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Tuesday, 21 November

19:10

ON BEGGARS No Minister

I see that the Christchurch City Missioner has come out saying that the majority of beggars on the street are entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the 'left' induced perception of a society in crisis.

Such an observation is commendable.    It does however 'beg' the question as to why now and only after the election  of a Labour led government. 

Just askin.  

16:03

Does Labour ever tell the truth? The Inquiring Mind

Given the avalanche of flip-flops, backtracks and revised views should the media be asking:-

Does Labour ever tell the truth?

Will they?

Doubt it!

The corollary just how many lies did they tell to win the recent election.

Will media question this?

Doubt it!


16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:57

Jacindas new catchphrase The Inquiring Mind

Given all the gaffes, mis-steps and lies, this seemed very apt:-


15:51

Matt Kings maiden speech The Inquiring Mind

Again, great thanks Ele for this series

Homepaddock

Northland MP Matt Kings maiden speech:

Ko Matt King Toku Ingoa

No Te Noota Ahau

No Reira 

Tn Koutou, Tn Koutou, Tn Tatou Katoa

Mr Speaker can I start by congratulating you on your election to the prestigious role of speaker.

I look forward to your many positive rulings over the next 3 years in our favour.

Members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, I stand before you filled with pride as the representative of the people of Northland.

Im proud to be a National Party MP in the most powerful and united opposition this Parliament has ever seen.

Today is my opportunity to introduce myself, share my journey and what I hope to achieve while Im there.

I come from the mighty Northland a truly beautiful place steeped in history.

I live a short distance from the harbour where Kupe first landed on our shores. 

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15:00

Progressive Muslim countrys mask has slipped Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Turkey is held up by left-wingers as an example of how progressive and peaceful a Muslim society can be. Under the leadership of a devout Muslim leader, Turkey is reverting to its roots. Progressive Muslims are not good Muslims because they choose to ignore Islamic law and Islamic values. Turkeys capital has banned the public []

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14:30

Learn to speak Jacinderease in one easy lesson Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinderease The language of obfuscation: Words that make an answer, vague, unclear, unintelligible or that avoid answering the question altogether. Jacinderease is a language easily learned as it is full of bumper sticker slogans. The secret to speaking fluent Jacinderease is to have a relentlessly positive tone when speaking (or as Jacinda calls it, relentless positividdy) []

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14:00

Changes to the way food inflation is measured Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Statistics New Zealand spokesman Jason Attewell said luncheon would no longer be included in the Food Price Index calculations. Nor will milkshakes, cottage cheese, spring onions, alfalfa sprouts or canned corn. Instead, olives, fresh herbs and herbal tea will be added. Mr Attewell said the index was reviewed every three years following a survey to []

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13:30

Dem pesky wabbits Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Rabbits cease to be cute once they form a plague. Carcasses litter the roads and burrows pock the hillsides and parks of the coastal Otago settlement, and the township wants help to fight back. Moeraki Village Holiday Park owner Robbie Mitchell said the population was larger than he had ever seen. [The population has] probably doubled []

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13:06

Farrar calls out the Ardern fan-club for their hypocrisy and Ardern for her stupidity The Inquiring Mind

David Farrar has posted on how Arderns stupidity has led to widely reported comments which at best suggest naivety, others just seem to indicate she is seen as a rather silly neophyte.

What is very telling is the ending to the post.

The final aspect of this saga is how precious left activists are because a journalist vigorously questioned Ardern on the story she created.

Tame even had columns appear in Stuff condemning him because he kept persisting with trying to get a straight answer from Ardern for six minutes. If Tame had challenged John Key for six minutes on an issue, hed be held up as a champion of journalism and Key be condemned as evasive. But many on the left cant abide anything that is challenging of Ardern.

Tame, a journalist Adam has little time for, exposed just how superficial and shallow Ardern is. Furthermore he showed up her tendency to obfuscate and spin (aka lie) whenever pressed. Ardern coud not even take the heat over what what was manifestly her own fault caused by her big-noting to a so-called friend.

She is the Prime Minister of NZ, not a wannabe disc jockey. She is not fit to hold the office of PM.


12:46

The Classic Two Ronnies Millenium Sketch The Inquiring Mind

This has its antecedents in one they did with John Cleese for The Frost Report. It is excellent.


12:30

Jacindas Beehive Antics: The Reality TV series Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Real Politician of Wellington The Real Politician of Wellington gives an exclusive look into the meetings, gossip and glamour of the PMs quirky SaveMart fashion items, her two pairs of shoes and life after the sad loss of Paddles the cat. Watch Jacinda as she navigates the overseas political scene while juggling her boyfriend []

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11:30

Judginess? Grow up, youre the Prime Minister Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Arern is becoming more and more stupid. She is even inventing new wordswords that the left would have criticised John Key for uttering. The latest is judginess. Asked about deputy Labour Party leader Kelvin Davis performance in the House last week while she and deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters were overseas, she said he []

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11:00

The Internet is a big place. Some women had to learn where it is safe to go Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

One-third of New Zealand women have been subjected to online abuse and harassment, with half of the victims fearing for their personal safety, according to a new Amnesty International survey. The global Amnesty International poll looked at the experiences of 4000 women between the ages of 18 and 55 in New Zealand, Denmark, Italy, Poland, []

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10:30

A rental crisis. Didnt I predict that too? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Everything that the current government has signalled leading into the election is landlord unfriendly.  And with the house prices topping out, many are choosing to exit the market. Renters are finding it particularly hard in the capital, with the total stock of rental properties in Wellington down by 69 percent. TradeMe Property spokesperson Nigel Jeffries []

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10:17

STOP EMBARRASSING YOURSELF JACINDA ... STOP EMBARRASSING US No Minister

St Jacinda is developing a reputation big noting, gossip, tittle-tattle, and its come back to bite her with a vengeance.     Last week she let slip that in meeting President Trump he thought she was Justin Trudeau's wife ... more grist to the 'dummkopf' legend.   The story made international news.

When pressed for details she backtracked and said she had heard that from a third party whom she declined to name.    Pressed further and she said that when she met Trump he knew exactly who she was.  

So Ms Ardern passes on gossip knowing it to be untrue.   She needs to grow up and realize she is no longer Comrade Ardern, President of the International Union of Socialist Youth, but Prime Minister of the country and act accordingly.    She embarrasses herself and embarrasses us.

One thing for sure ... her deliberate slighting of President Trump will not have gone unnoticed in the United States.  

10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Wild Man of Borneo Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean Some men are just simply built of a different constitution. Tom Creans accomplishments make The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration the understatement of the century. By all accounts, Tom Crean seems to have been that friend who is quietly competent. You know the buddy who doesnt []

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09:30

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than othersespecially Stephen Town Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The troughers are in a tizz: The chance to debate Auckland Councils business-class and premium-class travel expenditure has been rejected by its chief executive. An Auckland Council report found $1.1 million had been spent on international travel from the 20 months up until August this year. Of that almost half, $509,212 was spent on 62 []

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08:30

James Shaw thinks he is saving the planet but China doesnt care, neither does India nor Trump Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

While James Shaw is grandstanding and wanting to implement policies that see our economy grind to a halt, so we can take a leadership stance on climate change, Donald Trump is saying drill, baby drill. One way to interpret what the Trump Administration is up to with its absurd denials of climate science is as []

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08:26

Building an Active Democracy through Constructive Engagement. Chris Trotter responds to John Minto. Bowalley Road

 Woman In The Hot Seat: New Zealand needs to develop new relationships with the countries of the Pacific Rim. And those new relationships need to be based on progressive ideals, mutual protection and solid economic self-interest with the latter being underpinned and facilitated through mutually beneficial multilateral trade agreements. Throughout history, trade and peace have marched hand-in-hand. New Zealand diplomacy needs to reflect that fact.

UNBELIEVABLE! WRONG! IDIOTIC! One of the many admirable qualities about John Minto is that he never leaves anyone in any doubt about where he stands. His rejection of the strategy of constructive engagementwith the Labour-NZ First-Green Government is unequivocal. For John, only active democratic opposition to Labours rather tentative embrace of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will suffice. In spite of the fact that barely thirty days have passed since Winston Peters anointed Jacinda Ardern as New Zealands first progressive prime minister in nine years, John is ready to call the Left onto the streets in protest at her governments refusal to walk away from the CPTPP.

Johns argument for actively opposing the coalition government on this issue is driven by his conviction that the CPTPP is, substantially, the same document that the previous National Government signed up to in 2016. If this is true, then his question Why would any self-respecting New Zealander oppose the TPPA when National was in government and then excuse Labour for signing up to it? is entirely fair. But is the CPTPP substantially the same document as the TPPA? Unfortunately for Johns argument, the answer is an emphatic No!

The withdrawal of the United States from the TPP has fundamentally weakened the agreement and prompted its signatories to set in motion a plethora of revisionist...

08:00

The Manus Island situation: The facts Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre was officially closed on October 31 and given back to the Papua New Guinea government. Men move daily in and out of the closed centre but reports indicate that approximately 420 men are left. All of these men have refused to move to new transit centres in Lorengau. How []

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07:30

Now look here people, stop making Julie Anne Genter look bad Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Mere weeks into the job and the road toll is making this Associate Minister look like shes got a tiger by the tail. The news that the road toll for 2017 has now surpassed the total for 2016 is tragic news, says Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter. This year weve already seen 330 []

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07:00

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Its still thought to be one of the most dangerous workplaces in New Zealand, and the Government has just set a date to re-enter the Pike River mine. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the formation of a new government department called Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa. Its intended to fulfil []

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06:30

Silly Cindy bit on her arse gossiping about Trump Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern has started to walk back the insults to Donald Trump made in front of her big mouthed luvvie mates. Jack Tame impressed me yesterday morning with his questioning, and it has now made international media about her stupid ill-considered comments. The New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has expressed regret over gossiping about a []

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06:23

Is The Talented Mr Twyford Talented Enough? Bowalley Road

The Man With The Plan: The Housing Crisis strikes at the core expectations of hundreds-of-thousands of New Zealanders. By promising to meet those expectations, the Labour-led government has made itself a hostage to the supremely-confident individual who insists that he alone has the political skills to end the crisis Phil Twyford.

PHIL TWYFORD is an eye-roller. Not that theres anything wrong with that. We all know eye-rollers: those guys (and gals) who consider themselves to be so incontestably across a subject that anyone offering a contrary viewpoint is dismissed with an exasperated roll of the eyes. All well and good, providing the subject under discussion is rugby, or the best way to cook a Christmas turkey. But, if the subject under scrutiny is housing: the issue upon which this government is positioned to either succeed or fail; well then, thats not so good. Not so good at all.

It doesnt help that the Minister of Housing and Transport, in addition to being an eye-roller, is also a chin-jutter. As anyone whos ever watched him on television can attest, he is prone to sailing into political discussions like one of those Ancient Greek war-galleys: with his chin standing-in for the battering-ram! Unhelpfully, by positioning his head in this way, Phil is more-or-less required to look down his nose which only makes things worse!

Eye-rolling superiority, coupled with chin-jutting belligerence, can sometimes work for a politician. Especially when theyre simply part of a much larger ensemble of intimidating behavioural gestures. Just think of Sir Robert Muldoon or Donald Trump! On the other hand, if youre determined to be Mean Mr Mustard, then theres absolutely no point in you also attempting to be Sweet Baby James! Or Phil, for that matter.

All very personal. But, a politicians personality is not something to be casually disregarded. As Jacinda Ardern has so spectacularly demonstrated, the ability to project a likeable personality can take a politician and her party a very long way indeed! By the same token, an irritating political pers...

06:00

Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little is trying to look busy Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little today announced the establishment of a new stand-alone government department, the Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa. The Agency will work in partnership with the Pike River families to plan for decisions on the manned re-entry of the drift of the Pike []

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05:30

Happy Birthday Spanish Bride Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Today is Spanish Brides birthday My father in law was reading a book by Georgette Heyer called The Spanish Bride. He liked the name of Harry Smiths wife. The book is about the true story of  Harry Smith and his wife Juana Mara de los Dolores de Len Smith.   The town of Ladysmith is named after her. In 1812, []

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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

Charles Manson has died. There is little to add that others havent already said.  Not R.I.P.  Good riddance.  Evil incarnate.  Mentally deranged. For him, life in prison amounted to 46 years behind bars. Charles Milles Manson was an American criminal and former cult leader who led what became known as the Manson Family, a []

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is polyhistor (noun) A person with broad knowledge. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Very learned person, 1580s, from Greek polyhistor very learned, from poly much, many (from PIE root *pele- to fill) + histor knowing, learned.

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04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 21 16 The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.

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19:34

Wonderful Headlines No Minister

Who can forget the immortal headline from 1970s Australia:

"Smartest Ever PM Done Over By Dumbest Ever Premier"

This was on the occasion of Whitlam being totally outwitted and outmaneuvered by Bjelke Petersen over a replacement senator for Queensland.  Whitlam had pronounced himself th smartest ever PM and had called Bjelke Petersen the dumbest ever Premier.

Today saw a similar effort from Andrew Bolt although I must admit I have written the headline for him.

"Dimwit Outwitted By Halfwit"

On the occasion of terminal Turnbull delaying the sitting of parliament for a week in order for him to hide from the opposition and the media and Katter, not possessing the most scintillating of intellects, completely stuffing up Turnbull by declaring he will turn up to the house on the scheduled first day.  Of course Labour immediately followed suit.

Politics is such wonderful sport but I'm choking on all the popcorn.

18:21

Monday Thriller Rogue Male The Inquiring Mind

Peter OToole, Alistair Sim, John Standing


18:15

Lawrence Yules maiden speech The Inquiring Mind

Thanks Ele for posting this

Homepaddock

Nationals Tukituki MP, Lawrence Yule delivered his maiden speech last week:

Ki te iwi o Ngati Kahungunu, tena koutou

To all the people of Ngati Kahungunu, greetings

Ki nga hapu whanui o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the hapu of Heretaunga, greetings

Ki nga kaumatua o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the elders and leaders of Heretaunga, greetings

Kia ora mo te aroha, me te manaaki ki au mai ra no

Thank you for the love and support you have given me over the years

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

Mr Speaker it is a tremendous honour to speak for the first time at the beginning of the 52nd Parliament. It is a privilege to represent the people of Tukituki in this house and I thank them for voting and bringing me here.

Mr Speaker I acknowledge and congratulate you on your appointment, the appointment of former Hawkes

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18:12

Trump Toon The Inquiring Mind

Trump with his heroes Putin, Erdogan, Duterte

Ann Telnaes _Washington Post

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16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:30

If you cant stand people being nasty to you, stay out of politics Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The man above, the wannabe politician Steven Chin, is being sued for (pauses for effect) defamation by another politician, Raymond Huo. Labour MP Raymond Huo claims he was the target of a nasty campaign leading up to the election that falsely accused him of having a criminal record and then asking police to wipe it. []

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15:00

To Merkel: Send Refugees Back to Syria. Merkel invites their families instead Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Before you get all smug and think this is Germanys problem.  Id like to remind you we have our own mini-Merkel in the making. The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is calling for the repatriation of half a million Syrian refugees living in Germany, saying the imminent defeat of Islamic State makes the Arab []

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14:41

ON TPPA #2 No Minister

Good on Labour for building on what had already been achieved by National in signing up to TPPA #2 (or whatever fancy name they now call it).   Good on them for having the courage to do a u-turn in their previous opposition to the TPPA.  

Good on the Greens for having the courage of their convictions and standing resolutely opposed to TPPA #2.

But you can be forgiven that wry smile at the antics of NZF in House over the deal.    Up until now NZF's position on the TPPA can be summed up as 'no way Jose'.   But last week in Parliament Shane Jones couldn't give a straight answer on where his Party now stood in relation to the deal ... could it just be that Winston First was/is still making up his mind?    That's the problem you have with a Party led by Archbishop Brian Tamaki in drag.

One thing for sure ... the NZ First touted free-trade agreement between this country and the  Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union has been assigned a priority by the Government somewhere below subterranael.

And we won't even talk about Acting Prime Minister Kelvin Davis performance at question time.   Suffice to say he was totally out of his depth and the media quite rightly roasted him for his incompetence.   He may well have been a half decent Principal of a small Intermediate School and he certainly killed off Hone Harawiri's political career but Prime Ministerial material he ain't.    

For this Government the recess week couldn't come quick enough.


14:30

What happened to all the relentless positividdy? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Arderns campaign strategy of relentless positivity was naive at best, if not deluded. Play nice idealism is all very well, but you also need mongrel and a killer instinct in your arsenal, in the rough and tumble of politics. -Stuff Relentless is generally a negative term: relentless rain, relentless suffering etc. One would not commonly refer []

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14:00

The laws of unintended consequences bite Labour on the ass Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Socialists have never been able to exhibit joined up thinking with their sloganeering and electioneering. In Wellington we are seeing the unhappy confluence of some of their daft ideas. Wellington could be staring down the barrel of the worst rental crisis in the citys history, property experts say. Record rent increases are forecast to hit the []

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13:30

Do you expect your Ezibuy catalogue models to include a fat old Maori woman? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Nothing is easy anymore.   Even selling clothes is a business full of pitfalls The absence in EziBuy of pictures of Maori, Asian, Pacific, Middle Eastern women of all ethnicities and nations, and other women who make up the diversity of New Zealand life, meant that women different from a white homogenous standard were made subject []

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13:16

Rob Hosking: A sceptical look at our Government The Inquiring Mind

Rob Hosking takes a good look at the Governments performance. Unlike many in the media who seem to have abandoned any critical abilities that might once have possessed, he seems not to have been sprinkled with Arderns fairy dust. Unlike for example Paddy Gower, fawner in chief.

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12:50

Does Ardern lie ? (2) The Inquiring Mind

In a recent post Adam raised a question as to whether Ms Ardern lies.

It seems appropriate to consider this in more detail.

Stuff reported:

Jacinda Ardern says a Labour Government would reenter the Pike River Mine.

The leaders of Labour, United Future, the Maori Party and the Green Party signed a commitment in Wellington on Tuesday to reenter the West Coast mine.

That seemed unequivocal.

This was followed up by this, Newshub, families could be forgiven as seeing this as unequivocal, though there is wriggle room. A trait we are increasingly familiar with.:-

Jacinda Ardern has reiterated her commitment to creating a special government agency charged with recovering bodies from Pike River mine.

Also Stuff reported:

Little said the Government would likely pass legislation to create the entity.

He said he wanted to mitigate all the risks if possible, but if necessary the Government would consider passing laws exempting the new entity from health and safety laws to allow re-entry something Little proposed when Labour was in opposition.

Little said he considered the health and safety stance Solid Energy took regarding re-entry was unreasonable.

That seems unequivocal as well.

Yet now we see the following, from Andrew Little:

He did not intend to legislate for any exemption to the health and safety laws or immunity from liability for the Pike River Agency.

Ms Ardern stated:

Ms Ardern says entering the mine is something Labour has been long committed to, but if theres advice against it she will be open and transparent with the Pike River families.

Were going to give it everything weve got, she says.

Weve said that we certainly hope and believe from the evidence weve seen that its possible.

Thats our starting point. But if we find information that seems robust and its robust to both us and them, then we&...

12:30

Life is like a box of chocolates Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I have never understood why chocolate companies include chocolates that no one likes inside their chocolate box collections. We all know which ones I am talking about. They are always the ones left towards the end that no one wants. Many the time I have desperately searched through the remaining chocolates in the hope that one []

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11:30

Here they are: The perennial free food parcel demand means we are worse off stories are back Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

And all on the same Monday morning.  What a coincidence! Follow me on this thought experiment. If you could go somewhere local for free petrol, would you go? If you turned up and it said only ask if you really need a free tank, would you turn away? Can you imagine a percentage of people []

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11:00

Even the people helping the homeless are telling you not to give them money Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Christchurch social services are warning people not to give money to an increasing number of street beggars, most of them not genuinely homeless and making a jolly good living out of it. A recent street count found 215 people were sleeping rough in Christchurch, some as young as 12 with addiction issues choosing to sleep []

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10:30

Jacinda needs to grow the eff up Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The left-wing used to throw their toys about John Key when he was offshore. They said he was embarrassing, that he couldnt pronounce things properly and he was a poor representative. Now we have Jacinda Ardern, and her petulance and churlishness is even more embarrassing. The NZ Herald reports: Sainsbury, who is well known for []

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10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Madame Mayhem Mormon Sex in Chains Case A cloned dog, a Mormon in mink-lined handcuffs, a former Miss World contestant and a tantalising mystery. At first it seemed a straightforward example of the oddball stories which emerge during the long, slow, news days of high summer Joyce McKinney said shed fallen head-over-heels in love with []

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09:30

The cold hard truth is hard to ignore with Trumps economy Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The haters are always going to hate, or in Jacinda Arderns case, make flippant comments. But she should find some reserve because it is getting harder and harder to ignore the turnaround of the US economy under Donald Trump. If Jacinda Arderns government can do half as good then I might change my tune Progressive []

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08:30

Too early to panic over latest increase in road toll Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Between 2014 and 2016, the New Zealand road toll increased by 12 percent. Were also not alone, with the Ministry of Transport listing New Zealand among 19 other OECD countries that have experienced an increase in fatalities. To try to understand the reasons behind this upward trend, the Ministry of Transport commissioned an independent analysis []

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08:00

Coalition Governments broken promises so far Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Broken Promises 1.The promise to enter Pike River Mine 2.The promise to hold a binding referendum on seven race-based seats. 3. The promise to build a backup fuel pipeline from Marsden Point to Auckland Debate moderator Mike Hosking told English the rupture of the fuel pipe to Auckland Airport made New Zealand look like a huckleberry []

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07:30

New Zealand not progressive enough in a world full of change Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

We were hardly at the vanguard of legalising same-sex marriage. By 2012, when we did it, more than a dozen other countries had. We came to the party 11 years after the first. Plus, if we were so progressive, we would have changed the flag. Forget all the excuses about the disappointing designs. If we []

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07:15

Wear it or drink out of it: Whaleoil Swag is guaranteed to get a reaction Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

This GROUND CREW Unisex 3/4 sleeve Raglan shirt inclusive of GST will cost you $44.84 NZD and if you buy it on its own the shipping to New Zealand from America will cost you only  $6.77 NZD if you live in Auckland. This Whaleoil Biker PATCH Unisex Zip Hooded Sweatshirt inclusive of GST will cost you $83.94 []

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07:00

Labour Lies: Hipkins assures tertiary sector they will not implement immigration restrictions Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

National Party Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith is welcoming the Governments apparent U-turn on their policy to gut the international education industry by massively reducing the number of foreign students coming into New Zealand. During the election campaign, Labours policy was clear in order to reduce immigration they would reduce the number of international []

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06:30

Twyford doubles down and promises even more houses will be built Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Phil Twyford is writing cheques his government cant cashhes now doubled down on the housing promise of building 10,000 houses a year. Before the election, Labour said it would build 1000 state houses a year  now the Governments saying that number could double. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford told TVNZs Q+A he was confident the Government could []

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06:00

If only it was a wrestling name Trainwreck Davis isnt getting any good press Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Trainwreck Davis might sound cool as a wrestling name, but in politics it is bad news: Jo Moir writes at Stuff: Labour has a problem. For the last week, Kelvin Davis has been acting prime minister and its been nothing short of a trainwreck.   Winston and Jacinda were off gallivanting around the world stage and []

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05:30

Sosolving child poverdy includes narrating a play? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern needs to grow the eff up. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took time out of her busy schedule to read Peter and the Wolf with a Kiwi twist to a packed audience this afternoon. Wearing a trademark red jacket, Ardern narrated the story as 185 children and parents at the sold-out performance at the Herald Theatre []

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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

When it came to New Zealands position over the Manus Island refugees, Ardern said it was as simple as just doing the right thing. Jacinda Ardern says shell use her voice to speak up for whats right, and represent New Zealand on the international stage. Sometimes when we take a view, it might not be []

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is stumblebum (noun) 1. A person regarded as blundering or inept. 2. A punch-drunk or second-rate prizefighter. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : alcoholic derelict, 1932, from stumble + bum.

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04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 20 16 Get security from someone who guarantees a strangers debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.

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21:59

Midnight Movie A Taste of Honey The Inquiring Mind

The classic movie from the early 1960s


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