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Monday, 21 May

21:54

Risk of provoking Streisand effect could backfire "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Streisand effect was promoted on Whale Oil recently as a way of extending a smear campaign against Clarke Gayford. The Streisand effect is a phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information which has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. Forcing targets into []

21:16

QotD: The importance of "I don't know" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


We need to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed. It's OK to say, 'I don't know.'"
~ Richard Feynman
[Hat tip Lisa Van Damme]
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21:09

The role and potential of women in sustainable urban mobility "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It is difficult to understand what this is about let alone what benefits may come of it. Julie Anne Genter: Minister to speak on women and transport at international events Minister Genter will give the keynote address at the Women Mobilise Women conference, organised by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative. The initiative aims to generate []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up. Mary Cassattwho was born on this day in 1844.

20:53

Electoral Commission investigating pro-NZ First advertising "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Electoral Commission is investigating pro-NZ First advertising during the election that was not declared by the party in their returns. RNZ: Electoral Commission looking into ad in horse racing mag The Electoral Commission is looking into an ad placed by the horse racing stalwart Sir Patrick Hogan during last years election campaign. The ad, []

20:31

Greens want to dump referendums so they can force separate Mori wards "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Several local bodies have failed in their attempts to impose Mori wards on their constituencies, with voters initiating petitions forcing referendums that subsequently voted strongly against separate democratic privileges see Mori wards and democracy. Undeterred by determination through the current democratic process, Green co-leader Marama Davidson is promoting a movement  for  Mori wards right across []

19:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 May 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 []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 May 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 []

14:28

New Zealand: Northlanders Living in Cars as Housing Crisis Hits Hard "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We had a couple with five children turn up to Playcentre. Theyre living in tents. They fled Wellington with a plan to build some sort of shack on a small piece of land that they bought a couple of valleys over from us. Until that happens: Tents. Both mum and dad had been in the []

14:02

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

May 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

334 BC The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus.

1176 The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempted to murder Saladin near Aleppo.

1377  Pope Gregory XI issued five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.

1455 Wars of the Roses: at the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeated and captured King Henry VI of England.

1724 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer  was born (d. 1772).

1762 Sweden and Prussia signed the Treaty of Hamburg.

1807 A grand jury indicted former Vice President of the United StatesAaron Burr on a charge of treason.

1807 Most of the English town of Chudleigh was destroyed by fire.

1809 On the second and last day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna), Napoleon was repelled by an enemy army for the first time.

1813 Richard Wagner, German composer, was born (d. 1883).

1819 The SS Savannah left port at Savannah, Georgia, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

1826  HMS Beagle departed on its first voyage.

1840 The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony was abolished.

1842 Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discovered Howe Cavernswhen they stumbled upon a large hole in the ground.

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10:48

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As electronic communications proliferate, less and less comes through the post.

But magazines to savor are best of the printed variety and one of those came with todays mail.

I havent had time to read it yet, but anticipation adds to the pleasure and Im grateful for that.

09:36

Mori wards and democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Five regions have had or are having referendums on whether they should have Mori wards. Councils have decided to introduce wards but referendums have been forced. Palmerston North result: 68.7% AGAINST the establishment of a Mori ward or wards for Palmerston North City Council 30.88% FOR the establishment of a Mori ward or wards for []

09:14

Gender Inequality in Muslim Morocco "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds. The doctor said he did not suffer. The opening sentences []

09:13

ON THE BRINK RADIO #249 HAWAIIAN VOLCANOS UPDATE: REPORT FROM DOWN UNDER & PELE ON FIRE :) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An unbelievable amount of lava is erupting from fissures below Leilani Estates on the Big Island of Hawaii! More than twenty cracks are issuing red hot liquid rock, which is coursing downhill, destroying homes, cars, roads and anything else in her path. The fissures have now joined forming a curtain of fire in a spectacular []

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08:38

Thirty Years Later,They Live: Full Movie and Commentaries "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Let me take you back through time. Before The Internet, before Wifi and Cellphones and Drones. Before surveillance cameras on every street corner. Before 9/11 and George Bush Senior announced the imminent arrival of the New World Order. Before Robert Lazar outed  Area 51.  . Before HAARP, underground tunnel systems and the Illuminati entered Mainstream []

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Quire  four sheets of paper or parchment folded to form eight leaves, as in medieval manuscripts; a section of printed leaves in proper sequence after folding; gathering; any collection of leaves one within another in a manuscript or book; 25 (formerly 24) sheets of paper; one twentieth of a ream; choir.

06:13

Qotd: The motive of egalitarianism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"The motive [of egalitarianism]... is not the desire to help the poor, but to destroy the competent."
~ Ayn Rand
. [Hat tip Ayn Rand Bot]

05:33

Give The Marines Event A Go! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Commemorating important local history By Roger Childs Back in 1942-43 over 15,000 Marines were stationed in three camps north of []

03:38

Catch the Light on Tuesday! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Great session in prospect By Jennifer Ramshaw The Friends of the Library are delighted to be organising Catching the Light: []

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Disease reaches crisis point Annette Scott:

Mycoplasma bovis has reached crisis point and its time the Ministry for Primary Industries handed it back to farmers and support them to manage it, Mid Canterbury dairy farmer Frank Peters says.

The Peters family last week had 450 of their 1400-cow herd trucked to slaughter after just one cow tested positive for the cattle disease, now running rampant across the country.

Peters believes a lack of knowledge about M bovis is the biggest threat the disease poses to the dairy industry. . .

Farming and the Fight Against Climate Change  Veronika Meduna:

Climate friendly sheep could soon be romping around as part of the national flock as farmers take action to help reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture.

As the interim climate commission begins its work, one of its most controversial tasks is to determine how agricultural greenhouse gas emissions could be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme. At the same time, farmers have an increasing number of options to curb emissions.

On a farm south of Invercargill, a small flock of ewes that burp less methane a potent greenhouse gas that makes up 76 per cent of emissions from the primary sector is part of a research project to mitigate agricultural emissions. . . 

Tukituki catchment project aimed at curbing N-leaching big challenge :

A project aimed at determining how Tukituki catchment farmers will operate under new nitrogen leaching targets has found significant changes will have to made to achieve the reduced levels.

The Hawkes Bay Regional Councils Plan Change 6 outlines Land Use Capability (LUC) nitrogen leaching rates for all farms, depending on their physical characteristics and attributes, that have to be achieved by May 2020.

Farmers unable to reach these rates could apply for resource consents provided they stay within 30 per cent of the prescribed rate. . .

01:24

Group questions Namatanai MPs stance on seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Carmella Gware | Loop PNG | May 19, 2018

recent response by the Namatanai MP on Radio New Zealand over the experimental seabed mining has not gone down well with some locals.

In the May 16th article, Walter Schnaubelt was reported to have said though  too much remained unknown about the environmental impacts of seabed mining, that doesnt mean that we just shut the door.

Schnaubelt further said he was keeping an open mind on potential seabed mining, and he would maintain a neutral stand until adequate information on the benefits of the Solwara 1 project are made available to him.

Following his statement, the Alliance of Solwara Warriors said as an educated elite, Schnaubelt has to come out clear on his stance, as being neutral only indicates two reasons:

  • The benefits of seabed mining to support his election promises
  • And to swing when people react as it will have a political implication
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Sunday, 20 May

23:00

New fund for biosecurity? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Finance Minister Grant Robertson is considering a fund like EQC to cover biosecurity breaches.

He told Mr Dann he has asked Treasury and the Ministry of Primary Industries to investigate the possibility of creating a fund that could be funded partly by the government and partly by industry.

We cant just sit there and wait for these things to happen. We know theyre happening more regularly and I want us to get ahead of that, he said.

We are in a very reactive stance when they come in. We have this with Mycoplasma bovis, and we scramble around both as a government and the industry, trying to find the money to respond to them.

What Id like to see is for us to get ahead of those. . .

A Border Clearance Levy was introduced in 2016:

The introduction of the levy allows the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the New Zealand Customs Service to manage resourcing of border clearance activities as passenger numbers go up or down.  This will mean the right resources are in place to keep New Zealand safe from harmful pests, people and dangerous substances and maintain current levels of service.

Thats supposed to stop biosecurity risks at the border, it doesnt cover dealing with, and compensating for, anything which gets past the border.

The EQC levy and a Fire Service levy,  are imposed on all insurance policies. That does let people without insurance away without paying but the rest of us pay.

While the Canterbury earthquakes have raised issues with EQC, most of us pay the levies without complaint in the knowledge that any of us could be victims of natural disasters or fires.

Farmers, horticulturalists and orchardists, and native species are those most at risk from a direct biosecurity incursions which are very different from earthquakes and fires.

Theres no way to levy our flora and fauna. It would be easier to levy farmers and growers of fruit and vegetables.

The problems and costs of dealing with and compensating for M. bovis show the need for change.

Keith Woodford identifies some of the problems in the way its been and is being handled:

As I write this on...

21:33

Government says it has no plans to reform the Official Information Act "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Concerns of abuse of the Official Information Act by Government Ministers have been growing for years. Last December: Clare Curran is planning a few shake-ups Broadcasting aside, Curran has also been given the newly created role as the Minister in charge of open government. Falling under her Associate State Services portfolio its a natural fit []

21:22

Another report information wrongly withheld by Auckland Council "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

RNZ reports on a third case where mayor Phil Goff and the Auckland City Council withheld information requested under the Official Information act that required intervention by the Ombudsmans Office Auckland Council stalled release of reports The release of the $935,000 consultants report on a downtown stadium on Friday was the third time RNZ had to []

21:05

Trump campaign spy claim refuted "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As has become normal, Donald Trump made a big claim via Twitter on Friday based on what appear to be nothing more than vague rumours. Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.   Elizabeth Fry who was born on this day in 1780.

20:50

Waikeria mega prison wont be built but Government remains vague "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Decisions on what to do about an escalating New Zealand prison population are still pending, but the government has revealed it has ruled out building a 2.500 bed prison expansion at Waikeria. other options are being considered. Limited measures were announced in the Budget. Grant Robertson: Our goal is to stop the spiralling prison population []

20:24

China-US trade war on hold, deal pending "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The risk of a trade war between the United States and China has diminished after a deal has been made, which means threatened US tariffs and counter tariffs from China may be scrapped. Avoiding a trade war is better for both countries and for world trade than trying to win a war that []

19:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 May 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 []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 May 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 []

14:05

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

May 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

293 Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appointed GaleriusasCaesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as theTetrarchy.

878  Syracuse, Italy was  captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.

879 Pope John VIII gave blessings to Duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of Croatian state.

996 Sixteen-year-old Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

1502  The island of Saint Helena was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joo da Nova.

1527 King Philip II of Spain was born (d. 1598).

1554 A royal Charter was granted to Derby School.

1674  The nobility elected John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.

1688  Alexander Pope, English poet, was born  (d. 1744).

1725 The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I.

1758 Mary Campbell was abducted from her home in Pennsylvania byLenape during the French and Indian War.

1780 Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer, was born (d. 1845).

1809 The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the Fren...

10:54

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Waiareka Lions held a dinner last night as the finale for its annual Crop Competition.

They raised more than $47,000 and donated 75% of that to the Otago Rescue Helicopter service and the rest to the new community-owned Observatory Retirement VIllage.

The success of the evening was due to the generosity of businesses and individuals who donated goods and services for an auction, and the people who bid well above retail value, and of course the Lions who put in many volunteer hours organising and running the competition.

It was a wonderful example of community effort for which Im grateful.

 

09:38

Thought for the Day from Rik Mayall "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I wonder if comedy was larger in those days. You could make a bigger, larger, twat of yourself

the late great Rik Mayall on a supposed Golden Age of Comedy.

 

09:19

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Story at-a-glance

  • Over the past 18 years, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has facilitated the removal of fluoride from the water supplies of hundreds of communities in North America, Canada and Europe
  • FAN has filed an historic lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under a provision in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Under this TSCA statute, the judge may not defer to the EPA but must weigh the evidence brought forth in trial. If the judge finds theres an unreasonable risk, he has the authority to order EPA to begin proceedings to eliminate the risk of fluoride in drinking water
  • Earlier this year, EPA tried to limit the scope of what FAN could bring to the courts attention. Its motion was denied, and FAN will be able to request internal documents, submit interrogatories to EPA and depose EPA experts

By Dr. Mercola (see original)

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FANs progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluorid...

08:28

DoC: Stop Killing Birds! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Conservation Minister and Green MP Eugenie Sage announced the Budget gain of $81.3 million package over four years today, saying []

07:43

Poetry Pick for KIN Gill Ward "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jennifer Compton: The Threepenny Kowhai Stamp Brooch   If I get lost someone will pick me up and post me. []

07:00

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Dr. Mercola

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FAN's progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.  

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and several individual mothers, filed a petition calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemicals to the drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The petition included more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health, including more than 180 studies published since 2006 showing fluoride causes neurotoxic harm and reduces IQ.

"Under the TSCA, the EPA has authority to ban the uses of chemicals that present unreasonable risks to the general public or to susceptible subpopulations. We've brought this case on the grounds that adding fluoride chemicals to drinking water presents an unreasonable risk to the general public, especially to some susceptible subpopulations," Connett explains.

In its February 27, 2017, response,1 the EPA claimed the petition had failed to "set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride." Fortunately, the TSCA statute provides citizens with the ability to challenge an EPA denial in federal court, which is where we are now.

"Water fluoridation needs to end," Connett says. "The United States needs to follow the path of Europe and take fluoride out of the water supply. Those who want it can get it in toothpaste and dental products, which gives everyone the right to choose whether they want to use fluoride or not.

We can apply fluoride in a targeted fashion to the one t...

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06:43

*The Radical Fool of Capitalism* "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Benthamappraised the trophies dismissively dubbed baked heads as technical innovations and recognized their potential for his own plans.  He enthusiastically praised the savage ingenuity.  An 1824 draft of his will was the first to contain the score of his wishes: first, to see the corpse as an inheritance

According to legend, Behtam carried around the glass eyes intended for the Auto-Icon in his pocket in his final years.  (Supposed) attempts to dehydrating body parts in his home oven are said to have yielded satisfactory results.  Bentham believed the [Maori] mokomokai process would discolor facial traits and produce a parchment- or mummy-like appearance (which could be corrected with paint), while maintaining the physiognomy.

But Southwood Smith botched the job.  He sprinkled sulfuric acid onto the head, and in doing so docked Benthams nose.  He used an air pump to aid dehydration, which caused the skin to shrivel.  Benthams face appeared melted, the physiognomy destroyed.  In spring 1833, Smith commissioned a replacement head of wax

That is from the new, excellent, and short The Radical Fool of Capitalism: On Jeremy Bentham, The Panopticon, and the Auto-Icon, by Christian Welzbacher.

The post *The Radical Fool of Capitalism* appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Deuterogamy a second marriage, after the death of the first husband or wife; digamy; secondary pairing of sexual cells or nuclei that replaces direct copulation in many fungi, algae, and higher plants.

05:17

Power of love "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Episcopalian bishop, Michael Curry, gave the address at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

He began:

And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

From the Song of Solomon in the Bible: Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it out.

The late Dr Martin Luther King once said, and I quote: We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. For love, love is the only way.

Theres power in love. Dont underestimate it. Dont even over-sentimentalize it. Theres power, power in love. . . 

He continued quoting the Bible, Martin Luther King and towards the end quoted French Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin:

. . . he said, as others have, that the discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history. Fire to a great extent made human civilization possible. Fire made it possible to cook food and provide sanitary ways of eating which reduced the spread of disease in its time. Fire made it possible to heat, warm environments and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates. Fire made it possible, there was no Bronze Age without fire, no Iron Age without fire, no Industrial Revolution without fire. The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good. . . 

And de Chardin said fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history. And he then went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.

Dr. King was right. We must discover love the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. . . 

You can read about de Chardin here....

02:00

Home "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ill always be grateful to you who taught me this: we are the ones who make this place home. Home   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.

01:58

Remembering a Great Man in Raumati "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

John Stewart Murray By Alida Van der Velde On April 11, Mr Max Pedersen,  KCDC Councillor Mark Benton and I []

01:14

Hawaii Mega Tsunami Warning? Think For Yourself "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some common sense and perspective. Uncensored does not promote fearmongering. However, this subject needs to be addressed. I received today an Email from one of my many contacts, relating to the Hawaii disaster and its implications, that was most alarmist in nature. Heres some excerpts: that in the first circle, wave heights coming at the []

The post Hawaii Mega Tsunami Warning? Think For Yourself appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

00:45

We may get a bit longer to kiss our arses goodbye "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Spinoff: What happens to NZ after global nuclear war breaks out? According to various experts, New Zealand would indeed likely be the best place to be in the event of a nuclear holocaust. But best is a relative term, and this belies just how hellish life could become on one of the worlds last []

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Too stoned to work Pam Tipa:

Substance abuse problems, timekeeping and the attitude of young people entering workforce must be addressed for the future of the horticulture industry, says Vegetables NZ Inc. chairman Andre de Bruin.

The Dargaville kumara grower says the industry relies on a core of good fantastic seasonal workers but that core is not coming through in the younger generation. There is an occasional gem but they are getting much harder to find.

As de Bruin spoke to Rural News he could see five seasonal workers sitting in a vehicle either stoned or drunk when they should have been at work. . .

LINZ to open up with new high country advisory group Tom Kitchen:

Land Information New Zealand has announced the creation of a high country advisory group to help make better decisions for New Zealands high country regions.

Speaking at this years Federated Farmers High Country Conference in Cromwell yesterday, Linz  deputy chief executive Crown property Jerome Sheppard said Linz needed the group because of the complications and debates around the tenure review process and the influx of tourists in the country.

Were wanting to open up our shop a wee bit more so you can see whats going on we think debate needs to happen. . . 

Wool prices cause disbelief Alan Williams:

Buyers clearly had orders to fill as prices increased again at Thursdays Napier wool sale.

The volumes rose on the floor as buyers tried to outbid each other, PGG Wrightson North Island auctioneer Steve Fussell said. 

There was some disbelief about some of the price gains.

Buyers were especially keen on very good style, new, second-shear wool with prices 6% to 7% up on the May 3 sale in Napier. . .

Saturday, 19 May

23:40

Thoughts on the Harry & Meghan nuptials "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Well, it sounds like the Royal Wedding went off okay. That has to be a relief, Im sure.

I slept through it, as is my own personal tradition for royal weddings, but I know a lot of people were excited and worried about different bits so Im glad everything seems to have been tickety boo.

I suspect people were watching Prince Philip closely at that bit where the minister asks if there is anyone who has any objections to the marriage. I could just see him raising a choleric argument or two.

Anyway, best wishes to the happy broadcasters and dress makers.

Err. I mean, couple.

22:57

Q&A Robertson and Adams on the budget "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Both the Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and the Opposition spokesperson in finance, Amy Adams, will be interviewed on Q&A this morning. Robertson was competent on the Nation yesterday but could be pushed more by Corin Dann. National seemed all over the place in their criticisms of a budget that was widely viewed as not []

22:28

Budget a ringing endorsement of the Defence Force from the Coalition Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It is notable that this refers to Coalition Government Greens are not a part of the coalition. While NZ First and Grant Robertson have tried to talk up the Defence budget it has been described as money for a frigate upgrade cost overrun, some joint training and another 800 LSV trainees. Minister of Defence []

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