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Sunday, 17 September


NZ Elections: Maori Voters Undermined By Ignorant Polling Staff "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One week into early voting, concerns are being raised about Electoral Commission staff allegedly undermining Mori voters. Massey University Mori politics lecturer Veronica Tawhai claims she has received numerous complaints from Mori electors regarding the conduct of Electoral Commission staff. Mori and particularly young Mori are constantly criticised for either being uninformed, uninterested or apathetic when it comes to participating []

The post NZ Elections: Maori Voters Undermined By Ignorant Polling Staff appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Facts on water tax "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What will the water tax cost?

It depends.

Businesses, like Coca Cola, which take water from council supplies wont pay anything.

Food producers which dont irrigate wont pay anything.

Farms, orchards and market gardens which do irrigate will pay and the dryer the year, when other costs rise too, the more theyll pay.

David Clark gives the facts on what hell have to pay if Labour is in government ant imposes the water tax:

Today farmers will be marching in Morrinsville to protest against the tax.

I hope they stick to the facts.

There are enough of them to win the argument with anyone prepared to listen properly.

Filed under: business, Farming, food, politics, rural Tagged: David Clark, water tax ...


Dodgy poll in Nelson "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Greens seem to be getting a bit dodgy in their attempt to get electorate votes in Nelson. Patrick Gower: Desperate Greens drop fake news poll in Nelson The Greens have released the results of some phone canvassing which theyve referred to as an internal poll that claims to show them ahead in Nelson. But []


Has advance voting gone too far? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Not long ago advance voting used to be available for people who were going to be unable to vote on election day. With no change to electoral law (as far as Im aware) it has changed markedly. Now all voters are being urged to vote early, for a number of reasonable and also self-interested reasons. []


Identity politics: Is Jacinda the new Mabel? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its not unusual to see over the top articles in an election campaign, and there has been a number of people popping up getting an airing. Is this over the top from Katie Pickles (Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research and Professor and Head of History at the University of Canterbury): Jacinda Ardern channels that bloody []


Quote of the Day: On state-worship, and its worshippers in chief "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"Politically, statism breeds a swarm of "little Caesars" who are motivated by power-lust. Culturally, statism breeds still lower a species: a swarm of "little Neros" who sing odes to depravity while the lives of their forced audiences go up in smoke."
~ Ayn Rand


Why do people vote for National? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Someone on Reddit has asked Im curious as to why National has so much support ELI5 why people vote National: So im reasonably new to this whole voting thing. Im curious as to why National has so much support as other parties are also promising a strong economy but are also offering a lot []


Last week of the election campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is the last week of the campaign thank goodness. Im getting a bit over it. Too much nonsense and too much disappointing campaigning, especially from National and Labour, and that has been rewarded with media attention that has made it hard for smaller parties to get a chance. You couold end it all []


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.


Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 September 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []


Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 September 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []


World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


September 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

96  Nerva was proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian was assassinated.

324 Constantine the Great decisively defeated Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantines sole control over the Roman Empire.

1180  Philip Augustus became king of France.

1454  In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army was defeated by the Teutonic army during the Thirteen Years War.

1709 Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer, was born (d. 1784).

1739  The Treaty of Belgrade was signed, ceding Belgrade to the Ottoman Empire.

1793  The first cornerstone of the Capitol building was laid by George Washington.

1809 The Royal Opera House in London opened.

1810  First Government Junta in Chile.

1812  The 1812 Fire of Moscow died down after destroying more than three quarters of the city. Napoleon returned from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, which was spared from the fire.

1837  Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City.

1838 The Anti-Corn Law League was established by Richard Cobden.

1850  The U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.

1851  First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becameThe New York Times.

1858  Kate Booth, English Salvation Army, officer was born (d. 1955).

1863  American Civil War:...


Marsden-Auckland fuel pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A fuel pipeline between Marsden Point and Auckland has been broken, causing havoc at Auckland Airport. The pipeline is the only source of jet fuel from the airport. I have no idea why they cant truck fuel to the airport. I first heard about this today but the break happened on Thursday NZH: Couple []


Couple saw 40 UFOs hovering over British beach before major military operation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

AN ELDERLY couple have told of the bizarre sight of 30 to 40 UFOs hovering outside their home the night before a major military operation unfolded. By Jon Austin PUBLISHED: 17:17, Fri, Sep 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 18:10, Fri, Sep 15, 2017 The husband and wife, aged in their 80s, who have not been named []

The post Couple saw 40 UFOs hovering over British beach before major military operation appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Election 2017: Dancing Cossacks edition "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For younger readers baffled by their elders occasional references to Dancing Cossacks, this was a three-minute party political broadcast, i.e. an ad, for the National Party in the 1975 election. It even has its own Wikipedia page.

Written by Michael Wall, then of the Colenso advertising agency, it was credited with Nationals massive win. The ad was controversial at the time, essentially for accusing Labour, led by Bill Rowling, of being a bit, well, you know, socialist, but looking at it again the most shocking thing about it for me is the lack of an apostrophe in April Fools Day in the first few seconds of the animation. 

The dancing Cossacks themselves were on screen for just five seconds, so 2.78% of screentime  from the 1 min 15s mark it is just National leader Robert Muldoon behind his desk talking directly to the viewer about his policy on superannuation and why it was better than Labours. Leaving aside the politics, the ad treats the viewer a lot more seriously than todays election ads: nearly two minutes of the party leader talking policy, not feels. (Thanks to Simon Carr aka @simonsketch for the link.)

It would be interesting to see some Labour ads from that year from memory they were made by Walls friend and fellow Westie Bob Harvey, then of the McHarmans advertising agency.  


An Economic Lesson for China and Russia, by Paul Craig Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An Economic Lesson for China and Russia Paul Craig Roberts     Is there anyone in Trumps government who is not an imbecile? After years of endless military threats against Russiaremember CIA deputy director Mike Morell saying on TV (Charlie Rose show) that the US should start killing Russians to give them a message, and []

The post An Economic Lesson for China and Russia, by Paul Craig Roberts appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


How a convicted pedophile brought down Icelands government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Washington Post Amanda Erickson In 2004, Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson was imprisoned for raping his stepdaughter nearly every day for 12 years, starting when she was just 5. Thirteen years later, his crime has helped bring down Icelands government. The story involves Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and his father, Benedikt Sveinsson. Heres what happened: Several []

The post How a convicted pedophile brought down Icelands government appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Roy Morgan: key issues "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Poverty, gap between rich & poor, Housing affordability, & Homelessness key issues as NZ votes in Election #nzpol Roy Morgan (@roymorganonline) September 17, 2017 Quite different to others, but quite different choices and wording of issues. The economy and financial crisis what financial crisis? Over a similar (but shorter) time period []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Aptycock a quick-witted or intelligent young man; a clever or sharp fellow.

Filed under: language Tagged: aptycock


All Blacks In Full Cry "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An outstanding 80 minute performance By Roger Childs There were hints of things to come in the first Lions test, and in the Sydney clash against the Wallabies.  The first half across the Tasman saw the All Blacks crush the home team, but then in the last 30 minutes of the game they went to []


Harald Dhnes Report On Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weve made it! How Germany absorbed a million refugees By Harald Dhne in Berlin In summer 2015 the European refugee-crisis began with many unforeseen consequences. East European states like Hungary and Poland voted for nationalist and authoritarian governments. Back in the 1990s they wanted the EU and the NATO as a shield against []


Perfect Day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It was a day filled with the glow of ordinary things & we passed them quietly from hand to hand for a long time & someone said she had picked a perfect day to be born & I think all of us felt the same.     2017 Brian Andreas  posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.

Filed under: whimsy Tagged: Brian Andreas, Story People


Peters: Filthy Rumour, Dirty Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A press release from NZ First on Friday odd that the quotes are not attributed to anyone, but the headline gives an indication who it is. Peters: Filthy Rumour, Dirty Campaign Friday, 15 September 2017, 5:20 pm Press Release: New Zealand First Party Filthy Rumour, Dirty Campaign I was approached by a senior journalist this []

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Saturday, 16 September


Greens will push Labour to advance CGT "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

James Shaw has just said that the Greens would push Labour to bring forward a Capital Gains Tax in post-election coalition negotiations, in an interview on Q+A. This came just after Jacinda Ardern reiterated her back-flip on pushing any possible CGT out until after the next election in 2020. Shaw said that the CGT would []


Trump administration reversal on Paris climate agreement "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

WSJ: Trump Administration Wont Withdraw from Paris Climate Deal Trump administration officials said Saturday the U.S. wouldnt pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the international deal to fight climate change, according to the European Unions top energy official. The shift from President Donald Trumps decision in June to renegotiate the landmark accord []


Q+A: Ardern, English, Shaw & Peters interviews "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A good chance to see how the leaders of the four largest parties are shaping up and holding up as the campaign heads into its last week. Which party will form New Zealands next Government? Political Editor Corin Dann interviews the leaders of the four biggest parties: National leader Bill English, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, []


Sunday School: Lets look at Bibilical morality "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


And theres more, much more, where that came from!

As they say, if youre a Christian who reviles misogyny, prejudice, rape child abuse and slavery then it clearly means you are not getting your morality from the Bible (and thank goodness for that). It means youre getting the better part of your nature from somewhere much more wholesome.

So if you dont get those ethics from that book, why on this green earth would you take any at all?



Where did Winston pluck his prostate policy from? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prostate cancer is a major problem for men as they age. About 3000 of us in New Zealand are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and about 600 die from it each year. Promoting testing and detection of prostate cancer is a laudable aim, but the way Winston Peters has proposed incentivising getting check-ups seems []


Jacinda Ardern will increase poverty because she doesn't understand the drivers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Last year I wrote a paper which explored the link between child poverty and family structure. The strongest correlate with child poverty is single parent families on welfare. Additionally, children born into de facto relationships - which had a much higher likelihood of dissolving than marriages - were much more likely to become poor.

In a Sunday Star Times column Jacinda Ardern attacked my research:

This week I opened the paper to find some astonishing "news" - a lack of marriage is to blame for child poverty.

I've spent the better part of six years reading and researching the issue of child poverty, and what we need to do to resolve this complex problem in New Zealand

And yet here it was, the silver bullet we have all been looking for. Marriage. Getting hitched. Tying the knot. It turns out that we didn't need an Expert Advisory Group on child poverty, or any OECD analysis for that matter - apparently all we really need is a pastor and a party.

At least, that's the world according to Family First, who commissioned a report this week which, they claim, provides "overwhelming and incontrovertible" evidence that when it comes to child poverty, a lack of marriage is our problem, and it's simply become "politically unfashionable" to talk about it.

I'm happy to talk about it; in fact all of Parliament is. We debated the ins and outs of the institution not that long ago - it was called the Marriage Equality debate. Oddly, I don't recall Family First supporting the idea of increasing access to marriage when it came to same-sex couples. But I digress.

The major piece of evidence Family First use to back up their claims? Child poverty has risen significantly since the 1960s, and more people were married back then. I am paraphrasing, but that's the general gist. And yes, those two pieces of information are true. But are they linked? You only have to look at where child poverty figures really jump around to figure that bit out. Back in the mid-1980s, child poverty numbers (after taking into account housing costs) were about half the levels they are now. What happened to cause the spike? De facto relationships and single parenting didn't all of a sudden become "on trend".

What happened was Ruth Richardson's Mother of all Budgets. Government support was slashed, unemployment rates were grim, and child poverty, as you would expect, went up significantly. Equally, you can also see a downward trend in child poverty numbers around the early 2000s when Working for Families was introduced.

So what about the other claims in the report? How about "51 per cent of children in poverty live in...


The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 88 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If you wish to do this latest challenge before looking a the answers, scroll down to September 13.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.       Alpha and omega are the first and last letters in which alphabet? (Greek)   Which New Zealander singer []


Metiria Turei: system broken "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

At a modest poverty rally yesterday Metiria Turei said that the welfare system was broken. But before the Greens fix it do they have to fix themselves? The Green bubble appears to be broken. A fairly green Standard posted Rally Against Poverty join Metiria Turei and Marama Davidson yesterday morning Saturday 16 Sept 2.30pm, Otara Town []


Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. - Erma Bombeck

Dont confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. Erma Bombeck

Filed under: soapbox Tagged: Erma Bombeck


Peace Pilgrims a Pine Gap tour diary "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Andy Paine, August 23, 2017.

Friday September 16 2016 was a busy day for me. I began it preparing a radio show about Pine Gap, the secretive US military base near Alice Springs in central Australia. I had interviewed an academic who has studied Pine Gap and what it does; an activist who has opposed it; and an Arrernte traditional owner who says it has no right to be there. Then I rushed off to Griffith University, where I gave a guest talk to an ethics class about civil disobedience the practice of intentionally and openly breaking unjust laws.

But I am not purely a journalist who reports on whats happening, nor an academic who explains theories. So after completing these two tasks, I got into a car and headed for Alice Springs to attempt to resist Pine Gap and the US wars it facilitates.

So I guess before we go on, a quick primer about Pine Gap and what it does. Theres a lot more information out there if youre interested, but basically Pine Gap is one of three satelite communication bases the US has planted strategically around the globe to enable it to spy on the whole world. The lease for it was signed in 1966, the base built in 1970. At first, it was never publicly admitted that it was a military facility it was described as a space research station until academic Des Ball uncovered what it actually did. Rumours abound that the sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam had something to do with his wanting more control over the base and getting on the wrong side of the CIA.

For most of its life, while Pine Gap has always attracted porotests from anti-war activists, its purpose has been just basic surveillance. In the last ten years though, this purpose has changed. These days the mobile phone and radio signals that Pine Gap recieves via satelite are used for drone strikes or other targetted bombings enabling the US to kill people in the Middle East without the risk of having a soldier killed or the risk of the empathy that comes from interacting with an actual human being.

As I said, Pine Gap has been the subject of numerous protests over the years. This one was to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the lease though for what exact purpose everyone was going out to the desert wasnt quite made clear. More on that later.

The trip to Alice was in my friend Jims van. Jim is a veteran of numerous actions and court cases out at Alice he was well acquainted with the route. The van runs off the biodeisel Jim makes out of used fish and chip oil; so all available car space was taken up with drums full of fuel. Other travel companions were my housemates Franz and Tim. Franz is Jims son so grew up going to protests though he is still a teenager. Tim is from New...


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.


Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 September 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []


Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 September 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []


10 Random Disturbing Facts Most Americans Are Too Fearful To Face "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

10 Random Disturbing Facts Most Americans Are Too Fearful To Face | head-in-the-sand | False Flags Government Government Control Government Corruption Sleuth Journal Society

Sometimes you have to put out information in hopes that those who havent heard this will at least absorb a fraction of it. If you havent heard this and you absorb just one of these random points, I believe that may be enough to cause a major paradigm shift your life or in the life of someone you know. Here are 10 random, mostly recent but some archival information that is factual and verifiable for anyone willing to look it up.

1- Genetically Modified Foods are illegal in many countries for health and medical reasons all the while the U.S. passes laws making GMO labeling illegal. You may be thinking, say what?  Thats right. U.S. citizens are being propagandized daily and are being practically forced to blindly consume GMOs while countries like Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, Australia, Russia, France and Switzerland have all booted Monsanto and their GMO crops from their countries. Thats like being booted out of a town for being a rapist and child molester only to have that same person settle into the next town over and become a grade school teacher or pastor. Now imagine the citizens of that other town having a law forced on them that says rapists and child molesters must be allowed to teach little kids and run churches. Thats what were talking about here.

While humanity in other countries wake up fully to the dangers of GMO foods, Monsanto and other GMO food producers are having a feast in the U.S. buying out politicians, distorting news, research and evidence that proves GMO foods are directly linked to cancer. Like a scene from a bad movie only its not a movie it life. Actually its YOUR life if you are i...


World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


September 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1111 Highest Galician nobility led by Pedro Frilaz de Traba and the bishop Diego Gelmrez crowned Alfonso VII as King of Galicia.

1176  The Battle of Myriokephalon.

1462  The Battle of wiecino (also known as the Battle of arnowiec) during Thirteen Years War.

1577  The Peace of Bergerac was signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.

1631  Sweden won a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War.

1683  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote to the Royal Society describing animalcules: the first known description of protozoa.

1778  The Treaty of Fort Pitt was signed, the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians).

1787 The United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.

1809  Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War, the territory which became Finland was ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.

1859 Joshua A. Norton declared himself Emperor Norton I of the United States.

1862 American Civil War: George B. McClellan halted the northward drive of Robert E. Lees Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.

1862  American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion resulted in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.

1883 William Carlos Williams, American writer, was born (d....


The Wonderful Skills Of Cartoonists "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

His work exposed hypocrisy and self interest, but did so with irreverent humour and intelligence. A fierce defender of free speech, he could articulate his point in a way that was both challenging and thought provoking. Andrew Weeks on the late Bill Leak, cartoonist for The Australian The must see Ludicrous Likenesses By Roger Childs []


Killing Joke: Implant "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fantastic Lyrics and mindblowing animation. More music-with-a-message from Jaz Coleman and Killing Joke:

The post Killing Joke: Implant appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Hurricane Jose Updates "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hurricane Jose to turn a half-loop in Atlantic Sally Griffin | Saturday, September 16, 2017 Hurricane Jose lost some of his power on Thursday, and forecasts indicate the effect on Pennsylvania will be minimal at best. As of the 5 a.m. EDT advisory (9/14/17), Jose is a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 []

The post Hurricane Jose Updates appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


All Blacks v Springboks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its been a good year for rugby. First the Lions tour, drawn. Then Australia came very close to upsetting the All Blacks in Dunedin after a great come back from a poor first test. Tonight the ABs get to test themselves against a resurgent Springbok team. This is the last home game of the year []


Advance voting 300k "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been 308,191 votes cast in the first five days of advance voting, well ahesd of previous years.


College Basketball Clashes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Paraparaumu College girls far too strong By Anglo Robinson  Kapiti College Senior Girls Basketball Team vs Paraparaumu College Basketball Team for the Rosanne Robinson Cup was played on Friday 1 September. Congratulations to Paraparaumu College Senior Girls on winning the Rosanne Robinson Cup for 2017. The game was played in great spirit and both teams []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Crambazzled prematurely aged by drink and a dissolute life.

Filed under: language Tagged: crambazzled


McCully of Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What goes around, comes aroundand bites you in the bum


Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A burglar is sneaking through this house one night, when out of the darkness comes a voice, I can see you, and Jesus can, too.

The burglar freezes in his tracks and is too frightened to move. He waits a few moments and nothing has happened so he moves forward. Again from the darkness comes the voice, I can see you, and Jesus can, too. The burglar is petrified and too frightened to move a muscle.

After thirty minutes, he decides to do something. He backs very slowly and tentatively to the wall and feels around for a light switch. He switches on the light and there in front of him, sit a cockatoo in a cage, who says, I can see you, and Jesus can, too.

Greatly relieved, the burglar sighs, Its just a cocktaoo.

The cockatoo looks at the burglar and says, I might be just a cockatoo but Jesus is a big Rottweiler.

Filed under: smiles


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Young farming families able to buy Landcorp farms:

A National Government will help young families into their first farms by allowing young farmers to buy state owned farms after theyve worked the land for five to ten years.

The Government owns a large number of commercial farms through Landcorp, but there is no clear public good coming from Crown ownership and little financial return to taxpayers, Primary Industries spokesperson Nathan Guy says.

We think that some of these farms are better off in the hands of hard working young farming families who are committed to modern farming and environmental best practice. . .

National to strengthen bio-security rules:

A re-elected National Government will strengthen biosecurity rules, toughen penalties for stock rustling and help exporters add value, National Party Primary Industries Spokesperson Nathan Guy says.

These policies will help grow and protect the primary sector sustainably, and support our goal of doubling the value of our exports to $64 billion by 2025, Mr Guy says.

We are proud to support the primary sector which is the powerhouse of New Zealands economy, helping us earn a living and pay for social services. . .

Adapting dryland farming to climate change:

Seven years of dry weather and relentless wind erosion in the early 2000s had devastated the Flaxbourne-Starborough landscape of South Marlborough, one of the countrys earliest farmed areas.

Doug Averys Grassmere farm Bonaveree was one of those affected. Over-grazing during the long dry was harming the financial, environmental and emotional sustainability of the farm, recalls Barbara Stuart, regional co-ordinator of the NZ Landcare Trust (NZLT). People like Doug were stressed, heartbroken, even a bit ashamed about what was happening. . . 

Friday, 15 September


Fighting Fungus: Cleansing With Active Horopito "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fighting Fungus: Cleansing With Active Horopito | mold | Natural Medicine Special Interests

New Zealand lies deep in the South Pacific, an island not to itself, but by itself. This seclusion has resulted in an amazing example of extraordinary flora and fauna. Aside from the incredible wildlife and sweeping views, New Zealand is home to over 2000 unique plants that have had the interest of the natural medicine and herbal remedy crowds for a long time. One plant in particular, horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) has been of specific interest due to its demonstrated ability at fighting harmful organisms, including fungus and Candida albicans.

What are the Benefits of Active Horopito?

Although horopito has been cited as having antioxidant activity, most of the excitement surrounding it is due to it containing a compound called polygodial. Polygodial has been extensively researched and repeatedly shown to be toxic to many harmful organisms; both alone and when used in combination with other herbs.

The Department of Environmental Science at the University of California Berkeley has reported many significant findings concerning polygodial. Researchers there evaluated the in vitro activity of polygodial and reported that it demonstrated strong and fast fungicidal activity against candida albicans. When conditions are acidic, polygodials defense against fungi sharply increases. [1] [2]

Active Horopito and Anise Seed

Although polygodial is extremely noteworthy on its own, it also performs well in tandem. When its combined with anethole, the active ingredient in anise seed, the efficacy of polygodial goes through the roof. Whereas polygodial attacks harmful organisms at a molecular level, actually punching holes directly through cell membranes and infiltrating cells directly to initiate its...


Lets not tax this "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour backed down on introducing a capital gains tax without putting it to the electorate in 2020, but theyre still planning plenty of other taxes.

Filed under: politics, tax Tagged: #partyvotenational, capital gains tax, Labour Party


Have the Greens given up on Metiria? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Since resigning as co-leader and withdrawing from the Green list Metiria Turei has been out of the political spotlight. She gets a glimmer of attention from Newshub in Decision 17: One week to go: Green Party MPs Marama Davidson and Metiria Turei are also in Otara at a rally against poverty. It will be one []


The synthetic drug crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A very compelling interactive article from @tonywalljourno about our synthetic cannabinoid crisis NZ Drug Foundation (@nzdrug) September 15, 2017 Killer chemicals Inside NZs synthetic cannabis crisis At least 20 people have died after smoking synthetic cannabis, but where is the community outrage and Government action plan? In part one of a two-part []


Mysterious 'earthquake lights' explained after Mexico's huge quake? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico on 7 September, videos of fuzzy green smears in the night sky went viral online. Earthquake lights are a phenomenon so unusual that they border on myth. The first known reports of them are from 89 BC, with spotty descriptions over the centuries. Recently, they've been seen during foreshocks and the main earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, in 2009, and as flashes of blue lightning over Wellington, New Zealand, in 2016. Comment: Strange glowing in the sky during New Zealand's earthquake possibly 'earthquake lightning' "These phenomena are well-documented because of so many security cameras running day and night now," says Friedemann Freund at NASA's Ames Research Center.

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