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Sunday, 14 October

20:42

Government late addressing teacher shortages "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Government is suddenly trying to address severe teacher shortages. NZ Herald:  Overseas teacher recruitment drive doubles The Government has more than doubled its target for recruiting overseas teachers to fill a shortfall of 850 teachers next year. Only three weeks after the Ministry of Education announced a target of recruiting 400 overseas teachers by the start []

20:28

Are NZ media left or right? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An age old argument is whether the media favour or lean left or right. One common claim is that editorially they lean right but most journalists tend to lean left. I think its far more complex than that. The alleged leaning of the media is often stated in relation to the leaning of the person []

20:00

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more. P.G. Wodehouse who was born not his day in 1881.

19:54

Peter Dunne on recreational cannabis regulation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On Q+A last night peter Dunne was asked where he now stands on cannabis use and law. Corin Dann: Youve been on top of this issue for many years, as a Minister, under a lot of pressure from both sides. Where do you sit now personally on the issue of cannabis? Peter Dunne: Ive set []

19:30

Q+A: Should NZ legalise recreational cannabis? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Last night Q+A had a debate between Green MP Chle Swarbrick and head of Family First Bob McCroskie on whether New Zealand should legalise the recreational use of cannabis (separate to allowing the use of medicinal cannabis). To Swarbrick: What is it you want here, are you after legalisation, which would effectively allow people to []

18:16

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 October 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 []

18:15

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.

18:02

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 October 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 []

13:29

Exposed: Bitcoin Scam Used New Zealands Prime Minister as an Endorsement "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealands Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is the latest high-profile individual to be used in perpetuating a cryptocurrency scam. According to the Prime Ministers office, various ads bearing her image have appeared on social media network Facebook with the intention of persuading citizens of the Asia Pacific country to invest in a cryptocurrency startup. To

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13:01

October 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

70 BC  Virgil, Roman poet, was born (d. 19 BC).

533  Byzantine general Belisarius made his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals.

1582 Pope Gregory XIII implemented the Gregorian calendar. In Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, October 4 of this year was followed directly by October 15.

1701  Marie-Marguerite dYouville, Canadian nun and saint, founded Grey Nuns, was born (d. 1771).

1764 Edward Gibbon observed a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspired him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

1783 The Montgolfier brothers hot air balloon marked the first human ascent, by Jean-Franois Piltre de Rozier, (tethered balloon).

1793 Queen Marie-Antoinette was tried and condemned in a swift, pre-determined trial.

1814   Mikhail Lermontov, Russian author, poet, and painter, was born (d. 1841).

1815 Napoleon I of France began his exile on Saint Helena.

1836  James Tissot, French painter and illustrator, was born (d. 1902).

1844 Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, was born (d. 1900).

1863  American Civil War: The H. L. Hunleythe first submarine to sink a ship, sank during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley.

1864  American Civil War: The Battle of Glasgow was fought, resulting in the surrender of Glasgow, Missouri and its Union garrison, to the Confederacy.

1877...

13:01

World view Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

11:05

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ive always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.  David BenioffCity of Thieves

I dont often sleep easily, whether or not its because my brain isnt clean, the skulls floorboards arent well swept and at least some of the little monsters arent closed in a steamer trunk.

But I do generally get enough sleep and tonight I know Im tired enough to sleep well and for that Im grateful.

09:55

Watch: Fluoride can impair intelligence says professor but former Health Minister says water fluoridation is safe, beneficial "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anti-fluoride activist Professor Paul Connett has shared his views during an interview with TVNZ 1's Breakfast programme this morning, with a counter argument given by former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.
Professor Connett, who has a PhD in chemistry, made numerous points, but one of the main ones was that he believes research suggests fluoride can impair intelligence.
For counter balance, Breakfast invited former government Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman on the show, who said he still believes fluoridation of drinking water is completely safe and beneficial.
Water supplies in many New Zealand regions has been fluoridated for more than 60 years due to its beneficial effects on oral health, according to the Ministry of Health.
Fluoridation in New Zealand typically adjusts the amount of fluoride present in water to between 0.7 and 1 parts per million.
A 2007 Ministry for the Environment report showed that 95 per cent of the 279 groundwater sites it tested had naturally occurring fluoride concentrations of 0.56 parts per million, or less.

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09:39

Great value sports weekend "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What a great sport weekend. I used to grizzle about the amount Sky insisted I pay for sports actually not so much the sports but what they demanded you get and pay for that wasnt sport and I didnt want. And their streaming option was limited, poor value and technically poor. I kept cancelling []

07:41

Stock Market: Financial Armageddon? A Dose Of Reality "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As my Inbox bulges with messages from various sources proclaiming financial Armageddon looming and what I should do with my money/shares/investments (all 10 cents worth of it) I thought it a good time for some balance and perspective. Looks like the worst is over (for now) however the situation will remain volatile for some time. []

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05:56

Reducing supermarket plastic "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Eliminating plastic supermarket bags is getting a lot of attention, but that addresses only a part of plastic overload at supermarkets. A lot of foods are individually wrapped in plastic, which at best end up in our landfill. Here is an interesting idea from Germany, where you take your own plastic containers to the supermarket. []

05:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Popple  a rolling or rippling of water; to move in a tumbling, irregular manner, as boiling water; move in an irregular, tumbling motion.

02:49

QotD: "We must be careful not to believe things simply because we want them to be true. No one can fool you as easily as you can fool yourself!" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"We must be careful not to believe things simply because we want them to be true. No one can fool you as easily as you can fool yourself!"
        ~ Richard Feynman

[Hat tip 'Richard Feynman']
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01:24

Brain-to-Brain Interface: The Next Gen Social Network "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The internet; The Social Network, where is it all heading? Not so long ago none of this even existed, now we cant live without it! Take a look at the increasing and often alarming electronic book burning purges going on, as if freedom of thought and protest, and even questioning and discernment, were being extinguished. []

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01:00

Box of Wishes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Box of Wishes Prints

This is a box full of wishes & every one is different & every one lasts just long enough for you to decide if its really worth doing & when you finally decide on your real wish it will fill up your whole heart & soul & it will leak out of your eyes sometimes when you least expect it & you will start to glow just a little & here & there, you will see other people who glow a little, too, because they have found their real wish. That is how you know someone who has a real wish. Because it marks you forever with love. Box of Wishes   2016 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

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Saturday, 13 October

23:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nebraska trip all about irrigation Yvonne OHara:

Ben Donaldson, of Cromwell, was one of a group of people to visit Nebraska to look at new technology and new ideas relating to irrigation.

The recent five-day trip was organised by Irrigation New Zealand and as well as farmers, there were irrigators, consultants and service industry representatives

In addition to visiting the Husker Harvest Days,  the worlds largest irrigated farm show, they  visited the University of Nebraskas Water for Food Global Institute, research farms and research trials, irrigation schemes, natural resource districts, which manage water resources, and irrigation manufacturers. Mr Donaldson,  general manager (Southern) of Irrigation Services,  said he found the trip useful.

For me the greatest learnings were around the nitrate levels in the water, education of the children in regards to agriculture and how the use of fertigation ties all of this together, he said. . . 

Honey collectors will act as biosecurity buzzers Neal Wallace:

New Zealand could be about to recruit millions of extra biosecurity officers who will pay for their work by supplying nectar and honey.

A $1 million Endeavour Fund grant to Otago University researchers aims to recruit honey bees as biosecurity monitors to detect and find noxious weeds.

Biochemistry research fellow Dr Andrew Cridge said the plan is to strategically site hives in areas where there are suspected to be unwanted plants.

Because the cost of DNA diagnostic testing has fallen so much, it makes it viable to analyse bee-collected pollen to see if unwanted plants are near the hives. . .

Hipsters pay for farm view Tim Fulton:

South Island couple Genna and Alistair Bird have opened a door to a world of people wanting to soak up a panoramic view from their Tiny House on a hill. Tim Fulton reports.

Hipsters are getting to know The Grange and the open skies and plains of Canterbury. Genna and Alistair Bird run a 560ha sheep and beef farm near Ashley Gorge, just out of Oxford. . .
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21:59

The anti-kiwi royals dont care if we ditched them so we should "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some time in the future New Zealand will ditch the monarchy and become some sort of a republic. John Key liked socialising with the royals too much to consider it and wanted a knighthood too much to consider it, and I suspect Jacinda Ardern likes associating with royal celebrities too much to go there either. []

21:25

Protective effects of Manuka honey on LPS-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

PMID:  Food Chem Toxicol. 2018 Sep 3 ;121:203-213. Epub 2018 Sep 3. PMID: 30189316 Abstract Title:  Protective effects of Manuka honey on LPS-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Part 1: Enhancement of cellular viability, regulation of cellular apoptosis and improvement of mitochondrial functionality. Abstract:  Manuka honey (MH) is a monofloral honey from Australia and New Zealand, well-known for its healthy properties, such as antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing capacities. The aim of this work was to assess the phenolic composition and the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of MH, as well as its effects on cellular viability, proliferation, apoptosis and metabolism in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated RAW 264.7 macrophages, highlighting the molecular mechanisms involved. Up to 18 compounds were identified in MH, with gallic acid and quercetin as the major ones; MH showed also remarkable TAC. In addition, MH was able to enhance cellular viability, decrease apoptosis, promote wound healing and attenuate inflammation in a dose-dependent manner, by reducing the expression of caspase 3, p-p38 and p-Erk1/2 proteins, in macrophages stressed with LPS. In addition, it improved mitochondrial respiration and glycolytic activities, stimulating the expression of p-AMPK, SIRT1 and PGC1, counteracting in this way the deleterious effects of LPS treatment. In conclusion, one of the possible mechanisms by which MH exerts its beneficial effects could be to its capacity to improve cellular viability, promote proliferation and enhance energetic metabolism, by modulating the expressionof several proteins involved in apoptosis, inflammation, metabolism and mitochondrial biogenesis.

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20:52

The deep south? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Maybe some people up north see everything south of Wellington as the deep south, but when Otago is referred to as the deep south it bemuses me. Stuff: Otagos defence stands tall in successful Ranfurly Shield raid against Waikato The Ranfurly Shield is heading to the deep south for the summer as Otago matched their []

20:12

Pope and NZ bishops fail to adequately address abuses "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Pope has again been criticised for not appropriately dealing with the seriousness of cover-ups of  abuse over decades in the Catholic Church, and New Zealand bishops have likewise been criticised again. New York Times editorial:  The Pope Ignores the Damage as Another Prelate Falls In his letter on Friday accepting the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, []

20:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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Laughter has something in it common with the ancient words of faith and inspiration; it unfreezes pride and unwinds secrecy; it makes people forget themselves in the presence of something greater than themselves.  Gilbert K. Chesterton

18:20

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 October 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 []

18:10

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.

18:09

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 October 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 []

13:08

World view Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

13:01

October 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1066  Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings  the forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and kill King Harold II of England.

1322  Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotlands independence.

1644 William Penn, English founder of Pennsylvania, was born (d. 1718).

1656  Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against theReligious Society of Friends (Quakers).

1758  Seven Years War: Austria defeated Prussia at the Battle of Hochkirk.

1773  The first recorded Ministryof Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej was formed in Poland.

1805 Battle of Elchingen, France defeated Austria.

1806 Battle of Jena-Auerstdt France defeated Prussia.

1840  The Maronite leader Bashir II surrendered to the British Army and then is sent into exile on the islands of Malta.

1843  The British arrested the Irish nationalist Daniel OConnell for conspiracy to commit crimes.

1863  American Civil War: Battle of Bristoe Station  Confederate troops under the command of General Robert E. Lee failed to drive the American Union Army completely out of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

1867  The 15th and the last military Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunateresigned in Japan, returning his power to the Emperor of Japan and thence to the re-established civil government of Japan.

1882 Eamon de Valera, Irish politician and patriot, was born (d. 1975).

1882 University of the Punjab was founded in a part of India that later became West Pakistan.

1884  The American i...

11:48

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There was a time when the Ranfurly Shield stayed stubbornly with one team.

Auckland had held it for ages when they challenged North Otago and for a few glorious minutes the score line was North Otago 5 Auckland 0.

The former scored no more points and Auckland added 359 by the time the final whistle blew.

Then Canterbury won the shield and staved off multiple challenges.

But in recent years challengers have managed to win and the shield has had several different homes.

Today, for the second time in recent years, it has come back to Otago.

Last time the team held it for little more than a week.

This time it will stay on the right side of the Waitaki River for at least the summer, and fingers crossed, maybe a bit longer.

However, long its in the hands of the blue and gold team, well enjoy it while it lasts.

Tonight Im grateful to be on the winning side.

08:32

Otago win Ranfurly Shield "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For just the second time in my lifetime Otago have won the Ranfurly Shield, taking it off Waikato. They attacked well in the first half, and defended very well to hold out Waikato, who made some game losing mistakes on attack near the end. So we get a home semi-final by finishing second in the []

08:20

Facebook Purges Over 800 Accounts With Millions Of Followers; Prominent Conservatives Vanish "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Great Pre-Midterm Purge Has Begun   Just in time for midterms, Facebook has removed 559 pages and 251 accounts they claim have been spreading misinformation and spam. Several of the pages however some with millions of followers, were pro-Trump conservatives who had spent years cultivating their followings. By Tyler Durden October 12th, 2018 []

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05:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mogshade shadows cast by trees.

03:56

Five Eyes intelligence network has fixed its focus squarely on China "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have been cooperating closely on countering China's "foreign activities" since the start of the year, Reuters reports. The so-called Five Eyes network is also sharing intelligence with allies such as Germany and Japan, in what has become a multinational coalition against Beijing's alleged foreign meddling. Washington and its partners have accused China of using foreign investments to pull political strings - an accusation that Beijing denies. "Consultations with our allies, with like-minded partners, on how to respond to China's assertive international strategy have been frequent and are gathering momentum," a US official told Reuters. The unnamed source added that informal discussions on the matter have quickly turned into "detailed consultations on best practices and further opportunities for cooperation."

03:35

The influence of 1800 MHz GSM-like signals on hepatic oxidative DNA and lipid damage. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

PMID:  Cell Biochem Biophys. 2010 ;56(1):39-47. PMID: 19851891 Abstract Title:  The influence of 1800 MHz GSM-like signals on hepatic oxidative DNA and lipid damage in nonpregnant, pregnant, and newly born rabbits. Abstract:  The aim of our study is to evaluate the possible biological effects of whole-body 1800 MHz GSM-like radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposure on liver oxidative DNA damage and lipid peroxidation levels in nonpregnant, pregnant New Zealand White rabbits, and in their newly borns. Eighteen nonpregnant and pregnant rabbits were used and randomly divided into four groups which were composed of nine rabbits: (i) Group I (nonpregnant control), (ii) Group II (nonpregnant-RF exposed), (iii) Group III (pregnant control), (iv) Group IV (pregnant-RF exposed). Newborns of the pregnant rabbits were also divided into two groups: (v) Group V (newborns of Group III) and (vi) Group VI (newborns of Group III). 1800 MHz GSM-like RF radiation whole-body exposure (15 min/day for a week) was applied to Group II and Group IV. No significant differences were found in liver 8 OHdG/10(6) dG levels of exposure groups (Group II and Group IV) compared to controls (Group I and Group III). However, in Group II and Group IV malondialdehyde (MDA) and ferrous oxidation in xylenol orange (FOX) levels were increased compared to Group I (P0.05, Mann-Whitney) while liver FOX levels were found significantly increased in Group VI with respect to Group V (P

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03:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A pianist was playing in a night club, getting a few requests and some tips.

Towards the end of the night, a man walked up with a wad of bills in his hand and asked the pianist to play a jazz chord.

She played an A Major 7.

He said, No, no. A jazz chord.

She did a little improvisational thing, but he didnt like that either.

No, no, no! A jazz chord. You know, A jazz chord, to say, ah love you.'

02:53

Tesla Increases the Price of the Powerwall as Demand Greatly Outpaces Production "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. I wrote a comment on Tesla and the Powerwall a few days ago: I cant personally speak to the quality of Teslas vehicles, but Ive had a Powerwall 2 at home since the end of June and, as a working professional in the solar + []

02:17

whole-body 1800 MHz GSM-like RFR exposure may lead to oxidative stress and changes on some blood chemistry parameters. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

PMID:  Cell Biochem Biophys. 2013 Nov ;67(2):743-51. PMID: 23526187 Abstract Title:  Effects of prenatal and postnatal exposure to GSM-like radiofrequency on blood chemistry and oxidative stress in infant rabbits, an experimental study. Abstract:  We aimed to investigate the potential hazardous effects of prenatal and/or postnatal exposure to 1800 MHz GSM-like radiofrequency radiation (RFR) on the blood chemistry and lipid peroxidation levels of infant rabbits. A total of 72 New Zealand female and male white rabbits aged 1-month were used. Thirty-six female and 36 male were divided into four groups which were composed of nine infants: (i) Group 1 were the sham exposure (control), (ii) Group 2 were exposed to RFR, 15 min daily for 7 days in the prenatal period (between 15th and 22nd days of the gestational period) (prenatal exposure group). (iii) Group 3 were exposed to RFR 15 min/day (14 days for male, whereas 7 days for female)after they reached 1-month of age (postnatal exposure group). (iv) Group 4 were exposed to RFR for 15 min daily during 7 days in the prenatal period (between 15th and 22nd days of the gestational period) and 15 min/day (14 days for male, whereas 7 days for female) after they reached 1-month ofage (prenatal and postnatal exposure group). Results showed that serum lipid peroxidation level in both female and male rabbits changed due to the RFR exposure. However, different parameters of the blood biochemistry were affected by exposure in male and female infants. Consequently, the whole-body1800 MHz GSM-like RFR exposure may lead to oxidative stress and changes on some blood chemistry parameters. Studies on RFR exposure during prenatal and postnatal periods will help to establish international standards for the protection of pregnants and newborns from environmental RFR.

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01:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Grabbing life by the horns:

October 8th- 14th marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Co-op farmer Wayne Langford knows what its like to suffer from mental illness. Hes the man behind the YOLO (You Only Live Once) farmer blog. He shares his story about owning up to his illness and how the YOLO project helped him cope with depression.

I was pretty down in the dumps I referred to it as a rough patch, my wife called it what it really was depression. We were lying in bed one morning and she said, well, what are we going to do? Because we cant go on like this.

Most people who knew Wayne Langford knew this about him. He was 34, married to his wife Tyler and the father of three boys. He was a 6th generation dairy farmer who owned and ran his Golden Bay farm. He was a proud Fonterra supplier and was the Federated Farmers Dairy Vice Chairman. . .

Farm produce holds up trade deal:

New Zealand trade negotiators are trying to get their European counterparts to recognise Kiwi agricultural exports are small-fry in comparison to the regional blocs farming sector.

The second round of free-trade negotiations between NZ and the European Union is under way in Wellington with 31 European officials in the capital to discuss a deal politicians say theyre keen to fast-track. . . 

Kaitiakitanga and technology benefiting farmers, environment:

An innovative approach to monitoring farm effluent runoff is reaping financial rewards for farmers with bonuses for farming excellence.

Miraka, a Taupo-based milk processor with more than 100 suppliers, is offering bonuses to farmers who meet the five criteria set out in its Te Ara Miraka Farming Excellence programme people, the environment, animal welfare, milk quality and prosperity
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Farmers build rapport amid Mycoplasma bovis heartache Tracy Neal:

Despite the fact they are not out of the woods yet, cattle farmers are starting to consider life after Mycoplasma bovis.

Finding that pathway will be helped by a special...

Friday, 12 October

23:34

Why this much outrage over one journalist death? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I think this is a fair point: The millions of victims of Saudi Arabias genocide in Yemen, dirty war on Syria or internal beheading spree never receive anything near the level of sympathy the elite media class displays here. It took allegations of murdering one of their own to turn on MBS. The millions of []

23:30

Culinary taonga threatened species "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sandwich sliced bread  and therefore  the culinary taonga cheese and asparagus rolls and club sandwiches made with it are in peril:

Sandwich bread sales in Dunedin could soon be toast.

A spokeswoman for Foodstuffs, which controls New World, Pakn Save and Four Square, said its shoppers preferred toast bread to sandwich bread.

Demand for sandwich bread had continued to fall in recent years.

People like a thicker, more generous slice, but we think that another factor is that there are so many other options for sandwiches available today. From ciabatta and seed-studded loaves to flavoured wraps, pita breads and crackers. . .

Crumbs! Bread makers and retailers must be crackers if they think sandwich sliced bread is toast.

Some people might like a thicker more generous slice but I swapped from Vogels to Burgen bread when the former dropped sandwich slices which the latter still produces.

As for fancy breads, wraps and crackers, they have their place, but that is not encasing the cheese roll filling or asparagus, with or without the addition of Whitestone Windsor Blue cheese; or for making club sandwiches.

Cheese rolls are generally only found on the right side of the Waitaki River, asparagus rolls and club sandwiches feature at lunches and teas and suppers further afield.

Wherever theyre found, and feature, they will be lost if thin sliced sandwich bread can no longer be sourced and part of our culinary heritage will go too.

That would be really crumby

 

22:09

Breaking: MSD won't publish latest child poverty rate due to "uncertainty" and "lack of confidence" in data "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Big news not reported in mainstream yet.

From the latest Household Incomes Report, (Headline findings), the source of official statistics for child poverty:


The 2018 reports do not publish low-income and material hardship rates for children for 2016 and 2017:
o Last years reports noted that several of the key rates for children for 2016 were surprisingly low compared with the relatively flat stable trend for the previous three years and warned against reaching any definitive conclusions on the short-run trends using the 2016 figures. The 2017 figures are much the same as the 2016 figures. There are no known factors in the economy, the housing market or policy change that can explain the falls to 2016 and 2017. While sampling error can account for some of the difference, considerable uncertainty remains.
o Stats NZ is scheduled to report on these statistics for children in their new Child Poverty Report in early 2019, using more up to date survey information, supplemented with administrative data.
o MSD has therefore decided to take a pause on reporting these rates for children in the 2018 reports. Stats NZ supports this cautious approach. 
You can read the Minister's briefing for detailed explanation which essentially blames sampling and non-sampling error. This sums it up:

"...the 2016 and 2017 samples may have some sample bias away
from poorer households with children. As noted above (para 17), one way that sample bias can occur is through non-responders being different from the responders in important ways that are not addressed by standard weighting procedures. If, for example, it proves more difficult to get responses from households with low incomes or high material hardship than it does to get responses from better off households, then the sample is likely to be biased and the bottom end will likely look better off than expected. The investigation to date is not conclusive on this, and does not explain why it suddenly appeared, but it does point to something unusual happening with the samples."
To not publish their data is quite extraordinary though labelled a temporary measure:

44 We have briefed the following parties on the decision to not publish low-incom...

22:00

Two taxes missing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On Monday Jacinda Ardern told us fuel companies were fleecing us.

Yesterday we learned two taxes were missing from her numbers:

Prime Minister Jacinda Arderns calculation of how much extra tax Kiwis are paying at the petrol pump on Monday did not include the recent excise tax or Aucklands Regional Fuel tax.

National Leader Simon Bridges said the Prime Minister has got this badly wrong, and has made a staggering mistake.

But a spokesman for the Prime Minister said her comments were based on the most accurate information Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) had compiled at that time. . . 

Between October 27, 2017 and September 28 this year, petrol prices have risen 39c, according to MBIE data Ardern said just 6.8c of that increase was due to taxes and levies.

That 6.8c increase is made up of a 1.77c increase in Emissions Trading Scheme (EST) taxes and 5.04c of GST over the same period, MBIE data shows.

But the 10c a litre Auckland Regional Fuel Tax and 3.5c a litre fuel excise tax, introduced on September 30, were not included in the taxes and levies side of Arderns equation. 

Whats worse: a Ministry that doesnt know what almost every motorist could have told them, or a Prime Minister and staff who dont ensure the numbers are right, which means right up to date?

 

21:13

Blomfield versus Slater trial over? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Matthew Blomfield versus Cameron Slater defamation trial started last Monday, but I still cant find any media coverage, so its hard to know exactly what is going on. Slater posted on it at Whale Oil on Tuesday but he claimed this: Legal action was started six years ago, but given the nature of [redacted], []

20:44

What if climate change is worse, and does the public care? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that warned of the possible effects of climate change largely focussed on what might be a less bad scenario than what some say is possible. Temperature rise predictions are scientifically backed but are still just predictions. Some say things wont be as bad (based on what apart []

17:46

Emotional Haka Wedding In New Zealand Is Going Viral "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Mayuk Saha

Haka in case you did not know, is a Maori war dance. I refrain from calling it the war dance because there are variations of the Haka: people all over the globe who enjoy rugby/football and have watched the great New Zealand team play will have definitely seen them perform at least one variation, the kama-te kama-te kaora haka. This is the military version, performed for and by great warriors to intimidate the enemy. The gestures are exaggerated and are basically meant as an insult to the enemy. The likes of it have been performed at rugby matches, in the deserts of Africa by the Maori regiment during World War II, and during the funerals of leaders or great athletes like Jonah Lomu.

But there are other variations of the dance as well, which are part of the present assimilative culture of New Zealand. They are done often as a mark of respect; for example, recently a schoolteacher was given a haka farewell by his students in the country and that video was viral too.
We are here to discuss one such beautiful video that has been doing the rounds of social media for some time now. So much so that even the BBC decided to interview the couple whose marriage it is from: Aaliya and Benjamin Armstrong. They are a young Maori married couple from Auckland; Bens older brother led a haka along with his best man to show his respect and love for Ben. The entire thing was caught on video by a cousin.
What is more, the bridesmaids joined in. Now here is where cultural interpretation comes in. For the rest of world, the haka is a military dance designed to intimidate the enemy. But in every cultural act, there are nuances and variations to meanings; things that are more likely to be lost in translation.
And this was such a case too.
A number of netizens critic...

06:00

Ganging up on Beijing? Five Eyes intel network now looks at China "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have been cooperating closely on countering Chinas foreign activities since the start of the year, Reuters reports. The so-called Five Eyes network is also sharing intelligence with allies such as Germany and Japan, in what has become a multinational coalition against Beijings alleged foreign meddling. Washington and its partners have accused China of using foreign investments to pull political strings an accusation that Beijing denies.

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