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Wednesday, 13 September


World watch Thursday Your NZ

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


September 14 in history Homepaddock

81 Domitian became Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus.

786  Harun al-Rashid became the Abbasid caliph upon the death of his brother al-Hadi.

1180  Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan.

1607 Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland.

1682  Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest schools in Wales, was founded.

1752  The British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (the previous day was September 2).

1769 Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer, was born (d. 1859).

1812  Napoleonic Wars: French grenadiers entered Moscow. The Fire of Moscow began as soon as Russian troops left the city.

1829 The Ottoman Empire signed the Treaty of Adrianople with Russia,  ending the Russo-Turkish War.

1847  Mexican-American War: Winfield Scott captured Mexico City.

1862  American Civil War: The Battle of South Mountain, part of the Maryland Campaign.

1864 Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, English lawyer and politician, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Nobel Prize laureate was born, (d. 1958).

1879  Margaret Sanger, American nurse and activist, was born (d. 1966).

1901 President  William McKinley died after an assassination attempt on September 6, and was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.

1909  Peter Scott, English ornithologist, painter, and sailor, was born (d. 1989).



EUs Juncker to seek powers to screen foreign takeovers Protectionism? "IndyWatch Feed War"


AFP | European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on September 13, 2017

STRASBOURG (FRANCE) (AFP)  European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he would seek powers to screen foreign takeovers in Europes strategic sectors, amid concern about investment by China.

We are not naive free traders. Europe will defend its strategic interests with an EU framework for investment screening, Juncker said in his annual State of the Union speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

If a foreign, state-owned company wants to buy a strategic port, or part of our energy infrastructure this must be done transparently, with scrutiny and debate, Juncker said.

It is our responsibility to know what is happening inside our countries so that we are in a position to ensure our collective security, he said.

The plan fulfils a request by French President Emmanuel Macron, backed by Germany and Italy, that Brussels draw up a strategy to counter a wave of takeovers by Chinese companies in Europe.

German concerns were sparked by recent acquisitions in the tech sector, most notably household goods maker Mideas takeover of industrial robotics firm Kuka last year.

German leaders were alarmed to see valuable knowhow being transferred abroad, especially as robots become increasingly critical in the countrys crucial manufacturing centre.

Macron has blamed Europe for forgetting EU citizens who are worried about the effects of globalisation, so helping stoke the populist sentiment that brought on Brexit.

Reports said that Junckers plan would however be non-binding, amid concern in smaller EU nations about losing Beijing investments in their economies.

Juncker however insisted that Europe remained open for business and would seek to complete trade deals with Australia and New Zealand by the end of his mandate.


Are Elite Controllers a fantasy? Read this. Uncensored NZ Blog

  by Jon Rappoport September 11, 2017   We rarely get a chance to see a smoking gun that proves elite controllers are running the show from behind the curtain. Thats why there is a curtain. So Im republishing a conversation between two members of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission (TC) and a US reporter. First, []

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Ardern has failed the left, apparently Your NZ

Ive seen comment in various places along the lines of how Jacinda Ardern could have embraced Metiria Tureis sacrifice and led the revolution that would rescue new Zealand from a calamitous era of neo-liberalism. Much of this is encapsulated here: For there really was a window. An opportunity. Instead of playing her part in the []


Top Scientist Tells CBS, HAARP Responsible For Recent Hurricanes Uncensored NZ Blog

Published on Sep 9, 2017 World renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku made a shocking confession on live TV when he admitted that HAARP is responsible for the recent spate of hurricanes. Source: SEE ALSO: Texas Flooding: Has Weather Modification Played A Part? SMOKING GUN UPDATE 1/9/17!

The post Top Scientist Tells CBS, HAARP Responsible For Recent Hurricanes appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Iran Prepares for U.S. To Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Geopolitical analyst James ONeill says Washington will kill the nuclear agreement with Iran as part of its hawkish policy of threat to the country that is a heavy weight actor at the center stage of political equations and developments in the Middle East.

Iran is uniquely placed to be a significant force for good in a volatile and rapidly changing region. It is this unique role that is a major reason why the US continues to make threats, uses proxy forces such as the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) to destabilize Iran, and will undoubtedly resile from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ONeill said in an exclusive interview with FNA.

The analyst further added that the US animosity towards Iran has pushed the latter towards stronger ties with other world powers. Irans growing links with China and Russia are its best defenses against US aggression, he said.

James ONeill is a geopolitical analyst and a former academic who since 1984 has practiced as a barrister, first in New Zealand and since 2002 in Australia. He has appeared on international media outlets such as RT and Press TV. He is also a regular contributor to New Eastern Outlook, an online expert opinion journal.

FNA has conducted an interview with James ONeill to discuss Syria and its allies in the war on terrorist groups, the possible geopolitical implications for regional and trans-regional players and the geopolitical trends in the Middle-East.

Below you will find the full text of the interview.

Q: From time to time we have been hearing about the so-called US-led coalition and Israel coming to help the terrorist groups operating inside Syria, the financial support coming from the US and its allies and the ideological support from the Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia. Why do you think with all that support, these days we keep hearing about their proxy forces failing and losing ground in Syria?

A: The US, Israel and Saudi Arabia will continue to support terrorist groups in Syria while pretending to be fighting terrorism.  This is because they are pursuing disparate goals, not...


Labour v National on income tax Your NZ

Labour and National are making claims and counter claims on income tax. They are both sort of right, but its not something that Labour probably want a lot of publicity about. National have already put in place legislation that will bring in tax cuts of up to about a thousand dollars a year for anyone []


Word of the day Homepaddock

Twizzle to spin, twirl or twist; cause to spin around;  form by twisting; a maneuver in which a skater performs rapid, continuous rotations on one foot while skating forward or backward over the ice.

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The third edition of New Zealands only Mori literary journal Ora Nui goes on sale this week Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community


The third edition of New Zealands only Mori literary journal Ora Nui goes on sale this week, after an Auckland launch at the Tim Melville Gallery on 19 August.  Ora Nui 3, Going Global takes Mori literature into an international space by including literature, art and photography from not only Mori writers and artists, but contributors from Asia and Europe.

Ora Nui continues to evolve as a space for experimental Mori literature, says editor Anton Blank.

What we see in this edition is an increasing diversity of Mori voices from Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad. There is no template for the Mori identity anymore. These writers are all influenced by traditional cultural markers like tikanga and te reo Mori. But there are also new forces at play.

Many come from multi-cultural backgrounds, and the influence of travel is very present. They are also digital natives so social media and the internet are very present. Mori writing feels very layered. Culture is more complex, nuanced and shifting.

By juxtaposing Mori prose with Asian and European writing, similar...


NZ poet Sam Sampson writes about the great American poet John Ashbery Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

NZ poet Sam Sampson writes: The great American poet John Ashbery died on September 3, 2017. I really liked his work. He was a touchstone poet for me and someone I always headed to for inspiration. I know he wasn't for everyone (I'm thinking of C.K.Stead's 1992 review in the London Review Of Books'O Harashbery!') but it was mesmerising how he made the world strange and exciting through poetry. I had the opportunity to read a new work A Question of Brightness in homage to John Ashbery, on the BFM Saturday morning show: 7am Swim with Sperber Dan (September 9).



Kids/Artists/Ng Manu Combine Kapiti Independent

HE KKANO (SEED) BOOK LAUNCH RAUMATI SOUTH SCHOOL He Kkano (Seed), the book produced as a result of two terms work between Mahara Gallery, Ng Manu Nature Reserve and Raumati South School has been launched at the school. The book highlights over 100 students artworks and poetry, as a reflection of their experience []


The Housing Guy Kapiti Independent

No housing crisis, just a housing boom Nathan Guy Labours Otaki candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when Otaki National MP Nathan Guy reportedly told a packed public meeting that there wasnt a housing crisis, it was a housing boom. I was astounded, so were the audience and the other candidates, says []


Poem of the Week Kapiti Independent

  The Other Guy By Judith Bryers Holloway There is a Guy Not Fawkesbut who? I cant recall Help me, please, can you?   Hes a country boy. He wears a grin To show hes rather kindly, Deep inside his skin.   Farmer he is, born and bred. As he knows from days of []


Spammers now appealing to the existentia The Hinterland

Spammers now appealing to the existential crisis-ridden


Rural round-up Homepaddock

Election stunt doomed to fail Pam Tipa:

The Greens proposed nitrogen tax is a vote catching policy which is highly unlikely to see the light of day, says Federated Farmers vice-president and dairy farmer Andrew Hoggard.

However the problem with such an election stunt is that it perpetrates misconceptions, he says.

The best way of improving waterways where they need to be improved is by a catchment focus basis, he told Dairy News.

With the Greens policy, they are focusing on just nitrogen and only from one source. If a catchment has an issue with nitrogen you need to focus on it from all sources.

Nitrogen is not the issue in all catchments; if swimmability is what people are after then its E.coli they need to be looking at; sediment may be a big factor. . . 

Penalize abusers not users of water Tim Cadogan:

Before I write another word, I need to make two very clear points.

Firstly; I am outraged that New Zealands waterways have been degraded over the last decade or two to the point that many are unswimmable and/or devoid of wildlife. This should never have happened and, as a nation, we must work together to fix this.

Secondly; I am apolitical. Any comments I make here in relation to Labours proposed irrigation tax/royalty would be made by me whether the idea was coming from Labour, National, Greens or whoever. My job is to stand up, as I see best, for Central Otago, no matter who is on the other side.

On that basis; I wrote a letter to Jacinda Ardern pointing out what I saw as the unfairness of the irrigation tax/royalty as proposed by Labour, but set in a tone of something needs done. I stand by the comments I made in that letter. . .

Lamb prices reach record highs  Jemma Brackebush:

Farmers say its been a fantastic season for lamb, as a global shortage of the meat is pushing up the prices.

Ewes are being sold with new season lambs, fetching up to $170 at sales.

Chilled export lamb prices have reached historically high levels, with the average price of $14.50 per kg, a 20 percent increase on the year before, according to AgriHQ.

Bright-coloured stock t...


An Astonishing Memoir Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

The Book of Emma Reyes
Emma Reyes
Hachette New Zealand |28 August 2017
TPBK $37.99 RRP | EBK $19.99 RRP

This astonishing memoir of a childhood lived in extreme poverty in Latin America was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nine years after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel Garca Mrquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of thirty years, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing.

Emma was an illegitimate child, raised in a windowless room in Bogot with no water or toilet and only ingenuity to keep her and her sister alive. Abandoned by their mother, she and her sister moved to a convent housing 150 orphan girls, where they washed pots, ironed and mended laundry, scrubbed floors, cleaned bathrooms, and sewed garments and decorative cloths for church. Illiterate and knowing nothing of the outside world, Emma escaped at age nineteen, eventually coming to have a career as an artist and to befriend the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Far from self-pitying, the portrait that emerges from this clear-eyed account inspires awe at the stunning early life of a gifted writer whose talent remained hidden for far too long.


The neoliberalism question: notes on the Ardern/Espiner interview Bat, Bean, Beam

Six weeks ago I wrote in Overland that politics had made a sudden comeback in New Zealand, following Metiria Tureis revelations of her struggles as a young mother on the DPB and Labours dramatic decision to replace its grey, centrist leader with his far more energetic and inspiring deputy. That article is looking pretty stupid right now. Or maybe there really was a window an opportunity to


Anyone Can Vote in Advance Kapiti Independent

A healthy democracy depends on people taking part. It is in everyones interests that we all vote. Chief Electoral Officer Coastlands or Electoral Headquarters By Roger Childs Advance voting in the past was largely done by people knowing they would be out of their electorate on polling day. This all changed in 2o11. Anyone can []


The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 88 Kapiti Independent

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   Alpha and omega are the first and last letters in which alphabet?   Which New Zealander singer and composer wrote the lyrics for Dont Dream Its Over?   Which country has Helvetia on its []


NASA Pointed out a Threat That Could Wipe out Humans (No, Its Not an Asteroid) "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Mind Unleashed,
Waking Times

If you think about a global catastrophic event, what comes in your mind first of all?

I bet you imagine a nuclear war and a deserted landscape left as a result of it. Well, in the troubled times we live in, something like this is a possible scenario. But there is another force we constantly neglect  our planet itself.

Did you notice how many natural disasters have been happening all over the world lately? It may seem like if our planet is rebelling against the parasite species that is destroying the natural environment  humans. While hurricanes and earthquakes can be incredibly catastrophic, wiping out whole cities and taking thousands of lives, they strike only specific locations. But there is something here on Earth that could cause a global disaster. And this a supervolcano eruption.

There are around 20 supervolcanoes on Earth, but luckily for us, all of them are currently sleeping. According to the estimates, the last eruption of a supervolcano took place at Lake Taupo in New Zealand around 26,500 years ago.

Now, NASA scientists say that a supervolcano eruption could prove much more catastrophic to the human civilization than any external threat, such as an asteroid impact. Fortunately, they also have a plan on how to prevent it.

I was a member of the Nasa Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets. I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat, Brian Wilcox of NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory told BBC.



Bad year for sheep: Mysterious forces seem to have gotten the taste for mutton "IndyWatch Feed World"

It's been a bad year to be a sheep. Maybe there's never been a good year to be one, but 2017 has proved especially hard on sheep worldwide. From unexplained mass sheep mutilations in New Zealand and the Scottish highlands to reports of the Chupacabra reportedly picking off sheep in India, it seems dark forces have gotten the taste for mutton. Maybe that's why hundreds of sheep mysteriously committed suicide in France a few months back. Whatever is stalking and devouring these sheep, it seems as if it's gotten better at hiding its tracks.


This is why were #backingbill Homepaddock

Prime Minister Bill English had a very clear message in Ashburton yesterday:

. . .We want to achieve higher environmental standards and apparently no ones thought of this until about six weeks ago. Its all new, apparently, lifting the quality of water in our rivers  brand new idea, he said.

All that tells you is they [opposition parties] take no notice of you. They have no idea what you do, how you do it or why youre so good at it.

Were backing you.

Farmers were being lectured by people who did not understand the regions and National was committed to both raising productivity and environmental standards.

Any politician who does not know about the intensive, difficult, critical, collaborative work thats gone on around water quality must be living on another planet, he said.

It will be cash sucked out of your business, taken out of this region, sent off to Wellington and people who dont even know what you do or how you do it will be deciding how to make you do it better. And thats a ridiculous waste of time and money. . . 

Thats so true   it will be cash sucked out of your business, taken out of this region, sent off to Wellington and people who dont even know what you do or how you do it will be deciding how to make you do it better.

This is what happens when parties dont have MPs in the regions.

They are out of touch and have no idea whats happening.

National knows, understands and values the regions.

But the PM and the party arent just pushing farming :

National leader Bill English has strayed from the expected message of cows and crops in regiona...


Te Wiki o Te Reo Mori 100 Mori words Your NZ

From NZ History: 100 Mori words every New Zealander should know The marae Hui meeting, conference, gathering Marae the area for formal discourse in front of a meeting house; or the whole marae complex, including meeting house, dining hall, forecourt, etc. Haere mai! Welcome! Enter! Nau mai! Welcome! Tangihanga funeral ceremony in which a body is mourned on a marae []


Quote of the Day: On politics and crime Not PC

"In power politics there are no crimes, because there are no laws."
~ George Orwell


Greens versus Labour Your NZ

Tensions are rising in the Green camp with them hovering around the threshold in a number of polls. There are efforts being made in social media to rescue the Greens from parliamentary oblivion. Its common to see things like if you want a Labour led progressive government volte Greens. This is annoying some Labour supporters. []


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

Small publishers have expressed anger and dismay over extortionate fees charged to enter the Womens Prize for Fiction, which they believe risk the coveted award becoming elitist and exclusionary.


Hurricane Update Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

Several Florida Bookstores Open; Big Binc Donation 
Shelf Awareness
Much of Florida has no power and will likely continue that way for days and maybe weeks, and many people are coping with flood and wind damage as well. As a result, reports about how bookstores are faring are sparse, but we have learned of several stores that are open today.
Patrick Paperbacks, Indian Harbour Beach, was undamaged by water but has no power. Still, owner Elva Rella said on Facebook that the store will be open today and "be old school--no computer, everything by hand! Luckily I AM old school!"
Inkwood Books in Tampa has power and will be open today, the store reported on Facebook. "Thinking about how it was so much worse elsewhere and grateful that this little house is strong in high winds."

Inkwood owner Stefani Beddingfield also made a plea that residents shop local: "Small businesses need your business to get through these next few months. Beer, books, pasta, booze, coffee, pizza, pastries, wine, music, flowers, cards, gifts, yoga pants, bourbon, and more can all be found at local shops that make Tampa such a great place to live. I'm no climate scientist but I'm pretty sure not getting any of the above items delivered to your doorstep in bubble wrap and boxes may also be better for this paradise we're lucky to call home."

In other hurricane news, in a st...


The Roundup with PW Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

After Irma, Some Florida Stores Reopen
While the full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma is still unknown, some bookstores in Florida are reporting that they are open for business. Others, however, are dealing with power outages and uncertainty about if, and when, they will be able to turn the lights back on.

Hillary Explains 'What Happened': In her new book, Hillary Clinton opens up with candor, defiance, and dark humor, Jennifer Senior writes for the 'New York Times.'


Arts Journal - Words Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

Words Matter: Artists Growing Embrace Of Gender-Neutral Latinx

Words Matter: Artists Growing Embrace Of Gender-Neutral LatinxAt the very moment that Latino and Chicano art are poised to make a big splash, some curators are pushing to replace those masculine words with new genderless terms they find more inclusive: Latinx for anyone in North America with roots from Latin America male, female or gender-nonconforming and Chicanx for anyone of Mexican descent.
Read the story at The New York Times


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

Today's Meal

The National Book Awards longlists will roll out Tuesday through Friday this week, and the actual finalists will be announced on October 4. Winners will be named on November 15. First up is Young People's Literature longlist, which includes two previous nominees (Reynolds, the only man on the list, and Williams-Garcia) and current top bestseller Angie Thomas. Five of the titles are from HarperCollins imprints:

Elana K. Arnold,
What Girls Are Made Of (Carolrhoda Lab)
Robin Benway,
Far from the Tree (HarperTeen)
Samantha Mabry,
All the Wind in the World (Algonquin Young Readers)
Mitali Perkins,


Who should NZ First go with? Your NZ

The big question that Winston Peters wont answer is how NZ First would go into coalition with, if given the opportunity to decide by voters and by National or Labour. There is a chance they wont get to decided, if they miss the threshold (they have dropped to 6% in the latest Reid Research poll), []


Quote of the day Homepaddock

The trouble with human beings is not really that they love themselves too much; they ought to love themselves more. The trouble is simply that they dont love others enough.   Mary Midgley who was born on this day in 1913.

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What now after another poll shock? Your NZ

With the way polls have swung over the past six weeks, they only certainty this election is uncertainty. There is no way polls (or poll of polls) can be used to opredict the election outcome. Two recent Colmar Brunton polls put Labour in the lead and National appeared to be sliding, after a dramatic virtual []


Dont feel sorry for farmers Your NZ

On Rachel Stewart at NZH:  Dont feel sorry for farmers The urban/rural divide. Is it as wide and deep as the Grand Canyon? Or just a small hop across a watercress-filled ditch? Lets explore. Ten days to go and what does National do when theyre anxious about losing power? Why, play to their rural base []


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.


Media watch Wednesday Your NZ

13 September 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []


Open Forum Wednesday Your NZ

13 September 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []


Dead whale found adrift near d'Urville Island, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed World"

What was initially thought to be the upturned hull of a boat has proved to be a 15-metre long dead whale, floating near d'Urville Island. Sealord skipper Peter Connolly said he was out fishing when he spotted it off the western side of d'Urville Island north of Nelson. "It was so bloated it just looked like the hull of a boat upside down... when we got close I realised what it was," Connolly said. He said at first he thought sharks were feeding on it. "But it wasn't. It was those big black petrels ... they're like an albatross size bird. They were just feeding on it absolutely profusely." Connolly said he couldn't see any obvious injuries to suggest the whale had been hit by anything.

Tuesday, 12 September


World watch Wednesday Your NZ

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


September 13 in history Homepaddock

509 BC The temple of Jupiter on Romes Capitoline Hill was dedicated on the ides of September.

122 The building of Hadrians Wall began.

533 General Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeated Gelimer and the Vandals at the Battle of Ad Decimium.

1213  Ending of Battle of Muret, during the Albigensian Crusade to destroy the Cathar heresy.

1475  Cesare Borgia, Italian cardinal, was born (d. 1507).

1503 Michelangelo began work on his statue of David.

1504 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand issued a Royal Warrant for the construction of a Royal Chapel (Capilla Real) to be built.

1584   San Lorenzo del Escorial Palace in Madrid was finished.

1601  Jan Brueghel the Younger, Flemish painter, was born (d. 1678).

1743  Great Britain, Austria and Savoy-Sardinia signed the Treaty of Worms.

1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham: British defeated French near Quebec City in the Seven Years War.

1775  Laura Secord, American-Canadian war heroine, was born(d. 1868).

1808 Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Dbeln beat the Russians.

1812  War of 1812: A supply wagon sent to relieve Fort Harrison was ambushed in the Attack at the Narrows.

1814 Francis Scott Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner.

1847  Mexican-American War: Six teenage military cadets, Nios Hroes, died defending Chapultepec Castle in the...


Word of the day Homepaddock

Lichtung forest clearing.

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Transhuman Agenda: Robots To Replace School Teachers Uncensored NZ Blog

 Science Fiction authors generally have a knack of forecasting future realities. In his epic work Dune, Frank Herbert saw a future where humans became so dependant on artificial intelligence that they ended up being enslaved by their own technology. Movies like AI and Bicentennial Man predicted robots acquiring the same rights as humans and living []

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Its only one poll Homepaddock

Newshub political editor Patrick Gower tweeted:

The poll showed:

Dramatic maybe, but not devastating if you want a strong economy and the sustainable social services and environmental protection and enhancement that depend on it.

It is of course only one poll, but a very welcome reversal of the trend of other recent ones.


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Revising NZ History 6: The Waikato Kings Land Rejection Kapiti Independent

A government land offer rejected By John Robinson In 1878 the New Zealand government offered to the defeated rebels of the king movement the return of all confiscated Waikato land not disposed of by the Government to Europeans. That generous offer was refused by king Tawhiao. The very reason why many Waikato Maori continued without []


Newshub/Reid Research poll huge reversal Your NZ

The latest Newshub/Reid Research poll results show a huge reversal on the last Colmar Brunton polls. Newshub: National could govern alone in latest Newshub poll National 47.3% (last RR 43.3, last CB 39) Labour 37.8% (last RR 39.4, last CB 43) NZ First 6.0% (last RR 6.6, last CB 9) Greens 4.9% (last RR 6.1, []


Inland Revenue could not have been the source of Super leak Your NZ

Inland Revenue says that the leak of Winston Peters super overpayment cant have come from them because they never had the information. Peters was reported by RNZ as saying he believed Inland Revenue was to blame for the privacy breach:  Investigations over pension leak as Peters plans complaint Mr Peters has confirmed his fortnightly pension had []


Prestigious University of Otago Arts Fellowships announced today Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

The University of Otagos coveted Arts Fellowships for 2018 have been announced.

Otago's Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities, Professor Tony Ballantyne has named the five Fellowship recipients.

The Frances Hodgkins Fellow is Louise Menzies from Auckland, the Robert Burns Fellow is Rhian Gallagher from Dunedin, the Mozart Fellow is Dylan Lardelli from Auckland, the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance is Matthew Smith from Auckland, and the Creative NZ University of Otago College of Education Childrens Writer in Residence is Raymond Huber from Dunedin.

Professor Ballantyne is delighted with the outstanding calibre of this group of fellows who will take up their fellowships in 2018.

These Fellows are working at the forefront of their respective creative fields; they have each been selected from a very strong group of applicants, Professor Ballantyne says.

Our Arts Fellowships are very important to the University because they are vital to our links with the arts community. Through their work and presence on campus they enable new conversations around the ways in which these creative disciplines illuminate the world that we live in.

It is always exciting to look forward to the coming year and the music, words, images and performances that these Fellows create.

The Fellows receive a stipend for between six months and one year, and space on campus to indulge in their creative projects. Past Fellows have created dance performances, orchestral compositions, poetry, novels and childrens books during this time.

The fellowships have produced many luminaries over the years, including writers Janet Frame, Keri Hulme, James K Baxter, Michael King and Maurice Shadbolt, artists Ralph Hotere and Grahame Syd...


For fans of the late Kendrick Smithyman Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

Fans of the late Kendrick Smithyman might like to note a new long essay on his landscape poetry by Ian Richards, Kendrick Smithymans Shifting Landscapes, with detailed commentaries on Waikato Railstop, Colville, Tomarata, Reading the Maps and Deconstructing.  The essay should help shed some new light on some of Smithymans often difficult and obscure poems.



Classic New Zealand high-country biography finally back in print Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

By Mona Anderson

A River Rules My Life by Mona Anderson was first published in 1963 and ran to nine editions and...


Japanese Soccer and Rugby: Status and Popularity Kapiti Independent

(This is the second article by Neil Smith on the winter codes in Japan. Scroll down to September 8 to see the first.)  International soccer By Neil Smith, our correspondent in Japan The national mens soccer squad for 2017 comprises 23 players, of whom only seven are active in Japans domestic league. The best players []


The Changeover - Margaret Mahy's classic tale now a major movie Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community

The Changeover
Margaret Mahy

Hachette New Zealand |29 August 2017
PBK $19.99 RRP

Winner of the 1984 Carnegie Medal, The Changeover is a timeless classic repackaged for a new generation with a foreword by Elizabeth Knox. In cinemas 28th September.

'A clammy hand pressed Laura down to her knees beside Jacko's bed. It was the hand of terror, nothing less.'

It was a warning. Laura felt it when she looked in the mirror that morning. There had been others: the day her father left home, the day she met Sorensen - the boy with the strange silver eyes.
But nothing had prepared Laura for the horror of today. And now her little brother, Jacko, was fighting for his life after being sucked dry of his youth by the sinister Carmody Braque. ...


Rural round-up Homepaddock

Every New Zealand has benefited from farming lets not get divided Alan Wills:

A couple of generations ago most New Zealanders had either come off a farm, had relations who were farming or knew people on the land.

We were a farming nation.

Everyone, including successive governments, understood this great country of ours was built on farming. Somehow this narrative has been lost over a relatively short period of time.

With diversification of our economy, urbanisation of our people, immigration and for a whole host of other reasons, farmers are now almost public enemy number one in the minds of some folk.

Certain political and environment groups are milking (no pun intended) that notion for all its worth. . . 

Rural-urban divide encouraged by water tax policies farmer Alexa Cook:

Many political parties are using farmers as an easy target for emotive policies that appeal to urban people, a South Canterbury farmer says.

In the lead up to the election, RNZ Rural News is talking to farmers across New Zealand about what they think of the policies that have been put on the table.

Farming and environmental issues have been hot topics in the election lead up.

South Canterbury sheep and beef farmer Mark Adams, who is also the Federated Farmers president for the region, said farmers feel unfairly targeted. . .

Luddites are undermining societys self confidence Doug Edmeades:

 Damn the dam, I thought. This news from the Hawkes Bay had me scurrying to my history books. Luddites, thats what they are, these dam-stoppers. A bunch of thoughtless technophobes with an irrational fear of the future Stop the world I wanna get off.

Luddites take their name from an early 19th century chap, probably mythical, called Ned Ludd. They were weavers whose skills were made redundant by the machines of the industrial revolution. They became activists and went on the rampage, smashing the new machinery that did their work better and at less cost.

From this experienc...


The Birds and the Bees Kapiti Independent

Weve had a wonderful series of Birds of the Week,  however, as September is Bee Aware Month, Cushla has shifted focus to that incredibly important insect. About the Bees By Cushla McGaughey The mini helicopter suspended over a flower suddenly zips sideways. It looks like a bee and even does some pollinating, but has no []

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