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Wednesday, 23 August


Relevant Flatulence, by G Squared "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hilary Clinton has lost it even further. Her Secret Service Detail Logs have been appropriately disseminated. After all, she doesnt know the difference between confidential and open source. SS now want the Hardship Bonus, and limited two month rotation shifts, to work with her. Apart from the extraordinary fact that she does not like showering. []

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Tuesday, 22 August


Farmers pledge will work where water tax wont "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farming leaders have pledged to make rivers swimmable:

In a first for the country, farming leaders have pledged to work together to help make New Zealands rivers swimmable for future generations.

The Farming Leaders Pledge has been signed today by a group of New Zealand pastoral farming leaders, that represent over 80% per cent of that countrys farmed land, committing them to an ambitious goal of working to make New Zealands rivers swimmable for their children and grandchildren.

Group spokesperson, Federated Farmers President and West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne says the intent behind the pledge is clear.

Many of our rivers are not in the condition we all want them to be. We are doing this because we want our kids and their kids to be able to swim in the same rivers that we did as children.  And by swim we mean swim. Its as simple as that.

Were standing up and saying we havent always got this right. More work is required and we will play our part. While there has been progress on farm in the past 10 years, we know there is more to be done, and that it must be done fast, and together.

Clean rivers arent an abstract concept for farmers.

This is the water we drink and wash with every day, not something we might visit a very few times a year.

Today isnt about laying out the detail on the huge amount of work going on already on farms up and down the country and how these efforts will need to increase.

Its about us as farming leaders signalling our commitment to making New Zealands rivers swimmable and doing everything we can to achieve that.

Ms Milne, says the group understands much of the work needed will be challenging for the farming sector.

Challenging yes, but a  lot will build on work already being undertaken.

We havent put a timeline on our commitment.  Each community will need to decide that for themselves.  This goal will be difficult to meet and we dont have all the answers today on how its going to be achieved, she says.

We know that we have work to do. We know it will be challenging for farmers. We know the answers are complex and we dont have them all now.   This commitment is simply the right thing to do in playing our part to give back to future generations what...


Election videos Labour and National "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labours new election video is very Ardern orientated, with only brief glimpses of Grant Robertson and Kelvin Davis (who has been quickly relegated to the background) plus plenty of adoring supporters. 89,738 views. It is mostly visionary and is likely to excite and enthral many, but without any details. National has been promoting themselves like []


One of the oldest New Zealand books continuously in print for over 120 years "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Yates Garden Guide
now in its 79th edition

First published in 1895, the Yates Garden Guide is one of the oldest New Zealand books in continuous publication. It remains the most comprehensive, reliable and practical source of advice for all New Zealand gardeners.
As our world changes, gardening habits change. Gardening fashions change, too. The Yates Garden Guide records, reflects and reacts to these changes, keeping each edition of the book new and up to date. The challenge over the last 122 years has been to keep the content fresh and relevant for succeeding generations.

While the Yates Garden Guide has grown and changed over the years, it remains a practical book that is of value to everyday homeowners, whether they garden on acreage, a small section, a balcony or a kitchen windowsill. This book offers value to all.

This fully revised new edition of the Yates Garden Guide includes hundreds of plant species, and everything you need to know about growing trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit.
New additions to the 79th edition include:

New recommendations for pest and disease control and updated problem-solving charts
How to establish a community garden
Encouraging bees in the garden
Growing microgreens
A new herb planting and growing chart
Recommendations on keeping chickens
New and revised hints from some of New Zealand top gardeners

Yates Garden Guide 79th edition
Publication Date 1 September 2017 | RRP $49.99
published by HarperCollins New Zealand


The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 85 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   What does the initials UNESCO, stand for?   Rottnest Island is off the coast of which Australian state?   Mace is the flesh that surrounds the nut producing which spice?   In which century []


Sky High: Jean Battens Incredible Flying Adventures "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sky High: Jean Battens Incredible
Flying Adventures
David Hill & Phoebe Morris (illustrator)

This stunning picture book tells the true story of how Jean Batten became
an international superstar for her solo flights across the world.
The little plane has been flying across the sea for eight hours.
Huge black clouds surround it. Rain pours in. Wind slams.
The aircraft is tossed around like a leaf.

The pilot stares into the darkness. How much fuel is left? Is she flying in the right direction?
How long till she reaches land?
In 1934, Jean Batten set a world record for the fastest flight from England to Australia. Just
two years later, she made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand. Jeans
fearless determination and flying skills helped her survive storms and crashes, as she
crossed great oceans and lonely deserts in her tiny plane.

This gripping true story with its dazzling illustrations is the third from the award-winning
creators of the picture books First to the Top and Speed King.

More about David Hill
David Hill is a prolific and highly regarded New Zealand writer, playwright, poet, columnist
and critic. Best known for his very popular and award-winning body of work for young
people, ranging from picture books to teenage fiction, his novels have been published all
around the world and translated into several languages, and his short stories and plays for
young people have been broadcast here and overseas.
David has won a number of national and international awards for his writing and was made a
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. Most recently, Speed King was a 2017
Storylines Notable Picture Book and First to the Top (2016) won the HELL Childrens Choice
Award for Non-Fiction and was also a 2016 Storylines Notable Picture Book. Enemy Camp
(2016) won the 2016 HELL Childrens Choice Award for Junior Fiction. Brave Company
(2014) was also a Storylines Notable Junior Fiction book. My Brothers War (2012), won
the Junior Fiction and the Childrens Choice Junior Fiction awards in the 2013 New Zealand
Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, as well as a 2014 IBBY Honour Award.

1 August
Picture Puffin


Latest News from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

CUP backs down over China censorship
Cambridge University Press has back-pedalled on its decision to censor hundreds of articles from one of its flagship journals in China.

Tributes paid to 'extraordinary' Brian Aldiss
Extraordinary science fiction writer Brian Aldiss died on Saturday (19th August) after celebrating his 92nd birthday the previous day.

Australia to tax online overseas book orders
Australia will reportedly begin a 10% tax on books ordered online from within Australia and shipped from abroad.

Bloomsbury to launch China imprint; Charkin honoured in Beijing
Bloomsbury has announced the launch of an English language imprint in China next year, while its executive director Richard Charkin has been given a major honour in Beijing for his contribution to the promotion of Chinese publishing overseas. book sales up 46% in 2017, says report's book sales grew 46% to $3bn (2.33bn) in the first half of 2017, while e-book sales increased 6% to $750m, making the book sector a "stable contributor" to the company's overall success.

Twitter will render children illiterate in 20 years says Jacobson
Novelist Howard Jacobson has said children may be illiterate in 20 years' time, thanks to the rise of smartphones and social media platforms such as Twitter.


Loop snaps up film rights to YA debut Birdy
Film rights have been sold for Birdy, a debut YA novel published by Hot Key Books in 2015, portraying a claustrophobic and menacing friendship between two young women.

Flower-pressed plants feature in Templar debut
Big Picture Press, an imprint of Templar Publishing, has acquired A Year in the Wild, a debut non-fiction title by illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri using nothing but pressed plants.

Comic novel on divorce and badgers to Sandstone
Sandstone Press has acquired a comic literary novel about divorce, mortality and badgers by Rob Palk.

ACE launches library podcast series
Arts Council England (ACE) is launching a series of podcasts to highlight the "positive impact" libraries have on the community.


Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today's Meal

People, Etc.

Tina Pohlman left her position as publisher of Open Road in late July, the latest veteran executive to leave the company, which she joined in early 2012. Philip Rappaport is acting publisher, and Libby Jordan will join the company in the new role of executive director, marketing operations. Most recently she was vp, marketing at Bookshout, and has been an advisor to Open Road for many years.

The company's marketing department has been organized into three teams: marketing operations, audience development, and analytics, with Jordan and the other group heads reporting to Mary McAveney. Recent hires on the title marketing team under Jordan include senior director of marketing Hillary Tisman, digital marketing manager Andrew Chapell, and digital marketing coordinator Juliann Fiorentino.

In announcements from the Beijing Book Fair, Richard Charkin said in a speech that Bloomsbury China will launch next year, publishing English-language originals and works in translation, run out of the publisher's London office.

Europa Editions will move their distribution to PGW from Penguin Random House Publisher Services as of February 2018. The deal covers the US, Canada and the rest of the world, except for the UK, Ireland and Italy (with the Ferrante books a big draw in export markets). Europa has been with Penguin and then PRH for the past 10 years, prior to which they were distributed by Consortium. Editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds says in the announcement, "We made a decision based on what was best for our authors, their books, and our business. The Penguin Random House reps, some of whom have been selling our titles for almost 10 years, have done an amazing job getting us to this point, and we're indebted to them. Now, all of us at Europa are energized by the prospects for growth and the greater visibility that PGW and Ingram offer."

Separately, Penguin Random House Publisher Services will distribute children's publisher Holiday House starting May 1, 2018 for the U.S. and December 1, 2018 for Canada and all other territories.


Quote of the Day: The intellectual and moral high ground when it comes to environmentalism ought to be taken by those who believe in private property "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What is needed for better husbandry of ecological resources is more widespread and deeper establishment of property rights together with their enforcement. The cause of environmentalism is often associated with the Left. This is despite the fact that some of the worst environmental outcomes in the history of our planet have been associated with Communist governments.
    Indeed, the intellectual and moral high ground when it comes to environmentalism ought to be taken by those who believe in private property, strong community institutions and a free economy.
    [Why?]  If things are owned, they will tend to be looked after. The owner of a lake will not [likely] fish it to near extinction (or even over-fish the lake to a small degree) because the breeding potential of the fish would be reduced.
    On the other hand, if the lake is not owned by anybody, or if it is owned by the government and fishing is unregulated, the lake will be fished to extinction because nobody has any benefit from holding back. Local businesses may well also pollute the lake if there are no well-defined ownership rights.

~ Philip Booth, from his article If You Really Want to Protect the Environment, Privatise It

Heres John Stossel

[Hat tip Dan Mitchell]



Election 2017 PREFU day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

With one month until the 2017 election today is the day the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) comes out. This will signal the amount of money available for more election promises, policies and bribes. It is likely to accentuate the tax cut versus more taxes argument that looks set to differentiate National and Labour. []


Black Ferns win semi-final "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Womens rugby gets nothing like the coverage of the male version, and the Black Ferns get a fraction of the attention of the All Blacks, but they have been having a very good world cup in Ireland. They have just beaten the USA in a semi-final 45 to 12. RNZ:  Black Ferns into Rugby World []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Were all pilgrims on the same journey but some pilgrims have better road maps.  Nelson DeMille who celebrates his 74th birthday today.

Filed under: quotes Tagged: Nelson DeMille


Similar old, or a new generation? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been an extraordinary turnover of party leaders this term see Why are so many party leaders resigning? John Key decided to call time on leading the country, but there has also been an exit signalled by many MPs who played a part in Parliament last century. Like Phil Goff, Peter Dunne, Annette King, Maurice []


Dunnes legacy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Peter Dunnes 33 year political career hasnt set the world on fire Donald Trump may do that in 33 months but he is regarded by those who know as a competent and effective politician in Parliament, and a hard working electorate MP. He has practiced pragmatic incrementalism, but now sees himself as not []


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Try it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.


Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

23 August 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 Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

23 August 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 []


The Emerging Sperm Count Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If sperm counts continue declining at the current rate, humans could become extinct.

Analyzing nearly 200 studies, researchers have found that the sperm counts in men across North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have halved in less than forty years. The study found that the decline in mens sperm counts may also be accelerating.

Although the study didnt investigate the potential causes of this sharp decline, prior research has implicated exposures to man-made chemicals, especially endocrine disruptors that are plentiful in many consumer products and the pesticides sprayed on our food.

Weve previously reported the evidence that GMOs could also be culprits in declining sperm counts. In a Russian study on hamsters, scientists observed that consumption of GM soybeans tended to slow their sexual maturation, and completely eliminating their ability to reproduce. This can take several generations to unfold. Another study uncovered similar infertility in third-generation mice that consumed GM corn.

There are natural ways to improve male fertility in addition to protecting oneself from exposure to endocrine disruptors, which can be found in unexpected places, such as dental offices or checkout receipts. Natural medicine specialists can also help with more sophisticated tests as well as the right food, supplements, and exercise. Something as simple as enough Vitamin D can make all the difference in restoring fertility.



World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


August 23 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

30 BC After the successful invasion of EgyptOctavian executed Marcus Antonius Antyllus, eldest son of Marc Antony, and Caesarion, the last king of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt and only child of Caesar and Cleopatra.

20 BC  Ludi Volcanalici were held within the temple precinct of Vulcan, and used by Augustus to mark the treaty with Parthia and the return of thelegionary standards that had been lost at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC.

79  Mount Vesuvius began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.

1305  William Wallace, Scottish patriot, was executed for high treason.

1328  Battle of Cassel: French troops stopped an uprising of Flemish farmers.

1514  Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder.

1572   St. Bartholomews Day massacre  Mob violence against Huguenots in Paris.

1595  Michael the Brave confronted the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.

1708  Meidingnu Pamheiba was crowned King of Manipur.

1775 King George III declared that the American colonies existed in a state of open and avowed rebellion.

1793 French Revolution: a leve en masse was decreed by the National Convention.

1799  Napoleon left Egypt for France en route to seize power.



The man without a legacy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In honour of the election campaign and also party leaders resigning, here's the essay I wrote for Overland at the end of last year when John Key left office. But I also have a new piece at the Pantograph Punch about the role of the media in taking down Metiria Turei. If you're only going to read one of them, read that one.  You could almost say that the only thing John Key was good at


Kiwi Kids Being Taught to Hate Wild Animals "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

American academic alarmed  by Ben Hope Dr Bekoff, an American professor of ecology, is alarmed at New Zealand school children in schools being taught to hate wild animals and even practise cruelty to them. He blamed government policy as the catalyst saying the cruelty teachings were all part of the countrys war on wildlife, with []


Election Aotearoa Leaders Debate "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Oriini Kaipara and Heta Gardiner lead the Election Aotearoa Leaders Debate. Tuesday 22 August, 8.00pm On Maori TV, and streamed live on and Kelvin Davis (Labour) Te Ururoa Flavell (Mori Party) James Shaw (Greens) Gareth Morgan (Opportunities Party) Hone Harawira (Mana) See: Maori poll semi interesting NZ First refused to take part in a debate with Gareth Morgan. []


The Ardern agenda "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern has been around different media being question about policies, especially tax. RNZ: Campaign day 2: lets talk about tax, baby Its day two of the election campaign and Labour faced pressure to provide more detail on its tax plans, but is keeping its cards close to its chest for now. She was []


Trump expanding Afghan war he had denounced "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Candidate Trump last year denounced US involvement in the Aghan war. President Trump has just announced an expansion of the longest running war that the US has been involved in. Fox News:  Trump the unconventional president proposes a conventional response for Afghanistan more US soldiers President Donald Trump has now officially embraced and expanded []


Reporter Who Exposed BBC Pedophilia Cover Up Found Dead "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Liz MacKean, the former British investigative reporter who exposed Jimmy Savile and the culture of pedophile protection at the BBC, has been found dead. She was 52. MacKean worked at the BBC until she quit in 2013 after executives decided to ban her groundbreaking and brave investigation into predatory pedophile Jimmy Savile in order to protect him and []

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Green problems continue "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A battered Green party seems to have taken another hit with one of their top staff stepping down and another either stepping or being pushed sideways. Whatever the reason, a month out from the election this has to be disruptive and an indication of ongoing repercussions in the party after a damaging few weeks. NZH: []


Maori poll semi interesting "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Maori TV has done a poll through Reid Research. It has a large sample size of 2515, a low margin of error of 1.95, but it was conducted over a very eventful five weeks so its hard to know how useful it is. Party vote: Labour 46.5% Maori Party 17.5% NZ First 13.8% National 9.5% []


Asian Stocks Mixed After Wall Street Gains "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

BEIJING Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday after Wall Street gained as investors looked ahead to this weeks gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2 percent to 3,292.30 points and Hong Kongs Hang Seng advanced 1 percent to 27,437.76. Seouls Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,364.57 while Tokyos Nikkei 225 shed 0.1 percent to 19,379.75. Sydneys S&P-ASX 200 advanced 0.2 percent to 5,738.70 and Indias Sensex gained just under 0.1 percent to 31,282.90. Benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand, Singapore and Bangkok rose while Malaysia and the Philippines declined.


The Alternative Hunters, By G Squared "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Alternative Hunters have just been exposed to another Bombshell Exclusive by the ill informed, distorter, conspiracy theorist, and paid puppet, Alex Jones. It concerns National Security Advisor McMaster. His sources are what his troupe have previously read in the public domain (NYT, WP, and Bannons Breitbart), and Roger Stone. All of which are unreliable, []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fopdoodle   stupid or insignificant fellow; fool; simpleton; someone of little significance.

Filed under: language Tagged: fopdoodle


Just plain bizarre! 124 year old books with VERY weird parallels to 2016-17 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What to make of this? From the Library Of Congress: Can it be some sort of elaborate hoax? Any enlightening info or opinions would be appreciated!   Published on Aug 9, 2017 August 9, 2017: Books surface from over 124 years ago, entered at the Library of Congress with many uncanny references pertaining to todays []

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More Books: Accentuate The Positive! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Excellent finale to the 1960s civil unrest trilogy By Ralph McAllister A mixed bag of books this month so lets start with the best of a rather indifferent collection. Greg Iles fans will need no encouragement to read the final part of his trilogy, Mississippi Blood. This one spends most of the time in the []


On a lighter darker note "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

North America experienced a total solar eclipse yesterday their-time, this morning in NZ.

NASA explains it here.

And  Cowsmopolitan Dairy Magazine reacted with this:

Image may contain: one or more people and text

Once upon a time there was light in my life. But now theres only dark at the barn. Nothing I can do. A solar eclipse at the farm.


Filed under: Farming, science, smiles Tagged: Cowsmopolitan Dairy Magazine, Nasa, total eclipse ...


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Honesty breeds motivation in deer farmers support group Tim Fulton:

A North Otago deer farmer tells Tim Fulton about how joining a farmers Advance Party has helped him make production gains.

A network of deer farmers is helping geographic outliers Dallas and Sarah Newlands to prepare for the biggest investment of their farming career.

The Newlands of North Otago are fourth-generation farmers 20km inland from Maheno, running the familys 111-year old Viewmont property and a newer acquisition, Maraeweka.

Theyre on rolling country, surrounded by dairy farmers but reliant on trough and small-scale water supply schemes to shield them against drought. . .

New tech simplifies DNA sequencing for primary sector Alexa Cook:

Improvements to new DNA sequencing technology will help researchers use genetics to solve problems faster in animals, plants and other organisms, a Palmerston North scientist says.

Rob Elshire and his wife Robyn run a genetic analysis centre in Palmerston North and say theyve developed an open-source DNA analysis method that can generate 300 percent more data than other technology, but at the same cost.

Similar science was used to create a gold kiwifruit variety to be resistant to the vine disease PSA. . . 

Westland appoints new Chief Financial Officer:

Westland welcomes a new Chief Financial Officer with some 20 years experience of international business finance on 21 August.

Toni Brendish, Chief Executive of Westland Milk Products, New Zealands second largest dairy co-operative, has appointed British-born Dorian Devers to the CFO role at Westland.

Im very excited about the potential for Westland with an appointment of someone of Dorians calibre, Brendish said.  . . 

Synlait Cements Relationship with New Hope Nutritionals:

Synlait  has...


Q: Was the American Civil War really about slavery? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Q: Was the American Civil War really about slavery?
A: Yes. Yes, it really was. The states right the secessionists truly cared about was slavery.

Q: So why the continuing controversy over the American Civil War?
A: Because, says Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, many people dont want to believe that the citizens of the southern states were willing to fight and die to preserve a morally repugnant institution.


For more information on the Civil War, check out :

  • The West Point History of the Civil War, an interactive e-book that brings the Civil War to life in a way that's never been done. Click here -> The West Point History of the Civil War
  • The Articles of Secession of the slave states, each of whom cited in seceding their motivating cause: i.e., their peculiar institution of slavery
  • The Confederate Vice Presidents Cornerstone Speech, declaring the Confederacys causes of secession: The prevailing ideas entertained by [Thomas Jefferson] and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery -- subordination to the superior race -- is his natural and normal condition. [Applause.]
  • The Lincoln-Douglas debates, wherein Lincoln sagely observed a house divided against itself [by slavery] cannot stand.



Little Kiwi Has a Forest Feast "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Little Kiwi Has a Forest Feast
Bob Darroch

An engaging new story in Bob Darrochs bestselling Little Kiwi series.
Poor Little Kiwi. He has caught a cold, and all he wants to do is snuggle in his burrow and
eat worms. But words dont quite sound the same when youre all blocked up, and Little
Sister gets confused. Is Little Kiwi getting a colt, or has he got a cold?
And is he hungry. . . or ugly?
Soon all the forest friends have gathered to see what is going on. When they discover hes
sick and hungry, they decide to cheer him up with a wonderful feast!
But will the treats they bring him be what he really wants?

Little Kiwi Has a Forest Feast is a wonderful new heart-warming story of friendship and
caring for others.

More about Bob Darroch
Bob Darroch has been drawing cartoons for most of his life. His work has appeared on
toys, jigsaws, souvenirs and postcards and in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He
started writing and illustrating his own books for children in 1999. In 2001, the first of the
popular Little Kiwi stories were published. Little Kiwi is Scared of the Dark has since been
awarded the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book. Bob has illustrated
books for other authors, including for his wife, Ruth

1 August
Picture Puffin
RRP $18.99


Saving Face: Facebook wants Access Without limits "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Social network giant lobbies to prevent state limits on facial recognition By Jared Bennett 5:00 am, July 31, 2017 Updated: 3:00 pm, August 1, 2017 Facebook is working on advanced facial recognition technology to identify users by creating digital faceprints. The company has begun lobbying state legislatures feverishly to protect its investments in the technology. When []

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Wasted life "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In the end, it seems, nothing summarises the time in Parliament of Peter Dunne quite as much as his timing in choosing to leave.

After thirty years in office, around twenty of them as a lapdog to power, he had signalled that he might, for the first time, be able to see his way clear to effecting some sort of liberalisation of the War on Drugs -- his first move of any significance in all his time as the various politicians' poodle.

So the very moment he may have proved himself to be of some use to the wider world proved instead his complete and utter impotence.

And instead of a liberalisation that has been far too long in coming, an achievement for which he would have deservedly been remembered, he leaves the Parliament instead after thirty years without a single credible achievement to his name.

He will be able to look back back, in other words -- just like many another politician -- at a wholly and completely wasted life.


Good question "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


[Hat tip Jim Rose]



Funny but sadly true "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This should be funny.

But as the rural-urban divide widens and the inability to join the dots between farming and food increases it becomes more and more sadly true.

No automatic alt text available.

FARMING noun [farm ing] The art of losing money while working 400 hours a month to feed people who think you are trying to kill them.

Filed under: business, environment, Farming, food, rural


12 Days Before 08 Crash, Congress was Secretly Told to Sell Off Their Stocks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

With Thanks to Pam Vernon of envirowatchrangitikei: 12 Days Before 08 Crash, Congress was Secretly Told to Sell Off Their Stocks From Earlier this month, it was reported that less than two weeks before the economic collapse of 2008, several members of Congress took their money out of the stock market. Many high ranking government []

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The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The New York Times Books Desk Will Make You Read Again
Its chief critic took a buy-out. It's consolidating like crazy. But the Gray Lady's books team is neither flailing nor failing. Here's what it is doing. MORE

Australia to Tax Online Book Orders Shipped from Abroad
In July 2018, Australia will begin collecting a 10% tax on books ordered from within Australia online and shipped from abroad. MORE

Arts and Humanities Committee Resigns: Sixteen of the 17 members of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned en masse.

Cambridge UP Complies With Censorship: Some academics are vowing to boycott the press, which has accepted censorship of one of its journals by the Chines government.

Brian Aldiss Dies at 92: One of Britain's most respected science fiction writers and the author and editor of more than 100 books died at home on his 92nd birthday.

A Pass-Rusher's Passion for Fiction: New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard created a vibrant online book club this summer.

Rockport's Only Bookstore Will Close: Toad Hall, the lone bookstore in Rockport, Mass., will remain open through the early fall, but will close by the end of the year.



Duffy Books in Homes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We want to hear from you!

Duffy Books in Homes (Books in Homes) is fast approaching its 25th birthday and we think it's time to hear from our Duffy kids that are now making a difference in the world, no matter how big or small.

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Monday, 21 August


Latest from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

IPA calls on China to overturn 'assault' on academic freedom
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is calling on the Chinese authorities to overturn its decision to censor articles in a Cambridge University Press journal, calling the act a "retrograde assault on freedom to publish and academic freedom".

Audio download chart: Ronson's Butterfly Effect
A non-fiction title tops the digital audio download list for the first time, as TV tie-in titles flock into the top 20.

Waterstones to be 'transformed' ahead of Pullman release
Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road (TCR) is set to be transformed into Lyras Oxford the night before Philip Pullmans first Book of Dust novel is published.

BIBF: Overseas visitors pounce on currency flux
The 24th edition of the Beijing International Book Fair (23rd27th August) will have a record number of foreign trade exhibitors - including its biggest ever UK contingent.

Nosy Crow boosts team with raft of new hires
Childrens publisher Nosy Crow is expanding its team as it prepares to turn over 10m for the first time.

BIBF: Usborne campaign to highlight safety threats of pirated titles
Usborne Publishing and Jieli Publishing House will run social media campaigns to educate Chinese consumers over safety worries about fake Usborne titles printed in China.


Morpurgo and Riddell on Hay Children's line-up
Michael Morpurgo, Meg Rosoff and Chris Riddell are among the famous names who will be appearing at the inaugural International Childrens Literature Hay Festival Aarhus 2017.

Yiannopoulos responds to S&S in reissued lawsuit
Milo Yiannopoulos has reissued his $10m legal complaint against Simon & Schuster US for cancelling his book deal.

Buchan moves to Atlantic after auction
Elizabeth Buchan is moving to Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books, following a "hotly contested" auction for her next two novels.

Paul O'Grady's Country Life to Transworld
Transworld is publishing a new book from comedian and TV presenter Paul OGrady on life in the country this November.


Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today's Meal

People, Etc
Jason Wells has joined Rodale Children's as associate publisher, director of marketing and publicity. Most recently he was vp, marketing and publicity at Simon & Schuster Children's, after 14 years at Abrams Children's.

Frank Radell has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as sales representative for the trade division's office and school supply channel. He was previously at Norwood House Press.

Author Brian Aldiss, called the "Grand Old Man of British science fiction" by the Guardian, died on Saturday, one day after marking his 92nd birthday. (19th August) after celebrating his 92nd birthday the previous day.

Toad Hall bookstore in Rockport, MA, which has been open for 45 years, will close this fall.

Stirling Books & Brew reopened in Albion, MI under new ownership, despite an accident during renovation that left new co-owner Staci Stuart paralyzed from the waist down. The new owners aim to "stress diversity" and "reach all the demographics."

Lauren Groff's next book, FLORIDA, a collection of stories, will be published next year by Riverhead. The New Yorker has a story, Dogs Go Wolf, that will appear in that collection. She says in an interview: "The collection is a portrait of my own incredible ambivalence about the state where I've lived for twelve years. My feelings for Florida are immoderate, and I love the disappearing natural world, the sunshine, the extraordinary and astonishing beauty of the place as passionately as I hate the heat and moisture and backward politics and the million creatures whose only wish is to kill you. I wrote this collection very slowly and was surprised when it came together to find that the stories built into a ferocious protracted argument."


Arts Journal - Words "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When Sue Grafton Started Her Series With A Is For Alibi, Few People Knew Shed Get To The End Of The Alphabet

When Sue Grafton Started Her Series With A Is For Alibi, Few People Knew Shed Get To The End Of The Alphabet
How did this all get started? Grafton says, I was reading an Edward Gorey cartoon book called The Gashlycrumb Tinies. And thats little pen-and-ink drawings of Victorian children being done in in various ways. A is for Amy, who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil, assaulted by bears. C for Claire, who you know, and on down the alphabet. I thought, what a keen idea.

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Read the story at NPR Published: 08.20.17

The King Of Audiobooks Doesnt Even Have A Near Rival

The King Of Audiobooks Doesnt Even Have A Near Rival
George Guidalls entire family was in the medical profession, and that was his parents plan for him. But as a self-described fat and antisocial child in New Jersey, he discovered acting when a high school English teacher recruited him to play Teddy Roosevelt in Arsenic and Old Lace.' More than 1300 audiobooks later

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Read the story at The New York Times Published: 08.20.17


Automation answer to artificially high wages "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NZ First wants a minimum wage of $20 an hour. The party also wants less immigration.

A higher minimum wage and fewer migrants are being promoted by other parties on the left too.

The dangers of that can be seen in the UK where British farms are preparing to work with fewer seasonal workers after Brexit:

The production of strawberries, raspberries and other berries has increased from some 60,000 tonnes a year to over 140,000 tonnes, and these are picked almost entirely by migrant workers from the EU. In 2015 about 85,000 seasonal agricultural workers came to Britain, 30,000 or so of them to pick fruit. As a recent report by Andersons Farm Business Consultants concludes, without EU labour the sectors recent growth would not have been possible.

As Britain prepares to leave the EU and probably end the free movement of workers from the continent, farmers are scrambling to find farm hands. But they are also exploring more rigorously the alternatives to a bountiful supply of cheap labour, such as using more automation and increasing existing workers productivity. . .

There is no doubt that farmers are struggling to find workers. There are some Brexit-related reasons for this: the pound has fallen precipitately against the euro; and Britain is now often perceived to be a xenophobic and unfriendly country, says John Hardman, a director of one recruiting agency, HOPS Labour Solutions.

But the shortfalls also reflect structural shifts in the EU economy, in particular the rising prosperity, and higher wages, of those countries such as Poland and Romania that have historically supplied workers to Britain. . . 

Alison Capper, who chairs the horticultural board of the National Farmers Union, a lobby group, says that some British farmers are now having to make decisions as to what to pick and what to leave. But for now there is unlikely to be a lot of fruit left rotting in the fields. And to forestall such an eventuality, many in the industry have been heeding the governments advice, to recruit more British workers, automate, or become more efficientbut with very mixed results.

Trying to recruit more British workers has, in the words of Mr Hardman, been a staggering disaster. He has managed to get only a handful of Britons out of 12,000 recruits sent to 225 farms. Money is not the main problem. Many farms pay above the minimum wage of...


Ardern on Capital Gains Tax "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern has just been pushed to clarify Labours position on Capital Gains Tax by Guyon Espiner on RNZ. .@jacindaardern says she will wait until advice from working group before making any policies on capital gains tax. Morning Report (@NZMorningReport) August 21, 2017 "We do not compare well internationally, we're one of a handful []


Quote of the Day: On the myth that economic freedom benefits the few while impoverishing the many "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


One of the biggest and most pernicious myths about economic development is that capitalism or, as I prefer to call it, economic freedom, benefits the few, while impoverishing the many
    There can be no doubt [however] that in history unfree majorities have benefited from the existence of free minorities and that today unfree societies benefit from what they obtain and learn from free societies
    Africans, [for example], did not have to become rich in order to start experiencing longer and better lives. Indeed, it would be surprising if they did get wealthier, considering that since independence, many African countries have experimented with socialism and other forms of protectionism. Some, like Zimbabwe, still do.
    Instead, all of Africa benefited from the technological advances that occurred in free, which is to say, capitalist countries.

    ~ Marian Tupy, from his post Dont demonise capitalism its making the world a better place



Did Australian politicians get lazy? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

FB post I have permission to share, from a one-time public servant. The rule may be stupid, or may not, but did people get lazy? #auspol Graeme Edgeler (@GraemeEdgeler) August 21, 2017


Family First loses charitable status but not muzzled "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Family First has been removed fromn the charities register because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes Press Release: Department Of Internal Affairs Update on Family First New Zealand from the Independent Charities Registration Board Published 21 August 2017 In its decision dated 21 August 2017 the independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Family []


Why are so many party leaders resigning? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I dont whether there are comparable times in the past, I cant remember any, but we seem to have had a remarkably high turnover of party leaders this term. Tracey Watkins: Politically Correct: The blitzkrieg campaign continues Why are so many party leaders resigning? Good question. Dunnes departure leaves just Winston Peters and the Maori []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We face up to awful things because we cant go around them, or forget them. The sooner you say Yes, it happened, and theres nothing I can do about it, the sooner you can get on with your own life. Youve got children to bring up. So youve got to get over it. What we have to get over, somehow we do. Even the worst things.   E. Annie Proulx who celebrates her 82nd birthday today.

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Jacinda-mania and media-mania "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There is no doubt that the mania over Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of Labour three weeks ago is a phenomenon. It is difficult to know how much is a genuine public reaction to a refreshing change of personnel and style, and how much was generated by a media that has become obsessed with []


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Try it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.


Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 August 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 Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 August 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 Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


August 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

565  St. Columba reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness.

1138 Battle of the Standard between Scotland and England.

1485  The Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.

1559 Bartolom Carranza, Spanish archbishop, was arrested for heresy.

1642 Charles I called the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil Warbegan.

1654 Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam the first known Jewish immigrant to America.

1770  James Cooks expedition landed on the east coast of Australia.

1780 James Cooks ship HMS Resolution returned to England after Cook was killed in Hawaii.

1791  Beginning of the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue.

1798 French troops landed in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo to aid Wolfe Tones United Irishmens Irish Rebellion.

1827 Jos de La Mar became President of Peru.

1831  Nat Turners slave rebellion commenced leading to the deaths of more than 50 whites and several hundred African Americans who are killed in retaliation for the uprising.

1849 The first air raid in history. Austria launched pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice.

1851 The first Americas Cup was won by the yacht America.

1862 Claude Debussy, French composer, was...


Crawford Falconer takes up post as UKs top trade negotiator Open markets at the core of the post-war global order. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

BBC News

Liam Fox and Crawford FalconerCrawford Falconer, right, will begin his new job this week

The man in charge of negotiating the UKs trade deals once Brexit is finalised, starts his job this week.

Crawford Falconer will take up the post of chief trade negotiation adviser at the Department for International Trade.

Leaving the single market would mean the UK would have to establish new bilateral trade agreements, but cannot formally do so until after Brexit.

However, one economist suggested Mr Falconer would already be building bridges with the European Commission.

The UK faces a huge challenge in resetting its trading relationship with the EU and other countries when Brexit takes effect.

Trade pacts that have been negotiated by the EU with the rest of the world will no longer apply to the UK, while Britain will also need to define new trading relationships with the EU itself.

Membership of the EU has meant the UK does not have a large bank of trade negotiators with recent experience.

A New Zealander, Mr Falconer has more than 25 years trade experience. He has represented New Zealand at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and held various posts in foreign and trade affairs in his home country.

Prof Alan Winters, from the University of Sussexs UK Trade Policy Observatory, said Mr Falconers experience and contacts at the WTO would mean the groundwork for separating UK trade policy from Brussels would be made easier.

He knows quite a lot of the main players at the WTO and can build bridges at the European Council, which is good as there is work to be done right now, he said.

There i...


Party pulse and activity on social media "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An early peek at Zavy, a new website that scores the positive and negative pulse and activity of parties on social media by measuring the sentiment of of comments and public activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A current snapshot of the Facebook channel: The Zavy Pulse maps the change in sentiment of each political partys activity on []


Peter Dunne calls time on his political career "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Another leader stepping down- this time its Peter Dunne who has decided not to stand again this election, meaning the end of his 33 year career as an MP. He has served in four different Governments, two National led and two Labour led, and has served under seven Prime Ministers. He had many critics and []


NZ History Revised 3. Maori Population Recovery After 1840 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

inter-tribal warfare took many lives and produced a shortage of young and females, assuring a population decline for further generations. Colonisation the reason for Maori population decline? By John Robinson The Maori population declined considerably during the first period of colonisation: by one third between the first census count in 1847 and the end []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ffridd   the mosaic of dynamic habitats at the lowland- upland interface that has a long history of management types and rotations; upland fringe; the subtle mosaic of habitats where hill and moor meet farmland.

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University of Waikato Writer in Residence "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

University of Waikato
& Creative New Zealand
Writer in Residence 2018
School of Arts
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Each year the University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months from January. The salary is $52,000 jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers of serious non-fiction. Appointment will be made on the basis of a proven track record of publications of high quality, and on the strength of the applicants Residency proposal.

The Writer is expected to live in Hamilton during the tenure of the award. There are no teaching or lecturing duties attached to the award, the sole purpose of which is to give the Writer the freedom to write. It is expected the Writer will participate in the cultural life of the University. The Writer will be able to make use of the Michael King Writers Retreat in Opoutere for up to two weeks (current market value $3,000).

Enquiries can be made to Assoc. Prof. Sarah Shieff, telephone
07 838 4466 extension 8425 or email:
Closing date: 29 September 2017 Vacancy number: 370298
For more information and to apply, visit


From the Archives: Yes, Virginia, the Nazis really were socialists "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Originally posted here in 2005, this post is looking long overdue for a re-post...

I've noticed some bloggers and commentators around the traps still upset at claims the Nazis were socialist.

Whats that? Nazis?? Nazis were socialists?!! Well, yes they were.

It's true that the National Socialists didn't nationalise their economy's commanding heights on coming to power as Lenin would have had them do; they didn't nationalise them because they didnt need to -- as Hitler said, they simply nationalised people instead. Political correctness at the point of a gun. The result for Hitler's Germany and in the end for most of Europe was the same as it was for Lenin's Russia. Destruction.

George Reisman makes the case for Nazism = Socialism in an article here, (which he also delivered as a lecture on video.)

De facto government ownership of the means of production... was logically implied by such fundamental collectivist principles embraced by the Nazis as that the common good comes before the private good and the individual exists as a means to the ends of the State. If the individual is a means to the ends of the State, so too, of course, is his property. Just as he is owned by the State, his property is also owned by the State.

The Mises Economics Blog describes Reisman's thesis thus:

Contrary to myth, Germany was a socialist state, not a capitalist one. And socialism, understood as an economic system based on government ownership of the means of production, positively requires a totalitarian dictatorship. Indeed, the identification of Nazi Germany as a socialist state was one of the many great contributions of Ludwig von Mises.

And as if your eyebrows aren't already heading for the ceiling, here's another claim of Reisman's that might get them there that is arguably even more important than the title thesis: "In the United States at the present time, we do not have socialism in any form. And we do not have a dictatorship, let alone a totalitarian dictatorship." Read on to find out what Reisman says about the present system in the US, and by implication the rest of the west: that we do not have a dictatorship, nor do we (yet) have Fascism. "Among the essential elements that are still lacking are one-party rule and censorship. We still have freedom of speech and press and free elections," he says...



French fighter jet shadows British passenger plane "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Airline Jet2 has asked French aviation officials to explain why one of its planes was shadowed by a French fighter jet. Passengers on board Fridays flight LS1204 from Malaga to Birmingham say the aircraft was tracked by a military plane for up to 15 minutes. Sarah Hatfield, from Quarry Bank near Dudley, was travelling with []

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Dunne and dusted "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ohariu MP Peter Dunne has announced his retirement.

The current political environment is extremely volatile and unpredictable. However, I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst hriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter. This shift in voter sentiment is quite at variance with polling and other data I have seen throughout the year, upon which I had based my earlier decision to seek re-election for a 12th term as MP for hriu. While I am naturally extremely disappointed after 33 years of service at this apparent change of feeling, I recognise and understand it, and respect absolutely the electorates prerogative to feel that way.

I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of hriu can elect a new electorate MP. Consequently, after much consideration and discussion with those closest to me, I am announcing today that I will not be putting forward my nomination for election to the next Parliament. I do so with considerable reluctance, but I have always understood that holding public office is a temporary privilege granted by the people, and can never be taken for granted. . .

Dunne was a good electorate MP who got support in spite of his party rather than because of it.

A good proportion of that was from National supporters who understood that under MMP, Dunnes support could make the difference between being in government or opposition.

It would have been galling for them that their votes enabled him to be a minister in three successive Labour-led governments.

It would also have been galling that while he gave National confidence and supply, he often voted against the party on other issues.

One of his initiatives was to extend the length of daylight saving, moving the start to the end of September and the end to the start of April.

That makes early mornings darker for southerners for several weeks than is optimal.

In making the change he appeared not to understand that in autumn and spring we dont get enough daylight hours to gain any benefit from    having the clocks forward an hour.

It is unfortunate that his resignation comes after parliament has risen. A politician with his length of service would have had an interesting valedictory statement.

This will be the end of United Future which is barely registering in any poll.

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Bonus Quote of the Day: Thomas Sowell on the poverty of low expectations "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


If you want to see the poor remain poor, generation after generation, just keep the standards low in their schoold and make excuses for their academic shortcomings and personal misbehaviour. But please dont congratulate yourself on your compassion.
~ Thomas Sowell


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour needs to provide detail on water charging policy:

New Labour Party leader Jacinda Arderns plan to charge water royalties for commercial bottlers and irrigation schemes is a pre-election crowd pleaser.

It capitalises on the outrage some people feel when they read of pure New Zealand water being shipped off in bottles overseas for the profit of foreigners. The idea that revenues raised can be redirected into cleaning up our stressed and polluted waterways also speaks to valid environmental concerns.

But the policy has come out of nowhere, and the lack of detail is worrisome. Voters could be excused for thinking it is a glib, once-over-lightly headline-grabber.

If they find themselves on the Treasury benches after next months election, Labour might learn the lesson with water that US President Donald Trump learned with healthcare who knew that it could be so complicated? . . 

Te Mana brings the fat back into lamb to appease even the harshest critics  Pat Deavoll:

Chef and co-owner of the Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen, Dale Bowie reckons he can get even the most ardent critic to enjoy a lamb rack thanks to a product called Te Mana Lamb.

Weve had customers here say they dont like lamb, but when others on their table start saying how great it is, they try some and think its brilliant, Bowie says.

A generation of Kiwis has grown up with the mantra that fat is bad, yet Bowies table guests are told that Te Mana Lamb has a high level of Omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats that are good for you. . .

Poo-powered electricity, hot water Pam Tipa:

A biogas recovery system using methane from dairy effluent to generate electricity and heat water was one of three finalists in the Energy Technology of the Year award in the 2017 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards.

The system was installed by John Scandrett of Dairy Green Ltd with Fortuna Group Ltd.

The ground-breaking project implementing a prototype methane recovery system on a 950-cow farm in Southlan...


Introducing Atlas - a Medical Literary Journal "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Atlas is a journal of creative and nonfiction writing on medicine and the human body.
The publication aims to foster a greater appreciation of creativity in medicine. It hopes to shift our medical conversations from the rigid and prescriptive, to a form that reflects our complexities. Atlas also offers a space for critical discussion of issues faced by the New Zealand healthcare system, its patients and their doctors. Contributors range from doctors, sociologists, medical students, patients, writers and artists.

Issue 02 explores the relationship between the body and our social, historical and physical environments. Featuring writing on:
The intersection between gender identity and mental illness.
Why cultural identity matters in practice.
How built environments can alter our bodily affect.
The introduction of Western medicine in India as a tool of the British Empire.
A collection of poems and prose on medical experiences including anxiety, Crohns disease and schizophrenia.

Atlas can be found at Unity Books in Auckland and Wellington and other bookstores (see website for more details).
Copies of the publication can also be purchased online at


The most read stories of the past week on The Bookseller: "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Our round-up of the most read stories of the past week on The Bookseller:

1. Picador pre-empts essay collection by Muslim women
2. Why O'Reilly Media is no longer selling books online
3. Pressure mounts on book review coverage ()
4. Firms look outside trade for senior appointments ()
5. Quarto halts sale talks with mystery bidder
6. Trump tweet causes Amazon's stock to fall $5bn
7. Lion Hudson rescued from administration by AFD Group
8. Pan Mac celebrates 70 years with classics in technicolour
9. Biteback pulls 'true story' of Diana's fatal crash
10. Booker Prize director speaks out after Chaudhuri criticisms ()


2017 CLNZ Contestable Fund Investments Announced "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 August 2017

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) is delighted to announce the successful applicants in this years round of the CLNZ Contestable Fund. Introduced in 2014, the fund was established to support strategic projects that demonstrate New Zealand publishing growth and development, including within education. In 2017, total funds available, and allocated, were $75,000.

The 2017 CLNZ Contestable Fund recipients are:
Oratia Media $5,000
Gecko Press $5,000
Academy of New Zealand Literature $10,000
The Writing Bug Ltd $5,000
The Sapling $15,000
Toitoi Media Ltd $10,000
Essential Resources $15,000
Gillian Candler $10,000

Funding contributions will be made to Oratia Media for their young adult non-fiction project and Gecko Press receives funding towards an independent publishers roadshow. Academy of New Zealand Literature receive funding for international promotions of New Zealand writers work and The Writing Bug has a contribution to translate Te Reo Singalong books into the Samoan language. The Sapling will receive funding towards content development on their childrens books website and Toitoi Media receives funding to publish New Zealand students work in Te Reo. Essential Resources receives contributions towards developing print and digital resources for export and Gillian Candler receives funding towards Nature Heroes, a conservation-focused non-fiction project.

The selection panel were excited by the array of projects in the 65 applications received. They were particularly impressed with the range of material aimed at young people and in multiple languages that will help to respond to New Zealand's changing demographic. They also commented that it was great to be able to support both digital and physical projects.
The CLNZ Contestable Fund is a dynamic fund able to support projects that may not fit with other funding providers objectives. CEO of CLNZ, Paula Browning, said We intentionally established the Contestable Fund with broad criteria and the variety of projects that have been funded in the past four years, endorses this approach. Investing in authors and publishers and supporting organisations that deliver value to the sector is what the CLNZ Cultural Fund (where this funding comes from) was set up for.
Applications for the next round of the CLNZ Contestable Fund will be called for in mid-2018.

The Contestable Fund is part of CLNZs Cultural Fund, which derives revenue from CLNZs licensing activity in New Zealand. Other grants and awards made from this fund include the CLNZ Writers Aware, NZSA/CLNZ Research Grants and tertiary scholarships for creative writing students. Revenue generated through the licensed copying of copyright material is helping to fund the...

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