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Sunday, 18 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 19 in history Homepaddock

197 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeated usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.

1473  Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer, was born (d. 1543).

1594-  Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland,Sigismund III of the House of Vasa was crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.

1600 The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina exploded in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.

1674 England and the Netherlands signed the Peace of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfered the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it was renamed New York.

1743 Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, was born  (d. 1805).

1807 Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr was arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.

1819 British explorer William Smith discovered the South Shetland Islands, and claimed them in the name of King George III.

1847 The first group of rescuers reached the Donner Party who had been snowbound. Some of the party resorted to cannibalism to survive.

1861 Serfdom was abolished in Russia.

1878 The phonograph was patented by Thomas Edison.

1883 Parihaka leaders Te Whiti and Tohu were released.

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17:53

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

On my morning walk I happened to be passing the entrance to Burnside Homestead as four cyclists came out and stopped to take a photo.

I offered to take one of all of them and in the process got into conversation with them.

They were very enthusiastic about the Alps2Ocean cycleway and the hospitality theyd received at Burnside.

The cycleway has created lots of jobs and brings a lot of people who would never have travelled from Mount Cook to Oamaru Harbour without it.

Its boosting the local economy and also providing exercise opportunities for locals and Im grateful for that.

17:12

Disturbances in Whitianga 4: Clandestine And Dangerous Kapiti Independent

(To read the earlier episodes scroll down to February 14, 15 and 16.) Nobody seemed to know but DoC By Stephanie McKee  DoC managers were utterly secretive about the storage of 23,000 kgs of 1080 bags in the centre of Whitianga town. Very few knew about this storage, as far as we know not the []

16:35

ON THE BRINK RADIO #236 IN 9 HRS: DEEP SEABED MININGSPECTRE OF GEO-TERRORISM AND ECOCIDAL CATASTROPHE Uncensored Publications

Solwara 1 is the worlds first seabed mine to get a license to operate. It will set a worldwide precedent if the project does go ahead. There are strong indications that microbial life is widespread at depth in the crust of the Earth, just as such life has been identified in numerous ocean vents. This []

The post ON THE BRINK RADIO #236 IN 9 HRS: DEEP SEABED MININGSPECTRE OF GEO-TERRORISM AND ECOCIDAL CATASTROPHE appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

16:02

Thought for the day on idealism (or, perhaps, ideology) The Hinterland

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.

H L Mencken.

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Athwartships across a ship from side to side; from one side to the other of a vessel at right angles to the keel.

10:59

Pipes Skirl At Weka Park Kapiti Independent

leave a homeland we have lost, to make a new beginning beneath the Southern Cross. Scottish balladeer, Steve McDonald Scottish heritage alive and well  Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs Twelve pipe bands playing in Raumati were a reminder of New Zealands proud Scottish heritage. Saturday 17 February saw the annual Wellington, []

10:00

Unbend Homepaddock

Unbend Prints

Theres always a moment when you see how youve bent yourself into a shape that fits the people youve known & you see how that has to stop & though its not always easy, thats exactly where you begin to find out who youre meant to be.  Unbend    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.

08:30

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Are you bogged mate? Mary OBrien Rural:

I spend a lot of time raising awareness about spray drift but recent events have compelled me to talk about something that disturbs me even more than spray drift.

I have spent my whole life working in rural and remote Australia and always around country blokes; working with them, for them, and beside them. My father was one, my brother is one, and most of my dearest friends are country blokes. I have always worked in male dominated occupations and that certainly doesnt make me special but I believe it has given me a good understanding of rural men and it has definitely given me a deep and profound respect for them.

So when I see country blokes facing challenges like never before, I need to say something because I know none of them will. Im talking about rural mens mental health and more specifically, rural male suicide. Yes, that mongrel black dog that sneaks in when you least expect it, grabs all of your rational thoughts, buries them somewhere you cant find them, and without you or those close to you noticing, it gradually pulls you into a hole, a bog hole. . . 

Taupo Beef and Lamb starts exporting its meat range to Japanese supermarkets Gerald Piddock:

Taupo Beef and Lamb has begun exporting its meat range to Japan.

The company, established by farmers Mike and Sharon Barton, sent the first container load of product in December which went on sale at five high end supermarkets east of Tokyo in mid-January.

The response from shoppers so far had been great, said Mike Barton at a field day at Onetai Station.. . 

NZ Ireland collaboration confirmed Nicole Sharp:

Similarities between Ireland and New Zealand are leading to collaborations on research and development in the dairy industry.

Southland dairy farmers Tim Driscoll and Tony Miles travelled to Ireland recently with DairyNZ research and development general manager David McCall and AgResearch scientist Jane Chrystal.

The aim of the visit, which had funding from the two organisations and the Ministry for Primary Industries, was to cement the collaboration between the two countries.

Mr Driscoll said both countries were similar in climate which made them ideal for comparisons in research and d...

08:22

You Need To Hear This: Epic Radar/Visual/Multiple Witness UFO Event Uncensored Publications

This one is set to become a classic in the annals of ufology! secureteam10 Published on Feb 16, 2018 You Need To Hear These FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling New evidence offers great detail of the bizarre event and provides unprecedented insight into how such a unique incident is []

The post You Need To Hear This: Epic Radar/Visual/Multiple Witness UFO Event appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

08:20

Quote of the Day: "May"? Not PC


As manufactured credit balloons, savings disappear and the marginal productivity of debt collapses

"The Austrians may have had it right all: ...ineffective central bank policies, which cause interest rates to remain too low for too long, resulting in excessive credit creation, speculative economic bubbles and lowered savings.
~ Lance Roberts from his post (and tweet) 'There Will Be No Economic Boom'
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07:24

Bridges hopeless off-script Your NZ

Simon Bridges stood for the deputy leadership of the National Party after John Key stepped down in December 2016, and failed. He has now put himself forward for the leadership position being left vacant by Bill English. RNZ: National leader vote: Bridges touts generational change Simon Bridges has made a pitch for leader of the []

06:45

Refreshing taking fight to Arderns celebrification Your NZ

Jacinda Ardern has taken celebrity politics to a whole new level since. This began before she became Labour leader and Prime Minister. Her media management had already included celebrity style magazine coverage. That has continued, with the latest example being Ardern featuring in a US magazine, Vogue. In general the New Zealand media has both []

06:15

Russian collusion of hoax? Your NZ

The indictments announced this week by the FBI special investigation into Russian interference into US elections have shown that probably some Russians did try to interfere in to 2016 election. This would hardly be a surprise, both the US and Russia have long records of interfering in the democracies of other countries. So the hoax []

05:44

National leadership safe option or risk? Your NZ

National support stayed remarkably high throughout their three terms in government, barely changing when John Key stood down and Bill English took over. This was partly due to the performance of National voters tend to prefer steady, sound and predictable governance and partly due to the weakness of the Opposition, especially Labours failure []

05:30

Why child poverty targets make no sense Lindsay Mitchell

Published in NBR, Friday, Feb 9, but behind a paywall:

Why child poverty targets make no sense

The new coalition government intends to set targets to reduce the proportion of children living in low income homes, and impose them on future governments. It's feel-good stuff from a fledgling Prime Minister who's made fighting child poverty her own personal crusade.

It's feel-good but definitely fraught, and probably futile and foolish. Let me explain by way of example.

My family is 2,2 (two adults, two dependents). That's the coding description used in the Household Incomes Report, the official  source of child poverty statistics.

For argument's sake, our income could be $100,000.  Because, according to the report, "... a larger household needs more income than a smaller household for the two households to have similar standards of living... " a process called equivalisation is applied. That means  $100,000 is scaled down to $50,000 for comparative data purposes.

Equivalised incomes provide the median from which thresholds are set. Children in poverty are usually deemed to live in households with incomes under the 60 percent threshold of the equivalised median.

Your eyes are glazing over.

But the point to make is that in 2017 our 2,2 family reduced to a 2,1 group after 1 left home to study in Dunedin. Immediately we got 'richer' due to the equivalisation process artificially bumping up our income.

In fact we got 'poorer' because 1 in Dunedin required more financial support than when part of our 'official' household.

The current statistical measurement does not capture what is actually happening in our household. We apparently got richer but actually got poorer. Of course this is just a one-off example of how surveyed statistics can't accurately measure what is happening in individual households.

At the macro level, let me pose a circumstance whereby children in poverty could also apparently get 'richer'.

The ageing population and reducing home ownership means that increasingly, more elderly will rely solely on Super. That means more will be poorer. As they move into statistical ranks of poverty, fewer children can occupy those ranks (remembering all measured poverty in New Zealand is relative).

The Household Incomes Report - a meticulous and honest piece of work -  highlights how various circumstances can throw up misleading outcomes:

"...in times of good economic growth with rising real wages, rising employment and reducing unemployment, median income (and therefore the poverty lines which are simply a proportion of the median) can rise more quickly than the incomes in the lower parts of the income distribution. In these circumstances a REL measure would report increasing poverty even if those in low-income household...

05:07

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 109 Kapiti Independent

  The seventh quiz of 2018 can still be attempted by scrolling down to February 14.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   Which two American states feature in the titles of the following songs: Sweet Home Alabama, Hotel California.   What is the family []

05:02

Poem of the Month Kapiti Independent

  Do you remember? By Gill Ward Do you remember the streamers the ones we threw from the ships? And the crowds on the old wooden wharves who grasped them as we threw.  That boy I was leaving to get 12,000 miles away from I just had to hope that he was on the []

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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What makes heroic? To face simultaneously ones greatest suffering and ones highest hope. Friedrich Nietzsche

 

04:30

Be kind to animals or Your NZ

Hes Sonia Yoshioka Braid (@eloquentsonia) February 17, 2018  

03:35

Daily Digest 2/17 - Central Banks Will Let The Next Crash Happen, The Return Of Dubai's Ultimate Folly "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Daily Digest 2/17 - Central Banks Will Let The Next Crash Happen
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03:20

Media watch Sunday Your NZ

18 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

18 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 []

01:04

West coast of South Island, New Zealand hit by 9000 lightning strikes "IndyWatch Feed World"

The West Coast had around 9000 lightning strikes as a thunderstorm and heavy rain worked its way up the South Island. Rain earlier in the day caused a number of slips on State Highway 6, including between Whataroa and Haast, Westport and Greymouth, and at Barrytown, but the road is now open. MetService forecaster Cameron Coutts said most of the lightning strikes were out to sea. He said the the heavy rain warning for Buller was lifted at 5pm, but the West Coast was in for more heavy rain on Sunday, particularly around Fiordland. The downpours came ahead of warnings of gales and heavy rain from Cyclone Gita, expected to make its way to New Zealand early next week.

Saturday, 17 February

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

February 18 in history Homepaddock

3102 BC Epoch of the Kali Yuga.

1229 The Sixth CrusadeFrederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signed a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.

1268 The Livonian Brothers of the Sword were defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.

1478 George, Duke of Clarence, who was convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, was executed.

1685 Fort St. Louis was established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for Frances claim to Texas.

1745 The city of Surakarta, Central Java was founded on the banks ofBengawan Solo river, and became the capital of the Kingdom of Surakarta.

1797 Trinidad was surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby.

1814 The Battle of Montereau.

1841 The first ongoing filibuster in the United States Senate began and lasted until March 11.

1846 Beginning of the Galician peasant revolt.

1861 Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.

1861 King Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assumed the title of King of Italy.

1873 Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski was executed in Sofi...

19:06

365 days of gratitude Homepaddock

Yesterdays sore throat is still here and its been joined by a runny nose.

People say its only a cold but theres nothing only about feeling like youve swallowed razor blades and have a tap on your nose.

But Ive eaten three oranges over the course of the day.

Whether or not the vitamin C is effective, I felt marginally better after each one and Im grateful for that.

 

17:20

Mueller: Russians entered U.S. to plot election meddling (But no US collusion!) Uncensored Publications

There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity, Rod Rosenstein Democrats say the indictment proves Russian meddling is no hoax, while Trump allies say charges of Trump campaign collusion with the Kremlin remain baseless. By MICHAEL CROWLEY and LOUIS NELSON (Politico) Special counsel Robert Mueller []

The post Mueller: Russians entered U.S. to plot election meddling (But no US collusion!) appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

16:00

Black Caps Squander The Advantage Kapiti Independent

Big score, poor bowling By Roger Childs The T20 matches are the most exciting form of cricket. This is crash and bash stuff and not for the purists. There is plenty of hit, miss and snick, and consequently runs aplenty. You havent got time to play yourself in and need to make the big hits []

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Pornification  the prevalence and growing and acceptance and normalisation of sexual themes and explicit imagery in popular or mainstream culture; the perceived pervasion of society in general or an aspect of it by the imagery, language, and attitudes associated with pornography.

13:53

Is a list leaning Government an issue? Your NZ

Does it matter that the Government has more list MPs that electorate MPs? Alasdair Thompson @ajthompson13 asked: Interesting, but does it matter? NZ Govt consists of 34 List MPs & 29 electorate MPs. Opposition consists 15 List MPs & 42 electorate MPs. All MPs have equal voting status within the parliament. I dont think that in []

11:30

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Disease has two hubs Annette Scott:

Cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has been in New Zealand for at least two years and is spread wider than first thought, Southland veterinary clinic Vet South says while Biosecurity Minister Damien OConnor says there are now two infection hubs.

The Winton practice sent an email to clients on Thursday urging people whose stock or properties might have been linked to Southern Centre Dairies to come forward.

Southern Centre Dairies, the hub of infected properties in Southland, is owned by Gea and Alfons Zeestraten.

Vet South director veterinarian Georgette Wouda said Ministry for Primary Industries surveillance work indicated the disease was limited to a relatively small group of farms but more needed to be known.

Down in our region all of the infected properties to date have links with Alfons Zeestratens farms. . .

Lamb and wool marketers confident Sally Rae:

Farmers visiting Alliance Groups tent at the Southern Field Days had mostly one burning question how long could lamb prices be sustained.

And the response? We feel market fundamentals around the world give us some confidence, chairman Murray Taggart said.

The North Canterbury farmer acknowledged that his position was a bit easier than what it was when he first took on the role.

The mood among farmers was pretty positive and, despite climatic conditions, he was really chuffed with market prices.

Youve done a bloody good job, a long-time shareholder told Mr Taggart on the way past, but Mr Taggart said the company was not resting on its laurels. . . 

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10:00

Saturdays smiles Homepaddock

Pete had an awful day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one. On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered four gurnard fillets.

He told the fish salesman, Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?

Why do you want me to throw them at you?

Because I want to tell my wife that I caught them.

Okay, but I suggest that you take the orange roughy.

But why?

Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take orange roughy. Shed rather have that for dinner tonight.

 

09:24

Struggling To Find A Leader Kapiti Independent

Desperately Seeking National By Roger Childs Even the most diehard Tory supporter would be dismayed at the field lining up to replace Bill English as leader. Judith Collins has a lot of baggage; Simon Bridges is not easy to listen to; and Amy Adams had a flawed run as Justice Minister. There is nobody to []

09:00

Judith Collins maiden speech Homepaddock

Three MPs have entered the race to be the next National Party leader.

Who are they and what do they stand for?

Some of the answers to those questions are in their maiden speeches.

I am posting each of them this morning, in alphabetical order.

JUDITH COLLINS (NZ National-Clevedon): Since this is the first time that I have spoken in Parliament, I take this opportunity to congratulate the Speaker on his
appointment, an appointment, I note, that was made with the full support of this House.

I am proud to represent the electorate of Clevedon on behalf of the New Zealand National Party. Clevedon is a diverse electorate, located both to the south and to the east of Auckland. It is 80 percent urban and 20 percent rural. Included in its boundaries are the historic township of Papakura, the rural areas of Clevedon, Orere Point, Kawakawa Bay, Brookby, Alfriston, Whitford, and Ardmore-which, incidently, is home to the busiest airport in New Zealand. It encompasses the coastal townships of Maraetai and Beachlands, and to the north, New Zealands fastest-growing residential areas: Dannemora, Somerville, Shamrock Park, Point View, and Shelly Park.

The people of Clevedon are ethnically diverse. The population includes European New Zealanders. Maori New Zealanders, Pacific Island New Zealanders, and, increasingly, New Zealanders who have migrated mainly from Taiwan, Korea, India, China, South Africa, and Fiji. It is an electorate of schools with the highest decile ratings, and schools with the lowest decile ratings.

Clevedon is an electorate of old and new traditions, of Christian churches and Buddhist temples. On the one hand it is the home of the present Minister of Justice; on the other hand it was the home of Michael Choy until he was brutally slain. It is New Zealand as it is today.

I am the youngest of six children born to Percy and Jessie Collins of Walton in the Waikato. We were dairy farming people. We were not wealthy people but we were not
poor. We were and are middle New Zealand. In a way, we were very privileged. We had two parents, discipline, responsibilities, plenty of love, and, more than anything else, we had security-a family in reality, not just in name. I decided to become a lawyer. I did not know any, but I had seen them on television and I knew that lawyers could, if they wanted to, do a lot of good for people.

That vague ambition was made solid when someone made the mistake of telling me that I could not do it. The exact words were: You wont be a lawyer. Youre a nice girl; youll get married.&#822...

08:00

Simon Bridges maiden speech Homepaddock

Three MPs have entered the race to be the next National Party leader.

Who are they and what do they stand for?

Some of the answers to those questions are in their maiden speeches.

I am posting each of them this morning, in alphabetical order.

SIMON BRIDGES (NationalTauranga) : Nearly every maiden speech that I have read has begun with the member congratulating Mr Speaker on his appointment to high office, and I congratulate you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and also Mr Speaker, the Hon Lockwood Smith. I congratulate the Hon Lockwood Smith not only as a matter of professional courtesy but because of our personal friendship, going back to a beer we shared at Auckland Universitys Shadows bar when he was getting a hard time as education Minister and I was a pimply young Nat.

Indeed, I joined the National Party at a young age, not because of any longstanding family connection to the greatest political party in the history of our nation but because then, as now, I believed in less not more government, in individuals doing as much for themselves as possible, and in reward for hard work and enterprise. Then, as now, I was generally economically dry and socially conservative, but never unthinkingly or uncaringly so. We need to do what works, not what sounds good in theory. In human affairs matters are often shades of grey, and not simply black or white. In economic times like these, rigid adherence to orthodoxies may not solve things for ordinary Kiwis. World-class health and education systems are essential. New Zealanders clearly understand this, and voted on 8 November for a John Key led Government and the fresh approach to our nations challenges that it brings; they voted to move away from a slavish adherence to ideology, towards a new style of politics that is inclusive, dignified, and decent, and that believes that politics can be noble and deliver greater justice.

Can I today in this hallowed hall acknowledge my wonderful family and my amazing wife. My mother is from Waih dairy-farming stock and my father from Frankton in Hamilton. Like so many in this nation, my mothers ancestors came from England, while my fathers mother, Naku Joseph, was Ngti Maniapoto and came from rural prure, near Te Kiti. She remained in an unhappy relationship with her hard-living husband, Alf Bridges, because in those days early last century she thought that marriage to a Pkeh man was bettering herself and her childrens prospects. She continually told my father that she wanted her children and grandchildren to have letters behind their names, without really understanding what that meant. The dysfunction my father grew u...

07:46

Quote of the day: "The gravest danger to the west ... " Not PC


"The gravest danger to the West has come not from hardworking Latino farmhands, [Indian students] or conscientious Chinese engineers, but from the import of postmodernist European intellectuals.
...."Offshore citizens have risked even death to escape tyranny. Individuals must be free to move, but governments are not instituted to secure the individual rights of citizens not their own.
...."Human beings have a conceptual and rational faculty that determines the content of their minds. Many read and absorb the ideas of the Enlightenment and move themselves to a mental state compatible with the values of Individualism; indeed, those who have done so despite their culture could well be stronger in their convictions than those born into such values. They also have raw negative emotion tied to a fear of, and memory of, a culture that alienated them.
...."The culture they bring with them is the content of their minds."

~ Vinay Kolhatkar, from his post 'The Case for Unbounded Immigration'
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07:00

Amy Adams maiden speech Homepaddock

Three MPs have entered the race to be the next National Party leader.

Who are they and what do they stand for?

Some of the answers to those questions are in their maiden speeches.

I am posting each of them this morning, in alphabetical order.

AMY ADAMS (NationalSelwyn) : It is with a great deal of respect that I rise to present my maiden speech in this Chamber, and I offer my congratulations to you, sir, on your election. I stand before this House as the representative for the newly formed Canterbury seat of Selwyn, and I am conscious of the great debt that I owe to the people of my electorate for the faith they have shown in me. I would like to begin today by pledging to them my commitment to work in their interests and for their advancement for the time I am here.

I would also like to pay a personal tribute to the Prime Minister, the Hon John Key. Our Prime Minister is a man of great honour and real charisma, and a man with a heartfelt empathy for the people of New Zealand. He has been an inspiration to me, my electorate, and all New Zealand, and I am especially honoured to be serving in his Government.

We seem to raise strong politicians on the Canterbury plains. I come from the same part of the country as the great Sir John Hall, a farmer, and former Premier of New Zealand, who in the 1870s formed and maintained a Government in a period of great change and instability. Sir John is particularly to be remembered for one of his final acts of public life, which was to successfully shepherd the womens suffrage bill into the House in 1890.

In the passage of time we seem to have lost sight of the enormous contribution Sir John made, and, as a woman now representing his home area, I take a moment to acknowledge his legacy. As a farmer, he and his brothers formed one of the first large-scale sheep runs in the South Island, which later became Terrace Station. As a politician for the original Selwyn seat, he was respected for his integrity and huge contribution to the developing nations landscape. Sir John was a staunch conservative who felt that women would bring more decorum and civilised behaviour to politics, and who would be least likely to countenance official extravagance. Women, he noted, instinctively possess a far keener insight into character than men, and the result of giving them a vote would be that a candidates chance at election would depend more on his character, for trustworthiness, for ability and for straightforwardness than on mere professions made on the hustings. He said: A clever ready-tongued political adventurer may cajole a set...

06:42

Labour moves to legalise abortion Your NZ

New Zeaslands laws that cover abortion are a sham they are effectively largely ignored, although they make women go through a demeaning process. But they may soon be addressed by Parliament, something thats long overdue. Past governments have chosen to sweep the sham under a big rug. Newsroom: Labour moves to legalise abortion Andrew []

06:28

A silly ACT Your NZ

David Seymour getting desperate for attention? Stuff Below the Beltway: The ups and downs of the political week DOWN David Seymour  The ACT leader is going to be on Dancing With The Stars. He needs to find 15 hours a week to train, which will no doubt cut into the time he has for his []

05:59

Cyclone Gita warning highly impactful likely in NZ Your NZ

Metservice Severe Weather Outlook Cyclone Gita is expected to approach New Zealand from the northwest early next week.There remains uncertainty with regards to the speed and track of Gita, but the passage of this system across New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday is likely to bring a period of highly impactful severe weather. There is []

05:13

13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections Your NZ

The FBI investigation into Russian interference in the US elections in 2016 has made a major move. From Fox News: 13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering in U.S. elections, a []

05:05

Has Turei paid back the WINZ money? Your NZ

Metiria Turei promised to pay back the money she received (allegedly fraudulently) from Work and Income NZ (WINZ) in the 1990s. The self revelation blew up on Turei in July 2017 and led to her resignation as Green party leader, and her decision to withdraw from the Green Party list. She stood in the Te []

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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04:24

More on US school shootings Your NZ

Following yesterdays post: Florida school shooting (PartisanZ): Open letter from shooting victims aunt: We dont want your prayers NZHerald Powerful stuff My friends and fellow citizens, your guns are not protecting you. Your guns are killing our kids Why is your hunting hobby more important than my nieces life? Dont you []

03:46

Anonymous Patriots: Truth News Headlines -- February 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

TRUTH NEWS HEADLINES

FEBRUARY 16, 2018 | 8:06 AM

Source: Aim 4 Truth | By ANONYMOUS PATRIOTS




To our friends in New Zealand. We are counting on wide-awake patriots to get the word out to your citizenry about these crazed tech lords.

WHY SILICON VALLEY BILLIONAIRES ARE PREPPING FOR THE APOCALYPSE IN NEW ZEALAND

UTAH GOP CHIEF SLAMS MITT ROMNEYS EXPECTED SENATE RUN



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WHITE HOUSE: DEMOCRATS OPEN BORDER FRINGE BLOCKS IMMIGRATION REFORM




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03:20

Media watch Saturday Your NZ

17 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 Saturday Your NZ

17 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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