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A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Auckland Islands, New Zealand at 01:43 UTC (13:43 local time) on September 20, 2017. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Potsdam (GEOFON) is reporting the same magnitude and depth....... Read more
The extent of damage and the death toll from thodays 7.1 earthquake in Mexico wont become clear for a day or two, but it looks very bad, with widespread damage reported and over 200 deaths recorded so far. With many collapsed buildings it will get worse. Guardian: At least 217 dead after powerful earthquake hits 
The last debate between Bill English and Jacinda Ardern will be on TVNZ 1 at 7 pm tonight. I think that Mike Hosking will be back running it after an illness ruled him out of the second debate. English was rocked by a bad poll result before that debate, but it has swung the other 
The last 1 News Colmar Brunton poll before the election: National 46% (last week 40%, previous 39%) Labour 37% (last week 44%, previous 43%) Greens 8% (last week 7%, previous 5%) NZ First 5% (last week 6%, previous 9%) TOP 2.0% rounded (last week 2.0%, previous 1.9%) Maori Party 1% rounded (last week 1.1%, previous 
A little code breaker By Cushla McGaughey Weighing just 6g and only 8cm long, the Rifleman is our smallest bird. It belongs to an ancient family of New Zealand wrens. The larger Bush Wren is the only other surviving species. Riflemen are very active and nimble. Constantly flicking their wings, they can work their way 
Heba-574M M 6.1 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Strikes W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude: 6.1 mww Location: 50.371S, 162.550E; 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Depth: 10km Time: 2017-09-20 at 01:43:30 UTC Other Earthquakes in NZ: Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Strikes Cook Strait Magnitude: 5.1 Location: 41.48S, 
Via: New Zealand Herald: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico, killing at least 138 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed 
Local MP another no show Labour candidate Rob McCann says another opportunity to debate keys issues was lost when his main opponent, MP Nathan Guy, again failed to turn up to the latest candidates meeting, this time in his former home town of Levin. Its disappointing for locals when their MP doesnt front, said Labour 
Concerned over water policy Daniel Birchfield:
The Waitaki Irrigators Collective (WIC) believes Labours water policy could lead to a growing rural-urban divide and the loss of millions of dollars from the Waitaki and Waimate districts.
Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher has also let rip at the policy, claiming Waitaki irrigators could lose $25 million to $40 million if there is a change of government on September 23. . .
A North Otago sheep farm uses a mixture of the old-fashioned and new-fangled at lambing time.
Creedmoor is a 50ha block of rolling land at Incholme, west of Oamaru. Owners Julian and Sharyn Price also lease a neighbouring 20ha.
The couple have become lamb whisperers, breeding composite ewes with quiet temperaments that are not fazed by their human handlers in their midst.
Flightiness has been culled out, along with dags.
The Prices call their flock Creedmoor Supersheep a moniker endorsed by their records. Since 2006 they have exceeded a 200% lambing rate and last year 25% of their surplus lambs were killed at three months. . .
Waimates wily pests are about to be tempted with lethal treats
Green balls flavoured with peanut butter are being placed on stakes in remote Mackenzie district hill country, where they are likely to appeal to the Bennetts wallaby population. The third batch, following two deliveries of non-toxic balls about a week apart, will contain cyanide that produces a quick death after being eaten by the marsupials.
The project is part of Environment Canterburys biosecurity work to reduce pest numbers. . .
Chopping out a career in the mostly male world of butchery Christina Persico:
Think of a butcher and you generally think of a man but Kayla Scott thinks its a job for anyone....
Playing for Team Human today is Silvia Zuur. In 2012, Zuur founded Chalkle to reignite adult education in New Zealand.
The latest challenge. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers on Sunday. What momentous event happened in New Zealand on 19 September 1893? Beautys Reward, Key of Pleasure and Hearts Reviver are varieties of what? What is the English name for the country named 
Started streaming 3 hours ago A 7.1 earthquake has hit near Mexico City. There are reports of damage and possibly collapsed buildings. This is the second big earthquake in Mexico in two weeks. We have LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE of the Mexico earthquake.
U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his threats against North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to totally destroy the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a rocket man. In a hard-edged speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Trump offered a grim portrait of a world 
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Next month, Obama is holding a World Leaders Conference in Chicago. He is desperately attempting to salvage The Clintonised Democratic Party, before the November 2018 Mid-Term Elections. He is the only Champion and Message The Dems. and their remnant cohorts have. Expect the war criminal and liar Tony Blair, to also 
The opposition and many on the left focus on how much the government spends.
How much matters but not nearly as much as how well.
More spending isnt always better spending.
More spending can be wasteful.
More spending can be entrenching dependency rather than helping people towards independence.
Bill English says:
Our opponents think caring is promising more money.
But the need for more spending is often a sign of failure, not success.
I call it servicing misery.
Our aim is simple, to change lives.
How much should MPs or possible future MPs be investigated? Last week Newsroom published a number of stories about National MP Joan Yang: Newsroom Investigation: National MP trained by Chinese spies National: no idea of SIS inquiry into Yang Chinas soft power push On standards in public life, and Jian Yang Questions hang over National 
farmers have a solution. Greens have often said they want to reduce cow numbers by up to 30%. Farmers rallied in Morrinsville on Tuesday, concerned about what may happen if Greens and Labour get into government and force a reduction in cow numbers. But they threatened a response if they have to reduce cow 
This election campaign has been full of bullshit there has been a lot of deliberate misinformation, and many false and misleading claims. All the larger parties have been guilty of this. Some of the biggest bluster has come from National, and it continues. Newshub: Steven Joyce still backing Labours alleged $11.7b fiscal hole Steven 
Greens have published a fully costed policy manifesto, but this doesnt tell us what any coalition deal that combines election promises would cost. The Green Party today published its fully costed policy manifesto along with an independent analysis of its fiscal implications. The independent fiscal analysis, by economics consultancy Infometrics using Treasury data, shows that in government 
In his first speech to the United Nations President Donald Trump blasted rogue regimes including North Korea, Iran and Syria and threatened to totally destroy North Korea. He has promoted his threat on Twitter: Thehas great strength & patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice 
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451 The Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetiuss victory over Attila the Hun in a day of combat, is considered to be the largest battle in the ancient world.
524 Kan Balam I, ruler of Maya state of Palenque, was born (d. 583).
1187 Saladin began the Siege of Jerusalem.
1378 Cardinal Robert of Geneva, known as the Butcher of Cesena, was elected as Avignon Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism.
1519 Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Sanlcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.
1697 The Treaty of Rijswijk was signed by France, England, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic ending the Nine Years War (168897)
1737 The finish of the Walking Purchase which forced the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.
1835 Farroupilhas Revolution began in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
1842 James Dewar, Scottish chemist, was born (d. 1923).
1848 The American Association for the Advancement of Science was created.
1854 Battle of Alma: British and French troops defeated Russians in the Crimea.
1857 The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ended with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company.
1860 The Prince of Wales (later King...
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Let not babies, the wash tub or even dinner, prevent women from going. Franchise activist, Amey Daldy, encouraging women to vote in 1893 Votes for women By Roger Childs 124 years ago women gained the right to vote in New Zealand. We were the first country to pass such a law, however in the US 
According to a Newshub/Reid Research poll Hone Harawira isnt close to winning back his Te Tai Tokerau seat off Kelvin Davis. Kelvin Davis (Labour) 67.4% Hone Harawira (Mana) 30.3% Godfrey Rudolf (Green) 2.3% Davis got 43.90% in the 2014 election to Harawiras 40.53, with the Maori Party candidate getting 11.65% and an independent getting 2.05%. 
ndrew BaileyWWF has organised an election climate debate, starting tonight at 7 pm. We know its 100% possible to unlock a safe climate future for all New Zealanders. Climate action is bigger than politics but its election season right now. Will political parties come together to set a course for a 100% renewable energy, zero carbon future? Or will climate 
Update: New Zealand Military Deploying for Fuel Transportation Update: Air New Zealand Restricting Ticket Sales, Cargo Reduced New Zealand is a funny place. It sort of pretends to be a modern, first world sort of place, when in actuality, its a hairs width away from infrastructure collapse at all times. Combine the shell-be-right 
QUESTION: Hi Martin,
Firstly I appreciate your insight into world events. I dont see anyone else coming even close to what you do.
In New Zealand we are facing an election and taxation is a big topic. Labour on the left has appointed a new, young, female leader who has wide appeal. She is hedging on Labours taxation policy but its known they favour capital gains taxes business, property, inheritance, you name it. I saw an article that Illinois is experiencing massive flight of wealth due to taxes. Will people run out of options for places to go or is the world in general headed towards mass taxation?
Thanks for your time.
ANSWER: Yes, Jacinda Ardern is a desperate attempt to raise Marxism to its former glory. The Labour Party fell to below 30% in the polls so they put a young girl up front to gain votes. It is also true that Illinois is a complete disaster. I wrote about how they should just dissolve the state because they cannot even go bankrupt on their government pensions. It is true that every five minutes someone leaves Illinois. The most recent poll revealed that 47% of people in Illinois wanted to leave the state. Property values will collapse in Illinois because there is a mass exodus and no buyers unless they are oblivious to what is taking place. This is how Rome fell from a population of 1 million to 15,000. People just walked away from their property.
Marxism has destroyed the world economy and caused the deaths of countless millions of people all for a theory that has never worked. We are facing the darkest hours in this collapse of socialism. Make no mistake, there are plenty of people who have been brainwashed to believe it is the rich causing this rather than the greed of politicians. It is the government pensions in Illinois that has destroyed the State. They prefer to say the rich do not pay their fair share but government always needs more and more. So that share never ends until it reaches 100%.
Retrial this week of Philip Dean Taueki for trespassing on his own land By Veronica Harrod Horowhenua correspondent Lake Horowhenua beneficial owner Philip Dean Taueki faces retrial for trespass in Levin District Court this Thursday (September 21) despite having been acquitted of two previous charges of trespass. Even though Taueki lives on Maori freehold land beside the lake, 
The delightful prospect of the country seeing the back of the Green Party after they fall below 5% on Saturday and depart the precincts of Parliament is given added importance by their continuing and rank hypocrisy.
Latest example from a top drawer of top-class
chutzpah to choose from is their response to the damaged oil
pipeline running south from Marsden Point that now holds Aucklands
airport hostage: Green Party undertaker James Shaw (to whom it may
fall to take out the partys corpse, fingers crossed), leapt into
the fray to say that
the government's failure to provide [this] critical infrastructure was negligent the government has a role in ensuring we've got fuel security," he said.
Can you smell the same stale stench of sanctimony there that I can?
At the same time as he and his colleagues in the Green movement talk about oil use as an addiction and protest every drop of oil taken out of the ground oil drilling is mad, they say it must be stopped for the sake of the children and do everything they possibly can to make the production of power and the refining of fuel more difficult and more and more expensive; everything they can to raise costs and taxes on fuel; everything they can to make fuel more expensive and, with the RMA they support, to make construction of infrastructure and pipelies more costly and more uncertain; cheering loudly every time Lucy Lawless lambasts Shell or their own protests help sink a new pipeline even as this anti-energy anti-industry zealot waves his anti-oil flag so flagrantly in our faces he has the gall to lecture in public about fuel security in a way that looks like he would know about or would value such a thing.
What a wanker.
An insult to those who do.
Let us hope after Saturday we wil never hear from him or his fellow luddites again.
It is the one thing about this election worth looking forward to.
Guiney misses out on selection Hugh Stringleman:
One long-serving director and two newcomers are the preferred candidates for three Fonterra board seats this year leaving sitting board member Leonie Guiney out in the cold.
They were former Fonterra Shareholders Council chairman and nine-year director John Monaghan, of Wairarapa, former Deer Industry New Zealand chairman and farm consultant Andy Macfarlane of Mid-Canterbury and PWC partner and National Fieldays Society board member Brent Goldsack, of Waikato.
The three were named as independent nomination process candidates for three vacancies among seven farmer-director seats on the Fonterra board. . .
Palmerston North farmer Peter Bills owns more machines than most Samantha Tennent:
Not many contractors or services agents come through the gate of Te Rata Farm at Linton, owned by Peter and Kim Bills. The Bills try to be as self-sufficient as possible across their business.
The Bills run a pretty taut ship, keeping costs down by doing all their own cultivation, mowing and bailing. They admit they own more gear than the average 260-cow farm; almost the only piece of equipment they dont have is a harvester.
It keeps costs down for us but more importantly we arent relying on a contractor to get the work done. . .
Weather hits somber pea growers Annette Scott:
Theres been no compensation for Wairarapa pea growers heading into their second season of a two-year pea moratorium.
And on top of wet weather that meant they could not get crops in the ground put farmers in a pretty sombre mood, Wairarapa cropping farmer Karen Williams said.
Williams, the 2017 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year, was an integral part of the grower group working alongside farmers and the Ministry for Primary Industries in the pea weevil response. . .
Radio New Zealand | 19 September, 2017
A proposal for a coal-fired power plant in Lae is a poor economic and environmental option, according to an anti-coal group in Papua New Guinea.
The proposal by Mayur Resources to build a plant on the Lae Tidal Basin has lingered for a couple of years, but failed to get a purchase agreement from PNG Power.
However Mayur had approval from PNG Ports through its re-development of Laes important port area.
But Chris Lahberger from Nogat Coal PNG said the government knew that a coal plant was not an efficient way to generate energy.
But it just looks awful as well, as PNG is a signatory to the Paris (Climate) Agreement to go one hundred percent renewable, and a coal mine with a forty year life span, Mr Lahberger said.
Mayur are now suggesting that the life span of this coal plant to be fifteen years. But the economics of that just doesnt stack up. Like you would not make your money back from your investment if you r...
Amazing work over three months! By Kate Hartmann If you say 100 Day Project really quickly and you dont think too deeply about what that might actually entail, then it doesnt seem that big a deal! Fast forward to the set up and hanging of the resulting exhibition, 6 x 100 and it felt like 
This is painful to watch, so Ill summarize it and spare you.
Ron Wyatt, biblical fantasist extraordinaire, claims to have found dried blood in the rocks below the place where Jesus was crucified. He took it to an Israeli lab where they reconstituted it, and then cultured it in a growth medium, and discovered that the blood was still alive. A miracle! Especially since if you took some old rock scrapings and threw them in growth medium you probably would get something to growit just wouldnt be human cells.
Then, further, they looked at it under a microscope and counted the chromosomes. How, I dont know; you cant see chromosomes with a light microscope unless you squash the cells undergoing mitosis and stain them, which would require killing Jesus cells.
But they counted them anyway, miraculously, I guess. They discovered that Jesus cells we have now leapt straight into the assumption that this is actually blood from a named person 2000 years ago contained 24 chromosomes. Twenty three from Mary, which gave him his human form, and a Y chromosome from Jehovah to make him male. So the old joke is right: the H in his name is for Haploid. Also, hes aneuploid.
Of course, its a bit odd. Old guy comes into the lab with some flaky red stuff scraped off a rock; lab technicians accept that its two millennia old human blood. They cultivate it on growth medium and get some cells, and they still accept his claim that these are human. They magically count chromosomes in these cells, and they have a non-human number; they still assume its human, and even that it is from a specific human. None of this makes any sense.
After that revelation, the video goes on and on about another old evangelical Christian chestnut: there is a molecule called laminin that is vaguely cross-shaped, which is somehow supposed to imply that were held together by Jesus. Only (?) problem is this guy spells and pronounces it liminin.
We are compelled to accept the inevitable truth. Jesus was haploid, and he was from New Zealand.
The only other possible explanation is that Ron Wyatt is a liar, and these gullible Christians are mind-bogglingly stupid. But that cant possibly be.
Next month (October 2017) the final JFK Report is to be realeased. It was determined last year that the herds will be given something extra; but will never be told the truth. I will detail in upcoming articles how JFK was murdered. For now, this will set the stage You cant handle the 
Why dont we tax teachers and use the money to tackle the tail of kids who fail at school?
That wouldnt be fair, there are many reasons for children failing, you cant hold all teachers responsible.
There are many reasons for the degradation of water quality, but you say its fair to tax all irrigators to clean it up. You could use the money for professional development for teachers who arent performing.
Thats ridiculous, you couldnt take money from good teachers to upskill the bad. its not their responsibility, thats up to principals or the ministry.
But Labour plans to take money from all irrigators and use some to bring poor performers up to standard even though regional councils already have the powers to make them comply.
And what about the teachers who are already doing everything they should, and spending their own money on further education. You cant expect them to pay for those who dont.
Thats exactly what Labours water tax would do. It would take money from irrigators who have spent and still are spending their own money to bring those who havent and arent up to scratch.
But what if the school doesnt have a problem with pupils not achieving, what if it and its teachers are already doing everything they can for all their pupils?
The money could go to schools where there are problems.
But thats not fair, you cant tax teachers at one school and use the money to deal with problems at another.
Thats exactly the way the water tax would work. It would take money from the good in one place and use it to deal with problems in another.
But what if teacher standards arent the problem anyway? You cant tax them for something over which they have no control.
Thats exactly how the water tax would work. It would take the money even if the problem with water quality was due to bird life, storm water or sewerage and nothing at all to do with irrigating or even farming.
And what exactly would the money be used for, how would it make a difference? You have to have a plan first then work out how to pay for it, not take the money and then find ways to spend it.
Thats exactly whats been suggested for the water tax. Labour has said it would take the money, give some to Iwi, some to regional councils to clean up waterways, but with no plan for how theyd do that, and if any is left over it could be used for roads which are district council responsibilities. All...
Warmonger becomes peacemaker By John Robinson Rewi Maniapoto had been the most active warrior chief in the king movement, joining with Kingis rebellion at Waitara in 1860, and driving Government Agent Gorst out of the Waikato in 1863 against the wishes of the king, Tawhiao, and his family. But he later recognised that the war 
The election campaign was turned on its head six weeks ago when Andrew Little stepped down, Jacinda Ardern took over the Labour leadership, Metiria Turei stepped down and to a lesser extent Peter Dunne pulled out altogether. Labour surged, Greens and NZ First slumped, and National slipped. The campaign had suddenly transformed into a head 
Striking footage has emerged of lightning lashing New Plymouth's Wind Wand art structure during a storm on Sunday night. Video of the strike was posted to Facebook by Taranaki-based business PrimoWireless which caught the bolt lighting up the sky shortly after 6pm. The video has had more than 110,000 hits in just over 12 hours. Watch the video.
Political blogs tend to cater for their own audiences much of the time, but in an election campaign tend to put a lot of effort into attacking the other lot. Thats certainly evident at this stage of the campaign. Kiwiblog is run by David Farrar, who has close associations with National. He can be critical 
Should we have a Plan B for everything? Some have said we should have had a backup to a bust fuel pipeline. This has caused major disruption at Auckland Airport in particular. Stuff: Possibility of prosecution after leak closes crucial jet fuel pipeline The Northland Regional Council said it was investigating the circumstances that led 
The Opportunities Party have promoted their policies as evidence based. From About on their website: TOP takes a long term, evidence based view. However now we are down to the business end of the campaign evidence seems to have flown out the TOP window. A few days ago on Newshub: Gareth Morgan blames landlines for 
A review of the book Hit and Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour authored by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson (ISBN 9780947503390) What is it that we dont understand? Were going to lose this fucking war if we dont stop killing civilians: General Stanley McChrystals outburst at his morning 
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The accelerating expansion of the Universe may not be real, but could just be an apparent effect, according to new research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The new study-by a group at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand-finds the fit of Type Ia supernovae to a model universe with no dark energy to be very slightly better than the fit to the standard dark energy model. Dark energy is usually assumed to form roughly 70% of the present material content of the Universe. However, this mysterious quantity is essentially a place-holder for unknown physics. Current models of the Universe require this dark energy term to explain the observed acceleration in the rate at which the Universe is expanding. Scientists base this conclusion on measurements of the distances to supernova explosions in distant galaxies, which appear to be farther away than they should be if the Universe's expansion were not accelerating.
335 Dalmatius was raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle Constantine I.
1356 In the Battle of Poitiers, the English defeated the French.
1692 Giles Corey was pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials.
1777 First Battle of Saratoga/Battle of Freemans Farm/Battle of Bemis Heights.
1796 George Washingtons farewell address was printed across America as an open letter to the public.
1862 American Civil War: Battle of Luka Union troops under General William Rosecrans defeated a Confederate force commanded by General Sterling Price.
1863 American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.
1870 Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Paris began.
1881 President James A. Garfield died of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting.
1882 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1965).
1889 Sarah Louise Delany, American physician and author, was born (d. 1999).
1893 The Governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.
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