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Superstar spotlights dairy efforts Luke Chivers:
DairyNZ Environmental Leaders Forum chairwoman Tracy Brown has won a Sustainable Business Network award. She spoke to Luke Chivers about some of the challenges facing the rural sector.
Waikato dairy farmer Tracy Brown has been named a dairy sustainability champion for inspiring farmers to change on-farm practices, protect waterways, enhance biodiversity and lower their environmental footprints.
She was rewarded for her efforts by winning the Sustainability Superstar category at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.
The award marks a momentous occasion for New Zealands primary industries, Brown says. . .
Town folks love a good farm story Pam Tipa:
A good story was a key motivator for fourth-generation Helensville farmers Scott and Sue Narbey to open their farm to the public.
The couple opened their farm as part of Fonterras Open Gates 2018 day.
We entered the Ballance Farm Environment Awards and when we started writing down all the good things we were doing we thought we were doing a pretty good job, Scott told Dairy News.
And we were sick of hearing all the bad things and how people perceive dairy farms. . .
A hand up or corporate welfare? Andrea Fox:
Westland Milk Products, approved for a taxpayer-funded Provincial Growth Fund loan branded corporate welfare by some critics, says it would have been happy for the commercial terms to be disclosed but Government officials rule...
Film director Geoff Murphy has died.
Filmmaker Geoff Murphy has died aged 80. One of the pioneers of the modern New Zealand film industry, hes perhaps best remembered for the highly successful Utu and the road movie with a special place in New Zealanders affections, Goodbye Pork Pie. . .
Goodbye Pork Pie was the first film I saw that was distinctively a New Zealand film with places I recognised and people who sounded like people I knew.
RNZ: Govt to release Mental Health Inquiry report today The panel, led by the former health watchdog Ron Paterson, has spent roughly 10 months consulting people around the country, holding more than 400 meetings and considering about 5000 submissions. It delivered a 200 page report and 40 recommendations to the Health Minister David Clark last 
Fuel prices are coming down which ought to be good news for the government.
But as they drop, the percentage we pay in tax gets higher which only reinforces the knowledge that the governments impost is too high.
It has confirmed that its ordering a market study into the retail fuel market.
This will be an expensive exercise and the Taxpayers Unions says the government could save the money by looking into a mirror, not the market:
Taxpayers Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, The recent spike, and now drop, in petrol prices shows that the markets influence on petrol price varies. What is constant, however, is the Governments fuel tax, which makes up close to 50 per cent of current prices.
The Governments conspicuous hand-wringing over the conduct on petrol companies looks like an attempt to distract from its ongoing tax revenue grab set to escalate with further petrol tax hikes in 2019 and 2020.
The Prime Minister is playing loose with the truth when she says tax revenue goes straight into improving our roads. Her Government has pursued a strategy of raiding excise tax revenues to fund projects motorists dont use like trams and cycleways.
This last point is particularly galling.
High fuel taxes spent on roads would be a form of user-pays which is a a bit less difficult to swallow than higher fuel taxes for public transport and cycleways.
High fuel prices flow on to the cost of all goods and every service for individuals and businesses.
They also impact on not for profit organisations that provide social services and hit the poorest hardest.
If the government was serious about reducing poverty, it would acknowledge the high cost of fuel is one of the biggest contributing factors and the part tax plays in that.
Reducing, or at least not increasing, fuel taxes would be a simple way to reduce the cost of living and therefore help the people it purports to want to get out of poverty.
"The great aim of all the governments of the earth: obedience and money. The object of taxation is, as the saying goes, to so pluck the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of squealing" #QotD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"
"You know, also, as well as I do, what is the great aim of all the governments of the earth: obedience and money. The object [of taxation] is, as the saying goes, to pluck the hen without making it cry out*; but it is the proprietors who cry out, and the government has always preferred to attack them indirectly, because then they do not perceive the harm until after the matter has become law"
~ French economist A.R.J. Turgot, in a 1766 letter to David Hume on the subject of taxation
* Also translated as: "to so pluck the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of squealing." For reference to what this means, see Paris this week..
The climate change debate is ramping up internationally, and there are attempts to get a revolution off the ground here in New Zealand. Rapid and far reaching changes in all aspects of society? Most people resist even moderate levels of change. And rapid change means high risks of unintended consequences. Are we facing the collapse 
Two articles show how the debate over cannabis law reform is growing, with a referendum of some sort promised before or alongside the 2020 election. Newshub: Cannabis: Where is the data? (Joel Rindelaub): New Zealand is gearing up for a contentious cannabis conversation. Looking to temper the current NZ opinion, which according to recent polls 
Political polls for the year havent shown any drastic changes, with Labour and National swapping the lead a few times after Labour had risen to be competitive late last year after the election. I presume there will be no more political polls for 2018. Colmar Brunton (for 1 News) are the only ones left doing 
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In June, while I was preoccupied with preparations to travel to London for the Open 2018 conference on Platform Cooperativism, a significant announcement flew under my rader. The team running what was, until recently, CreativeCommons Aotearoa/ NZ (CCANZ), have announced that Tohatoha is the new name for the organization. Tohatoha is the word for sharing in Te Reo Mori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Its now common for public organizations in Aotearoa to have a Te
Reo Mori name, as well as an English name, in recognition of the
of our country. Ive long advocated for the organization that
promotes the CreativeCommons licenses in Aotearoa to follow this
convention. But I remember suggesting some words in Te Reo as
potential names in the early years of the project, and being
reminded by the first CC ANZ Project Lead, Dr Brian Opie, that its
more culturally appropriate if such a name is gifted, rather than
simply chosen. Now that Ive caught up with the renaming news, Im
curious to learn more about the origins of the new
For more than a decade now, CCANZ has served as the formal hub in Aotearoa/ NZ for a range of work supporting and promoting the use of the CreativeCommons licensing framework. It emerged from a network of free culture, open access, open source, and open government activists, which I helped to prepare the ground for in early 2006, beginning with the establishment of the cc-nz email list on Ibiblio.org (now hosted by OnlineGroups.net). Its first major projects as CCANZ were establishing the creativecommons.org.nz website (now tohatoha.org.nz), which went live in July 2007, and recruiting and overseeing the legal team drafting the NZ ports of the CC licenses, formally launched in October of that year. These projects were coordinated by Dr Opie under the umbrella of Te Whinga Aronui, the Council for the Humanities (which later became...
306 Martyrdom of Saint Barbara.
771 Austrasian King Carloman died, leaving his brother CharlemagneKing of the complete Frankish Kingdom.
1110 First Crusade: The Crusaders sacked Sidon.
1259 Kings Louis IX of France and Henry III of England agreed to theTreaty of Paris, in which Henry renounced his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels.
1563 The final session of the Council of Trent was held (it opened on December 13, 1545).
1676 Battle of Lund: A Danish army under the command of King Christian V of Denmark engaged the Swedish army commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt.
1795 Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer and historian, was born (d. 1881) .
1835 Samuel Butler, English writer, was born (d. 1902).
1867 Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founded the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as the...
Anyone with young children understands how important enough sleep is.
Now, long after Ive had broken nights being at the beck and call of little people, Ive been remembering how appealing the idea of a whole night undisturbed seemed back then.
Its no less appealing now when for no particular reason I have been having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep.
But last night, having had only five hours sleep the previous night, I went to bed at 9pm, slept soundly until about 5am and managed to doze for another hour before waking properly.
Eight hours proper sleep and another hour dozing made a huge difference to the day and oh how grateful I am for it.
euronews (in English) Published on Dec 2, 2018 Macron Returns to Turmoil, as France Weighs State of Emergency Actually, I prefer the heading: Illuminati Puppet returns from NWO strategy meeting to oversee NWO agenda proceeding as planned.
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Heartbreaker: 145 pilot whales beached on a remote New Zealand beach have died | 26 Nov 2018 | As many as 145 whales have died after a "heartbreaking" mass stranding on a remote island, the New Zealand Department of Conservation said on Monday. The whales were reported to the authorities Saturday evening by a hiker on Stewart Island, a remote island which lies off the country's south coast. By the time rescuers arrived at the scene, around half of the stranded pilot whales had already died. The decision was taken to euthanize the surviving whales, the Department of Conservation said in a statement.
Back when this author was researching the story of Robert Lazar and Majestic 12, I kept coming across references to documentation in which the aliens referred to humans as Containers. Containers of what? by Martin Harris This blog continues from: https://uncensored.co.nz/2018/11/25/el-ite-saturnic-rituals-the-faustian-bargain/ Before we take the plunge, theres something we need to address: The Adrenochrome myth. 
The post Containers: Blood, Adrenochrome and El-ite Posession appeared first on Uncensored Publications.
Young children often dont take to Santa straight away, particularly between the ages of about 1 and 2. Some are frightened by the dressed up dude, some just dont want anything to do with an odd looking stranger. When they get older they at least tolerate the Santa act, once the have worked out it 
Equities and renminbi climb, while oil jumps on Russia-Saudi Arabia co-operation
Donald Trump listens to Xi Jinping speak during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit on Saturday, in Buenos Aires AP
Equities rally on US-China trade detente Oil surges after Putin agrees to co-operate Renminbi jumps, dollar dips Analysts temper optimism Hot topic Asia-Pacific equities rallied, the Chinese renminbi rose and the dollar eased as markets reacted to the temporary truce in the US-China trade dispute struck by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
The moves came after the US agreed to not increase tariffs on more than $200bn of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent in January, as had been planned. However, analysts were wary about how long the positive market response will last. Imposition of no new tariffs is not the same as retracing the existing tariffs that have come into play this year, said Kerry Craig, a JPMorgan Asset Management strategist.
The ideology behind the trade tensions is still about strategic positioning of the two economies, which means until issues around technology transfer and IP [intellectual property] are resolved, nerves will persist, Mr Craig added. According to ING economist Iris Pang, an escalation in trade tension was the key risk to China in 2019 and still seems like the most probable scenario.
This will hurt exporters, manufacturing and logistics services, therefore slowing economic growth directly, Ms Pang said.
Equities Equities rallied across Asia on the news of the US-China trade detente, and got an additional boost by a surge in oil prices after Russia signalled it would continue to co-operate with Saudi Arabia on managing production.
In China, the CSI 300 index of major stocks in Shenzhen and Shanghai climbed 2.7 per cent, while Hong Kongs Hang Seng index gained 1.9 per cent and the Hang Seng China Enterprises index of major Chinese stocks listed in the city was up 2.3 per cent.
The S&P/ASX 200 in Sydney was 1.5 per cent higher while Tokyos Topix added 1.4 per cent. Forex The dollar lost ground to its Asia-Pacific peers. The onshore Chinese renminbi exchange rate, which moves within a trading band of 2 per cent either side of a daily mid point set by the Peoples Bank of China, was up 0.4 per cent at Rmb6.9254 per dollar.
The offshore rate was 0.4 per cent higher at Rmb6.9210.
The Australian dollar, which is seen as exposed to regional trading volumes, gained 0.6 per cent to $0.7356 a...
Good news! On September 23, the country of Nepal announced that its tiger population has rebounded thanks to conservation efforts. There are now an estimated 235 wild tigers in the country, nearly double the 121 tigers reported in 2009. If the trend continues, Nepal could become the first country to double its national tiger population since the TX2 goal (to double the worlds population of wild tigers) was set at the St. Petersburg Summit in 2010.
Our commitment to the Global Tiger Recovery Program gains new ground with Nepals growing tiger numbers and a successful implementation of Nepals Tiger Conservation Action Plan, said Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Environment. Protecting tigers is a top priority of the government, and we are thankful for the able support of our partners, enforcement agencies, local communities and the international community for a common purpose.
According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the success in Nepal is largely attributed to the countrys political commitment and conservation efforts. For instance, in May of this year, Nepal celebrated the achievement of 365 days of zero poaching of rhinos on five occasions between 2011 and 2018.
Nepal has also built corridors to connect patches of protected habitat, identified prey species and works to improve their habitats, and incentivizes citizens to report poaching activities. As the press release states, these efforts are an excellent example of real conservation change that can be achieved when a country unites and coordinat...
Multiple Anomalies Reported at Time of
Alaska Earthquake & Mega Ritual Theory with GHW Bush | Mr. Cati
DECEMBER 2, 2018
Source: Starship Earth: The Big Picture
It seems every day is Halloween with these satanic people casting spells and creating events on their superstitious dates. Some of the theories about what has transpired recently may seem a little out therebut thats generally where we find the Truth.
Atmospheric anomalies and other phenomena are reported at the time of the recent 7.1 quake near Anchorage. If memory serves, there were flashes in the sky in New Zealand in the last couple of years prior to one of their quakes. Some said it was natural in our electric universe, while others suspected man-made.
There is another facet to the latest attacks emerging that I questioned after the Paradise, California fires, and that is volcanic activity.
Daniel at Logic Before Authority showed us a puff of smoke and something rising up from the earth and dropping back down at the time one of the fires started and was the first I heard to mention volcanic activity and he found some interesting satellite footage in this video.
Robert Otey told us in an interview with American Intelligence Media that after his narrow escape with his three dogs, officials he spoke with asked him if he saw any lava. It seemed like a bizarre question, but they wanted to know because I think they expected it. Why would they expect it?
Then we saw footage near Paradise from Logic Before Authority where the water in the riv...
"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
~ George Bernard Shaw
The owners of six East Coast forests are to be prosecuted over damage to farms from flood-borne logging debris in June.
Farmers are still feeling the effects of the Queens Birthday man-made floods, when forestry debris washed down and blocked rivers, damaging farms during two bouts of heavy rain in the region.
They put the cost of the damage in the millions of dollars. . .
Sheep and beef farmers achieved another record high lambing percentage this spring, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealands (B+LNZ) Lamb Crop 2018 report
B+LNZs Economic Service estimates the number of lambs tailed in spring 2018 was 23.5 million head, down 0.7 per cent (163,000 head) on the previous spring, with the small decline being due to the higher lambing percentage not offsetting the 2.1 per cent decline in breeding ewes.
The average ewe lambing percentage for 2018 was 129.0 per cent, up 1.7 percentage points on last year and up nearly 8 percentage points on the average for the previous 10 years (2008-09 to 2017-18) of 121.4 per cent. . .
Tasman District Coun...
Shape Shift and Embers Collective proudly present My Name Is Rachel Corrie, an award-winning one-woman play constructed from the diary entries and letters of American activist, Rachel Corrie.
This production is being staged at two Auckland venues!
Garnet Station Tiny Theatre, 85 Garnet Rd, Westmere, Auckland 1022. From 1st 5th December
The Pumphouse Theatre Coal Bunker, 2a Manurere Ave, off Killarney St, Takapuna. From 7th 9th December
Link to Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1861009580678431/?active_tab=about
Rachel was born in Olympia, Washington, in 1979. She had a wicked sense of humour and an u...
State farmer Landcorp wants more taxes:
Conflict has emerged over Government-owned companies being able to influence Government-led inquiries.
State-owned Landcorp New Zealand, which owns and operates a large number of farms, is facing criticism for welcoming environmental taxes on the sector.
Andrew Hoggard of Federated Farmers says he feels Landcorp are trying to push themselves out to be a bit holier than thou and are throwing other farmers under the bus quite frankly.
Pmu is Landcorps brand name and it has made a submission to the Governments Tax Working Group saying its not opposed in principle to a well-designed capital gains tax, a levy on fertiliser products containing nitrogen and a price on water usage.
Its all very well for the state farmer to advocate for more taxes when it doesnt have to operate as other businesses do, needing to make a profit to survive.
Federated Farmers says many reject these new taxes.
Theres already a lot of regulations from regional councils focusing around a lot of these issues, managing it that way. Coming in with taxes is sort of like just doubling up, Mr Hoggard said.
Nationals Agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy says rural communities will oppose new taxes on farmers.
This will go down like a cup of cold sick in rural communities that the Governments farmer is out there proposing more taxes on hardworking farmers of New Zealand, he said. . .
Landcorps advocacy for taxes on fertiliser, water and capital gains will add to the already negative view most farmers have of the company.
It has the might of the state behind it yet makes a very poor return on capital, when it makes a profit at all.
Improved technology, including fertigation and chemigation applying whats needed, where its needed, when its needed through centre pivots will do far more for the environment than more taxes.
When we won against China on September 14 on home soil, we were comfortably poised to qualify for the FIBA 2019 World Cup in the Asian section. 3 months later, and after a painful nailbiting loss against New Zealand (60-63), we find ourselves counting on Jordan to continue failing miserably in the group E to snatch the final qualification spot, after dismal losses against Korea (71-84) and China (52-72) these past few days.
Somehow, we felt it coming. The qualification had to be (hopefully) done on our grounds, because we, as Lebanese, refuse to celebrate it otherwise.
Be it on November 29 or today, frankly, there was no particular player to blame. It was a total mess from start to finish, against both countries, with a new coach, new scout, new staff, no clear strategy, no focus and no preparations, despite stopping the league 2 months earlier to allow the national team to be on the top level.
With 12/18 matches played in group E, we lie in 4th place now below New Zealand, Korea and China respectively. New Zealand and Korea have already sealed their spots into the FIBA 2019 WC following this round.
Only 3 can normally qualify from each group. But we are quite lucky to have the Chinese hosts in our section, for their qualification is already guaranteed. In this case, even if they remain above Lebanon in the group, we would still qualify as the 4th best team.
Our upcoming and final matches will be in February 2019 at the Nouhad Nawfal stadium, hoping with them to seal the deal, the earlier the better.
Till then, we need to restart everything from scratch, and hope our top players Wael Arakji, Jean Abdel Nour and Amir Saoud, who was inexplicably on the bench today (not on good terms with the newly-appointed Slovenian coach Slobodan Suboti?), get really back in business on time, and perhaps even get the amazing scout Jad Mbarak back into the team, because undoubtedly, his absence has been highly felt in the last couple of matches. What about the new coach? Too early to judge, but things dont look promising. Patrick Saba should be watching all this and laughing.
The trade war between the US and China seems to have been moderated after a meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping. Reuters: U.S., China agree trade war ceasefire after Trump, Xi summit China and the United States agreed to a ceasefire in their bitter trade war on Saturday after high-stakes talks in 
When politicians talk about grey areas in separation political from non political work done by the staff of MPs they to an extent are correct much of what an MP does has political connotations. But I think that MPs and parties have also used grey areas as a way of excusing pushing boundaries on 
Changes in the Family Violence Amendments Act emphasise the well being of victims in an attempt to reduce awful levels of family violence. This includes changes to the Bail Act 2000 which makes the safety of victims the priority. RNZ: New law aims to reduce family violence and put victims first The new Family Violence 
In what has been described as the worst unrest in decades in Paris protesters in France are revolting against carbon tax (fuel tax) rises, and growing dissatisfaction with the Government and President Emmanuel Macron. Protests appear to be rising from both the left and right of politics. Reuters: Frances Macron learns the hard way: green 
Paul Goldsmith, Nationals Spokesperson for Economic and Regional Development, has been nagging away at Shane Jones, the minister in charge of the Provincial Development Fund. In Parliament last Wednesday: Hon Paul Goldsmith: When he told the National Business Review that we have to make sure that Weve got enough nephs or if necessary a few Melanesians to 
The Minister of Health has received the official report resulting from the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry. The report makes 40 recommendations, and will be made public after the Government has checked it out, by 19 December at the latest. Jessica McAllen attended 15 of the meetings conducted as a part of the inquiry around 
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1800 War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden, French General Moreau defeated the Austrian Archduke John decisively, coupled with First Consul Napoleon Bonapartes victory at Marengo effectively forcing the Austrians to sign an armistice and ending the war.
1838 Octavia Hill, British housing and open-space activist, was born (d. 1912).
1842 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist, was born (d. 1899).
1854 Eureka Stockade: More than 20 gold miners at Ballarat were killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
1857 Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British writer, was born (d. 1924).
1863 The Land Confiscation law was passed allowing the confiscation (raupatu) of Maori land as punishment of those North Island tribes who were deemed to have been in rebellion against the British Crown in the early 1860s.
1912 Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia (the...
Even Chinese companys deep relationship with UK facing severe threat
By David Bond and James Kynge in London
For nearly 15 years, the Chinese group Huawei has seen the UK as a key market and a springboard to the other deals that helped it become the worlds largest telecoms equipment maker. Huaweis partnerships with the likes of BT and Vodafone have weathered bouts of unease over its rumoured links to the Chinese government and the Peoples Liberation Army, which the company denies.
But as politicians from the UK and other countries start to consider the rollout of their 5G communications network, Huawei is suddenly facing a grave threat to its international business. In recent weeks, US officials have toured Europe to warn against using Huawei equipment, while Australia and New Zealand have both joined the US in banning the Chinese companys gear.
In the UK, Huawei has already signed a contract with the mobile phone operator Three to provide 5G equipment and is conducting tests with Vodafone and EE. But the technological step change offered by 5G, which will become fundamental to every industry and sector becomes connected, has made the UK, and other governments, nervous of trusting the Chinese company. 5G is key to enabling the internet of things which will in itself provide a greater range of opportunities for attackers, said Ewan Lawson from the Royal United Services Institute, a UK defence think-tank.
If you have security concerns about the backbone of the internet of things then that seems to be a significant change in the risk measurement for policymakers. Ian Levy, the technical director of the UKs National Cyber Security Centre, said there were two main areas of concern: the risk of Chinese spying and the overall security of the network.
The thing we care about the most is availability of the networks, so turning them off, he said. Can someone in Beijing press a button and turn off every piece of Huawei kit and what does that mean for the UK networks, thats the number one concern. The speed of 5G and its latency the time it takes digital commands to be executed means that more data processing will take place at the edge of networks, near the devices making the commands, rather than being routed through centralised servers.
Until now the UK approach has been to surround or island Huawei kit with products and equipment provided by rival manufacturers such as Eriksson or Nokia. But Mr Levy says this is harder with 5G because more data are being processed away from central or core hubs.
If youve got a bit of Huawei kit we want to make sure the stuff around it is not Huawei, he said. Bu...
Weve always invited our staff to bring their children to parties-past but this year we decreed it was to be adults only.
The thought that the staff might prefer to bring their children or find difficulty finding babysitters niggled but we neednt have worried.
Those with children told us they enjoyed the evening much more without having to keep an eye on their offspring and those without little people said they enjoyed the quieter and more relaxed child-free atmosphere.
It did mean that without the need to get children home to bed, some stayed longer which made it a late night.
But today I was able to follow the best prescription for too little sleep doing very little and Im grateful for that.
Latest events point to the New World Order stabilizing: America gets what America wants and China gets what China wants. The world takes a step back from trade war, but a step closer to completion of the Plan. Less a breakthrough than a breakdown averted, so nothing is certain yet. What Id expect to see 
Its only one poll, but the latest one from One News Colmar Brunton is a very good one for National as the political year draws to a close:
National up 3% to 46% support, Labour down 3 to 43%, Green Party down 2 to 5%, NZ First dropping 1 to 4%, the Maori Party on 1% and Act on 1%.
Its the party vote that counts and this result matters more at least so far as one poll matters at all than the preferred PM poll in which Nationals leader Simon Bridges is still in single figures.
The changes are in margin of error territory but the trend still has National ahead of Labour.
That isnt enough to govern under MMP, but it shows National support is solid and that the leaders stardust isnt enough to make Labour sparkle too.
Under MMP its not enough to have the most support, a party has to get to 61 seats by itself or with at least one support partner.
But at this stage of the political cycle, and given, the rough waters National has had to negotiate in recent months thats a lesser concern than voter support which is still very strong.
National have bounced back in the latest Colmar Brunton poll, seemingly having survived the Jami-Lee Ross saga. National 46% (up from 43) Labour 43% (down from 45) Greens 5% (down from 7) NZ First 4% (down from 5) ACT 1% (up from 0) Maori Party 1% (no change) Refuse to answer 3%, undecided 10%. Fieldwork 
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Its not just Cameron Slater and SB who play the victim card hard at Whale Oil. Some of the remaining support crew there are joining the loyal cry baby choir, making claims that are closer to the reverse of what has actually been happening. From Comment of the day today (from George): Have you ever 
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