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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 
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What will the water tax cost?
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.
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 
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. 
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 
"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
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 
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 
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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:...
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 
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 
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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 
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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 
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Poverty, gap between rich & poor, Housing affordability, & Homelessness key issues as NZ votes in Election #nzpol https://t.co/RzAYspqIFS pic.twitter.com/Yyw4xfq5rA 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 
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 
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 
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.
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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 
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 
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 
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, 
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?
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 
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
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...
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 
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 
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.
Dont confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. Erma Bombeck
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...
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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...
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.
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....
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 
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 
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 
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 
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.
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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.
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.  
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...
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 
A very compelling interactive article from @tonywalljourno about our synthetic cannabinoid crisis https://t.co/67gAZjLLRj 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 
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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