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Wednesday, 22 November


The River of Consciousness - Oilver Sacks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The River of Consciousness
Oliver Sacks
Macmillan, RRP $37.99, Trade Paperback

Oliver Sacks examines questions of memory, time and consciousness.

In his previous books, Oliver Sacks had addressed questions of the brain and mind through the lens of case histories of individuals with neurological disorders. Recently, however, he had been reflecting on his experiences with such patients in the context of a lifetime of medical practice, and in light of recent neuroscientific evidence and theories. The River of Consciousness will be a broader and more direct look at how the brain and mind work, as always, incorporating Sacks' rich historical and personal context.

Advances in neuroscience have revolutionised our ability to visualise the brain in action. For the first time we are able to close the gap between the philosophical questions which have consumed the world's thinkers since the eighteenth century and the true physiological basis of perception and consciousness. In The River of Consciousness, Sacks will examine questions of memory, time, and consciousness. How do we think, how do we remember? Do different individuals have different speeds or ways of thinking? Is memory reliable? How do the neural correlates of memory differ for true memories and false memories? How do we construct our sense of time, our visual world? What is consciousness, neurologically speaking? And most importantly, what is creativity?
Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco's Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients who...


The NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its that time of year! As a Thanksgiving treat, we offer a feast of books to accompany your regularly scheduled feeding. Posted here a bit early are our 100 Notable Books of 2017. As always, editors at the Book Review have selected the 50 best fiction and 50 best nonfiction books of...


Latest from The Bookseller including Costa shortlists "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The late author Helen Dunmore is shortlisted for a Costa Award along with Jon McGregor, Kamila Shamsie and Sarah Winman with almost half of the titles coming from independent publishers in a strong year for women writers.


Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today's Meal

Alex Coumbis has joined Laurence King Publishing as a senior publicist based in New York City.

Amanda Olsonwill join Annick Press, as marketing manager starting January 2. Previously sales manager for Harper Canada, she takes over as Brigitte Waisberg retires after 12 years at Annick Press and 37 years in publishing. Claire Caldwell has been hired as associate editor. She was at Harlequin.

The just-released movie The Man Who Invented Christmas, based on the
bookby Les Standiford, is the first theatrical release for a project developed by ...


The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Amazon, Apple Cleared in 'Gronk' Case: A judge ruled in favor of Amazon, Apple, and B&N, which distributed an erotic novel featuring a photo of the NFL's Rob Gronkowski.

YA Sees More Queer Love Stories: A new era of young adult literature includes more LGBT romance stories than ever before, according to a new report.

Pitchfork Picks Year's Top Music Books: The magazine listed its "favorite" music books of 2017, including 'Personal Stereo' by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow.


How many trees? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We visited a farm 10 years ago and listened in bemusement as the owner explained his plan to plant trees.

The land had been cleared of scrub and planted as pasture when the then-government was encouraging such development in the 1970s.

But in spite of the fertiliser poured onto it, sheep didnt thrive on the pastures.

The farmer looked at other options and settled on trees.

We went back again last week and were no longer bemused. In the decade since wed first visited, many hectares had been converted from pasture to forestry and trees were thriving where sheep wouldnt.

There will be other properties where forestry with, or instead of, farming is a good option.

But the governments pledge to plant a billion trees in 10 years seemed at best optimistic if not unrealistic.

Its not surprising that the number has already halved:

Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is already backtracking from his promise to plant a billion trees in 10 years, National Party Economic Development Spokesperson Simon Bridges says.

From his statements earlier today it appears hes realised that the pledge of a billion new trees is entirely unachievable and now hes attempting to back away from it, Mr Bridges says.

His problem is that the target is recorded unambiguously in both the Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement and the Speech from the Throne on the new Governments programme.

Now he wants to count around 50 million trees that are already planted every year, about half of the billion hes committed to over a decade. These are happening regardless of his slush fund or the kind of Government in power.

So his first action is to cut his target in half. Not exactly impressive.

He needs to immediately stop using his slogan of 1 billion trees to be planted because its completely untrue. He should also stand up in Parliament and correct the Speech.

This backsliding is becoming a pattern for this Government. They want to count trees that are already being planted in their tree target and houses already being built in their housing target. Its all very underwhelming.

The reality for Mr Jones is that even planting 500 million trees over a decade, if thats what the new marketing catch-cry will be, is unlikely.



Researchers Warn How Pesticides Are Secretly Growing Antibiotic Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

More emphasis needs to be placed on antibiotic stewardshipOtherwise, new drugs will fail rapidly and be lost to humanity.

The first team of researchers ever to discover that the worlds most popular pesticides and herbicides increase the antibiotic resistance crisis have conducted another study to prove once and for all a frightening truth we must respond to.

Researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have confirmed once again that  active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, Roundup, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates.

GMWatch reports:

Professor Jack Heinemann of the School of Biological Sciences in UCs College of Science said the key finding of the research was that bacteria respond to exposure to the herbicides by changing how susceptible they are to antibiotics used in human and animal medicine.

The herbicides studied are three of the most widely used in the world, Prof Heinemann said. They are also used on crops that have been genetically modified to tolerate them.

The effect was n...


A billion or half more trees "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

National MP Simon Bridges has accused the Government of halving its tree planting plan. Yesterday a press release from Simon Bridges: So, half as many trees then? Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is already backtracking from his promise to plant a billion trees in 10 years, National Party Economic Development Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. From []


So what does Jacinda know that Lyndon Johnson didn't? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary on US president Lyndon Johnson's famous War on Poverty.

The stated goal of the War on Poverty, as enunciated by Lyndon Johnson on January 8, 1964, was, not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it. Measured against this objective, the War on Poverty has not just been a failure, it has been a catastrophe. It was supposed to help Americas poor become self-sufficient, and it has made them dependent and dysfunctional.
But they spent US$21.5 trillion fighting poverty over the past 50 years. All that moolah must have made some difference, you say?  Well, no, not really:
Shortly after the War on Poverty got rolling (1967), about 27% of Americans lived in poverty. In 2012, the last year for which data is available, the number was about 29%.
But hasn't it just become harder to keep out of poverty over that time, you ask? Well, no, just the opposite:
Between 1967 and 2012, U.S. real GDP (RGDP) per capita (in 4Q2013 dollars) increased by 127.3%, from $23,706 to $52,809. In other words, to stay out of poverty in 1967, the two adults in a typical family of four had to capture 26.9% of their familys proportionate share of RGDP (i.e., average RGDP per capita, times four). To accomplish the same thing in 2012, they only had to pull in 12.1% of their familys share of RGDP. And yet, fewer people were able to manage this in 2012 than in 1967.
Sooooo, what's going on here then? The answer: incentives. Incentives matter.
What turned the War on Poverty into a social and human catastrophe was that the enhanced welfare state created a perverse system of incentives, and people adapted to their new environment...
The adaptation of the working-age poor to the War on Povertys expanded welfare state was immediately evident in the growth of various social pathologies, especially unwed childbearing. The adaptation of the middle class to the new system took longer to manifest, but it was no less significant. Even people with incomes far above the thresholds for welfare state programs were forced to adapt to the welfare state.
And those adaptations invariably left everyone worse off for the experience.

And all those same incentives and adaptations exist here in New Zealand.

And all for the very same reasons.

As PJ O'Rourke once put it so pithily (and I've updated his numbers so you don't have to) the War on Poverty was instead an exercise in How To Endow Privation:
That US$21.5 trillion...


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I have qualms and wonder what a qualm would look like if you painted it probably like a bowl of melting ice cream or a dish of Jell-o just before it sets. Gloria Whelan who celebrates her 94th birthday today.

Filed under: quotes Tagged: Gloria Whelan


USA: Russian collusion probe "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Investigations continue into possible Russian collusion by both Democrats and republicans in last years US election. Washington Examiner: Fusion GPS paid journalists, court papers confirm Newly filed court documents confirm that Fusion GPS, the company mostly responsible for the controversial Trump dossier on presidential candidate Donald Trump, made payments to three journalists between June 2016 []


Storm Damage Repairs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Waterfall Road work will cost $500,000 By Local Government correspondent Jeremy Smith Re-opening Paraparaumus Waterfall road, closed by slips since September, will cost about half a million dollars. But more than half of this, $287,000, will be subsidised by the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA), leaving the Kapiti Council to pick up the remaining $213,000. []


Surge in New Zealand confidence rating "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating: 146.5 pts (up 15.5 pts) This is the highest confidence rating since January 2010, which was in the first term of the John Key led National government.  Generally speaking, do you feel that things in New Zealand are heading in the right direction or would you say things are seriously []


Government supported in latest RM poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The November Roy Morgan poll suggests a shift in support towards Labour and Greens since the election, but NZ First has slipped. National are still slightly ahead of Labour, but have dropped. National 40.5% (election 44.45%, October 46%) Labour 39.5% (election 36.89%, October 31%) Greens 10% (election 6.27%, October 11%) NZ First 5% (election 7.2%, []


Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Brian Berletic

Ed Yong in his article, New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World, helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) altered through gene-editing technology to eradicate pests. In this particular case, the problem is rats and other invasive predatory mammals that endanger New Zealands native bird populations.

Yong covers proposals to introduce genes into mammalian populations to hinder their ability to reproduce. These gene-drives are unlike other technologies like gene therapy, which replace faulty genes in human patients to correct genetic diseases or enhance an individual...


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.


Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

23 November 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 Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

23 November 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 Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


November 23 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

534 BC  Thespis of Icaria became the first actor to portray a character onstage.

1227 Polish Prince Leszek I the White was assassinated at an assembly of Piast dukes at Gsawa.

1248 Conquest of Seville by the Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile.

1499 Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck was hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London.

1531 The Second war of Kappel resulted in the dissolution of the Protestant alliance in Switzerland.

1644 John Milton published Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.

1808 French and Poles defeated the Spanish at battle of Tudela.

1837  Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Dutch physicist and thermodynamicist, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1923).

1838  Stephanos Skouloudis, Greek banker and politician, 97th Prime Minister of Greece, was born (d. 1928)

1859  Billy The Kid, American outlaw, was born (d. 1881).

1863 American Civil War: Battle of Chattanooga began.

1867 The Manchester Martyrs were hanged for killing a police officer while freeing two Irish nationalists from custody.

1868  Mary Brewster Hazelton, American painter, was born (d. 1953).

1876   Tammany Hall leader William Marcy Tweed (better known as Boss Tweed) was delivered to authorities in New York City...


New Zealand Conservationist Knifed in Brazil "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pete Jungle 2

For immediate release.  22 Nov 2017

Captain Pete Bethune of Earthrace Conservation was this morning attacked by 2 men, one if them with a knife, in the port city of Santander in Brazil.

Bethune says one of the men lunged at him with a knife, while a second man came from behind.  A fight ensued for several minutes, during which Bethune received a knife wound to his chest.

The second attacker eventually ran off with Bethunes cellphone, and a short time later the knife wielding attacker also fled the scene.

Larisa Kellett of Earthrace who has just spoken with Bethune, says after the attack he got a motorbike ride back to his hotel in Macapa where he patched himself up with dressings.  He then went to the Macapa Hospital where his knife wound was stitched up.

A report has been filed with Macapa Police who will be following up with enquiries.  Bethune says he is extremely grateful for the professional help of both the Macapa Hospital staff as well as the local Police.

Interestingly, just prior to being attacked in Macapa, Bethune had visited Macapa Prison where the 6 men convicted of Sir Peter Blakes murder are currently being held.

Santander where Bethune was attacked is just 30 minutes drive from Macapa where Sir Peter Blake was murdered.

Bethune says he is just happy to be alive after a frightening ordeal.  I honestly thought I was a going to die today.

Bethune and the team from Earthrace have been in the Amazon for several months working on various conservation issues, including illegal logging and the illegal pet trade.  It is believed the attack is unrelated to the work of Earthrace Conservation.


The post New Zealand Conservationist Knifed in Brazil appeared first on Earthrace Conservation.


Williams v Craig appeal reserved decision "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Not surprisingly the Court of Appeal has reserved its decision after a two day appeal hearing in the defamation case between Jordan Williams and Colin Craig. Stuff:  Jordan Williams might be victim of his own success in defamation case The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on his attempt to recapture the $1.27 million award []


Victoria Upper House backs assisted dying bill "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

ABC News:  Voluntary assisted dying bill passes Victorias Upper House, state set to make history Historic voluntary euthanasia laws have passed Victorias Upper House after a 28-hour marathon sitting, leaving the state on the brink of becoming the first in the country to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill. In a dramatic end to []


Recession likely, or not "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Different views on the likelihood of a recession. Forbes: New Zealand, An Economic Success Story, Loses Its Way On September 23, the people of New Zealand elected 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern as prime minister, the youngest prime minister in New Zealands history. Ardern has brought youthful energy to New Zealand politics, but her scary rhetoric during []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Aspectabund having a very expressive face; of expressive countenance; having a face that shows emotions clearly.

Filed under: language Tagged: aspectabund


Harete Hipangos maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Harete Hipango, Nationals Whanganui MP, delivered her maiden speech last week:

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To the honourable Madam Deputy Speaker, greetings and congratulations. I open with a ptere composed by John Tahuprae, Whanganui elder and former kaumtua of this Whare Premata. Calling upon and inquiring of me, Where am I from? The wellspring of whi puna on the coastal riverbank lands to Matapihi, the window inland to Ptiki Wharenui, my trangawaewae, my marae, Ngti Tpoho.

Climbing the hill of Taumata Kararo, the sacred hill and resting place of my ancestors, onward to Te Ao Hou, a marae of new horizons of a new world.

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I acknowledge my ancestral hap and tribal collective. I am a descendant of you all.

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To my tribal elders, family, friends and relations from home and afar, my warm and sincere greetings.

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The National Party board and members, our campaign teamsheadquarters and Whanganui electoratechampioned the good cause. To all of you: Neil, Jan, and Warwick, enduring, tireless, and party-loyal. Our Hwera hands and hearts: Cynthia, Ella, Gerard. Whanganui work-lot: Derek, Michael, Tony, Gordon, Robyn, and Ray, Jenny, Bernard, Charles, Andre, Annie, and Dean, with cake and sparkling delights. Mark and Steve who photo-ed me vote-able; our hoarding helpers and volunteersa top billings teamand the Hon Chester Borrows, you saw something in m...


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A Kauri in the Forest Michael Spaans:

Federated Farmers is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of DairyNZ chairman Michael Spaans.

Federated Farmers extends its condolences to the Spaan family at this difficult time.
Mr Spaans was renowned for his commitment and dedication to the dairy sector and held several key positions as a director at Fonterra and board member at DairyNZ between 2008 2015. . .

Taranaki young farmers take on NZ Dairy Industry Awards challenge:

Several NZ Young Farmers members look set to go head-to-head in Taranakis longest-running dairy awards programme.

James Holgate, 25, and Buddy Sharpe, 20, have entered the prestigious New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

Theyll both be vying to take out the title of 2018 Taranaki Dairy Manager of the Year.

James Holgate is in his second season as a herd manager on Tony and Lorraine Lashs 350-cow dairy farm at Midhirst. . . 

Affected farmer criticises handling of cattle disease Sally Brooker:

A dairy farmer whose herd is infected with Mycoplasma bovis feels let down by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Leo Bensegues revealed his situation at a packed public meeting in the Morven Community Hall last night.

About 200 people crammed into the venue for the sixth meeting hosted by the ministry since the bacterial cattle disease was  discovered  on farms near Waimate in July.

Mr Bensegues asked ministry officials if they would change their biosecurity protocols if he could show they were not working....

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Tuesday, 21 November


On the books I kept "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You shall know me by the books I kept. I realise that it is a romantic and questionable notion, applying only to some people and in limited ways. But I live by the example of my parents, for whom books and reading were tools of emancipation. For my mother, who responded so well to the first books she encountered as a child that she was allowed to attend high school. Later, after the war,


Jeffrey Archer's Latest Title "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Tell Tale
Jeffrey Archer
Macmillan, RRP $39.99, Hardback

Master storyteller Jeffrey Archer returns with Tell Tale, a new collection of brilliant short stories. Poignant, engrossing and captivating; this is Archer at his spellbinding best.

"Stylish, witty and constantly entertaining ... Jeffrey Archer has a natural aptitude for short stories." The Times

Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Archer returns with his eagerly-awaited, brand-new collection Tell Tale, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.


Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out Who Killed the Mayor? and the pretentious schoolboy in A Road to Damascus, whose discovery of the origins of his father's wealth changes his life in the most profound way. Revel in the stories of the 1930s woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League University in A Gentleman and A Scholar while another young woman who thumbs a lift gets more than she bargained for in A Wasted Hour.


These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared by the crit...


New strategic vision for dairy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The dairy industry has launched a new strategic vision:

The new strategic vision for the dairy sector will lead to a longer term conversation about what New Zealands future farm and food systems could look like, says DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle.

Today the dairy sector launched its new strategy Dairy Tomorrow, a joint sector-led initiative involving DairyNZ, Federated Farmers, DCANZ, and Dairy Womens Network.

We are proud of our achievements over the last decade, says Dr Mackle. Its set us up to address the challenges and opportunities we now face as a result of the growth weve experienced over recent years.

Our shared vision is to improve lives with every drop of New Zealand milk, whether those are the lives of our dairy people, our communities or our consumers.

We believe sustainable dairy farming has a critical role to play in New Zealands future prosperity and wellbeing- a future with a focus on farming within environmental limits while maintaining our profitability and success on the global market.

The Dairy Tomorrow strategy has six commitments and 22 corresponding goals. Dr Mackle says some goals have firm time frames in place while others are more aspirational.

We want to begin straight away collaborating on strategies and actions toward achieving swimmable waterways and finding new opportunities to reduce or offset our greenhouse gas emissions. These actions will be ongoing priorities, says Dr Mackle.

At the same time weve put some deadlines in place for implementing new initiatives, including to develop cutting edge science and technology solutions and to implement a new framework for world leading on-farm animal care.

Barry Harris, Acting Chair for DairyNZ, says the commitments and goals within the Strategy will help prepare the sector for the future. Overall they reflect what is important to the farmers and stakeholders who contributed to the development of the Strategy.

We heard very clearly that farmers want options and solutions to help them farm sustainably. Maintaining our international competitiveness is essential, and leveraging new digital and other technologies will be essential to that, says Mr Harris.

We also want to ensure that New Zeal...


NZ loses its way "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For several years, New Zealand has received international attention and praise for its economic success.

Just a few weeks with a new government this commentary from Jared Dillian at Forbes is less than enthusiastic about its policies:

On September 23, the people of New Zealand elected 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern as prime minister, the youngest prime minister in New Zealands history. Ardern has brought youthful energy to New Zealand politics, but her scary rhetoric during the campaign (like calling capitalism a blatant failure) has some people wondering if she will take the country back to the bad old days of the 70s and early 80s.

New Zealand is a supply-side economic miracle. Not long ago, it was one of the most unfree economies that was not actually Communist in name. Most industry was nationalized, from telecommunications and transportation, to banks and hotels. There were strict capital controls and prohibitions on owning foreign assets. And of course punitively high tax rates, inflation, and extraordinary levels of government debt. . .

Those policies from the early 80s back are the ones which failed us.

The 1980s saw an enormous rollback in the size and scope of government, and the beginning of a supply-side revolution. Of course, economic liberalization was happening around the world at that time, but it was most dramatic in tiny New Zealand.

New Zealand enjoyed unprecedented economic growth, and leapfrogged to near the top of the economic freedom rankings, where it usually sits only behind Hong Kong and Singapore. It became one of the richest countries in the world. Part of New Zealands success was due to good central banking; the Reserve Bank of New Zealand was the first central bank in the world to institute a formal policy of inflation targeting, which other central banks have copied over the years, to everyones benefit. . . 

Inflation is theft. It steals the real value of money and its the poorest who are hit hardest by it.

It seems likely that New Zealand will experience a recession during Arderns term. Nobody is predicting a return to the bad old days of the 70s, but New Zealand will probably lose its status as one of the most open, free economies in the world. It takes decades to weaken an economy, just like it takes decades to strengthen it. But investors will probably want to avoid New Zealand for the time being.

This government has taken down the welcome sign to immigrants and inwards investment....


2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Scotiabank Giller Prize

And the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize goes to ... Michael Redhill!

November 20, 2017 (Toronto, ON) Michael Redhill has been named the winner of the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Bellevue Square, published by Doubleday Canada. The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony hosted by Mary Walsh and attended by nearly 500 members of the publishing, media and arts communities. The gala was broadcast live on CBC, CBC Radio One and live-streamed on

This year the Prize celebrates its 24th anniversary.

The shortlist of five authors and their books, announced on October 2, 2017, included:

  • Rachel Cusk...


The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The 2018 Tournament of Books Long List: The annual 'Morning News' March Madness feature has begun, rounding up 72 top English-language titles from 2017.

Mooch Snubbed by Book World: Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has scrapped plans for a political memoir because no one wanted it.

Glenn Thrush Suspended: The 'NYT' reporter, who has a deal with Random House for a book on the Trump White House, has been suspended due to claims of inappropriate behavior.


Strange Weather - a stunning collection of novellas "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Strange Weather
Joe Hill
Hachette New Zealand | 31 October 2017
TPBK $29.99 RRP

A stunning collection of novellas from bestseller Joe Hill, this new collection from an award-winning author makes compelling and powerful reading.

Four short novels from the author of The Fireman and Horns, ranging from creepy horror to powerful explorations of our society.

One autumnal day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails, splinters of bright crystal that tear apart anyone who isn't safely under cover. 'Rain' explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as clouds of nails spread out across the country and the world. Amidst the chaos, a girl studying law enforcement takes it upon herself to resolve a series of almost trivial mysteries . . . apparently harmless puzzles that turn out to have lethal answers.



New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa: Were conducting a short survey about New Zealanders reading habits.

Paste this link into your browser to take the survey:

By completing it, youll go into a draw to win a free subscription to New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa.


Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today's Meal

In personnel news, Pippa White has joined Callisto Media as editor. Previously she was an associate editor at Chronicle Books.


Targetannounced its December, January, and February Book Club Picks. The picks for December are The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak and The Party by Robyn Harding. The picks for January and February are The Lonely Hearts Hotel...


Girl and lady ban? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I wonder how long before New Zealanders will hear this sort of advice? No matter how well-meaning, this PC nonsense belittles our intelligence. Gender does not need an apology. Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) November 21, 2017 Teachers should not refer to pupils as girls or ladies because it means they are constantly reminded of []


The best state for human nature "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The best state for human nature is that which, while no one is poor, no one desires to be richer, nor has any reason to fear being thrust back, by the efforts of others to push themselves forward. from Beyond the steel cage of consumerism at The Standard. There is no doubt we have []


Quote of the Day: On politicians' skills "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"Most politicians are unqualified, skilled only at weaselling and Machiavellian scheming. So why do we give them the power to rule over us?"~ blogger Creative Deduction, from their post 'Politicians Wanted, No Relevant Experience Required'


Fox News is saving/destroying America "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What people think of Fox News (and other US news organisations) seems largely dependent on their political preferences. Those who love Donald Trump and hate Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will like the news feed from Fox and agree with the opinion show hosts who lean very heavily one way. Newsweek: CAN FOX NEWS SURVIVE []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Age doesnt make you sage, but it does help you relax in taking risks. And in recognising that you are never too old to adjust.  Jon Cleary who was born on this day in 1917.

Filed under: quotes Tagged: Jon Cleary


Art Work of the Week: Philip Markham "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

At the Calligraphy Exhibition The work below by Philip Markham, can be found in the Calligraphers of Kapiti exhibition, presently on display in the Art Space, Paraparaumu Library. If the Library is open, so is the show. Cards and small gifts are available for purchase.     Brother Sun and Sister Moon by Philip Markham. []


Mugabe has resigned "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Rapturous celebrations are taking place in Zimbabwe after Robert Mugabe's resignation as president after 37 years of rule live updates: CNN (@CNN) November 21, 2017 What we know: Mugabe is out: After 37 years in power Robert Mugabe has resigned. Read our full report. Zimbabwe celebrates: People are out on the streets of Harare []


The KIN Mid Week Quiz 97 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.     In the Kenny Rogers song You picked a fine time to leave me Who left?   Name three of the five largest islands in the world.   Which author created the character []


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.


Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 November 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"

22 November 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 []


Idle No More In Solidarity With Indigenous Taiwanese "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Staff of Idle No More - Idle No More stands in solidarity with Indigenous Taiwanese who are currently occupying the 228 Peace Memorial Park/. This current occupation has been for more than 260 days. INM calls for the Canadian government to impose immediate trade restrictions on Taiwan. Indigenous people have lived in Taiwan for at least 6,000 years. The languages they speak belong to the Austronesian language family. From Taiwan, people speaking Austronesian languages moved into the Pacific, settling islands from the Philippines to Indonesia, all the way from Hawaii and Easter Island to New Zealand and even Madagascar. Since the arrival of the first colonial settlers in Taiwan 400 years ago, tribal land has been shrinking with colonial regimes that include Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, and Han Chinese. Most tribal land is now government-owned, and some become privately-owned, by descendants of Han settlers. President Tsai Ing-wen apologized to the Indigenous peoples (August 1, 2016) and promised to designate indigenous traditional territory. According to a survey completed in 2007 by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) under the Executive Yuan, indigenous traditional territory was around 1.8 million hectares of land.


World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


November 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

498  Symmachus was elected Pope in the Lateran Palace, whileLaurentiuswas elected Pope in Santa Maria Maggiore.

845 The first King of all Brittany, Nominoe defeated the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon near Redon.

1307 Pope Clement V issued the papal bull Pastoralis Praeeminentiaewhich instructed all Christian monarchs in Europe to arrest all Templars and seize their assets.

1574 Discovery of the Juan Fernndez Islands off Chile.

1635 Dutch colonial forces on Taiwan launched a pacification campaignagainst native villages, resulting in Dutch control of the middle and south of the island.

1718   British pirate Edward Teach ( Blackbeard) was killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.

1808  Thomas Cook, British travel entrepreneur, was born (d. 1892).

1812 War of 1812: 17 Indiana Rangers were killed at the Battle of Wild Cat Creek.

1819  George Eliot, (Mary Ann Evans) British novelist, was born (d. 1880).

1830  Charles Grey, (2nd Earl Grey), became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1837 Canadian journalist and politician William Lyon Mackenzie called for a rebellion against Great Britain in his essay To the People of Upper Canada, published in his newspaper The Constitution.

1869 In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark was launched one of the last clippers ever to be built, and the only one still surviving to this day.



Williams v Craig appeal "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The appeal in the Jordan Williams v Colin Craig defamation case started today. RNZ: Colin Craig defamation case back in court In September last year a jury in the High Court at Auckland found Mr Craig had defamed Mr Williams and awarded Mr Williams damages of $1.27 million. However earlier this year the court ruled []


Hide The Girls, by G Squared "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anti-Abortionists are acting to protect The Rights of the child unable to represent itself. It is not the illusion of woman making choices concerning their bodies. It is not THEIR bodies that are at issue. But this is the level of their ignorance and arrogance. And then we had the problem in Ireland where Catholic []

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Sara Boland At Tutere "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Red List, Red Thread By Kate Hartmann A new exhibition by Waikanae textile artist Sara Boland entitled Red List, Red Thread opened on the weekend in Tutere Gallerys exhibition space. In this body of work Sara Boland explores the colour, texture and pattern of five critically endangered birds that are currently listed on the IUCN []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Chemiluminescence  the emission or production of light as the result of a chemical reaction.

Filed under: language Tagged: chemiluminescence


Pike River Re-Entry: Is The Government Lying? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A newly seated government stalling on election promises? Hardly news really, is it? The butt of political jokes for decades. But its not so funny when lost lives and family closure and justice are involved, as is the case with the Pike River tragedy. A promise of re-entry to the mine to find answers and []

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Matt Kings maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Northland MP Matt Kings maiden speech:

Ko Matt King Toku Ingoa

No Te Noota Ahau

No Reira 

Tn Koutou, Tn Koutou, Tn Tatou Katoa

Mr Speaker can I start by congratulating you on your election to the prestigious role of speaker.

I look forward to your many positive rulings over the next 3 years in our favour.

Members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, I stand before you filled with pride as the representative of the people of Northland.

Im proud to be a National Party MP in the most powerful and united opposition this Parliament has ever seen.

Today is my opportunity to introduce myself, share my journey and what I hope to achieve while Im there.

I come from the mighty Northland a truly beautiful place steeped in history.

I live a short distance from the harbour where Kupe first landed on our shores. 

A short distance from the site of our first Maori settlement and the region with the largest Iwi Ngapuhi.

Our electorates largest town is Kerikeri and its also the site of our first permanent European settlement and NZs oldest surviving building The Stone Store.

In the beautiful coastal town of Russell we have NZ first capital and across the water at Waitangi the grounds where the Treaty was signed.

These factors taken together make us the birthplace of our nation. 

The vast Northland electorate stretches from Cape Reinga and 90 mile beach in the North across to the beautiful Whangaroa and BOI harbours in the east to Dargaville and the mighty Tane Mahuta Kauri in the west then wrapping around Whangarei and extending past Wellsford and Mangawhai to the south.

We have 1700kms of coastline and the best scenery in the country despite what my colleague Tamati Coffey might try and tell you.

We enjoy the countrys highest average temperature, we have 3.6 per cent of the population and jus...


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wool gains dream come true Sally Rae:

Watching the volume of wool growing for Lanacos healthcare products and seeing lambs being born from specifically bred genetics is a dream come true for Nick Davenport.

Mr Davenport is chief executive and founder of the Auckland-based company, previously known as Texus  Fibre, which specialises in fibre innovation and developing functional materials derived from wool.

Wool from sheep developed by Wanaka man Andy Ramsden, from the Dohne, Cheviot and Finn breeds, and trademarked as the Astino breed, is used in healthcare products. . . 

Familys top two places a show first Sally Rae:

Not a bad show is how Will Gibson dryly describes his familys record-setting feats at last weeks Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch.The Gibson family, from Middlemarch, won the prestigious Senior Meat and Wool Cup with their yearling supreme champion Hereford bull and were runners-up with their 2-year-old Santa Gertrudis cow with calf at foot.

It was the first time in the shows history the same exhibitor has won the top two placings and it was well-deserved recognition for a family who work hard, are passionate about their livestock and also about exhibiting at A&P shows.

The yearling bull Foulden Hill Mustang was unbeaten in his classes over the two days, both in the Hereford and all-breeds classes, and he also won the Junior Meat and Wool Cup. . . 

Alternative proteins on the verge of  mainstream:

Alternative proteins are on the verge of becoming mainstream and stealing growth from traditional meat products as they play a growing role in meeting consumer needs and preferences, according to a recently-released global research paper.

The report, Watch outor they will steal your growth by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank, examines why alternative proteins including plant-based meat substitutes, emerging insect or algae-based products and lab-grown meat products are starting to successfully compete for the centre of the plate.

Report author, Rabobank global sector strategist for Anima...


Israeli journalist Gideon Levy is coming to Auckland Sunday 3 December "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We invite you to a public lecture by world-renowned Israeli journalist and author, Gideon Levy.
Gideon has been hailed as an heroic journalist for outspoken criticism of Israeli government policies and his honest journalism.



Free entry koha/donations welcome


489 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden Auckland

hosted by NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

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The Reserve Bank and the government have made renters' lives more difficult "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Here's a question for you: What happens when the Reserve Bank and the government make it harder for investors to buy and own homes?

And the answer, dear reader, is in the news today (and should be no surprise to anyone, except perhaps the Reserve Bank and the government and their voters):

RNZ NEWS: Renters caught out as supply falls
Too many would-be tenants are chasing too-few rental homes...
Who would have thunk it.

As Murray Rothbard might have commented,
It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialised discipline and one that most people consider to be a dismal science. But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.
Let us now add the Reserve Bank and the government* and their voters to those in that benighted state.

* Yes, Virginia, since successive governments have and will follow almost identical populist policies in this respect, they and their voters are both to blame.

Monday, 20 November


Japan: Soccer v Rugby Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

To read part 1, scroll down to  November 19. School based structure By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith Sport for school students was all co-coordinated by athletic associations for primary, junior high, and high schools respectively, all under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Sport. Each primary school had its own team participating []


Tributes to Michael Spaans "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Michael Spaans, a former director of Fonterra and chair of DairyNZ has died.

Fonterra chair John Wilson paid tribute to him:

Sadly, today our Co-operative has lost one of our strongest people with former Director Michael Spaans passing away last night. He is survived by his wife Kristina and children Olivia, Logan and Harvey.

Earlier this year, Michael decided to step down from the Fonterra Board and focus on trying to recover from cancer. He and I go back many years and I saw him approach his illness in the same way he approached everything in life. He was resolute and determined and did his utmost to continue on as normal. It was a brave fight and I am sure that will not surprise those of you who knew him.

Michael was a proud dairy farmer with a passion for our Co-op and our industry. I have often talked about the importance of having leaders developing within our ranks and Michael is a very fine example. Michael served on the New Zealand Dairy Group Shareholder Council, before joining the Fonterra Shareholders Council at the time our Co-op was formed. He was also part of the first intake for the Fonterra Governance Development Programme, and later built his governance experience outside the industry including directorships with ASB Bank, Shoof International, DairyNZ, Manuka SA, Waikato Innovation Park, Innovation Waikato and Ospri New Zealand.

He then brought this experience, along with a huge level of energy and commitment to our Board, and won the respect of his fellow Directors and farmers for his willingness to listen and engage. Michael was a man who knew the importance of detail. He made sure that he knew this business extremely well, understood our strategy and was completely across the detail of the numbers. He always looked for constructive solutions and thought deeply about our Co-ops governance and his role in the evolution of our business.

His insights and experience along with his genuine interest and inquisitive mind were also invaluable on Fonterras Milk Price Panel, the Co-operative Relations Committee, and the Audit and Finance Committee.

As late as last month, Michael was working for the betterment of New Zealand farmers in his capacity as Chairman of DairyNZ. He has also remained an ambassador for Fonterra on the international stage and in Wellington, recently speaking at the United Nations in New York on behalf of the Global Dairy Platform and all farmers.

We have lost a clo...


Reality check on renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As activists talk up the market penetration of so-called renewable energy (i.e., energy that generally consumes more resources in its production than it produces*), Bjorn Lomborg offers an update on just how much (or how little) of it is out there in the wild.

Excitement for wind and solar PV. 
But remember, in total, they provide less than 1% of total energy supply.
(In 2040, it will be less than 3%.)

* Hence the continuing need both for subsidies, and for bans on other forms of energy.


National Ag Day needed here too "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its National Agriculture Day in Australia where the rural urban divide is widening:

The traditional divide between city slickers and their country cousins has turned into a yawning chasm, with 83 per cent of Australians convinced agriculture and farming have no or little relevance to their lives.

A new survey commissioned for the first National Agriculture Day tomorrow also found only 4 per cent of Australians correctly identified agriculture as the fastest-growing sector of the Australian economy, while fewer than half had met or talked to a farmer in the past year.

The National Farmers Federation, which commissioned the survey, believes it proves an urgent need for agriculture to promoted nationally as an exciting, hi-tech industry vital to Australias economic future, to reverse the misperception it is a dull, outdated sector of the past.

NFF president Fiona Simson said few Australians are aware that the nations once-quiet agricultural sector is now producing more than $64 billion of food and fibre products annually, provides 1.6 million Australians with jobs, grew at a phenomenal rate of 23 per cent last year and single-handedly prevented the economy from reversing into recession over the previous two quarters.

This is an industry that is powering ahead and which was the largest contributor to national economic (GDP) growth in the last two quarters, but no one in the cities knows that any more, Ms Simson lamented yesterday.

In the old days, everyone knew a farmer and understood what farmers did and where their food came from, but city people are now so geographically distant and disconnected from the broader agriculture and food industries, that all that understanding and interest has been lost.

It doesnt help that increasing urbanisation means fewer people in the media understand farming and wider rural issues, nor that this has allowed the radical green movement to dominate the debate with arguments based on emotion rather than science.

The 2016 census revealed that 49 per cent of Australians today were either born overseas or have foreign-born parents, while 70 per cent live in the eight capital cities.



The Roundup with PW including 'Watership Down' Author's Auction "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Clemmons Ditches Lenny Letter: Novelist Zinzi Clemmons has left Lenny Letter following a harassment scandal surrounding 'Girls' writer and executive producer Murray Miller.

'Watership Down' Author's Auction: Richard Adamss books, going to auction in December, include a first edition Austen and Shakespeares Second Folio.

LeGuin On 'Writing Nameless Things': Ursula K. LeGuinwhose second and third Library of America collections are now outon what she shares with Philip Roth and more.


Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today's Meal

At the National Book Awards on Wednesday evening, 15 of 20 finalists were women and three of the four awards went to women as well. The fiction prize went to Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner) by Jesmyn Ward, who won also won in 2011 for Salvage the Bones. In her speech, Ward said, You looked at my poor, my black, my southern women, and you saw yourself. I am deeply honored to each and every one of you who looks at my work and sees something in it.

Masha Gessen's
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia...




One of this countrys most experienced and successful publishers has joined the Editorial Board of Massey University Press. Kevin Chapman has worked in book publishing for over thirty years, in New Zealand, the UK, Canada, the US and Australia. He has worked in general trade publishing and book packaging, and prior to starting Upstart Press was Managing Director of Hachette NZ (previously Hodder Moa Beckett) for over fifteen years. Kevin has been heavily involved in publishing industry activities for many years, including as a former president of PANZ.

We are so delighted that Kevin has agreed to join our board, says MUP Board chair Associate Professor Anna Brown. He brings enormous business acumen, a love for publishing and great energy and enthusiasm to the board table, and will assist us in building further on the impressive achievements of this new Press.

I have always had an interest in academic publishing, says Kevin Chapman. And as an alumnus I think that I can offer some value to a university for which I have a great affection.

Massey University Press was established in 2015. Its publisher, Nicola Legat, former Publishing Director of Random House New Zealand, came on board in August 2015. The Press will have published thirty-two books by the end of 2017. It also publishes for Te Papa Press, under an agreement between Massey University and Te Papa.


Bring back rabbit boards "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Moeraki, which is best known for its boulders and the delicious seafood served at Fleurs Place, is suffering from a plague of rabbits.

Rabbit numbers on the Moeraki peninsula have  skyrocketed and are at plague proportions, residents say.

The township of Moeraki is just crawling with rabbits this spring, locals say,  and dozens  can be seen  at the local camping ground, on roadsides, in gardens and anywhere they can find food.

Not permitted to shoot or poison rabbits in urban areas, locals are left waiting for the release of a new strain of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus to help control them.

The Otago Regional Council says it is the landowners responsibility to control pests, but residents spoken to by the Otago Daily Times say they have grown weary of the fight to control them.

Waitaki District Council Waihemo councillor Jan Wheeler, who lives on a farm on the peninsula, said the problem there was shocking despite her husbands  efforts at rabbit control, and it was worse in the Moeraki village, which was just crawling with them this year.

For every pair theres been, theres about seven babies running about. Its a shocking problem. Its been like this for about six years and its growing every year, she said.

Retiree Brian Todd, of Hampden, last month began hunting, freezing and selling rabbits killed near Moeraki as pet food to a Timaru business.

In the middle of one day, he stood in the same spot on a Moeraki farm for  two and a-half hours and shot 46 rabbits, he said.

Theres more rabbits in town than on the outskirts. The last thing I want to do is lose my firearms licence, but I reckon I could take out 1000 around town in a couple of weeks. . . .

Moeraki retailer Leanne French said the village provided an ideal environment, particularly given there were many areas where landowners were not in a position to control them.

Theyre up in the   holiday homes, where nobody lives   they are just happily hanging out on the front lawn.

As an example, we live where there are nine 12-acre [4.8ha] blocks, and theres only three permanent people that live here. There are so many other pieces of land where nobody ever come...


Latest from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bonnier Publishing UK has made a raft of promotions in its senior management team as it prepares for further growth under the leadership of c.e.o Perminder Mann.

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