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971 In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han were soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops. The Southern Han state was forced to submit to the Song Dynasty, ending not only Southern Han rule, but also the first regular war elephant corps employed in a Chinese army that had gained the Southern Han victories throughout the 10th century.
1556 The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake, hit Shaanxi province, China. The death toll may have been as high as 830,000.
1570 The assassination of regent James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moraythrew Scotland into civil war.
1571 The Royal Exchange opened in London.
1579 The Union of Utrecht formed a Protestant republic in the Netherlands.
1719 The Principality of Liechtenstein was created within the Holy Roman Empire.
1789 Georgetown College, the first Roman Catholic college in the United States, was founded.
1793 Second Partition of Poland: Russia and Prussia partitioned Poland for the second time.
1813 Camilla Collett, Norwegian writer and feminist, was born (d. 1895).
The only sacred bond Ngai Tahu has is with its bank account. Writer Bruce Moon How much is enough? By Roger Childs Taxpayers will be incredulous to learn that on December 15 $370 million of their money was secretly handed over to two iwi. All credit to the Sunday Star Times for uncovering this and 
Can I help? sometimes comes with body language that suggests the offer is made grudgingly and the offerer is hoping the offered-to will say no.
But more often than not we get service with a smile and those offering to help do so with the desire to do what they can to assist.
Good service at any level makes life so much better for us all and Im grateful for it.
Bully Boy Tactics and bluffing: A Christchurch man has the answer! A Christchurch man has refused to pay several $65 parking fines instead, he sends photos of himself pulling the finger to the parking authority. Mike Reimer says he has had half a dozen $65 parking tickets over the past two or three years. 
A protest that may have gradually got out of hand may now result in Penny bright losing her house. Council seeks sale of Kingsland property to recover rates Auckland Council has asked the High Court to proceed with the sale of a Kingsland property owned by Ms Penny Bright to recover unpaid rates and penalties 
The Royal Queen, who prays every year on television to her God who forbids murder? Who said in her last speech in 2017 We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love there is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home ? does she ponder on the havoc, death & 
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Online reviews left about the Pop-up Globe performance said the move was 'disrespectful' and 'bastardising' Shakespeare and confusing for audiences. Other theatre goers have made their equally damning views direct to the venue's management...The reporter does not say how many in total were included in that count, but she is at pains to link "the debate about the use of Te Reo Maori" in the production at the Globe with "the debate about the use of Te Reo Maori" elsewhere which, she says, "has flared several times in recent months ... [including] former National Party leader Don Brash clashing with RNZ's Kim Hill on her Saturday morning show over the public broadcaster's use of Maori greetings on air."
One person wrote on social media the use of Te Reo in A Midsummer Night's Dream "spoilt what otherwise was a thoroughly entertaining and professional production." In a Facebook review, another disgruntled theatre goer said the decision to have the fairies speak in Maori meant only two people at his count could understand what was being said.
Jirg to make a squelching or splashing noise as when walking in wet shoes; to gurgle; to work clothes up and down in water; to reduce to the consistency of mud; to spill liquid, especially from a carried vessel; to shake violently up and down; a squelching sound; the sound made when walking over a quagmire or in new shoes.
Opposition spokesperson for climate change, Todd Muller: Climate change a significant challenge As we begin 2018, I have a request to my counterpart, Minister James Shaw, to ensure the significant climate change discussions that await both Parliament and communities all across New Zealand this year are anchored in sound evidence and supported by considered reflection, 
Plenty of quality tennis By Roger Childs The first grand slam in Melbourne is always a showpiece for the worlds best embarking on another year of professional tennis. It is a chance to see if the highly experienced stars are still up to it, and who are the up and comers. As usual there has 
Theres some interesting aspects about Jacinda Arderns pregnancy. but nothing that should be out of the ordinary. Governments have to be able to function without any member of the Cabinet, leader or otherwise, for a number of reasons. The biggest problem with it is media overload, and thats likely to continue unabated and will 
Rocket Lab have successfully launched a rocket to reach orbit from their Mahia Peninsula launch site in New Zealand yesterday. Rocket Lab has successfully reached orbit with the test flight of its second Electron orbital launch vehicle, Still Testing. Electron lifted-off at 14:43 NZDT from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Mhia Peninsula 
It is a major threat to native plants and some Councils list it as a pest species. Nicholas Boyack, Dominion Post, Saturday 20 January 2106 The popular South African import By Roger Childs Its flowering time for agapanthus and you may have the attractive white and purple-blue flowers in your garden at the moment. But 
Oxfam are releasing a report today on the wealth gap in New Zealand. but its not clear what point they are trying to make. RNZ: One percent of the population, 30 percent of the wealth New Oxfam research shows the richest one percent of New Zealanders earned 28 percent of all the wealth created last 
Treasury has made a coding error in its modelling of projected changes in child poverty.
The error in our microsimulation modelling affects our assessment of both the Families Package announced in December 2017 and comparisons with the previous Governments Family Incomes Package announced in May 2017, says the Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf.
The error likely led to an overstatement of the projected impact both packages would have on the reduction of child poverty.
It affects our projections of the number of children expected to be in low-income households, and the number to be lifted out of poverty*, by 2020/21, Mr Makhlouf says.
The extent of any change in the projections on child poverty is still being determined. Because the error applies equally to comparisons with the previous Governments Family Incomes Package, the estimated relative impact of the two packages is essentially unchanged, Mr Makhlouf says. . .
The projections were that Nationals package would lift around 50,000 children out of poverty and Labours would lift an additional 38,000.
The wording of that sentence is deliberate. Theres been a lot of congratulatory media releases from government supporters claiming it would lift 88,000 out of poverty when the truth is the lives of more than half of those would have been improved by National.
Im not saying only another 38,000. Even one person having an improved life is good, and 38,000 or whatever number Treasurys new projection comes up with, is better its just that the government cant take all the credit.
Beside giving parents more wont automatically make their childrens lives better.
As students in Wellington have found, being given $50 a week has led to rent increases which leave them with little or no extra money.
Even if parents dont face rises in the cost of necessities and any other adverse eventualities which impact on their incomes or outgoings; even if they dont waste a cent and even if they have superb budgeting skills, money isnt all that matters.
The causes of poverty are complex and no matter how good projections on numbers are, they are only projections that wont and cant take into account all the individual circumstances which leave families with too little for their needs.
"The new 'theory of justice' demands that men counteract the 'injustice' of nature by instituting the most obscenely unthinkable injustice among men: deprive 'those favoured by nature' (i.e., the talented, the intelligent, the creative) of the right to the rewards they produce (i.e., the right to life)and grant to the incompetent, the stupid, the slothful a right to the effortless enjoyment of the rewards they could not produce, could not imagine, and would not know what to do with... Why should those 'favoured by nature' be made to atone for is not an injustice and is not of their making?...."That this is regarded as a new theory, raises the question of where Mr Rawls's readers and admirers have been for the last thousand years."~ Ayn Rand, in an Untitled Letter -- "the most appropriate title ... would be 'I told you so." But since that would be in somewhat dubious taste, I shall leave it untitled.".
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1521 Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, opened the Diet of Worms.
1561 Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher, was born (d. 1626).
1771 Spain ceded Port Egmont in the Falkland Islands to England.
1788 George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (Lord Byron), English poet, was born (d. 1824).
1824 Ashantis defeated British forces in the Gold Coast.
1840 The New Zealand Companys first settler ship, the Aurora, arrived at Petone, marking the official commencement of the settlement that would eventually become Wellington.
1858 Beatrice Webb, English sociologist and economist, was born (d. 1943).
1889 Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.
1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.
1901 Edward VII was proclaimed King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
1905 Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution.
1906 SS Valencia ran aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130.
1924 Ramsay MacDonald became the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1927 First live radio...
Swimmers urged to stay clear of some Kpiti waterways The Kpiti Coast District Council is advising people to remain vigilant when swimming in Kpiti waterways. Bacteria levels are higher than usual in some of the districts waterways due to the long dry spell and streams and rivers flushing debris during rain events. While Kpiti beaches 
Things you discover now youre this age: 1. Wow. Theres a lot you dont know 2. Theres a lot more that other people dont know, even if they dont know it yet. 3. Its not your job to fix that. This Age 2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
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There has been a lot of foolery expressed over the supposed full and final Waitangi settlements made between the Crown and Ngai Tahu and Tainui. Stuff stirs this up with Ngi Tahu and Tainui receive $370 million in Treaty payment top-ups, with more to come Ben Thomas points that full and final included provisions for 
Perendale tops sale at $8,600 Sally Rae:
South Otago farmers Howie and Marion Gardner topped the South Island ram fair in Gore this week, selling a Perendale ram for $8600.
It was bought by the McKelvie family, from Wyndham, and Mike McElrea, from Edievale.
It was a solid sale for Perendales as 37 rams sold for an average of $2686. Richard and Kerry France, from Moa Flat, achieved the second-top price, $8500, for a ram sold to Fernvale Genetics.
Carrfields Otago genetics representative Roger Keach said the two-day sale was sound but not spectacular, with a lot of good rams not finding homes. . .
Increase in farm sales bucks trend Nicole Sharp:
Southland was one of two regions with increased farm sales at the end of 2017.
Data released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) showed for the three months ended November 2017, Southland had seven more farm sales than in the same period in 2016.
Taranaki was the only other region to record an increase, with one more farm sale for the three months ended November 2017 than for the same period in 2016.
REINZ rural spokesman Brian Peacocke said while the sales volume for the three-month period ended November 2017 showed a significant easing from the same period in 2015 and 2016, the figures, except for Southland and Taranaki, reflected the anticipated increase in volumes from the previous month of October for dairy, finishing and grazing properties. . .
Farmers Fast Five: David Clark Claire Inkson:
Where we ask a farmer five quick questions about farming, and what agriculture means to them. Today we talk to Mid Canterbury Proud Farmer David Clark.
1. How long have you been farming?
I grew up in the North Island and left school at the end of the 6th Form at a time when farming in New Zealand was very tough coming out of the 80s downturn. I was very fortunate to be employed by the Cashmore Family at Orere, SE of Auckland. It was during this time that my employers showed me by example that there was a future in farming if you worked hard and did things well, this set me on my course.
2. What sort of farming were you involved
My parents had been both Town Milk Dairy and Sheep and Beef Farmers an...
In New Zealand its fairly easy to get a safe abortion, but to do so its necessary to claim harm that may be more fabricated than fact. During the election campaign Jacinda Ardern said she would shift abortion out of the Crimes Act, something thats long overdue. She said there will be a majority of 
Kapitis expectations for 2018 By Jeremy Smith, our Local Govt. correspondent The biggest news for the district in 2017 was the opening of the Kapiti expressway, the first of the districts roading threesomes. But theres another two years of earth moving for the remaining two, Pekapeka to Otaki and Transmission Gully, with considerable economic benefits 
You can do this third quiz of 2018 by scrolling down to January 17. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers below. Who were the singles champions in the 2017 Australian Open? (Serena Williams and Roger Federer) The Treaty of Waitangi established a formal 
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The saving of time and the conquest of leisure have no meaning if we are not moved by the laugh of a child at play Simone de Beauvoir
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