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Thursday, 21 June


June 22 in history Homepaddock

217 BC  Battle of Raphia: Ptolemy IV of Egypt defeated Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom.

168 BC  Battle of Pydna: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeated and captured Macedonian King Perseus, ending the Third Macedonian War.

1593 Battle of Sisak: Allied Christian troops defeated the Turks.

1633  The Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.

1680 Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter, was born  (d. 1754).

1713 Lord John Philip Sackville, English MP and cricketer, was born  (d. 1765).

1757 George Vancouver, British explorer, was born  (d. 1798).

1783  A poisonous cloud from Laki volcanic eruption in Iceland reached Le Havre in France .

1825  The British Parliament abolished feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America.

1844  North American fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon was founded at Yale University.

1845 Tom Dula, American folk character (Tom Dooley) was born (d. 1868).

1848  Beginning of the June Days Uprising in Paris.

1856  H. Rider Haggard, English author, was born  (d. 1925).

1887 Julian Huxley, British biologist, was born (d. 1975).

1893  The Royal Navy battleship HMS Camperdown accidentally rammed the British Mediterranean Fleet flagship HMS Victoria which sank taking 358 crew with...


World view Friday Your NZ

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


365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

At 10:07 tonight NZ time, the sun will be at its northern most point.

Tomorrow wont be noticeably lighter and we often get more wintry weather after the solstice than before it.

But day by day the days will be getting lighter and Im grateful for that.


Labour, David Parker and a property developer Your NZ

Questions are being asked over claimed favouritism involving Labour, David Parker and and a Queenstown based property developer. The story was broken by Politik:  Labour and the Queenstown property developer Questions are being asked about how a group of Labour MPs on a Select  Committee agreed to grant an exemption from the  overseas buyers  ban []


A healthy baby girl Homepaddock

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have a  daughter.

. . .The baby arrived at 4.45pm, weighing 3.31kg.

Ms Ardern said they were all doing well and thanked the team at Auckland City Hospital. . .

The safe arrival of a healthy baby is lovely news.


UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Paul Connett, Executive Director of the Fluoride Action Network, gives a detailed presentation on the potential harmful effects of water fluoridation on residents of New Zealand.


Got plans for the weekend? Three Peace Actions are ON! GPJA's Blog

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Kia ora Peace Friends,
We are bringing you three peace events on this weekend. One of those is organised by Auckland Peace Action, the other two (on Friday night and Sunday night) by other groups. Get along and support any and all of these awesome peace actions happening in Auckland: make some connections and be part of building a solid resistance movement to imperialism, militarism and fascism (and eat some yummy Middle Eastern food!).

USA: Love Not Hate (AKL edition)
Take action against US immigration fascism

When: Friday, 5pm
Where: US Embassy, 23 Custom Street, Auckland
Facebook event:

We have to do something, we have to stand up and show that what is happening in the USA is not something we support, but something we abhor. We plan to meet, as a community, including children, outside the US consulate in AKL, to make it clear that we support the Families Belong Together campaign.

All welcome. This is a child-friendly event, with a "We Are So Disappointed In You, USA" vibe, so please keep that in mind. There will be chalking, singing, speeches and flowers. If you are able to bring an LED candle that would be great.

Speakers include Tracey Barnett, Ricardo Menendez March, Kingi Snelgar, and Meg de Ronde. Thanks to the organisation of Mums 4 Refugees, and support from Amnesty International NZ....


Word of the day Homepaddock

Aphelion  the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid, or comet at which it is furthest from the sun; the point farthest from the sun in the path of an orbiting celestial body.


Thieves Target Popular Cars in Kapiti and Porirua Kapiti Independent

  Sgt Yvette McKelvie, Kapiti Mana Police, is warning car owners to keep tabs on their cars. She says: @Certain vehicles []


Sherlock Holmes watches the world's most libertarian sport [updated] Not PC

Well, not Sherlock Holmes himself, but his author, Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the following about the world's most libertarian sport, Australian football, after watching the 1920 VFL Grand Final between Carlton & Richmond:

I know something about football, for I played Rugby for the Edinburgh University and soccer with the Hampshire team. I have also seen the best American football. I consider the Australian game is magnificent, and from the spectacular point of view it is probably the best of them all.
    The man-handling element in the British game, when the play is fast and the scrums break up, make it an extraordinarily fine game, but in the Australian game there is such constant movement that it stands by itself. They have developed several points which are quite new to me. One of them is accurate passing by low drop kicking. I think that could be introduced into the English game with very great advantage, for it seems to be faster than any pass by hand. Another point that struck me was the extraordinary accuracy of the screw kickingthat is to say when a man running past the goal kicks a goal at right angles to his own line. I have never seen anything to touch the accuracy of both the punting and drop kicking.
    I should think that it is the most gruelling of any game I have seen, and yet the players appeared to be as fresh in the last quarter as they were in the first, and they were playing with just as much vigour.

World's most libertarian sport?
Football is not a game of rules, it is a collection of understandings. It must be so because a game that is played across a vast open field with an odd shaped ball by 36 players who are permitted to tackle and bump and maintain physical contact cannot be subject to rules. Its like suggesting that a war be subject to the off-side law.
   So, it is a collection of understandings that governs the behaviour of the players. They will not act dangerously and push an opponent in the back, they will not trip each other, they will not strike each other with intent, they will not throw the ball, they will not tackle each other above the shoulders. These notions are what we might call footballs truths. The umpire is only there to adjudicate when a player goes beyond these boundaries. True, there are rules around certain aspects of the game, like the scoring, but the essence of the game is not found in government.


John Trimmer Book Launch Kapiti Independent

Friday 22 June at 5.30pm. Kapiti College Canteen.  


Bright fireball explodes over South Island, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A bright fireball exploded over New Zealand's South Island at 09:15 UTC (21:15 local time) on June 18, 2018. Witnesses say the object was green or blue and brighter than the full moon. ''Anybody see the crazy lights and hear the boom at 9.15,''...... Read more


Rural round-up Homepaddock

Shearing the way to land ownership for record-breaking shearers Rowly and Ingrid Smith Kate Taylor:

Two record-breaking shearers are working their way into land ownership in Hawkes Bay. Kate Taylor reports.

What does a champion shearer do on his days off? His own shearing.

Rowland (Rowly) and Ingrid Smith bought their 28ha block at Maraekakaho in Hawkes Bay four and a half years ago. Hes still shearing full time but is starting a seasonal contracting business and the couple hope to buy more land in the future.

Their first few years as landowners saw all their spare cash put back into development including fencing and a new shearing shed.

Theyve since bought a 6000 square metre block down the road and plan to live there while they build a new house. . .

Drive for success in NZ apple and pear industry Georgia May Gilbertson:

Six young people from Hawkes Bay are on a mission to get others like them to join their world leading apple and pear industry.

They are part of a new nation-wide recruitment campaign to raise more awareness about all the new career opportunities for young Kiwis looking for a bright future with rewarding job prospects.

New Zealand Apples & Pears capability development manager Erin Simpson said job attraction is a far bigger challenge than job creation for the industry, as horticulture has, in the past, struggled to gain wider appeal. . .

Stock cartage rates likely to rise Nigel Malthus:

 Farmers will...


Thursdays quiz Homepaddock

Everyone is invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps us all will win a virtual chocolate cream sponge.


NZ Fluoride Feud: Paul Connetts Presentation to the New Zealand Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Paul Connett, Executive Director of the Fluoride Action Network, gives a detailed presentation on the potential harmful effects of water fluoridation on residents of New Zealand.


Poet Of The Week Kapiti Independent

Skiing on Lake Wanaka, by Richard Langston.   My uncle taught me to stand up on wooden planks speed []


Winstons dowry Homepaddock

The Taxpayers Union has launched a policy cost-tracker Winstons Dowry:

With Winston Peters now the Prime Minister, the New Zealand Taxpayers Union is launching a new policy cost tracking project to calculate the cost of Mr Peters and his Party in forming the coalition Government.

Marriage can be expensive, but normally the guests arent given a bill at the end of the ceremony, says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers Union.

In a political marriage, the cost of attendance can be significant. Winstons Dowry calculates the total cost to taxpayers from the demands of two-time coalition divorce, Winston Peters.

Our economic staff will be updating the Dowry regularly as new vanity projects, and pork-laden policies are announced.

So far, Winstons Dowry includes the Provincial Growth Fund, significant increases in spending for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Ministry of Defence, a vanity project re-branding of the Ministry for Children, and a tax credit for hot horses, among other initiatives.

As it stands, Winstons Dowry is already $5.1 billion or $2960 per New Zealand household.  With Mr Peters now the Prime Minister the figure could grow significantly in coming weeks. Taxpayers had better hold on tight.

Details of Winstons Dowry are available at


Mystery Medical Centre For Horowhenua Kapiti Independent

Veronica Harrod says one of the first projects for the new Horowhenua New Zealand Trust is a new medical centre []


Public servants paid too well? Homepaddock

The Taxpayers Union has some facts to dampen public sector wage claims:

Over the last 25 years, public sector incomes have grown much faster than the private sector, while public sector employees also enjoy a higher rate of sick leave costing taxpayers $173 million, according to Public Sector Wage Gap: The taxpayer-funded premium for working for the government, a new report weve released today.

If you work for the Government, you earn a third more on average, with taxpayers footing the bill.

This report seriously undermines the public sector unions claim for 9-15 percent pay hikes for their members. It blows to bits claims the last Government did not pay bureaucrats enough.

The public sector pay gap nearly doubled since the 1990s. If anything, a wage freeze, not hikes, would be fairer.

Left wing activists and unions would have the public believe that the public sector has undergone nine years of neoliberal hell. But this shows that to be a lie.

Public servants generally have better job security than those in the private sector.

They are also supposed to have a commitment to public service.

Both these factors ought to be reflected in lower pay rates than in the private sector.

Key findings of the report:

  • The gap in weekly earnings between the public and private sectors has grown since 1990, from 18.9% of private sector earnings to 34.6% in 2017. The gap peaked in 2010 at 38.4%. The premium is even higher for hourly earnings (as public sector employees, on average, work fewer hours).
  • If the Government had retained a public sector earnings premium of 20%, taxpayers would save $2.5 billion per year, or $1,445 per household in lower taxes or reduced Government debt.
  • The public sector took an average of 8.6 and 8.4 days of sick leave in 2016 and 2017, compared to the private sector average of 4.7 days per year.
  • If the public sector reduced its rates of sick leave to private sector levels, the taxpayers would save $173 million per year, or approximately $100 per household per year in lower taxes, or reduced Government debt.

Is there something in the public sector that causes more sickness, are public servants less healthy than those in the private sector or is there another explanation?


Dunedin: Gem of the South Kapiti Independent

Sandra Smiths advice for tourists to New Zealand and Kiwis on holiday, is to keep going south! Head for the []


Government puts House in urgency over fuel tax bill Your NZ

This may be largely unnoticed as most attention is on Trumps immigration fiasco and New Zealand media will likely be obsessed with a maternity hospital in Auckland. This is extraordinary, utter chaos on the other side, @chrishipkins and @PhilTwyford absolutely furious. #hopeless Todd Muller MP (@toddmullerBoP) June 20, 2018 URGENCY Hon CHRIS HIPKINS []


Jones praises himself, speaking as a Minister Your NZ

NZ First MP Shane Jones continues to impress himself with his eloquence. Im not sure how widely he is admired beyond a mirror. Getting anything serious or of substance out of Jones is nearly as hard as getting a straight answer from Winston Peters. And both of them may feel further unleashed now that Peters []


Quote of the day Homepaddock

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.  Jean-Paul Sartre  who was born on this day in 1905.


Canada legalises recreational cannabis Your NZ

Canadas Parliament has just passed a law that will legalise the use of recreational cannabis with a clear majority via a 52-29 vote in the Senate. Its been too easy for our kids to get marijuana and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana []


Trump defiance on immigration switches to backdown on splitting families Your NZ

Donald Trump has reacted to the furore over splitting immigrant families and caging children he is still blaming the Democrats, but at the same time saying he will take immediate action to stop illegal immigrant families from being split up. Fox News: Trump plans executive action to prevent family separations at border President Trump []


Ardern in hospital, Peters acting Prime Minister Your NZ

Winston Peters is now acting Prime Minister. Jacinda Ardern has gone into hospital so all going will will have her baby today or possibly tomorrow. A night time admission suggests natural labour has begun. I wish Ardern, her baby and her partner Gayford well. The PM and party leaders dont usually attend Parliament on Thursdays,. []


Media watch Thursday Your NZ

21 June 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 Thursday Your NZ

21 June 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 []


Meteor fireball arrives with a boom, lights up sky in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed World"

It glowed like a meteor, boomed like a meteor, and therefore - applying the duck test - was probably a meteor. Social media pages across the Upper Clutha lit up on Monday night with postings of an extraterrestrial object in the sky to the west of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Some said it was green, others that it was blue and many who did not see it heard the boom. First to post were Dave Tetzlaff and partner Kirsten Mann, from their Lake Hawea vantage point.

Wednesday, 20 June


World view Thursday Your NZ

Wednesday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world. Trump approval poll from RCP to 19 June: This closed up significantly after the Singapore meeting between Trump and Kim. It could easily spread again if the raging over the caging of kids on the US Mexico border continues.


June 21 in history Homepaddock

524  Godomar, King of the Burgundians defeated the Franks at the Battle of Vzeronce.

1307  Klg Khan enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan.

1528 Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empire Empress, was born (d. 1603).

1582  The Incident at Honn-ji  in Kyoto.

1621  Execution of 27 Czech noblemen on the Old Town Square in Prague as a consequence of the Battle of White Mountain.

1732 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German composer, was born  (d. 1791).

1734  In Montreal, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Anglique was put to death, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city.

1749  Halifax, Nova Scotia, was founded.

1768   James Otis, Jr. offended the King and parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.

1788   New Hampshire ratified the Constitution of the United States and is admitted as the 9th state in the United States.

1791 Robert Napier, British engineer, was born  (d. 1876).

1798   Irish Rebellion of 1798: The British Army defeated Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.

1813   Peninsular War: Battle of Vitoria.

1824   Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces captured Psara in the Aegean Sea.

1826   Maniots defeated Egyptians under Ibrahim Pasha in the Battle of Vergas.

1850 ...


365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

TV3 and several other channels disappeared from our Freeview box.

I tried various options with the remote which got me nowhere then did a search online.

That led to an 0800 number which gave me a recorded voice telling me they didnt do technical help and I should call the people who supplied the box.

A search through the folder that holds receipts and instruction books was fruitless so I got back online and found the supplier and another 0800 number.

It was answered within a few rings and a couple of if-you-want-this-push-thats later I was talking to a real human.

He talked me through a fix and within a very few minutes the lost channels were back again.

Dealing with technology faults and call centres usually does unpleasant things to my tension levels, but this time the help line really did help and Im grateful for that.


Word of the day Homepaddock

Genericise to make something behave generically.


Cr Jackies View Of The Scott Case Kapiti Independent

  KCDC Cr Jackie Elliot says though  theres a conviction in the Scott case (see story below), its been a []


Cr David Scott Fined in Sex Case Kapiti Independent

Kapiti Coast district councillor David Scott will be forced to vacate his council seat if his conviction for a sex []


Once Upon A Dance Highly Enjoyable Kapiti Independent

  Reviewer Ann  Hunt says this delightful two-hander by Jan Bolwell and Mona Williams is a thoroughly enjoyable hour of []


General Electric Loses Place in Elite Dow Jones Industrial Average "IndyWatch Feed War"

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. Via: Reuters: General Electric Co has lost its spot in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after over a century in the blue chip stock index, a new blow to a company that once towered over the American business landscape but is now struggling to retain []


QotD: "I know nothing more odious than to prevent a man from emigrating from his country..." Not PC

"Observe ... that if it is just and useful to allow every man to dispose of his labour, it is equally soand for the same reasonsto allow him to choose his residence. The one is a consequence of the other. I know nothing more odious than to prevent a man from emigrating from his country, who is there so wretched as to wish to quit it, in spite of all the sentiments of nature and the whole force of habits that bind him to it. It is moreover absurd..."~ Antoine Louis Claude Destutt de Tracy, from his 1817 Treatise on Volition
[Hat tip Stuart Hayashi]


Rural round-up Homepaddock

Farmers taking massive blow from disease cull to protect others Andrew Morrison:

This time last year few of us had even heard of Mycoplasma bovis and now this disease is proving devastating to a group of cattle farmers.

We have seen the heart-wrenching scenes of farmers loading otherwise healthy cows onto trucks headed for slaughter and have listened to the descriptions from farmers who have to wake up every morning to the silence of farms devoid of livestock.

Last month, the Government with industry support made the decision to pursue a phased eradication of this production-limiting disease.

Knowing the pain it was going to cause some farmers meant that it was not a decision made lightly.  These farmers are taking a massive blow to protect the 99 per cent of farmers who dont have Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) on their properties. We, as an industry, need to do everything we can to support these people both financially and emotionally. . . 

North Otago calves confirmed to have had M bovis -Conan Young:

A North Otago farmer who lost her farm after having to deal with a mystery illness has had it confirmed her calves that year had Mycoplasma bovis.

Susan McEwans story featured on RNZs Checkpoint and Insight programmes.

At that stage she suspected the reason she lost 600 of the 3000 animals she was raising to arthritis and pneumonia, was due to Mycoplasma bovis, but had no way to prove it. . . 

Farm exports growing Sally Rae:

A strong export performance and farm profitability results, despite a  variety of challenges, is testament to the resilience of farmers, the Ministry for Primary Industries latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report says.

That resilience provided confidence  farmers would be able to adapt to future disruptions such as climate change, adverse events or potential trade issues.

It was also reflected in MPIs medium-term outlook for annual...


Kiwi Legends Stir Public Response Kapiti Independent

Tina Cross says this is a truly great example for the rest of New Zealand to up the performing arts []

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