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Monday, 12 February

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

February 13 in history Homepaddock

711 BC Emperor Jimmu, Japanese emperor, was born (d. 585 DC).

1322 The central tower of Ely Cathedral fell on the night of 12th-13th.

1462 The Treaty of Westminster was finalised between Edward IV of England and the Scottish Lord of the Isles.

1503 Disfida di Barletta challenge between 13 Italian and 13 French knights near Barletta.

1542  Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VII , was executed for adultery.

1575 Henry III of France was crowned at Rheims and married Louise de Lorraine-Vaudmont on the same day.

1633 Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.

1668 Spain recognised Portugal as an independent nation.

1689 William and Mary were proclaimed co-rulers of England.

1692 Massacre of Glencoe: About 78 Macdonalds at were killed early in the morning for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange.

1728 John Hunter, Scottish surgeon, was born (d. 1793).

1743 Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist, was born (d. 1820).

1766  Thomas Robert Malthus, English economist and scholar, was born (d. 1834).

1815 The Cambridge Union Society was founded.

1835 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, was born ( d 1908).

1849...

19:26

Pizzagate Rabbithole: Who Feeds The Pigs? Uncensored Publications

Food for thought: You may never eat sausage again after this. By Professor Doom A recent suicide leads me to write again of things besides higher education, and seeing as its Friday, lets have a little thought experiment: Mark Salling committed suicide and his cause of death was asphyxia by hanging, coroners report reveals This []

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18:00

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

Time for a playdate? the email said.

Its not an invitation adults routinely receive and the world would be a happier place if we did.

I accepted and met two friends this afternoon.

We chatted, we laughed, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch and Im grateful for that.

 

 

15:21

Beachies Facing Huge Bills Kapiti Independent

Waikawa rates may soar by $1500 under draft 20-year plan By our Horowhenua correspondent, Veronica Harrod Residents of Waikawa Beach have been told their rates could increase by $1500 annually if Horowhenua District Council proceeds with a scheme to provide water and waste water essential infrastructure. Historically, septic tanks and a combination of bore water []

15:20

Octavius Hadfield On Screen Kapiti Independent

A Rangatira every inch of him. Maori tribute to Octavius Hadfield Production beginning shortly! By Roger Childs Octavius Hadfield, was the son of a rich English merchant, and he came to New Zealand in 1839 as a missionary aged 25. His life to that time had been dogged by illness, and it was uncertain how []

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Gubbertushed buck-toothed; having large, projecting teeth.

10:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Retiring from farming not simple Sally Rae:

Dont leave it too late.

Thats the message from Rhodes Donald, from Polson Higgs Wealth Management in Dunedin, who has completed a study of retired farming couples.

He advised other farming couples to begin the process at least five years before they thought was the right time.

Now that his work was written up, it was ready to be distributed to anyone that was interested and he also wanted to speak about it to groups. . . 

Government warning: Farmers ignore concerns about meat at their peril Madison Reidy:

Besieged by celebrity vegetarians, our agriculture industry is taking up the challenge of finding alternatives to old-style farmed meat. Madison Reidy investigates, in Part 2 of our three-week series.

Deep in the Rangitikei, Richard Morrison and his livestock seem safely tucked away from threats. But he, like all meat farmers, is being confronted by a laboratory-grown blight that he cannot fence out.

Bullish new companies are putting meat mimic products on supermarket shelves,  challenging one of New Zealands most valuable export industries and forcing farmers to rethink their future. The options are popularising a consumer movement away from slaughtered food, causing demand for beef and lamb to drop.

Owners of 150-year-old family farms like Morrisons are shaking in their gumboots, hoping the worlds red-meat cravings will continue. . . 

Anzco chairman named to replace Sir Graeme Harrison Brittany Pickett:

Kazuhiko (Sam) Misonou will take over as chairman of New Zealand food company Anzco Foods, replacing company founder Sir Graeme Harrison who is retiring from the board at the end of March.

Misonou joined the Anzco board in 2013 and brought with him international business experience. Previously he worked in beef processing and feedlot operations in Australia, had six years in the pork industry in the United States and worked extensively in the meat industry in Japan.

In 2016, Misonou became president of Yonekyu I...

09:52

Lets not do this anti-TPPA meetings begin tonight Your NZ

The Government is pushing ahead with the CPTPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). It is due to be signed by eleven countries in Chile in early March. Opposition to the TPPA has been has been much more muted now that Labour is in Government, and even the Greens continued opposition seems token. But anti-trade activist Jane Kelsey is []

08:40

Thank you, Thomas Edison Not PC




Adam Mossoff reminds us it's a good time to raise a glass to the great inventor whose new ideas changed lives:
Today is Thomas Edison's birthday! With his patented innovations, he contributed to massive transformation in human life. Celebrate by turning on a light, listen to recorded music, watch a movie, talk on telephone; just a few of the technologies he invented or perfected.
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08:17

Flood-prone Kapiti Kapiti Independent

Quarter of a billion dollars to fix all Kpitis flood problems By Alan Tristram Kpitis Mayor, K Gurunathan, says its sobering to know that more than a quarter of the districts properties are a risk of being flooded. And KIN says that its even more sobering to note the long-term costs could be a quarter []

07:46

Kapiti Womens Triathlon Coming Up Kapiti Independent

This iconic Kapiti event first began in November 1983, 35 years ago! KWT website  Encouraging participation and enjoyment  By Roger Childs The 2018 running of this iconic Kapiti sporting event will take place on Sunday 25 February. The Kapiti Womens Triathlon (KWT) promotes participation for all women and girls, with options suitable for all ages []

07:00

Principals put politics before professionalism and pupils Homepaddock

The Principals Federation is putting politics before pupils:

The scrapping of legislation that enabled the establishment of charter schools in New Zealand is welcomed by principals, said Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals Federation (NZPF).

Charter schools are an idea imported from the United States of America and are intended to privatise public education.

Charter schools have no place in New Zealands education system, said Cormick. The former Governments efforts to establish them as part of their overall privatisation agenda, did not get the traction they intended, despite funding the schools at a considerably higher level than public schools, he said.

Charter, or partnership schools which is what theyre called in New Zealand, were not set up to privatise education and the former government didnt have a privatisation agenda.

Its aim was to cater for those who dont fit the standard school system, and it is working for most of the pupils which is more than can be said for conventional schools.

We welcome the new Governments direction to support a high quality public education system and the funding freed up by abolishing charter schools will help, said Cormick. . . 

Someone speaking for a professional body should be professional not political.

It oughtnt matter that these schools are different, what does matter is that they are making a positive difference to their pupils.

Act leader David Seymour, who instigated the establishment of the schools organised a march against the threatened closures yesterday.

Melissa Carrs son, 15, attends Vanguard Military in Albany. She was out waving a placard saying Save our Schools.

Hes only been at the school three weeks and hes already thriving and dreaming big.

Staff believed in the children and encouraged them to believe in themselves, she said.

These kids dont fit into the mainstream environment so why take this opportunity away from them? Its not costing any more for these children than at a public school, were not costing the government anymore and why let them miss out on opportunities that they need? . . 

The public education system simply doesnt suit some pupils.

Rather than se...

05:47

Men, suicide and silence Your NZ

The death rate from suicide is significantly higher than for road accidents, with over 600 people per year ending their own lives in the latest statistics. Chief Coroner releases provisional annual suicide figures 606 people died by suicide in 2016/17, up from 579 the previous year and 564 the year before 20-24 years old []

05:10

Homelessness is much worse than previously thought Your NZ

NZH seems to have got a report that is to be released this morning in advance Homeless crisis: 80% to 90% of homeless people turned away from emergency housing New Zealands homelessness crisis is much worse than previously thought, as a new report identifies a hidden homeless population that is not officially monitored by []

05:00

Quote of the day Homepaddock

Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work.   Anna Pavlova who was born on this day in 1881.

04:57

Ardern mania a self fulfilling media prophecy? Your NZ

A gushy Barry Soper writes about whether journalists will keep writing gushy stories about Jacinda Ardern. https://t.co/IWkvJpOJOf Barry Soper (@barrysoper) February 11, 2018 Also from NZ Herald in the weekend: How Jacinda Ardern kept pregnancy a secret Simon Wilson: Jacinda Ardern says her feet have never left the ground When Womans Weekly won over []

04:49

Save Charter Schools Rally Your NZ

ACT (David Seymour) organised a rally to protest against Government (Chris Hipkins) handling of Partnership Schools, commonly referred to as charter schools: This Sunday, Jacinda Ardern and Chris Hipkins will hear directly from students and parents who are devastated by their decision to close Partnership Schools, says ACT Leader David Seymour. The Government this week []

03:20

Media watch Monday Your NZ

12 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 []

03:15

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.

03:10

Open Forum Monday Your NZ

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

Sunday, 11 February

22:05

World watch Monday Your NZ

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

22:01

February 12 in history Homepaddock

881 Pope John VIII crowned Charles the Fat, the King of Italy.

1429  English forces under Sir John Fastolf defended a supply convoy carrying rations to the army besieging Orleans from attack by the Comte de Clermont and John Stuart in the Battle of Rouvray (also known as theBattle of the Herrings).

1502 Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon on his second voyage to India.

1541  Santiago, Chile was founded by Pedro de Valdivia.

1554 A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey was beheaded for treason.

1567 Thomas Campion, English composer and poet, was born (d. 1620).

1700 The Great Northern War began in Northern Europe.

1719 The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands was founded.

1771 Gustav III became the King of Sweden.

1809 Charles Darwin, English naturalist, was born (d. 1882).

1809 Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, was born (d. 1865).

1816 The Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest working opera house in Europe, was destroyed by fire.

1817 An Argentine/Chilean patriotic army, after crossing the Andes, defeated Spanish troops on the Battle of Chacabuco.

1818 Bernardo OHiggins formally approved the...

19:34

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

Weve been away for a couple of days and came back to a pile of mail which was mostly paper and junk.

But among all that was a real letter, hand written, expressing thanks and love and Im grateful for it.

16:36

ON THE BRINK RADIO #225 IN 8 HRS: HONOURING NON-VERBAL TALK RADIO SOME OTB SOUND COLLAGES FOR HEALING AND ENJOYMENT :) Uncensored Publications

TALKING ABOUT MUSIC IS LIKE DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE STEVE MARTIN   SATURDAYS@ 9AM EST-USA / FRIDAY 3 AM HAWAII TIME / SATURDAY 11 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA TIME AUSTRALIA / 2 AM NEW ZEALAND TIME and SUNDAYS @ 8AM EST-USA / SATURDAY 2 AM HAWAII TIME / SUNDAY 10 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA TIME AUSTRALIA/MONDAY MIDNIGHT NEW ZEALAND TIME []

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16:34

Stop on the Kapiti 1080 Drop? Kapiti Independent

That balanced biodiversity (Kapiti Islands) is still a dream on the mainland, but in the first months of 2018, it will come significantly closer after a TBfree aerial 1080 possum control operation knocks down possums and rats across a large chunk of TB vector risk area 11,000 hectares of bush and forest along the []

16:00

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom's legal case returns to court in New Zealand Monday for what may be the Megaupload founder's final chance of avoiding extradition to the United States "IndyWatch Feed World"

The 44-year-old German national is accused of industrial-scale online piracy via his Megaupload empire, which US authorities shut down when the raid took place.

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Sunder to break, put or split apart; break in two; separate by or as if by violence or by intervening time or space; disunite in almost any manner, either by rending, cutting, or breaking; to separate; divide; sever; form a barrier or border between; dissolve a connection or relationship; expose to the sun and wind.

14:09

Thank you for saying thank you Homepaddock

From  Cheyenne McKay on Facebook:

A farmer.

Most of us know a farmer. Some of us may just even be blessed to be one, or be the child of one. For those who live on farms, or even live in town and drive out to work for someone who owns a farming business, I wanted to say this.

Thank you for the bruises you get on your legs when youre working in the yards with the sheep.

Thank you for your tough hands that fix machinery and fences.

Thank you for fixing pipes in the heat of the day so stock has water every hour of the day.

Thank you for growing food for your stock, so it grows and then eventually feed the rest of Australia.

Thank you for shearing your sheep, so ladies have wool to knit with for their grandchildren and to keep others warm.

Thank you for the sleepless nights during seeding season and during harvest.

Some people seem to forget to take five seconds to recognise that there are individuals busting their asses off to feed us. Day in and day out.

Harvest would have to be the most tiring and horrible time of the year.

Its the time where you wake up early in the morning and get started before its too hot. Its putting out fires when bearings snap. Its working with other people, working in chaser bins and trucks transporting it to silos.

Its constantly watching the weather, if its too windy its safer to not harvest, just in case a fire breaks loose. You cant harvest when its damp, silos wont accept it.

Its going backwards and forwards in a paddock in a machine that doesnt go so fast, for hours on end every day.

Its where you transport a truck load of grain that will make 42,000 loaves of bread that worth over $84,000 but we only get $6,000 for it.

Its finishing late at night when your wife and children are already asleep, and the dinner that has been cooked for you is in the microwave or oven so the cats dont eat it. It doesnt taste as nice as when its fresh off the pan.

Its falling asleep on the couch after dinner because youre just trying to relax for a few minutes before you shower to rid of the itchiness.

ItR...

12:37

Winter Olympics snowboard slopestyle Your NZ

Yesterday Carlos Garcia Knight qualified for the final of the Snowboard Slopestyle at the Winter Olympics. The top twelve are running off in the final now. After the first of three runs Knight had the highest score, with the second run under way now. Streaming here:  http://stream.nbcolympics.com/snowboarding-mens-slopestyle-final# Staale SANDBECH has just taken the lead after []

12:06

Questions asked of Chris Bishops social media engagement Your NZ

Eyebrows have been raised and questions asked of up and coming MP Chris Bishop. Bishop became a National list MP in 2014, and then won the Hutt South seat Trevor Mallard left last year (Mallard moved to the list). Stuff:  National MP confronted about his social media messages to teenagers Nationals Hutt South MP Chris []

10:00

Three things Homepaddock

Three Things Art Prints

Three things to remember at the start of every day: #1. this is your real life. #2. joy is easier to see when you quit complaining. #3. you never know what the third thing is going to be until later, so try to pay attention so you dont miss it. Three Things    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.

09:04

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Pest eradication has more birds singing Kerrie Waterworth:

A four-year plan to trap stoats, rats, possums and weasels in the Matukituki Valley, near Wanaka, is music to the ears, writes Kerrie Waterworth.

This summer, for the first time in years, tourist jet-boat operators report hearing birds in the forests of the Matukituki Valley between Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring.

Wanaka-based River Journeys guide James Blunt has been taking tourists up the Matukituki River for six years and said he had really started noticing the birdsong since October.

Weve gone from long periods of nothing to now getting four to six species of birds most trips. . . 

Environmental concerns prompt changes Pam Tipa:

Concerns about the sensitive environment of the Kaipara Harbour prompted the top-performing drystock unit Te Opu to transition from sheep and beef breeding to a successful unit finishing bulls and lambs.

This gave the farm the flexibility needed to respond to the sensitive environmental challenges of its location on the Kaipara Harbour shores.

The farm is now a three year Beef + Lamb NZ environmental focus farm sponsored from several sources. . .

Fish farms get pollution blame Tim Fulton:

Fish farming in Mackenzie Basin hydro canals is feeding worms usually found in sewage, aquatic expert Rowan Wells says.

Wells, a NIWA freshwater botanist, monitored the health of the glacier-fed water and said the ecosystem in the waterways around the areas salmon farms was clearly degraded.

NIWA was reporting to Meridian Energy on algae and periphyton and fungal bacterial matter coating rocks and plants. . . 

First up best dressed Mark Daniel:

The rising fortunes of global farming are raising the demand for European-made tackle, which might signal supply problems for Kiwi farmers and contractors looking to hit the new season with new toys.

Several importers and distributors including Origin Agroup that imports Pottinger, Joskin and Alpego, and Power Farming Wholesale that imports and distribute McHale, Kv...

07:43

Alarming cannabis claim from US Attorney General Your NZ

One would hope that the US Attorney general was well informed, but apparently he is not. Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Fuels the Opioid Epidemic. Study After Study Finds the Opposite https://t.co/ePgxhv7aAl A 2016 Journal of Pain study found that marijuana use was associated with a 64 percent reduction in opioid use among patients with chronic []

07:30

Human Rights Commission CFO gropes, keeps job Your NZ

I think there is still a big and unresolved issue about how small but personally invasive actions can result in major repercussions for both the victims and the offenders. This groping story is of particular interest because a senior staff member of the Human Rights Commission is allegedly involved. This week in @SundayStarTimes we []

07:04

This Is Me Your NZ

To me the solo vocals are a bit ordinary and same old, certainly didnt grab me, and the lyrics didnt seem to fit the melody well at times. But I think the the mass vocals are great, enhanced by the visuals its good to see people obviously enjoying the performance. NZ Herald has the []

06:47

TPPA-11 Lets Not Do This! Pub Mtg, Monday, 6.30pm, Ellen Melville Hall GPJA's Blog

Monday 12 Feb, 6.30pm, Ellen Melville Centre, corner of High St and Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD
https://www.facebook.com/events/865008510327414/

Nationwide Public Meetings on the TPPA-11

Auckland 12 Feb Wellington 14 Feb Nelson 20 Feb Christchurch 21 Feb Dunedin 22 Feb

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The TPPA-11 has had a rebranding to the CPTPPA (Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) yet there is very little that is comprehensive or progressive about it, and very little has changed from the original TPPA.

The 11 nations that are party to the agreement will be meeting in Chile to sign the TPPA-11 on 8th March.

Come along and hear experts Professor Jane Kelsey, Dr Burcu Kilic, and Laila Harre speak in Auckland and Wellington, and Professor Jane Kelsey plus other speakers in Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin about what the TPPA-11 will mean for New Zealand.

Event Details

Auckland:

Monday 12 Feb, 6.30pm, Ellen Melville Centre, corner of High St and Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD
https://www.facebook.com/events/865008510327414/

Wellington:

Tuesday 14 Feb, 6.30pm,...

06:35

Surplus production a flaw of capitalism Your NZ

Food for thought from this quote, posted by Blazer a couple of days ago. We must agree that we need to produce as of our requirement and not for corporate profit. Surplus production does not serve any purpose of human welfare other than creating surplus value for capitalists. We must reduce the eight-hour work-day according []

05:50

Dumbed down news and shallow opinionating by celebrities Your NZ

We all know how dumbed down the news has become, how sound bite and click bait and chat show dominated it has become. Pablo at Politico is scathing of it in detail, particularly the shallowness of editorial and opinion writing,  in Peddling drivel. Over the last decade or so there has been a pernicious two-track []

05:04

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 108 Answers Kapiti Independent

You can still do the quiz by scrolling down to February 7.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.     In which country has a huge city recently been discovered beneath the surface? (Guatemala)   The losers in the recent Super Bowl final come from []

05:00

Sunday soapbox Homepaddock

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.

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We hear and apprehend only what we already half know. Henry David Thoreau

03:20

Media watch Sunday Your NZ

11 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 []

03:15

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.

03:10

Open Forum Sunday Your NZ

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

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