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Tuesday, 19 June

21:30

UK to review medicinal cannabis use "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Like here are elsewhere in the world pressure has been growing in the UK to allow the use of cannabis products for medicinal use. Sick children have been used to highlight the issue, and the UK government has now announced a review of drug laws. BBC: Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government The []

21:07

Foreign buyer rules relaxed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prior to getting into Government Labour talked up the effect of foreign buyers on the New Zealand housing market, and copped a lot of criticism for their Chinese sounding names claims. They were also accused of exaggerating the impact of foreign buyers and this has turned out to be true with foreign buyers being []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I think my achievement also testifies to a simple but enduring truth: there is ultimately no substitute for good singing, honestly rendered.  Anne Murray who celebrates her 73rd birthday today.

20:51

Mid Week Quiz No. 127 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Here is the latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers []

20:36

US-China trade war escalates "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The on again, off again trade war between the US and China is escalating, with more tariff threats from both countries. Trump aims to hit China as tit-for-tat tariff war erupts A top U.S. trade adviser said China has underestimated President Trumps resolve to press ahead with tariffs, in comments that undercut the chances of []

20:25

Serious misconduct alleged, security firm investigation widens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Concerns over the use of security firm Thompson and Clark by Government departments has escalated into an SIS investigation  after claims of serious misconduct at the at the Ministry for Primary Industries. RNZ:  Thompson and Clark used SIS contact to seek govt contracts The Security Intelligence Service has launched an internal investigation into concerns of []

20:12

Border control and caging kids "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

US border control has been in the spotlight more than ever, as a promised clampdown on illegal immigration from Mexico ramps up, and as threatened, children are being separated from parents and contained in cage-like structures. Being tough on immigration is popular, but being heartless with kids involved is not going down so well. As []

19:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

20 June 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:05

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

20 June 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

14:48

TAYLOR: I can be the next PM in No.10 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


MOAI KING WILLIAM IV Party leader Matt Taylor has insisted he is a credible candidate to be the next Prime Minister. Despite coming last in the 2015 Brighton Kemptown general election with just 69 votes, Taylor said he could replace Theresa May in 10 Downing Street.

The Moai King William IV party leader told BBC Ones The Andrew Marr Show, I think its perfectly plausible, actually, as leader of Britains newest political party, my job is to be the alternative Prime Minister.

Championing the forgotten memory of King Arthur II and representing the surrogate King William IV, John Wanoa from New Zealand, Taylor said, I think British politics is in a remarkable state of disaster. You have got the Conservative party committing false flag events, while fleecing the British public dry. You have got a Labour party of wolves in sheep clothing and the Liberal party lead by a granddad.

I, and the Moai King William IV party, are the real alternative.

Asked if the Moai King William IV party is a credible political party, Taylor said, If British party politics starts to break down, if the traditional structures start to break up, and that could well happen, we are perfectly positioned with amazing and wondrous policies guaranteed to save the nation.

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14:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

June 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

451  Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius battled Attila the Hun. After the battle, which was inconclusive, Attila retreated, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory.

1005 Ali az-Zahir, caliph, was born (d. 1036).

1214 The University of Oxford received its charter.

1631  The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore was attacked by Algerian pirates.

1652  Tarhoncu Ahmet Paa appointed grand vezir of the Ottoman Empire, served until 21 March 1653.

1685  Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declared himself King of England at Bridgwater.

1723 Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian, was born  (d. 1816).

1756  A British garrison was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.

1782  The U.S. Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States.

1787  Oliver Ellsworth moved at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.

1789  Deputies of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath.

1791  King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family began the Flight to Varennes during The French Revolution.

1819 Jacques Offenbach, German-born French composer, was born  (d. 1880).

1819  The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrived  at Liverpool, United Kingdom the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey was made under sail.

1837...

11:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

North Otago tends to get a lot of blue sky cold a frost followed by sun in clear blue skies.

It is a wee bit chilly early in the morning but the sun warms us up.

Unusually weve had a run of cloud and muzzle misty drizzle when it stays cold all day.

Last night the sky cleared, we woke up to a light frost and have had a sunny day.

Everything looks brighter and it definitely feels warmer and for that Im very grateful.

10:00

Novus Ordo Seclorum: A Seclusionist New Order? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Trade Wars are well and truly afoot between the US and China, with a game of My tariffs bigger than yours. We all know Xi Jinping is a smart player (Kim is reporting to him yet again, no doubt kowtowing profusely, as I write this). But what about Trump? Is he a smart player? []

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09:25

Ardern on conversations and journeys and one term Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some interesting comments from Jacinda Ardern in the weekend on what is necessary to avoid being a one term Government but talking about having a conversation and bringing people on a journey probably things that arent going to resonate with a lot of voters. Newshub: Jacinda Ardern mulls how to avoid being a one-term []

07:06

Maori Land Use 2: Selling Willingly to Europeans "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today we continue our series on the changing pattern of Maori land use, ownership and selling through time. Historian Bruce []

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Beef-witted  stupid, dull.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In wake of M. Bovis, look after each other

To those who in some way are in the depths of New Zealands farming world, or part of the sector in some way, and to those who might not read this because they are not farmers Im thinking of us all, writes Mischa Clouston.

This Mycoplasma bovis is colossal. It will reach far and affect many of us in some way. In a huge, indescribable way.

Im scared for my cattle owner friends; it must be such a heavy weight to carry just now, knowing you could lose so much.Im scared for fellow managers or milkers; if there are no cows, do we even have a job in the dairy and beef industries? .

Im worried for the health sector, helping support the strain and worry. But lets not forget the agribusiness owners whose business is on farms or with product or services for cattle the small business owners relying on the spending from farmers who may, in time, have little left in their own pots. . .

Otago water rights: Its time for this to be sorted out :

Water is the new gold in Otago and there is a mountain of work to bring water allocation in the area in line with the rest of the country before time runs out.

The Otago Regional Council is working to have the regions antiquated water take regime brought in line with the Resource Management Act by the October 2021 deadline.

Water rights in Central Otago and parts of the surrounding districts were first allowed as mining rights to aid in the extraction of gold in the mid 19th century. . .

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Monday, 18 June

23:44

New Zealand: Police department welcomes imam who called Jews the enemy for Ramadan event "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anwar Sahib was removed from Federation of Islamic Associations in 2016 for anti-Semitic remarks. But the Counties Manukau Police department had no problem welcoming him for Ramadan. And one can sympathize: it is very, very hard indeed to find an imam who doesnt have some kind of spot on his record, and so if outreach []

23:00

So bad so soon "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How did it get so bad so soon?
Its a mess of ministers
acting like goons.
My goodness how the
mess has grewn.
How did it get so bad so soon?

With apologies to Dr Seuss, how did it get so bad so soon?

Audrey Young writes that Jacinda Ardern will forgive Winston Peters for anything, even the unforgivable.

A National MP joked this week that the Opposition didnt want things to get so bad under Jacinda Arderns maternity leave that the country was desperate for her return they just wanted a medium level of dysfunction.

That threshold was almost reached this week even before the big event, and things got worse as the week wore on.

Arderns faith in Winston Peters being able to manage the inevitable bush fires that will flare when she is away must be seriously undermined given that he and his party have caused many of them.

A series of accidental and deliberate mishaps has raised questions about a series of important issues including basic coalition management, ministerial conventions, the application of the No Surprises policy, and when a minister is not a minister. .  .

Stacey Kirk calls it a three ring circus with one ringmaster at the centre .

Consensus government in action, or a bloody awful mess? 

Its difficult to characterise the past week as anything but the latter and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may be worried about whether shell have a Government to come back to when she returns from maternity leave. . .

Patrick Gower wants the old Kelvin Davis back.

Patrick Gower on The AM Show. Credits: Video The AM Show; Image Newshub.

Kelvin Davis is a wounded man walking who better watch out, says Newshub national correspondent Patrick Gower.

The Corrections Minister on Wednesday announced plans for a new prison, but appeared to be unaware how many of its inmates would be double-bunk...

22:05

Trumps Space Force echoes Rayguns Star Wars "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Donald Trump wants to establish a Space Force Im not sure who he wants to fight our there. It sounds like a rehashed Star Wars proposed by Ronald Reagan during the Cold War. BBC Trump space force: US to set up sixth military branch President Donald Trump has ordered the US military to []

21:30

Hager recap on Dirty Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nicky Hager has recapped what his 2014 Dirty Politics book was about at Newsroom. Most controversial, the book revealed that prime minister John Key had a full-time dirty tricks person in his office researching and writing nasty attacks on opposing politicians, quietly sent through to Slater to publish as if they were his own. Slater []

21:20

QotD: "NZ does not really have landfill sites. It has storage sites for future recycling." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"New Zealand does not really have landfill sites. It has storage sites for future recycling."
~ Eric Crampton, from his NBR article 'Waste Not, Store That'
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21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite. Charles Spurgeon who was born on this day in 1834.

20:58

Should companies be forced to disclose payment practices? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A curious bill has been added to the Members Bill ballot by first term Labour MP Deborah Russell (she inherited the New Lynn electorate off David Cunliffe) that proposes a requirement by large companies to disclose their payment terms, as well as their payment performance in practice. Companies (Disclosure of Payment Practice and Performance) Amendment []

20:21

Nurses reject large pay offer, Government says no more available "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nurses have rejected a half billion dollar pay offer. In response Health Minister David Clark says there is no more money available to fix nine years of underfunding in one pay round. They have been offered a 9% increase but are seeking 15% thats a huge adjustment given the low rate of inflation and []

20:03

Crowd funding for defence of Bob Jones defamation action "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Action Station has set up a fundraising campaign via GiveALittle to help raise money for Renae Maihi in her defence of  defamation by Bob Jones. Maihi had set up a petition calling for Jones to be stripped of his knighthood after he wrote a silly Mori Gratitude Day  NBR column that disparaged Mori. I thought []

19:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 June 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 June 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

14:05

World view Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

June 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1179 The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet   Earl Erling Skakke  was killed, and the battle changed the tide of the civil wars.

1269 King Louis IX of France ordered all Jews found in public without an identifying yellow badge to be fined ten livres of silver.

1306 The Earl of Pembrokes army defeated Bruces Scottish army at theBattle of Methven.

1566 King James I of England and VI of Scotland, was born  (d. 1625).

1586 English colonists left Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establishEnglands first permanent settlement in America.

1770 Emanuel Swedenborg reported the completion of the Second Coming of Christ in his work True Christian Religion.

1807  Admiral Dmitry Senyavin destroyed the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Athos.

1816  Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudsons Bay Company, near Winnipeg.

1821  Decisive defeat of the Philik Etairea by the Ottomans at Drgani (in Wallachia).

1834   Charles Spurgeon, English pastor and author was born (d. 1892).

1846 The first officially recorded, organized baseball match was played under Alexander Joy Cartwrights rules on Hobokens Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1. Cartwright umpired.

1850 Princess Louise of the Netherlands married Crown Prince Karl of Sweden-Norway.

1861...

12:08

Tornado touches down in North Taranaki, New Zealand while region is hammered by thunderstorms, wind and tablespoon-sized hail "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An amateur photographer captured the moment a tornado came tearing through North Taranaki on a day of wild weather that also brought gale-force winds, thunderstorms and hail the size of tablespoons. Geoff Christophers was driving on State Highway 3, towards New Plymouth, about 2.10pm on Monday when he saw the tornado. "I was just before the Methanex plant and it appeared to pass somewhere near. It crossed the road in front of me, perhaps half-a-kilometre away," Christophers, an employment placement manager, said. "I pulled over to the side of the road and it was a few paddocks away to the south. "It looked pretty cool," he added. "You don't see twisters every day in New Zealand."

12:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When I think of family . .

That was the prompt for a writing exercise on Saturday.

My thoughts were all positive. I know thats not the norm for everyone, it was good to be reminded that it is the norm for me and be grateful for it.

09:09

Mainstream Media Confirms Conspiracy Theory That Walmart Stores Are Being Turned into Prison Camps "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The mainstream media is now admitting that the Walmart stores they claimed closed over plumbing problems have since been converted into detention centers. By Rachel Blevins June 16, 2018 The Free Thought Project When citizens began to ask questions about why Walmart stores were suddenly closing in in southern states in 2015, the mainstream []

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08:10

Large Earthquake Hits Osaka, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Magnitude quoted is all over the place: 5.9; 5.3; 6.1. .Thats quite a range of options! Heres some info from around the net: Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Osaka; no tsunami warning issued ARIRANG NEWS Published on Jun 17, 2018 Kiwi caught in Japan earthquake describes carnage A road in Osaka damaged by the magnitude-6.1 []

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08:07

Kapiti Air Subsidy Condemned "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Local politician Guy Burns says its been a Sad Day for Local Government in Kapiti following news the KCDC will []

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Lunting a match; the flame used to light a fire; smoke or steam, especially smoke from a tobacco pipe; walking around while smoking a pipe.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Boffins want green tax on meat Neal Wallace:

A suggestion from Otago University academics that a tax on meat is needed to highlight to New Zealand consumers the environmental cost of production has been rubbished by the meat industry.

Consumer and food science researcher and PhD student Garrett Lentz said research shows many NZ consumers are unaware of the environmental impact of meat production, which could lead to high rates of consumption and accentuate the cost to the environment.

A team of researchers found retail cost and potential health benefits are the greatest motivation for reducing meat intake, with the environmental impact of production one of the weakest. . .

Mycoplasma bovis how long has it been here? Keith Woodford:

A key question for MPI and Government to address is how long has Mycoplasma bovis been in New Zealand. The answer to that question, together with MPIs capacity to upscale their operational capacity, will largely determine whether or not eradication is going to be successful.

If, as the Government now believes, Mycoplasma bovis first arrived here around December 2015 or January 2016 on the Zeestraten property in Southland, then it is reasonable to hope but not necessarily expect that the eradication program will be successful.  But if it was here prior to that, then eradication becomes an increasingly long shot.

Another way of describing it is that, in the battle between Mycoplasma and MPI, it is the head-start that counts. For each year that the disease has been here, there will have been an exponential spread of the little stealth bombers. . . 

Insight: The blight of Mycoplasma bovis Conan Young:

The government has entered the fight against Mycoplasma bovis all guns blazing with a promise to spend almost one billion dollars trying to eradicate the cattle disease. Whether it will succeed remains uncertain.

While a technical advisory group said eradication was technically feasible, its decision was hardly unanimous.

The group of mostly overseas experts brought together by the governmen...

Sunday, 17 June

23:00

Science when it suits "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The government has been quick to act on the advice of its chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman over meth testing in state houses. 

Wouldnt it be good if a similar respect for science was shown for other policy?

Had they done so we wouldnt be facing a ban on off-shore exploration for oil and gas.

If they did so, we could be confident theyd agree with Nationals principles for a bipartisan approach to climate change:

  • taking a pragmatic, science-based approach,
  • utilising innovation and technology,
  • getting the incentives right to drive long-term change rather than short-term shocks
  • acting as part of a global response, and
  • considering the wider impacts on the economy, jobs and incomes

If they did so, we could have confidence that they making policy changes for the good of the country and the people and not blindly following political ideology.

It would be good but its very unlikely when weve got a government that accepts science only when it suits.

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