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Sunday, 19 November

22:01

World watch Monday Your NZ

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

22:01

November 20 in history Homepaddock

284  Diocletian was chosen as Roman Emperor.

762 During An Shi Rebellion, Tang Dynasty, with the help of Huihe tribe, recaptured Luoyang from the rebels.

1194  Palermo was conquered by Emperor Henry VI.

1407 A truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orlans was agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry.

1695  Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in Brazil, was executed.

1620  Peregrine White, was born first English child born in the Plymouth Colony (d. 1704).

1700 Great Northern War: Battle of Narva  King Charles XII of Sweden defeated the army of Tsar Peter the Great at Narva.

1739 Start of the Battle of Porto Bello between British and Spanish forces during the War of Jenkins Ear.

1765 Sir Thomas Fremantle, British naval captain, was born (d. 1819).

1820 An 80-ton sperm whale attacked the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melvilles 1851 novel Moby-Dick was in part inspired by this story).

1841  Maketu Wharetotara, the 17-year-old son of the Nga Puhi chief Ruhe, killed five people at Motuarohia in the Bay of Islands.

Mass murder in the Bay of Islands

1845 Argentine Confederation: Battle of Vuelta de Obligado.

1889  Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, was born (d. 1953).

1900  Chester Gould, American comic strip artist, creator of Dick Tracey, was born (d. 1985).

1908 ...

20:39

'Thank you Russia for beating hate with love' - New Zealand supporter's heartfelt letter to football fans "IndyWatch Feed World"

When New Zealand failed to become the 32nd and final qualifiers for the Russia 2018 World Cup, going down 2-0 to Peru in their play-off second leg in Lima, it shattered the dreams of their steadfast official supporters group - 'The Flying Kiwis'. The group had hoped for a return to Russia since visiting last summer for the 2017 Confederations Cup, held in four Russian cities from June 17 to July 2, and in which New Zealand played in the opening match against hosts Russia at St. Petersburg Stadium. Defeat hit 'All Whites' fan Matt Fejos the hardest. The Wellington native traveled to all three New Zealand games at the tournament, from St. Petersburg to Sochi and back.

16:11

Hooked By A Dame? Kapiti Independent

The wonderful world of pantomime By Ralph  McAllister Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter dragged my brother and me into the world of pantomime. Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, every Christmas, our gran would treat us to what was a highlight of the year. That was in forties Scotland. The cheers that reverberated as these famous dames []

15:01

Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken Uncensored NZ Blog

Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken by Jon Rappoport November 15, 2017 Source: NY Times, 11/13, First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical Big Brother. Heres the new equation: A medicine is a pill is a sensor that reports when you took the pill. Achtung! Take your medication on []

The post Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Bioluminescent  the production and emission of light by a living organism such as fireflies, glowworms, and certain fish, jellyfish, plankton, fungi, and bacteria


Filed under: language Tagged: bioluminescent

13:55

Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows Uncensored NZ Blog

Im always wary of earthquake predictions for obvious reasons. Ive heard enough of them that never came to anything more than panickmongering, but still, I berated a number of luminaries for announcing the 2010 NZ Greendale quake to be a once in 16000 year event when another earthquake could occur at any moment. Lulling everyone []

The post Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.

13:10

Freedom Frenzy Grips Zimbabwe, But What Happens Next? Uncensored NZ Blog

President Robert Mugabe is under intense pressure to resign. But nothing has been heard from the 93-year-old since he appeared at a university graduation on Friday. We want to tell President Mugabe, it is time to rest, Chipo tells us as she continues celebrating with her friends near Freedom Square. This is a new Zimbabwe, []

The post Freedom Frenzy Grips Zimbabwe, But What Happens Next? appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.

12:32

Missing Submarines And Missed Calls Uncensored NZ Blog

Argentinas defense ministry said seven failed satellite calls that it believes came from a missing naval submarine were detected on Saturday in a likely sign the crew of 44 was trying to reestablish contact. The calls, believed to be from the ARA San Juan submarine, lasted between four and 36 seconds in the late morning []

The post Missing Submarines And Missed Calls appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.

12:00

Erica Stanfords maiden speech Homepaddock

East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her maiden speech this week:

Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your successful election to the role of Speaker.

I look forward to your rigorous application of the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast Bays. 

Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House is moving with the times.

I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last week.

The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to enjoy his time on the big chair.

In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you leading, literally from the front, was quite a special moment. 

I would like to start today, by acknowledging and thanking the people of the East Coast Bays for their trust and confidence in electing me as their representative to this Parliament.

I am deeply humbled by the support that I have received from my community and I am especially proud to be the first female MP for East Coast Bays.

This is my first rodeo and as a rookie I owe a debt of gratitude to many people for their support on this ride into Parliament.

In particular I would like to thank my electorate Chair, Scott Browne, my high-school buddy and campaign chair Vernon Tava, and my dear friend and right-hand man, Tony Hannifin.

Today I must also acknowledge and thank my predecessor, and former boss of four years, the Honourable Murray McCully.

Murray was first elected as MP for East Coast Bays in 1987, a day after my ninth birthday, with the slim majority of 311 votes.

For 30 years he was a hard-working and well respected local MP, evident in the fact that he left Parliament with an impressive majority of over 15,000, which is a monumental effort and just shy of my very first majority of 16,000.

I jest Mr Speaker, but I am well aware I am fortunate to ride the shoulders of this political giant. 

And of course he will go down in history as one of our finest Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

I am who I am because of my family and I owe them all so much for their part in getting me here tod...

10:36

Japan: Soccer v Rugby Kapiti Independent

Transforming Japanese soccer By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith Back when the Japan Football Association (JFA) was preparing to launch the J-League, players developed their skills at primary, junior, and high schools, then at university. This was also the case with rugby and other sports. This is where all the necessary contacts were made and []

10:00

Fierce Guide Homepaddock

Fierce Guide Prints

Someone asked me today how to stop being afraid of life & I thought of you. So fierce & gentle with the people you meet & I told her what you taught me: let love guide you, in even the smallest things, because thats what all life is hungry for.  Fierce Guide  2016 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.


Filed under: whimsy Tagged: Brian Andreas, Story People

08:30

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Further 1000 Mycoplasma Bovis cattle to be culled in South Canterbury Ryan Dunlop:

A further 1000 cattle will be culled in South Canterbury due to the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis.

According to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), that will bring the total cull number up to 5000.

Meanwhile several people have applied to the ministry for compensation for loss of livestock and productivity. 

On Wednesday, MPI confirmed another farm in South Canterbury was infected with the disease, bringing the total infected properties to eight. . . 

Safes distortion of harmless farming practice Jon Morgan:

 Take a look at this video supplied by the animal rights group, Safe. It shows a cow running behind a car towing a trailer holding three calves.

Safe sent the video to TVNZ and it has been picked up by other news organisations and run by them without any attempt to find out what is actually happening.

Safe alleges that this is a distressed cow chasing after her calves, showing a strong bond between them.

However, the overwhelming opinion of dairy farmers who have seen the video is that nothing of the kind is happening. . . 

Wool sale best in a long time Alan Williams:

Prices gained ground across the board at Thursdays special live wool auction at the Christchurch A&P Show.

Best sale in a long time, PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager and auctioneer Dave Burridge said.

He estimated nearly $6 million of wool was sold at the sale, the second auction staged at the show.

First-up at the sale was the New Zealand Merino co offering and auctioneer Mike Hargadon later noted a little more enthusiasm on the buyer bench than at the usual market venue, in what was a very firm market for its fine wools. . . 

Shearing: Tony Coster wins national title at Canterbury Show:

Former New Zealand representative shearer and multiple national all-breeds champion Tony Coster reckoned he only shore in yesterdays New Zealand Corriedale Championship to get out of do...

07:24

The Curiously Good End of Year Party Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community


The Curiously Good End of Year Party is just around the corner... Here is a kind reminder with the practical information:

WhenSaturday 25 November

3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: come along with your children for storytime, workshops with Juliette MacIver (from 3 yrs) & Paul Beavis (from 9 yrs),  do some Christmas shopping - The Children's Bookshop staff will give you their best advice!

7.30 pm to late: enjoy drinks (homemade Curiously Good Beer), music, artwork exhibition-sale and good company!

Where: Gecko Press, 9 Holland Street, Level 1, Wellington

Thanks to those of you who have sent an RSVP. For the other ones... you have still time to do it!

We are looking forward to see you on November 25.


 


07:18

Sydney Writers' Festival Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community


Superstar children's author David Walliams is coming to town in December! Join David and special guests Julia Zemiro (City Recital Hall) and Jay Laga'aia (Riverside Theatres) for hijinks, laughter and storytelling. 
East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil  is not to be missed. Inspired by the music and stories that connected three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials academic Hersch...

07:16

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


Ridout Resigns From Head of Zeus: CEO Amanda Ridout has resigned from her position, and will be leaving the company at the end of the month.

Donna Tartt Drops Her Agent: The author has left agent Amanda Binky Urban after Urban landed Tartt a $3 million deal for the movie rights to 'The Goldfinch.'

St. Louis Publisher to Begin Again: After 200,000 booksthe publisher's entire stockburned in a warehouse fire in St. Louis on Wednesday, Reedy Press moves on.

07:00

Mining personal grief for political ends Homepaddock

When politicians make promises do you take them at their word?

Under MMP thats harder because they can always use the excuse, that was their policy but had to let it go during coalition negotiations.

But if it was a promise made by the two parties in government and their coalition partner outside government that one cant be used.

In August, leaders of Labour, United Future, the Maori Party and the Green Party signed a commitment to reenter Pike River mine.

National, rightly, put lives before politics:

Environment Minister Nick Smith responded to the commitment and said the parties were either making empty promises to the families or proposing to water down a law intended to prevent future workplace tragedies. 

It is a hollow political stunt for parties to promise manned re-entry of the mine by the end of 2018, he said.  

It would be reckless for politicians to override the 800-page detailed assessment that concluded that manned entry deep into this drift was too risky to life.

There is no cover-up. There is no conspiracy. Pike River was a horrible industrial accident that unnecessarily killed 29 men.

The greatest duty we owe the memory of these men is to take the risks of explosions in gassy coalmines seriously and to comply with the new workplace safety laws that stemmed from the Royal Commission of Inquiry [into the Pike River Mine Tragedy].

Winston Peters said hed be one of the first to go back into Pike River and manned entry was one of New Zealand Firsts bottom lines.

Such promises are oh so easy in opposition, but what happens when the reality of government bites?

Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot guarantee a re-entry of the mine and has told family members that he will do what he can but safety is the top priority. . . 

Ultimately, and the families are very clear, the first principle of the set of principles that are governing what we do is safety, the safety of anybody involved in the re-entry project. Im not going to put anybody at undue risk. Im simply not going to.

...

06:28

Another family values politician fails and falls Your NZ

We only tend to hear about the transgressors but there seems to be a lot of politicians who promote family values who act the opposite. Cleveland:  Ohio legislator Wes Goodman led secret gay life, made unwelcome advances to younger men, people who knew him say In public, Wesley Goodman was an up-and-coming conservative who championed pro-family and []

06:13

Trump pot mocks Franken kettle Your NZ

President Donald Trump has mocked Senator Al Franken after revelations of sexual harassment. The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017 .And to think that just last []

06:10

Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brian Berletic Ed Yong in his article, New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World, helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically...

05:45

Mike King predicts a rise in suicide rate Your NZ

Mike King, who is closely involved in addressing the high rate of suicide in New Zealand, predicts the numbers will go up. NZH: Mental health advocate Mike King is predicting a rise in our suicide rate We have to understand there are so many suicides that arent recorded. Coroners have to be 100 percent sure. []

05:39

New Map Reveals The Safest And Least Safe Countries To Travel To "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018s Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are the most dangerous and which are the safest to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is very dangerous in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a rapidly developing variable risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown

The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the low category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for as they were deemed to have rapidly developing variable risk when it comes to hea...

05:15

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96 Answers Kapiti Independent

The latest challenge can still be done by scrolling down to November 15.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   Which character in Schultzs Peanuts cartoons has a passion for Beethovens music? (Schroeder)   The film Murder on the Orient Express is based on a []

05:09

Principal on parental and school responsibility and accountability Your NZ

In a senior prize giving speech a Dunedin principal has spoken of increasing pressures, especially from media, on schools on social issues and responsibilities. He said that while most parents did a fantastic job some needed to take more responsibility for their childs behaviour. ODT: Principal bemoans threats to schools A Dunedin school principal is  []

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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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. Albert Einstein.


Filed under: soapbox Tagged: Albert Einstein

03:20

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.

03:15

Media watch Sunday Your NZ

19 November 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 []

03:10

Open Forum Sunday Your NZ

19 November 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 []

Saturday, 18 November

22:05

World watch Sunday Your NZ

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

22:01

November 19 in history Homepaddock

1095 The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, began.

1493  Christopher Columbus went ashore on an island he first saw the day before. He named it San Juan Bautista (later renamed Puerto Rico).

1600 King Charles I of England was born (d. 1649).

1794 The United States and Great Britain signed Jays Treaty, which attempts to resolve some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War.

1805 Ferdinand de Lesseps, French diplomat and Suez Canal engineer, was born (d. 1894).

1816  Warsaw University was established.

1847 The  Montreal and Lachine Railway was opened.

1863 American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered theGettysburg Address at the dedication of the military cemetery ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

1881 A meteorite landed near the village of Grossliebenthal, southwest of Odessa, Ukraine.

1905 Tommy Dorsey, American bandleader, was born (d. 1956).

1916 Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn established Goldwyn Pictures.

1917 Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India was born (d. 1984).

1930  Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow committed their first of a large series of robberies and other criminal acts.

1933 Larry King, American TV personality, was born.

1941 World War II: Battle between HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran. The two ships sank each other off the coast of Western Australia, with the loss of 645 Australians and about 77 German seamen.

1942 World War II: Battle of Stalingrad Soviet Union forces under General Georgy Zhukov launched the...

19:26

New Zealand lose to Fiji in League World Cup Your NZ

Last week New Zealand lost to Tonga in the league World Cup. Tonight they lost to Fiji in the quarter final. They couldnt score a try the final score was 4-2 to Fiji. Good for them, woeful for the Kiwis. Thats a terrible outcome, but the whole tournament has not been riveting. I guess []

17:07

Memorials On The Western Front Kapiti Independent

Reminders from souvenirs By Howard Chamberlain In my first article for Kapiti Independent News I wrote about my trip to the Western Front as being a series of daily adventures and spoke a little of Paris, of Clairire de lArmistice (where the Armistice was signed on 11 Nov 1918) and Arras where the New Zealand []

15:40

Ardern interview on The Nation Your NZ

Headlines from the Jacinda Ardern on The Nation this morning: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan. Ardern says for now doubling the refugee quota is enough of an increase, as the country doesnt have the resources []

15:17

Peter Pan the Pantomime! Kapiti Independent

Outstanding entertainment for all the family                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Get hooked this Pantomime season with one of the most loved stories of all times. Peter Pan and the troublesome Tinkerbell whisk Wendy away to the wondrous world of Neverland. Without Google Maps, their only directions are: Second on the right and straight on til []

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Utepils (Norwegian) a beer that is enjoyed outside on a sunny day, especially the first hot day of summer; outdoor lager.


Filed under: language Tagged: utepils

13:28

Little softening on Pike River re-entry Your NZ

The reality of Government responsibility may have set in as Andrew Little commits to a decision on re-entry of the Pike River mine, but he wont commit to re-entry, citing safety is a priority. NZH   Andrew Little: No absolute guarantee of Pike River Mine re-entry Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot []

13:10

Lack of environmental safeguards highlighted in Cooks legislation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand | 17 November 2017 

The Pacific Network on Globalisation says claims environmental costs would stop seabed mining in the Cook Islands would be thwarted by a lack of safeguards in the countrys laws.

PANG co-ordinator Maureen Penjueli says the Cooks Seabed Minerals Act dates back to 2009 when deep-sea mining was believed to be low risk, high return.

She said in 2017 the risks to the environment were still little understood.

The countrys Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner Paul Lynch said earlier this week that mineral extraction will likely not go ahead if the environmental cost is too high.

Ms Penjueli said there was nothing in the legislation to stop prospecting or mining on environmental grounds.

When you consider that our economies are heavily dependent on the ocean our people are heavily dependent on the ocean for livelihoods, food secu...

10:00

Saturdays smiles Homepaddock

Helium walks into a bar,
The bar tender says We dont serve noble gasses in here.
Helium doesnt react.

Silver walks up to Gold in a bar and says, AU, get outta here!

Two chemists go into a restaurant.
The first one says I think Ill have an H2O.
The second one says I think Ill have an H2O too and he died.

What did the scientist say when he found 2 isotopes of helium?
 HeHe

A proton and a neutron are walking down the street.
The proton says, Wait, I dropped an electron help me look for it.
The neutron says Are you sure? The proton replies Im positive.

Online money has recently been discovered to be a not-yet-identified super heavy element.
The proposed name is: Un-obtainium.

The optimist sees the glass half full.
The pessimist sees the glass half empty.
The chemist see the glass completely full, half in the liquid state and half in the vapor state.

 What do chemists call a benzene ring with iron atoms replacing the carbon atoms?
A ferrous wheel.

If H2O is the formula for water, what is the formula for ice?
H2O cubed.


Filed under: smiles ...

09:59

Michael King Writers Centre 2018 Residency Recipients Announced Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community


Next year New Zealands largest writer-residency organisation will host its largest-ever number of residencies, offering opportunities to 15 emerging and established writers historians, memoirists, essay writers, fiction writers, poets and dramatists.

Established writers include Courtney Sina Meredith (Early Summer), Fiona Samuel (Winter) Jacquie McRae (Mori residency), Tracy Farr (Spring) and Mark Broatch (Late Spring).

The six-month University of Auckland Residency at the MKWC has been awarded to acclaimed playwright Victor Roger who will work on a novel and a collection of short fiction. Having written an essay last year for the Academy of New Zealand Literature about the state of Pasifika fiction, Victor says, its very clear that New Zealand is lacking Pasifika novelists. One of the huge drivers for me to finish this work is the desire to add another voice to the canon.

The newly established Pasifika residency will be held jointly by historian Trevor Bentley and poet Serie Barford who will each spend two weeks at the centre in Devonport.

The first recipient of a Pasifika residency for emerging writers is radical accountant Pala Malisa, son of former Vanuaaku Pati cabinet minister Sela Molisa and civil servant and the writer Grace Molisa.
...

09:52

Invitaton to instore event Unity Books Wellington Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community


Author Signing | Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer & author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen | Saturday 2nd December, 1pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington


Author Signing | Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer & author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen | Saturday 2nd December, 1pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington

Unity Books is delighted to be hosting an author signing with

Daniel Falconer

Weta Workshop designer and author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen


Saturday 2nd December, 1pm
Unity Books Wellington, 57 Willis St.

For the first time ever, the epic, in-depth story of the creation of one of the most famous fantasy worlds ever imagined, a richly illustrated compendium that reveals the breathtaking craftsmanship, artistry, and technology behind the magical Middle-earth of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogies, directed by Peter Jackson.
Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen tell...

09:49

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


...
Industry bodies are holding urgent discussions on tackling the issue of sexual harassment in the trade, following publication of the findings of The Booksellers survey on the issue last week.

09:42

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


Today's Meal


Molly Ker Hawn has been appointed director of the Bent Agency UK.

In Germany, Constanze Neumann takes over at
Aufbauand the imprint Blumenbar as editor-in-chief for literary fiction on December, replacing Gunnar Cynybulk. She was editor-in-chief at Hoffmann & Campe until 2016, and has been working as a literary agent.

At Catapult, Morgan Jerkins has been promoted to associate editor of the magazine, while Megha Majumdarmoves up to associate editor for the magazine and books.

It was early August when we
reported...

08:34

Select committee membership Your NZ

Select committees Much of the work of the House of Representatives takes place in committees made up of a small group of MPs.  These committees examine issues in detail, from government policy and proposed new laws, to wider topics like the economy. There are 12 subject select committees and 5 specialist committees.  Select committee business items []

08:30

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Fruit early but shortage of workers Yvonne OHarra:

Cromwell and Roxburgh orchardists are intending to start harvesting cherries this week, which is up to 10 days earlier than usual.
However, there is also a shortage of workers.

Orchardists spoken to by Southern Rural Life said at this early stage of the season, the regions crops of cherries and apricots were shaping up as some of the best there had been for a few years, thanks to the milder spring.

Cromwell orchardist Mark Jackson, of Jacksons Orchard, said everyone he had talked to was pretty happy with the season so far and with the way the crops looked. . .

The new post-quake normal for south Marlborough NZs biggest cul de sac Oliver Lewis:

In a pair of towns straddling a major highway, the sound of engine noise at night has become a curiosity.

People prick up their ears from inside earthquake-damaged homes, wondering about a noise that until a year ago was a near-constant hum in the background.

Any road big enough to matter is called arterial, but for the south Marlborough towns of Seddon and Ward the description is particularly apt for State Highway 1.

Winding its way through the surrounding vineyards and gold-coloured rolling hills, the highway pumped through a steady stream of travellers and trade lifeblood for businesses in the area. . .

Mustering courage Alex Cook:

Stretching along both sides of the Clarence River and straddling the Clarence Fault, which runs between the seaward and inward Kaikura Ranges, is Muzzle Station.

Its New Zealands most isolated high country station, and when the Kaikura earthquake struck, its most precariously placed.

No time to read? Listen here now

Its also the home of managers Fiona and Guy Redfern, and when the 7.8 quake hit just past midnight on 14 November, the couple could hear the horrific sound of rock walls around the house tumbling down, and the house cracking with the movement. . . .

07:10

On Chloe Swarbricks maiden speech Your NZ

The youngest MP in Parliament is Green Chloe Swarbrick.It is very early days in her political career, she has a lot to learn and perhaps a lot to achieve. Here is her maiden speech in Parliament. Transcript: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1711/S00099/chloe-swarbrick-maiden-speech.htm Some responses to this from Reddit, which includes references to Golriz Ghahraman. ProVagrant: The message I took []

07:00

Denise Lees maiden speech Homepaddock

Denise Lees maiden speech has been widely praised for good reason.

I think it is worth reading in full, but have bolded the part where she describes the sudden death of her son, the aftermath and how that influenced her.

Tena koutou katoa

E tau nei tetahi pirere no Tikapa Moana.

Na ka kopangia maitia e te aroha o Maungakiekie, Maungarei hoki

Ka irihia ki a wai a Tamaki Herenga Waka

Ka irihia ki a wai a te Manukanuka Hoturoa

Na ka ungia nei ahau, hei mangai, hei taringa, hei kanohi mo te hunga ra,

No reira

Aroha ki a ratou kei te Tupou o te Tini

Ka mihia ki a tatou

Kia ora mai tatou katoa

Greetings to you all

A bird (fledgling) from the Coromandel has alighted here

Enfolded by the mana of Maungakiekie & Maungarei

Christened with the sacred water of Tamaki

Christened with the sacred water of Manukau

Sent here as the mouthpiece, the ears & the eyes for the people there.

Therefore

I acknowledge those who have gone before

I mihi to us

Mr Speaker, greetings to us all. And congratulations on your new role; you are one of seven members here in the 52nd parliament who sat with my father back in the 80s & 90s.

Many of us have had family precede us here, fathers, grandfathers, cousins, but unusually two of my colleagues fathers taught me in primary school, one of them moving on to become an MP, the other, my favourite teacher of all time. Well, now he happens to be in the building because his son is about to deliver a maiden speech.

No matter where you are in NZ, we are all somehow connected, somehow local, we inevitably know each other.

I drove into the local petrol station after the election to return yet another hired trailer used for signs. The station attendant approached me and remarked hey are you that lady from the signs, the one that won? Ive been watching you. If you know how to back a trailer like that you deserved to win! I laughed, introduced myself to Lester and he told me he was a regular middle New Zealander working har...

06:40

A plea to Ardern on Paid Parental Leave Your NZ

Both Labour and National are playing politics on Paid Parental Leave. Labour insisted legislation needed to be passed under urgency with a plan to increase PPL by four weeks next July, and by another four weeks in 2020 (for a total of 26 weeks). That doesnt sound very urgent. Then National proposed an amendment []

05:36

New Zealand: Muslim migrant rapist not deported, soon to be back on the streets "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their []

05:17

A problem with Kelvin Davis Your NZ

There is no doubt that Jacinda Ardern stepped up into the role of Labour leader, and stepped up further in post-election negotiations, as new Prime Minister and generally in her role in international politics (Manus aside). Not so Kelvin Davis. It seemed to be a good idea to appoint him deputy to Ardern, he had []

05:15

Our Unique Fuchsias Kapiti Independent

Kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata) By Cushla McGaughey Kotukutuku is the worlds tallest fuchsia. It is a tree reaching at least 13 metres in height, with a trunk up to 30cm or more in diameter. It is common in lowland and lower montane forests, growing at forest margins and along banks of stream. Easily propagated from seed []

05:00

Saturday soapbox Homepaddock

Saturdays 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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A word after a word, after a word is power. Margaret Atwood.


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03:20

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.

03:15

Media watch Saturday Your NZ

18 November 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 []

03:10

Open Forum Saturday Your NZ

18 November 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 []

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