tragedies: Columbine, 
For those who are interested and have a few hundred dollars to spare Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak in Auckland in May. AN EVENING WITH HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON Free from the constraints of running, Secretary Clinton will share the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party 
Labour have jumped up to 48% in the latest 1 News/Colmar Brunton poll. National has slipped a bit with Greens and NZ First struggling. Labour 48% (up 9) National 43% (down 3) Greens 5% (down 2) NZ First 3% (down 2) Maori Party 1% TOP 1% That will shake up the parties and pundits. Its 
As signalled, Mark Mitchell has confirmed he is putting himself forward fort the leadership of the National Party. This will put him up against Amy Adams, Simon Bridges and Judith Collins. Mitchell is 49, and has been the MP for the Rodney electorate since 2011 after taking over from Lockwood Smith. He has some interesting 
Council let $100 million go down the plughole to please developers. Ratepayers suffer the consequences By Veronica Harrod, Horowhenua correspondent Rates are set to skyrocket in Horowhenua with plans by Horowhenua District Council to spend up to $52.5 million on new waste water systems and $54.3 million on water systems at Waitarere, Hokio, Ohau, Manakau 
The goal at start of week was to make it to the semi-finals, Federer said. Its unbelievable to be number one again. This is one of the best weeks of my life. On top of the world By Roger Childs With his victory over-night in the Rotterdam Open, Roger Federer displaces Rafal Nadal as world 
Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is standing for leader of the National Party.
I posted the maiden speeches of the other three candidates on Saturday.
Here is Marks:
MARK MITCHELL (NationalRodney) : I stand before you today filled with pride at being given the opportunity by the people of Rodney to represent them in this, our 50th Parliament, and I am honoured to be addressing the House for the first time. Mr Speaker, I congratulate you on your reappointment to the high office of Speaker. You have already been recognised across this House for your sound judgment and fairness, and I look forward to being under your guidance in this Chamber.
Mr Speaker, you have been Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Tourism, and Minister for International Trade during your career, and oversaw the producer board reform that ultimately led to the creation of Fonterra and Zespri Group Ltd. You launched our successful 100% Pure marketing campaign, which was a global success. But perhaps most important, you were the original instigator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You are also renowned for your singing voice, and your annual concert in Rodney is an event constituents look forward to every year. I have made a commitment to continue with this concert, and although I feel my own voice is pretty good I have been assured by those closest to me that I need to find another way of keeping that tradition alive.
I live in rewa, in the heart of the Rodney electorate. Rodney is a wonderful part of New Zealand, stretching from Albany Heights, Wainui, and Dairy Flat in the south, to Warkworth, Matakana, and Leigh in the north. We have been blessed with the beautiful Hibiscus and Kowhai coasts, stunning regional parks like Shakespear Regional Park, Wenderholm, and Mahurangi, and we are home to two marine reserves, one of which, Goat Island, was the first in New Zealand. The new Northern Motorway has brought Auckland closer to Rodney, and our towns in the south of the electorate are experiencing strong growth while still retaining their unique character. Further north, our communities are more rural. Some have become famous, like Phoi for its pub and cheese factory, or Waiwera for its geothermal hot pools. We have the charm and history of Warkworth, world-class wine trails, great schools, strong communities, and a real pride in our beautiful part of New Zealand.
However, there are challenges ahead and I am focused on finding solutions that will allow us to develop our infrastructure and services in step with our population growth. This includes the Phoi to...
Have you written your submission yet supporting David Seymour's bill, which supports your right to voluntary euthanasia -- his End of Life Choice Bill?
Submissions close on March 6, so get going. (No excuses! It's not hard to write one.)
Here, as today's guest post, is Mark Hubbard's:
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If you think our meat is premium, export boss Sam McIvor has a wake-up call. Fake meats and other lab-grown alternatives are threatening our farms.
The Stuff series Meat under heat has led to a robust debate among farmers. I speak with farmers every day and they tell me that while they understand the scale of challenges outlined in the series, they are excited about the future and the opportunities which lie ahead. Farmers certainly do not have their heads in the sand.
They can see for themselves the rise of alternative proteins and I know a number, like me, who have tried an Impossible Burger and other similar products. I consider myself a bit of a meat connoisseur and cooked well, the Beyond Burger was a realistic substitute.
Thats why weve invested in a large research project to better understand the implications of alternative proteins. Early conclusions indicate that alternative proteins are likely to become major competition. It also showed, however, that the same forces driving investment and demand for alternative proteins, including concerns about industrial (feedlot) farming; health concerns arising from the use of hormones and antibiotics; environmental and animal welfare concerns, offer an opportunity to differentiate New Zealand red meat internationally. . .
The global market for New Zealands meat exports and exporters is undergoing quite a rapid change, judging by movements in the industrys latest quota entitlements and market destinations. The differences between exporters and markets over a ten and five year period provide an interesting snapshot of the relative position of the meat companies and the impact of changing market dynamics.
A comparison of quota entitlements over 10 years illustrates some sizeable changes in market share, but also considerable industry rationalisation. A number of smaller exporters have either disappeared or been absorbed by a larger company, but for the most part the same companies still dominate the industry, but with some noticeable changes in share. . .
"Churchill was the last British Prime Minister to have a serious influence on global events, and his actions during World War II [and across his sixty-year political career] helped to end this influence...
...."Late in life, Churchill became depressed by the fact that he would leave Britain very much worse than he found it. He had been born into the richest and most powerful imperial nation in the world. By the time he died, the wealth had largely gone and the empire was largely going and with it Britain as a great power. Many factors and many people were responsible for this, and Churchill was one of them.
...."[V]ictory [in WWII] was personified in the being of Churchill himself. The fact that victory came later and at higher cost than it could have without him has always been obscured by the very fact of victory itself...
...."The British people needed Churchill to be great, the embodiment of their desires and beliefs. They needed to believe that it was indeed they, the British people, who were responsible for victory. Within living memory, Britain had been the greatest power on earth, and the British did not believe that this could have appreciably changed by the 1940s. So it seemed natural that they must have won the war, albeit with a little help from others...
...."The fact that Britain was no longer the most powerful nation took decades for its people to adjust to.
...."In the deepest of ironies, it was Hitler who made Churchill a historical figure... He would have ended his political career in 1929, as [a failed] Chancellor of the Exchequer just as his father had. He would have been a minor figure in British political history, and would be largely forgotten today. It is because of Churchills role in World War II, and because he wrote so much of the history himself, that we remember Churchill..."
~ Nigel Knight, concluding his book 'Churchill: The Greatest Briton Unmasked'
|As manufactured credit balloons, savings disappear and the marginal productivity of debt collapses|
"The Austrians may have had it right all along: ...ineffective central bank policies, which cause interest rates to remain too low for too long, resulting in excessive credit creation, speculative economic bubbles and lowered savings..
~ Lance Roberts from his post (and tweet) 'There Will Be No Economic Boom'
The NZ Councils of Midwives says midwifery is in crisis:
Midwives are appealing to the new Government to act urgently to deal with the unfolding crisis in New Zealands midwifery workforce.
The New Zealand College of Midwives warned the previous Government over many years that pay for community midwives was failing to keep pace with inflation and the level of work required of midwives. Meanwhile, under-resourcing leading to chronic under-staffing was undermining the morale of midwives working in our hospitals and maternity units.
We are hearing an increasing number of stories from around the country of severe shortages as midwives continue to leave the profession, says Karen Guilliland, Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives. We can now see a pattern confirming that this is a service in crisis, she says.
Mrs Guilliland says this is the result of years of under-funding in New Zealands maternity service however the College is heartened that the new Government has decided to enter negotiations to ensure pay equity for mental health support workers, which, like midwifery is a mainly female workforce.
The College began fighting for pay equity for midwives three years ago when we began court action under the previous Government. This action led to an agreement between the College and the Ministry of Health to design a new funding model for community-based (LMC) midwives. We have presented our recommendations to the Ministrys leadership team and the new Minister of Health. At this stage, we have no certainty that the recommendations from the co-design will be accepted, or funded, she says
Mrs Guilliland is urging the new Government to reassure midwives that they will not be disappointed.
The College is increasingly concerned that every day we wait, the sustainability of the midwifery profession continues to be negatively affected and this in turn has a significant impact on womens access to maternity services. More and more women will be unable to find a midwife if this crisis is not urgently addressed.
Mrs Guilliland says the new Government has an opportunity to resolve this and the College and its members cannot highlight the urgency of this situation enough.
We need the Ministry and the Minister to act immediately, she says.
(This is Stephanies final article in the series. Scroll down to February 14, 15, 16 and 18 to see the earlier ones.) Dysfunctional DoC By Stephanie McKee This whole raruraru (trouble) in Whitianga and beyond, demonstrates that the Department of Conservation is dysfunctional, and treats local residents and local government alike with arrogance. The public 
Journalists use the Official Information Act extensively to try and get information out of national and local government sources, so know as well as anyone about the problems with the way the OIA is being abused by politicians. Todays ODT editorial looks at The perils of secrecy Keeping secrets from the public or as 
Details from the Mueller report on what was allegedly done from Russia to disrupt the US elections. Bloomberg: Mueller Shows How Russians Sowed Discord With Dirty Tricks The sweeping conspiracy detailed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller exposes the sophistication of Russian efforts to undermine U.S. democracy using social media and how vulnerable the U.S. remains 
Retired politicians who are now outside the pressures and responsibilities of Parliament can give some good insights into topical issues. The last National Government was strongly criticised, with good reason, for abusing the principles of the Official Information Act. Labour has already been criticised by a number of journalists for the disingenuous withholding of information. 
Fascinating hand-painted animation By John Granville This can only be seen on quite small screens in boutique cinemas such as the Waikanae. It is the first fully painted animated film in history. Seven-years in the making, it is primarily by Polish couple Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The final days of the master It is 
To most people the oceans are seen as vast expanses of water. It is difficult to perceive the state of what lies beneath the surface. Robert as pointed out a comment by RedLogix at The Standard (one of the commenters to watch out for for thoughtful comments): Oh and on a quite different note; the 
Donald Trump has been busy on Twitter over the weekend. From Gezza: The last 24 hours of twitter thoughts from Trump: Thank you to KenStarr, former Independent Counsel, Whitewater, for your insight and powerful words on FISA abuse, Russian meddling etc. Really great interview with @MariaBartiromo Great Pollster John McLaughlin now has the GOP up 
It may be worth having a discussion here about what sort of posts are appropriate, after a number of complaints about the content of posts. Complaints include claims that: some posts are boring, that they raise political issues that some people disagree with, they criticise politicians and ex politicians that some people think are beyond 
19 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 
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Ive known a few doomsday preppers theres even a TV show about them, and its part of the Mormon ethos and theyve always seemed tawdry and lacking in forethought, for all their obsession with an apocalyptic future. Lets stockpile a 5 year supply of dried beans! Make sure you get the really good camping gear from REI! Its as if they can sort of vaguely imagine a transition into chaos, but rather than adapting to it or building new cooperative institutional structures, they plan to ride it out by burrowing into their basements and chowing down on stockpiled canned goods until the crisis is over and they can re-emerge into their nice suburban tract home and resume watching TV. Armageddon will be a blip that will briefly derail their workday, but wont perturb them much as long as theyve mastered the art of canning pickles.
And then there are the macho American rednecks who fantasize about the fall of civilization, because then there will be no one to tell them that they cant haul out their armory and run around shooting people in fact, the path to glory and power will consist entirely of racking up the most kills, gunning down the weak and becoming the chief warlord. The more realistic end-of-the-world novels (The Postman comes to mind) recognize that the real danger that follows catastrophe is that kind of asshole, who will compound the problems and demolish the emerging social structures needed for humanity to recover. Although, I dont know maybe the endlessly repetitious, boring kill-and-be-killed chaos of The Walking Dead is more realistichumans might just end up wandering from settlement to settlement, blowing them up and scattering violence further, hacking and slashing until blessed extinction comes.
Theyre all thinking small, though. If youre an obscenely wealthy Silicon Valley vampire, you have to dream big and wallow in the grand deadly visions of this book, The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State. Mark OConnell summarizes the book.
It presents a bleak vista of a post-democratic future. Amid a thicket of analogies to the medieval collapse of feudal power structures, the book also managed, a decade before the inventi......
197 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeated usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
1473 Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer, was born (d. 1543).
1594- Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland,Sigismund III of the House of Vasa was crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.
1674 England and the Netherlands signed the Peace of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfered the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it was renamed New York.
1743 Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, was born (d. 1805).
1807 Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr was arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.
1847 The first group of rescuers reached the Donner Party who had been snowbound. Some of the party resorted to cannibalism to survive.
1861 Serfdom was abolished in Russia.
Thomson Reuters FoundationVery intense tropical cyclone Gita is forecast to strike New Zealand as a tropical storm at about 15:00 GMT on 20 ...Thomson Reuters Foundation... says many aid organizations hid misconduct Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked Tonga braces as powerful Cyclone Gita bears down Original. Don't give up on tackling disaster risk in war zones - U.N ...and more
On my morning walk I happened to be passing the entrance to Burnside Homestead as four cyclists came out and stopped to take a photo.
I offered to take one of all of them and in the process got into conversation with them.
They were very enthusiastic about the Alps2Ocean cycleway and the hospitality theyd received at Burnside.
The cycleway has created lots of jobs and brings a lot of people who would never have travelled from Mount Cook to Oamaru Harbour without it.
Its boosting the local economy and also providing exercise opportunities for locals and Im grateful for that.
(To read the earlier episodes scroll down to February 14, 15 and 16.) Nobody seemed to know but DoC By Stephanie McKee DoC managers were utterly secretive about the storage of 23,000 kgs of 1080 bags in the centre of Whitianga town. Very few knew about this storage, as far as we know not the 
Solwara 1 is the worlds first seabed mine to get a license to operate. It will set a worldwide precedent if the project does go ahead. There are strong indications that microbial life is widespread at depth in the crust of the Earth, just as such life has been identified in numerous ocean vents. This 
An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.
H L Mencken.
We travelled many miles for our homeland we have lost, to make a new beginning beneath the Southern Cross. Scottish balladeer, Steve McDonald Scottish heritage alive and well Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs Twelve pipe bands playing in Raumati were a reminder of New Zealands proud Scottish heritage. Saturday 17 February saw 
Theres always a moment when you see how youve bent yourself into a shape that fits the people youve known & you see how that has to stop & though its not always easy, thats exactly where you begin to find out who youre meant to be. Unbend 2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.
Thomson Reuters FoundationVery intense tropical cyclone Gita is forecast to strike New Zealand as a tropical storm at about 18:00 GMT on 20 ...Thomson Reuters Foundation... says many aid organizations hid misconduct Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked Tonga braces as powerful Cyclone Gita bears down Original. Don't give up on tackling disaster risk in war zones - U.N ...and more
Are you bogged mate? Mary OBrien Rural:
I spend a lot of time raising awareness about spray drift but recent events have compelled me to talk about something that disturbs me even more than spray drift.
I have spent my whole life working in rural and remote Australia and always around country blokes; working with them, for them, and beside them. My father was one, my brother is one, and most of my dearest friends are country blokes. I have always worked in male dominated occupations and that certainly doesnt make me special but I believe it has given me a good understanding of rural men and it has definitely given me a deep and profound respect for them.
So when I see country blokes facing challenges like never before, I need to say something because I know none of them will. Im talking about rural mens mental health and more specifically, rural male suicide. Yes, that mongrel black dog that sneaks in when you least expect it, grabs all of your rational thoughts, buries them somewhere you cant find them, and without you or those close to you noticing, it gradually pulls you into a hole, a bog hole. . .
Taupo Beef and Lamb has begun exporting its meat range to Japan.
The company, established by farmers Mike and Sharon Barton, sent the first container load of product in December which went on sale at five high end supermarkets east of Tokyo in mid-January.
The response from shoppers so far had been great, said Mike Barton at a field day at Onetai Station.. .
NZ Ireland collaboration confirmed Nicole Sharp:
Similarities between Ireland and New Zealand are leading to collaborations on research and development in the dairy industry.
Southland dairy farmers Tim Driscoll and Tony Miles travelled to Ireland recently with DairyNZ research and development general manager David McCall and AgResearch scientist Jane Chrystal.
The aim of the visit, which had funding from the two organisations and the Ministry for Primary Industries, was to cement the collaboration between the two countries.
Mr Driscoll said both countries were similar in climate which made them ideal for comparisons in research and d...
This one is set to become a classic in the annals of ufology! secureteam10 Published on Feb 16, 2018 You Need To Hear These FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling New evidence offers great detail of the bizarre event and provides unprecedented insight into how such a unique incident is 
The post You Need To Hear This: Epic Radar/Visual/Multiple Witness UFO Event appeared first on Uncensored Publications.
Simon Bridges stood for the deputy leadership of the National Party after John Key stepped down in December 2016, and failed. He has now put himself forward for the leadership position being left vacant by Bill English. RNZ: National leader vote: Bridges touts generational change Simon Bridges has made a pitch for leader of the 
Jacinda Ardern has taken celebrity politics to a whole new level since. This began before she became Labour leader and Prime Minister. Her media management had already included celebrity style magazine coverage. That has continued, with the latest example being Ardern featuring in a US magazine, Vogue. In general the New Zealand media has both 
The indictments announced this week by the FBI special investigation into Russian interference into US elections have shown that probably some Russians did try to interfere in to 2016 election. This would hardly be a surprise, both the US and Russia have long records of interfering in the democracies of other countries. So the hoax 
National support stayed remarkably high throughout their three terms in government, barely changing when John Key stood down and Bill English took over. This was partly due to the performance of National voters tend to prefer steady, sound and predictable governance and partly due to the weakness of the Opposition, especially Labours failure 
Published in NBR, Friday, Feb 9,
but behind a paywall:
Why child poverty targets make no sense
The new coalition government intends to set targets to reduce the proportion of children living in low income homes, and impose them on future governments. It's feel-good stuff from a fledgling Prime Minister who's made fighting child poverty her own personal crusade.
It's feel-good but definitely fraught, and probably futile and foolish. Let me explain by way of example.
My family is 2,2 (two adults, two dependents). That's the coding description used in the Household Incomes Report, the official source of child poverty statistics.
For argument's sake, our income could be $100,000. Because, according to the report, "... a larger household needs more income than a smaller household for the two households to have similar standards of living... " a process called equivalisation is applied. That means $100,000 is scaled down to $50,000 for comparative data purposes.
Equivalised incomes provide the median from which thresholds are set. Children in poverty are usually deemed to live in households with incomes under the 60 percent threshold of the equivalised median.
Your eyes are glazing over.
But the point to make is that in 2017 our 2,2 family reduced to a 2,1 group after 1 left home to study in Dunedin. Immediately we got 'richer' due to the equivalisation process artificially bumping up our income.
In fact we got 'poorer' because 1 in Dunedin required more financial support than when part of our 'official' household.
The current statistical measurement does not capture what is actually happening in our household. We apparently got richer but actually got poorer. Of course this is just a one-off example of how surveyed statistics can't accurately measure what is happening in individual households.
At the macro level, let me pose a circumstance whereby children in poverty could also apparently get 'richer'.
The ageing population and reducing home ownership means that increasingly, more elderly will rely solely on Super. That means more will be poorer. As they move into statistical ranks of poverty, fewer children can occupy those ranks (remembering all measured poverty in New Zealand is relative).
The Household Incomes Report - a meticulous and honest piece of work - highlights how various circumstances can throw up misleading outcomes:
"...in times of good economic growth with rising real wages, rising employment and reducing unemployment, median income (and therefore the poverty lines which are simply a proportion of the median) can rise more quickly than the incomes in the lower parts of the income distribution. In these circumstances a REL measure would report increasing poverty even if those in low-income household...
The seventh quiz of 2018 can still be attempted by scrolling down to February 14. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers below. Which two American states feature in the titles of the following songs: Sweet Home Alabama, Hotel California. What is the family 
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.
What makes heroic? To face simultaneously ones greatest suffering and ones highest hope. Friedrich Nietzsche
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The West Coast had around 9000 lightning strikes as a thunderstorm and heavy rain worked its way up the South Island. Rain earlier in the day caused a number of slips on State Highway 6, including between Whataroa and Haast, Westport and Greymouth, and at Barrytown, but the road is now open. MetService forecaster Cameron Coutts said most of the lightning strikes were out to sea. He said the the heavy rain warning for Buller was lifted at 5pm, but the West Coast was in for more heavy rain on Sunday, particularly around Fiordland. The downpours came ahead of warnings of gales and heavy rain from Cyclone Gita, expected to make its way to New Zealand early next week.
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