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Saturday, 18 November

20:33

Been a while No Minister

It's raining out and I've got a free hour.

Firstly to my fellow bloggers on No Minister. Well done in keeping up the daily grind of posts. Its a worthy effort.

To the election.

As a contender for "The South Pacific Island Banana Democracy" prize, NZ has hit the jackpot.

MMP has finally delivered a coalition of losers. It was really just a matter of time and there can't be any bitterness as it was the inevitable outcome of our chosen system.

But National blew a fourth term.

John Key resigned without having ever spent a dime of his political capital to push real change. Then in handing over the reigns to English he set National's election demise in stone.

English, to his credit, actually did a better job as leader second time round, but at the end of the day, he remains a two time election loser, heading a party that came across more interested protecting their "comfort zones" than producing a real vision for NZ.

They may have got us through the Crash/Earthquake but that was just prudent day to day governing stuff.

What about the the vision stuff?

The world is changing. Even though human nature remains the same, the next generation of NZers have their own way of looking at things. The pressures of population growth and competition for resources/technology opportunities ensure that outcome. We all rely on the next generations ideas.

Against a totally disorganised Labour opposition under the leadership of Little, they may have had a chance.

But the arrival of Comrade Ardern (helUN II) put paid to any chance of that outcome.

The true puppet master of the 5% strategy, Peters, seized his revenge and before we knew it we had the ex President of the International Union of Socialist Youth as PM and a bunch of complete noddies in power. Just witness their opening week in Parliament.

The fiscal holes are already appearing like clouds on a sunny day.



The "pressing" issues they have seized upon- child poverty, refugees, climate change, planting trees, building houses, telling other countries what to do, free stuff for their voter base etc are all smoke and mirrors. Nothing will ever be resolved as they are all moving targets. With the added threat that the worthy concept of personal responsibility will be even more diminished in society.

We will end up billions more dollars in debt and the same shit that happens to the world will still happen.

Ardern is starting with $3,000,000 to a few pedophile opportunists on Manus Island and that is just the beginning of her long...

19:56

STUPID AS, STUPID BE No Minister

The comment by Adam Blair, Kiwi Captain, after being bundled out of the RLWC Quarter Final by Fiji.

"We won't be taking too many negatives out of this game".

FFS ... there isn't any real League competition in Fiji.   WTF does that say about the Kiwis and New Zealand League.

Ar least 'Bluey' McClennan, ex Kiwi and Warriors coach and Sky League commentator, had it right when he said Blair's comments were dumb as was the Kiwi team.

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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14:30

Iraq follows the example of the Prophet Mohammed Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Following the example of the prophet Mohammed, Iraq is set to allow the forced marriage of nine-year-old girls. The bill includes provisions that would legalise marital rape and child marriage and ban Muslims from marrying non-Muslims Human rights activists are warning that a new Iraqi law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine []

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14:00

New Zealand relishes new role as sanctimonious little **** that tells the rest of the world how they should live Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I know voters didnt really vote for this government, but MMP made it possible.  But how many of those voters expected their new government to start working hard for them? First Jacinda Ardern turns into a school maam telling Australia how to run its border security, and now we have Jimmy Shaw coming along with all []

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13:30

Hilarious: leftie journalist complains about right-wing bias of media Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Gordon Campbell cant stand the easy ride that National is getting Like clockwork, the old nanny state criticism has been wheeled out this week by the National Party and lapped up just as predictably by the mainstream media. Youd almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right []

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13:22

Denise Lees maiden speech The Inquiring Mind

Thanks for posting this

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

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12:30

Swedish police unable to cope with volume of sexual crimes by Migrants Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Above is the face of a Lesbian Swedish woman who was totally let down by the Swedish Justice system. She was raped in her own home by her Syrian neighbour while his mate stood watch in her bedroom doorway. Despite plenty of evidence the police did not prosecute and closed the investigation. In the meantime, []

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11:30

Poor form all round Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jane Patterson at RadioNZ discusses the hopeless performance in the house last week from figures on both sides: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters were back in question time after a week at APEC and the East Asia Summit, where new ministers were put through their paces. The Labour-led government is pushing []

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11:00

Where is Bill English? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A number of readers have noticed how quiet and in the background Winston Peters has been since Labour became the government so I looked out for his name in the headlines yesterday. As I read through the NZ Politics Daily headlines, Judith Collins name popped up three times, Winston Peters name popped up three times, []

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10:30

Another election promise being walked back by gobby minister Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Looks like another of Labours promises has been walked back after Chris Hipkins was altogether too gobby with his promises. Labours election promise to reinstate post-graduate student allowances has no set start date and wont be introduced until at least the 2018 second semester. During the campaign, Labour pledged to restore allowances for post-graduate students. []

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09:34

Only In America No Minister

Those who have been keeping abreast (pun intended) of American politics will know that alleged sexual assault and peccadilloes are the latest cause du jour.

Those who don't need only google Moore or Franken.

The Democrats seem to have the front running here with an illustrious history.  Some of their top performers were John Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy and Bill Clinton.  In a memorable quote JFK complained 'If I don't get a bit of stray ass every few days, I get migraines.'

In a bizarre twist, a Democrat candidate for the position of Ohio State Governor has pre-empted all the nonsense and publicly boasted of fornicating with over fifty women.  This fellow just happens to be a state supreme court judge, no less.   Pity any woman who has him sit in judgement on her sexual assault case!

Adolf eagerly awaits revelations from female nymphomaniac Democrat candidates of their bedroom athletic achievements.

Oh well, it has been obvious for some time that a successful Democrat needs to have a dick bigger than his brain.

09:30

Headline of the Week Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Talk about self-interest, youd think with 8 houses and millions of dollars of taxpayers money over the years she would have got around to fixing her own teeth: Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is making a plea to the Government to consider universal free dental care.   This morning Clark praised the Revive a Smile dental []

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09:13

A Song For The Times - "The Perilous Night" by Drive-By Truckers. Bowalley Road



Something's got a hold of our feel alright
out of control in the appetite.
We're moving in to the perilous night, Amen.


Video courtesy of YouTube


This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road.

08:30

Hooton on the government having to face the tough stuff now Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Matthew Hooton explains that play time is over for the government, they must now get down to tin tacks and start governing. Labours poor performance in parliamentary question time and the shambles over the election of the Speaker is merely the public evidence of a Beehive not yet even properly staffed. Some ministers have not []

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08:00

Of the 150 men how many of them are pedophiles? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Would you take a handful of lollies if you knew that some of them were poison? PM Jacinda Ardern when she was unable to pressure Australia into giving her the leftover dregs ( the worst of the worst) of the illegal migrants left on Manus instead handed over three million dollars of New Zealand taxpayers []

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07:30

Will it be the Greens or Labour who introduces this law in NZ? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Will it be the Greens or Labour who introduces this law in NZ? Breitbart reports on Scotland introducing legislation to stop poor people drinking. Britains Supreme Court has allowed Scotland to become the first country in the world to set a minimum price for alcohol, after a five-year legal battle. The measure is intended to bring []

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07:00

Embarrassing u-turn from Nash Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Stuart Nash has been forced to back-down over his claims the government is absolutely going to bring in an Amazon tax: Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has admitted he jumped the gun on Wednesday when he said the Government would introduce a so-called Amazon tax on internet shopping. He said it remained correct that the Government []

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06:57

Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australias Push-Back Against Jacindas Manus Island Outreach. Bowalley Road

Real Human Suffering: In the face of the extraordinary Australian push-back against the government of Jacinda Ardern, it is important to remember the people at the centre of this controversy - the appallingly-treated victims of Australia's "Pacific Solution" who remain trapped on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LONG WAY to find anything remotely resembling Australias current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort of intervention that can all-too-easily provoke a catastrophic loss of trust.

Its the sort of thing that the Soviets and the Americans used to do to one another all the time during the Cold War. Except, of course, those two superpowers were ideological and geopolitical rivals of the first order. It takes a real effort to re-cast the relationship between New Zealand and Australia in similar terms. Nevertheless, its an effort we are now obliged to make.

So, what is it that Australia has done? Essentially, its national security apparatus (presumably at the instigation of their political leaders) has released, mostly through media surrogates, a number of related stories calculated to inflame the prejudices of a certain type of New Zealander.

Like Australia, New Zealand harbours a frighteningly large number of racists. Politically-speaking, such people are easily aroused and have few qualms about setting-off ugly, racially-charged, debates on talkback radio, in the letters columns of the daily newspapers and across social media. These individuals are trouble enough when all they have to fight with are their own stereotypes and prejudices. Arm them with the carefully assembled disinformation of fake news and they instantly become quite dangerous.

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06:30

Aussies muscling up over Jacindas virtue signalling Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Things are getting tough for Jacinda Ardern as she seeks to import 150 child rapists and ratbags from Manus Island, euphemistically calling them refugees: The Australian government has a warning for Jacinda Ardern deal directly with Papua New Guinea over the Manus Island detainees and face diplomatic consequences. The warning comes as an Australian []

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06:03

WHOSE GONNA BLINK FIRST? No Minister

Saint Jacinda has let her heart rule her head in seeking to embarrass Oz over their refusal to accept the NZL offer to take 150 'refugees' from Manus Island.    Her arrogance on the issue could well have severe implications for the Oz-NZL relationship.

This from the Australian Immigration Minister (paraphrased) ... 'It is your (NZL) sovereign right to negotiate direct with the PNG Government to take those refugees off their hands but should you do so you will be putting at risk the right of New Zealanders to enjoy visa free entry into Australia'.

Clearly Oz ain't gonna stand by and let queue jumper 'refugees' enjoy back-door entry into their country via New Zealand.

Ardern is now a prisoner of her own rhetoric.   Anyone wanna bet on who blinks first?

p.s.   And lets not even mention that Winston First doesn't want them anyway.




06:00

Collins gives Twyford and Ardern another hiding Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Judith Collins continues to hand out the spankings. Yesterday on the AM Show she spanked not only the utterly smug and condescending Phil Twyford, but also Jacinda Ardern. Judith Collins has launched a stinging attack on Jacinda Ardern, saying the Prime Minister needs to understand our relationship with Australia isnt student politics. Ms Ardern has []

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05:30

Greens disappoint one of their most loyal voters Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  It has been interesting watching Martyn Martin Bradbury take to blogging in support of the government.  I told people that the leftie blogs would have a huge decision to make if they were to survive.  Be honest or perish. Seems that Bradbury doesnt want to perish. (excuse the language, but it has to be []

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05:00

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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04:30

Face of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A remarkable situation has developed over the Manus Island stand-off Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has opened the door to a potential refugee resettlement deal between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, acknowledging it is a decision for the two sovereign states that Australia could not block. But he warned any arrangement would be against Australias wishes and []

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is nocent (adj) Causing injury; harmful. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Nocent derives from Latin nocent-, the stem of nocns, present participle of nocre to harm. The widespread Proto-Indo-European root nek-, nok- underlies Latin nocre and its derivatives noxa, noxia harm, injury, and the adjective noxius harmful, noxious. []

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04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 18 16 Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

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Friday, 17 November

19:19

ON PARLIAMENT AND OTHER THINGS No Minister

Been an interesting week and I was fortunate enough to be in Parliament for a number of maiden speeches and the after-match hospitality.     It is my experience that you get to see new members at their best in making their maiden speeches ... before they get ground down by the very institution of Parliament and the caucus machine.

There were good speeches from across the political spectrum and I'm loathe to single out any particular one (or two) but I will ... the speeches from Denise Lee (National, Maungakiekie) and Paul Eagle (Labour, Rongotai) where they laid bare personal tragedies in their lives were particularly moving.   I commend them for their courage in sharing those moments with us.     I wish them and every new MP well ... Parliament is a fishbowl and not for the fainthearted.   Some will leave the House having made a name for themselves; others will leave disappointed.

We're now seeing the result of National's bluff when, on the first sitting day of Parliament, Labour folded and agreed to increase the number of seats on Select Committees to 108.    Of the thirteen Committees constituted National has parity of numbers on eight of them.

For the record those Committees comprise Economic Development, Science and Innovation (10 members - Nat 5, Lab 3, NZF 1, G 1);  Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, G 1); Governance & Administration (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Health (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Justice (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Maori Affairs (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 2, NZF 1, G 1); Primary Production (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, NZF 1) and Regulations Review (six members - Nat 3, Lab 3).   That's going to make it 'interesting' ... especially for the Government Whips.

I wear my political bias on my sleeve and so here are a couple of messages for those who would argue that the Government ain't legitimate ... get over it; it is.   It's a product of MMP and, while MMP is a bastard system, its our system and it ain't gonna change anytime soon.    National should treat the next 2 years, ten months as a gift to renew and reinvigorate.    When you're the Opposition the grass roots membership can have a huge say in policy development ... it's much easier to advocate new ideas outside government rather than when you oc...

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:30

Blasphemy Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Sunfed chicken-free chicken was launched in July and now the company was planning to release two new products: Sunfed beef and Sunfed bacon. While the chicken is made from yellow peas imported from Canada, Lee would not divulge the key ingredient in the beef and bacon products. She said there was no other product like []

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15:00

Political History tales: Having the PM for dinner Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  Which country was it that found a politician good enough to eat and how long ago did it happen? It looked just like a funny facebook meme but it piqued my interest so I went looking for articles to back up the story and discovered that the tale was based on fact. In 1672 []

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15:00

Vomit Inducing Crap 1 Z Energy Faux Greens The Inquiring Mind

There are many things that make Adam want to vomit. Suspect it comes with getting older. However, some are more offensive than others.

Looked for a video to exemplify my dislike, but could not find one.

My pick today is Z Energy, their sanctimonious faux Green ads really piss Adam off.


14:30

Whaleoil History Channel: Posts from the Vault Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Headline: ACT: Davids Dilemma [UPDATED] The post from the vault today is only a year old but knowing what you now know you can read Cams words with new eyes. This morning, I ran a story suggesting ACTs performance through David Seymour this year is noticeably less impressive than last year. A number of Whaleoil []

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14:00

Political pundits have enjoyed delivering easy to digest soundbites disguised as analysis Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The road transport industry is realising that the Greens are now in charge, and it has given them the willies. Political pundits have enjoyed delivering easy to digest soundbites disguised as analysis during coverage of the recent election and the formation of a new Government, but to declare it to be a victory for road []

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13:30

After the apology, theyll want cold hard cash Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Children taken from their parents by the New Zealand Government during the 1950-1980 period want their lives examined and the current Government to apologise. The first-person accounts of abuse were chillingly similar to those survivors whod shared their stories with me bashings, stompings and sexual abuse were woven through them all. Many had never []

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12:30

David Seymour in the Rear View mirror Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

How I tried, and failed, to make Act leader David Seymour fall in love with me -thespinoff.co.nz   Own Your Future book Review   [] Based on market research, we ultimately narrowed our campaign toward issues of housing, education, youth crime, and government waste. But there simply wasnt enough of a match between the existing brand, []

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11:45

New Zealand cartoons about refugees liberation

These cartoons tell a history of New Zealand's response to the refugee crisis over the last few years. The most recent cartoons are first.

11:30

Media isnt catering for older people Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Im not quite sure why media doesnt provide older people with the content they like to consume.  There is a huge demographic with money, and somehow they are just left to their own devices. After a long, hard day at work and raising kids, moms and dads like to kick back in their favorite chair []

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11:00

Collecting hate crime data has no purpose other than to support a predetermined political narrative Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission is promoting once again for the collection of data on hate crime. Hate crime is a label that has not been defined and is almost impossible to define as it is incredibly subjective. The quoted article states seem that collecting the data is the first step but they do not []

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10:41

Hamish Walkers maiden speech The Inquiring Mind

Hamish took over from Barcaly. Hopefully he will do better.

Homepaddock

Hamish Walker, Clutha Southland MP delivered his maiden speech yesterday.

Mr Speaker, it is the greatest privilege to be standing before you today as a Member of Parliament, elected by the people of Clutha-Southland, to represent their views, hopes and dreams for their region and for New Zealand.

People in Clutha-Southland are pioneering, hard-working and community-focused.

The rest of New Zealand can learn a lot from Clutha-Southlanders.

Its a place where people still look out for each other, people still know each other, and most importantly people still talk to each other whether it be across the fence or in the supermarket aisle.

Its where I regularly see carefree kids riding their bikes around their neighbourhood, and where local people still rally together to support a good cause.

I intend to be a strong voice in Parliament for Clutha-Southland.

I believe in the core National Party values of strong families

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10:39

Andrew Falloons maiden speech The Inquiring Mind

Excellent speech and thanks to Ele for drawing my attention to it. Sets out why National is a great party.

Homepaddock

Rangitata MP Andrew Falloons maiden speech:

Thank you Mr Speaker. Congratulations on your election, and congratulations to your fellow presiding officers.

I stand here today the proud son of Shirley and John, and grandson of Ron and Joan, Arthur and Eva.

My family have sacrificed much for me to be here.

My paternal grandfather contracted polio as a child, making farming a struggle for my fathers family on their farm just outside of Waimate.

My maternal grandfather passed away at a young age, leaving my grandmother to raise three daughters on her own.

Gender equality was borne out of necessity she did the work of two men, and raised three strong and independent women.

She was a formidable woman, and had a huge impact on me growing up.

My father spent much of my childhood growing his small business, so much of the heavy lifting of raising my

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10:37

Labours got wrong priority for education The Inquiring Mind

Labour and education, an oxymoron

Homepaddock

The biggest priority for education spending is the long tail of under-achieving children, especially those who dont manage even basic literacy and numeracy.

The National-led government spent a lot of money working with young people who were destined for a lifetime on benefits knowing investing more now would save much more in both financial and social costs over their lifetimes.

This approach ought to be taken with education, giving one-on-one help to the children who arent school-ready when they turn five.

Thats the children who cant speak English or have poor language skills, even if English is their first language; those who come to school hungry and with other health needs; those who havent had the emotional, intellectual and material support all children deserve and need to ensure they are ready and able to learn when they get to school.

At the same time, children already at school who are

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10:30

Did Phil Twyford mislead parliament? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Phil Twyford claimed the other day in parliament that he and Labour had consulted extensively with business over the cancellation of the East-West link. Turns that may have been a porkie. NBR reports: The Auckland Chamber of Commerces chief executive rejects government claims that business received extensive consultation before Labour decided to scrap the East-West []

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10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Horrible Jameson Affair While on an expedition into Africa during the late 19th century, James Jameson, heir to the Jameson Irish whiskey empire, reportedly asked to witness cannibalism in action. To this end, he purchased a slave girl and handed her over to men who murdered her and feasted on her flesh. While the []

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09:30

Awesome, Auckland Council set to go on cat killing spree Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Auckland Council wants to go a cat cullingexcellent, the first good thing Phil Goff has done. Cats without microchips found roaming in sensitive environments will be killed under Auckland Councils new pest eradication programme. Auckland Council is proposing to spend $307 million over the next 10 years to rein in the regions pests and protect its ecosystems and []

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08:30

Fat Tony is dead right, doesnt seem to be too much howling about it either Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It is probably because Fat Tony is a Labour guy that there is no howling about his comments about the pointlessness of learning Maori. Former Labour Party president Mike Williams has suggested there is no need for Te Reo in prisons because it does not help inmates get a job once they are released. Mr []

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08:00

New Zealands most reluctant Prime Minister Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

New Zealand finds itself in a very bizarre position right now with a politician who is quite possibly the most reluctant Prime Minister in New Zealand history. Not all politicians have a burning ambition to become the leader of their party and then eventually the Prime Minister. Many aspire to be a minister with a portfolio and []

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07:36

What Are The Greens Playing At? Bowalley Road

"WTF, James!" The Greens do not appear to understand that the key to improving their partys position electorally, as well as strengthening its hand politically, lies in conceiving of the Labour-NZ First-Green government as a single entity: one which must either hang together or, most assuredly, it will hang separately! Stealing their comrades electoral lunch, in these circumstances, can only damage the Greens every bit as much as it damages (and enrages!) Labour and NZ First.

WHAT DO THE GREENS think theyre playing at? Their response to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has done themselves, and the government theyre ostensibly part of, a huge disservice. Honestly, its the sort of reaction one might expect from a clutch of radical student politicians: long on principle, short on common-sense. If this is how the Greens plan to conduct themselves over the next three years, then they had better find themselves an electorate they can win (without Labours support!) and fast. Because keeping their party above the 5 percent MMP threshold is likely to prove a constant struggle.

Perhaps theyve convinced themselves that by waving their anti-TPP banners across Twitter and Facebook they will pick up all those woke voters whove accused Jacinda Ardern and David Parker of selling out to global capitalism at Danang. How many might that be? Almost certainly a lot fewer than the very substantial number of generous Labour supporters who gave the Greens their Party Vote on 23 September to make sure they didnt disappear from Parliament altogether. If the Greens arent willing to reciprocate that sort of solidarity, then theres bugger-all chance of it being repeated!

The Greens do not appear to understand that the key to improving their partys position electorally, as well as strengthening its hand politically, lies in conceiving of the Labour-NZ First-Green government as a single entity: one which must either hang together or, most assuredly, it will hang separately! Stealing their comrades electoral lunch, in these circumstances, can only damage the Greens every bit as much as...

07:30

Kelvin Davis is (tits) in Maori and in English Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I am starting to wonder who will be the first minister to be given the arse card given their lacklustre performance in the house at the moment. The worst performer is Kelvin Davis. He got hammered the first day by Bill English, then on the second day resorted to speaking pidgin-Maori to answer questions. His []

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07:15

New to the Blog or just want to test your knowledge? Take the Moderation Quiz Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I have noticed a few new commenters making work for our wonderful moderation team lately so I thought that now would be a good time to offer a refresher course on Moderation. I understand that for many of you who are new here you will not be used to forums that do not allow personal []

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07:00

Under no circumstances whatsoever should you subscribe to Whaleoil Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  Dont start getting any ideas about subscribing to Whaleoil just because you enjoy its content or because it is the only New Zealand Political blog offering podcasts. Sure it has something new every 30 minutes starting at 6am in the morning and running till 9pm at night but just because it has the hardest working []

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06:30

The Muppet Show continues, this time it was Robbos turn to be crushed Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I almost feel sorry for Grant Robertson, he had to front for Stuart Nash, and got torn apart for it. Nashy seems to be in hiding after getting told to pull his head in by Robbo.   Judith Collins obviously knew more about the topic than both Nashy and Robbo combined. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (NationalPapakura): To []

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06:00

Honeymoon over? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The new governments honeymoon could be over already. NewstalkZB reports: The first ripples of discontent have emerged in the new Government, as Labour and New Zealand First criticise the Greens for cheap horse-trading for considering a deal in exchange for supporting a waka-jumping bill. An internal email reveals that the Green Party is considering negotiating []

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05:30

Ex-Motor pool mechanic and now Defence Minister stupidly lax with medals Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The ex-Motor pool mechanic and now Defence Minister, Ron Mark, has been made to look like a bit of a fool for wearing his medals incorrectly and in some cases without a permission. In order to wear foreign medals you have to get permission. It appears Mark didnt. Defence minister Ron Mark has admitted wearing []

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05:15

RIP Henry Eaton Smith 1922-2017 Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  As a community we celebrate and we also grieve together. The amazing Merryl Madsen who has worked for the Villa Education Trust for the last decade had her father pass away on Saturday. He was a remarkable New Zealander and was a hero in WWII. A member of the 24th battalion and awarded the []

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05:00

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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04:30

Face of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Once may be a coincidence.   But twice is a pattern:  Someones not happy with the new batch of Green MPs.

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is netiquette (noun) Etiquette practiced or advocated in electronic communication over a computer network. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Netiquette is a blend of the words network and etiquette. It came to English in the early 1980s.

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04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 17 16 It is senseless to pay to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.

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