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Wednesday, 21 February


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers face hefty riparian planting bills Robin Martin:

Taranaki farmers could face hefty bills as the regional council toughens enforcement of its riparian planting programme to clean up waterways.

The council has begun auditing more than 1700 dairy farms and now says their plans for planting along riverbanks and streams must be completed by 2020.

Taranakis riparian planting programme the largest in the country has received international recognition and is has been credited with improving water quality. . . 

NAIT problems stymie M. bovis response Nigel Malthus:

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne says farmers problems in complying with NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) have slowed the response to Mycoplasma bovis.

NAIT could be a lot easier to use, she says.

While it works well for recording animals arriving at a processing works, there are apparent breakdowns in compliance when farmers are transferring stock among themselves. . .

Robotics opportunities in forestry being explored

Forest safety, improving productivity and getting workers off the felling site has been a major push for forestry managers, forest owners, logging contractors and equipment suppliers to modify their wood harvesting operations over the last few years. Another major driver to increased mechanisation has been the skilled machine operator shortages that many forestry companies are now currently facing. The ultimate goal of the industry is to have no worker on the slope, or no hand on the chainsaw.

Technology development and the pace of change over the last couple of years, in keeping with other industries, has been rapid and exciting for the forestry industry. Recent research is suggesting that by 2019, 35% of leading organizations will be exploring the use of robots to automate operations. Forestry isnt any different. In fact, the switch is already underway. . .

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Tuesday, 20 February


The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 110 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The eighth quiz of 2018.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   What is a billabong?   Which 20th century US president had the middle name Milhous?   Bob Jones recently wrote: as there are no full-blooded Moris in existence it indisputably follows that []


Who do members want "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It amuses me to read  commentators stating that National Party members favour this candidate or that one for the leadership.

They write as if the membership is a single being with a single view.

I doubt that is true for any party and it certainly isnt for National.

Its a broad church party, the only one in New Zealand still able to measure its membership in 10s of thousands, and one which values individual rights, including the right to different points of view.

The members of that broad church have a range of views on just about everything, most dont go to regular meetings nor do most press their views on MPs, even on such an important internal matter as the leadership.

They might agree with David Farrar on the factors which are important in the partys leader.

But if there is any consensus on the issue it will not be on which candidate is best.

It might be gratitude that caucus is sufficiently gifted to have five strong contenders.

Members might also agree that whoever the next leader is s/he must have what it takes, including a wise head and warm heart, to lead the party back into government sooner rather than later.

And I think all will agree that once the leader is decided, caucus must unite behind her/him and address itself to both holding the government to account and ensuring it is much better prepared for government than the current one was.


NZ's new aristocracy of pull "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand's revolving door of political lobbyists -- political insiders shuttling back and forth between well-paid jobs in government and even-better paid jobs with private lobbyists -- has finally got the attention of political watchers. Turns out it's endemic, bighlighted by the various former, current and intermittent chiefs of staff peddling their contacts with influence:
This week a perfect example of the "revolving door" of government officials and lobbying has occurred. The Prime Minister's Chief of Staff has shifted from the Beehive to a lobbying firm. Lobbyist Gordon Jon Thompson, has been a political manager or "spin doctor" and lobbyist for a long time, and shifts between government and private sector jobs with apparent ease... Another interesting but less contentious "revolving door" story [is] another former chief of staff, National's Wayne Eagleson see: Former National Party chief of staff joins firm of Labour's top advisers...
    Thompson, who has been a lobbyist and PR professional for many years, worked with Jacinda Ardern last year, helping prepare her for the TV leaders debates. And then when she formed the new government she invited Thompson to be Labour's Chief of Staff, despite the fact that he would remain a lobbyist and director of his Thompson Lewis firm.
    Walters' article states, "Thompson finished a four-month stint as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's acting chief of staff, while chief of staff Mike Munro was recovering from illness." This means Thompson was made Chief of Staff by the Prime Minister, with the full knowledge that he would then return to his lobbying business, where he would be involved with clients with an interest on influencing the new government. Indeed, he finished work last Friday in his job as the number one adviser to Jacinda Ardern, and resumed his lobbying job yesterday.
The issue immediately raises issues about potential conflicts of interest....
Sure does. And it's only the tip of the iceberg, with former MPs and...


SHI Closed by Storm "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Safer Communities Together   SH1 closed between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki overnight Wellington Police were warning motorists that State Highway One was closed between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki after it sustained weather damage overnight. The road was closed around 12:30am as the high tide was washing across both lanes. As seen in the photo, there was damage to []


And still it rains "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Our rain gauge holds only 25mms.

My farmer had emptied it before we left home on Monday and it was overflowing when he checked it this morning.

One of our staff has recorded nearly 100mms since it started raining on Monday.

Its still raining steadily but, thankfully, we have escaped the serious damage that Cyclone Gita brought to other areas.

Christchurch, Buller, Grey District, Selwyn, Westland, Tasman and Taranaki have each declared a state of emergency as ex-tropical Cyclone Gita shows her heavy hand.

Authorities and people in the affected districts are all on high alert as a state of emergency has been declared in those provinces.

The downpour has also led to record rainfalls particularly in Kaikoura, where 194.4mm had fallen by about 7.40pm four times more than the monthly normal, according to Niwa.

A total of 53.6mm of rain fell in the area between 4 and 5pm the wettest hour on record and over a months worth of rain in only an hour. . . 



Trans-Pacific Partnership text to be released today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Scoop: Govt to release CPTPP national interest analysis on Wed The government will release the national interest analysis for the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday, and the full text too if the other nations agree, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The Labour-led administration signed up to the regional trade and investment pact after []


Major education reform plan to be announced today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Government is announcing  a complete overhaul of the education system from early childhood right through to post-secondary schooling today. It is commonly thought that Labour works closely with and for teacher unions, so they will presumably be largely behind the proposals. Stuff: Convincing parents its time for substantial education reform wont prove easy The []


Complaint to Auditor General over Partnership Schools "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Opposition is keeping up the pressure on the Government, in particular on Minister of Education Chris Hipkins, over proposed legislation to scrap Partnership Schools. Nationals Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has sent a complaint to the Auditor General outlining potential issues to be investigated regarding the Governments handling of the impending potential closure of partnership []


From New Zealand to Hawaii - Where billionaires are building their post-apocalyptic escape home "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Picture the scene: the world runs out of food, there is no clean water and the banking system collapses - what do you do? Well, if you are a billionaire you jump on your private plane or helicopter, or climb into your armoured car, and head to your bolthole to prepare for a new world order. And one place in particular, thousands of miles away from North Korea, ISIS and all the social tensions in Europe and the United States, is seen by some as the ideal 'safe' place for billionaires: New Zealand. Peter Thiel, the billionaire behind PayPal, is among those tech giants who see New Zealand as a good place to go in the event of an apocalypse. He has bought a $13.5m 193-hectare section on the shores of Lake Wanaka - although the only building there at the moment is a barn.


Local councils failing to meet OIA obligations "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The chief ombudsman has said that local councils are failing to meet their obligations under the Official Information Act. RNZ:  Local councils slammed for failing to supply information Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier said councils are not meeting their responsibilities under the Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act and that some councils seem to resent []


Back Judith Collins website and the Taxpayers Union "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Taxpayers Union denies being involved in a pro-Judith Collins website that appeared briefly before being taken down. Whether they were or werent behind the site it is a curious story. Stuff reported on Monday: Anonymous Back Judith website has fake phone number, registered to Collins office address An anonymous website backing Judith Collins for []


Long Blockchain Struggling: Nasdaq Issues Delisting Notice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Long Blockchain, the company formerly known as Long Island Iced Tea, has announced a new CEO and plans to spin off its original iced tea business. But theres a problem: According to companys balance sheets, it has no income or assets related to blockchain or cryptocurrency.

Long Blockchain has been attempting to rebrand itself last year the company announced it was diversifying, shifting focus from beverages to blockchain technology but investors arent buying. The company has been issued a second delisting notice from Nasdaq (the first notice being in October of last year before the company changed names) for failing to keep its market cap above $35 million. Shares were down 5% Tuesday at just over three dollars a share, giving the company a current market cap of $27.98 million.

Today, February 20th, the company announced a change in leadership. Shamyl Malik, who previously ran the firms blockchain efforts, has taken over as CEO, replacing Phillip Thomas:

Shamyl has shown great initiative and leadership since joining the team, and his appointment as CEO and our planned spin-off will allow the Company to execute on a clear, focused Blockchain strategy, Thomas said in a statement.


In December the company announced its name change and diversification which spurred a near tripling of its share price overnight. The problem is Long Blockchains financial documents dont back this new direction up: According to its most recently filed balance sheet (from November) Long Blockchain currently owns no blockchain assets.

That said, the company has recently announced plans to merge with a New Zealand firm called Stater Blockchain Limited, a technology company focused on developing and deploying globally scalable blockchain technology solutions in the financial market, according to its website. If the buyout goes through, Stater Blockchain would become a subsidiary of Long Blockchain meaning the company would actually gain tangible blockchain assets, which would include Staters in-house currency futures brokerage.

Long Blockchains pivot hasnt been smooth. The company announced in January that it would spend $4.2 million to buy 1,000 cryptocurrency mining machines. It seemed to be a strange move: Mining high-risk and relatively unexciting compared to doing something like developing a cryptocurrency service or other blockchain-based venture. Less than a week after its announcem...


Effects of Cyclone Gita "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been widespread wind damage and flooding as Cyclone Gita passed over New Zealand, with the lower North Island and top half of the South Island worst affected. Some roads have been closed due to storm surge damage. MetService meteorologist Karl Loots said former cyclone Gita passed over the South Island in the early []


Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 February 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 []


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.


Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 February 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 []


The Safest Countries To Visit In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Safest Countries To Visit In 2018 | mitre-peak-new-zealand | News And Opinions

Nothing quite beats the excitement of jetting off on holiday, but already in 2018 weve seen a host of tragic events unfolding across the globe. Being on holiday is primarily about feeling relaxed and liberated while exploring the world, however this can be much more difficult when you find yourself in constant fear that your life is in danger. Luckily, across the world, there are several countries that have been considered the safest to visit, so you can complete your EHIC card renewal and head off to these amazing destinations for a fully relaxed break!


Particularly over the past decade, Iceland has certainly climbed the tourism ladder, with visitor levels skyrocketing from 422,000 in 2006, to 1.7 million in 2016! While this is undoubtedly associated with the stunning scenery available in Iceland with the likes of the enchanting Blue Lagoon and magical glacier domes on offer, a large part of this is due to the fact that Iceland is the safest country to visit according to the Global Peace Index. The crime rates in Iceland are staggeringly low, and currently there are no alerts or threats issued by the Department of State, so you can marvel at the natural wonders in peace.

New Zealand

New Zealand is the perfect destination for tourists with a strong desire for adventure. Did you know that the exhilarating bungee jump was invented in New Zealand, and that it poses as an excellent destination for activities such as paragliding and sky diving? Truly, visiting New Zealand is guaranteed to peak your adrenaline levels, but in a positive way. Split into both North and South islands, both have been granted as exceedingly safe, and New Zealand takes its spot just below Iceland on the safest countries list by the Global Peace Index. So, if your...


NZ - Letter "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fluoride again

Fluoride (Chronicle; February 15) raises its controversial head again.
Dentists have always been in favour of fluoride, and there has for decades been a strong backlash against it.

I became aware of strong feelings of local people against fluoride about 40 years ago, when a (then) Wanganui City Council voted to fluoridate our water. That innocent, well-intended decision raised such a stink in Wanganui the council was forced into a public referendum. The democratic vote of citizens rejected fluoridation.

There are those on both sides of the debate who gather "cohort" evidence to support their case (cohort research is recognised as scientifically valid and is used when "case/control" research is inappropriate).

Therefore, I must leave the chemical dangers/safeties of fluoride to those who, presumably, know what they are talking about, although it is scary to realise highly intelligent people on both sides can come to such diametrically opposed views.

My primary concern is: Where has democracy gone? A few years ago some towns in New Zealand had to fight their councils, just as we did long ago, to prevent their water supply from being fluoridated by local-body political decree.

Central government politicians subsequently decreed that fluoride is not a medication, hence no need to ask citizens whether they wanted to be forced to drink it. Such weaselly political underhandedness was compounded by making District Health Boards the sole arbiter of whether a town was to get fluoridation. It could only be politicians who put health boards in charge of alleged non-medications. One wonders why. Stupid!

I have no problem with fluoridation, but I do have a big problem with enforced "doping" of drinking water, when history clearly demonstrates majority votes do reject it.


World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.   W.H. Auden who was born on this day in 1907.


February 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

362  Athanasius returned to Alexandria.

1245 Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, resigned after confessing to torture and forgery.

1440 The Prussian Confederation was formed.

1543 Battle of Wayna Daga  A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.

1613 Mikhail I was elected unanimously as Tsar, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.

1743 The premiere of George Frideric Handels oratorio Samson took place in London.

1804  The first self-propelling steam locomotive made its outing at thePen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.

1842 John Greenough was granted the first U.S.A. patent for the sewing machine.

1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto.

1875 Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and longest-lived human on record, was born (d. 1997).

1879 An explosion in a Kaitangata coal mine killed 34 men.

Kaitangata mining disaster Kaitangata mining disaster

1885 The newly completed...


On being there "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I flick a switch and zoom in to my childhood home, which I sold recently after my parents were taken ill. I look into our former backyard and see my father there. I try to get closer but I am repelled by the absolute limits of the zoom function. Dads face is duly blurred but he is walking purposefully. There is no sign of the broken hip that made him reliant on a walking frame, no sign of the


365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When we flew north yesterday we knew our return flight today could be delayed or cancelled.

It was delayed and we warned it would be turbulent.

It was a bit bumpy at times but not nearly as bad as Id feared.

Rain was bucketing down when we landed in Christchurch and it continued to pour all the way south.

Tonight Im grateful to be safely home again.


Former cyclone Gita hits New Zealand; state of emergency declared in Christchurch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Christchurch and two other districts on New Zealand's South Island have declared a state of emergency as former cyclone Gita hit the country. Dozens of schools have been shut and roads closed on the South Island as the storm made landfall on Tuesday. New Zealand's national airline has cancelled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, on North Island. Residents were told to expect floods and winds of up to 150km/h (90mph). The Grey District and Buller Districts on South Island have now also declared a state of emergency. "The full impact of the storm will be felt overnight and tomorrow morning," said Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel. She urged residents in low-lying areas to evacuate, saying: "We are expecting homes to be flooded."


Renovation completed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It seems a life time ago (yet only a year) when I asked readers whether I should keep the fireplace in our recently purchased renovation property:

We didn't.

Here is how the room looks today with brand new bay window featuring original leadlights, additional ceiling batons ...

...and en suite:


Academic Investigating Chinese Influence Peddling in New Zealand Had Break-Ins at Home and Work "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Via: New Zealand Herald: A New Zealand academic who made international waves researching Chinas international influence campaigns has linked a number of recent break-ins to her work. University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady, speaking today from Christchurch to the Australian Parliaments Intelligence and Security Committee in Canberra, outlined three recent events which caused her concern. []


UK Government & Catholic Church Claim Children Can Consent To Sexual Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We need to start treating everyone as equal and extend more compassion to others; only then will we be able to not only improve our judiciary system, but hopefully prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place. Kalee Brown February 16, 2018 Catholic churches all around the world have been accused of sex scandals, []

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Armageddon Is At Hand!! 900 KFC Stores Shut Due To Chook Shortage! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sights of fast food addicted youngsters weeping against locked doors, angry protests and folk wondering how they shall survive as KFC experiences the ultimate goof: We have no Chickenwant your fries upsized? KFC maybe Kentucky fried, but its enjoyed by chicken lovers all all over the world. Unfortunately, for those chicken heads (no, not that []

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Donald Trump Is A Puppet And Just An Actor: David Icke "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Another Interesting and controversial talk from Mr. Icke! London Real Published on Jan 11, 2018

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Help Coming For Waikanae Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Waikanae Support Hub will offer a front door to anyone in the community seeking information or assistance as well as arranging specific purpose appointments. Iride McCloy Meeting a local need The Support Hub officially opens its doors at 10.30am on Wednesday 21 February. Iride is a former Kapiti mayor and more recently has been []


Peters reconfirmed leader, NZ First deputy going to a vote "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters has been reconfirmed as NZ First leader no one should be surprised by that but the partys MPs will vote for a deputy next week. Ron Mark is currently the deputy. NZH:  NZ First leader Winston Peters re-elected, deputy vote next week NZ First has joined the fray of leadership elections, []


National deputy going to a vote "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As well as voting for a new leader next week the National caucus will also vote for a deputy. Paula Bennett is currently the deputy leader. Newsroom: National deputy leadership will also go to vote National MPs will vote on February 27 for the new leader, with party whip Jamie Lee Ross announcing there would []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pluvial  rainy; relating to of characterised by rainfall; a period marked by increased rainfall; marked or formed by an abundance orf rain; geologic change resulting from the action of rain.


Cyclone "Gita" to bring damaging winds and heavy rain to central New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Cyclone Gita, currently located over the Tasman Sea, is forecast to track southeastwards and cross central New Zealand late Tuesday and early Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (local time). The passage of Gita is expected to bring a period of high-impact severe weather...... Read more


Newsflash on Gurunathan "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kapiti Mayor files defence in defamation case Kapitis Mayor, K Gurunathan (Guru) has filed his defence in the High Court against a defamation case being brought by the owners of Waikanaes well-known macrocarpa hedge. He is being represented by Sarah Macky, a partner at Heaney and Partners out of Auckland. The Mayor  is facing the []


The War Against Indigenous Schools In the Philippines: Lumad Educators Solidarity Tour 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dear Friends,

From March 19 until April 5th, Auckland Philippines Solidarity (APS), Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa (PSNA), Migrante Aotearoa will be hosting a speaking tour of Lumad (Indigenous peoples) educators from Mindanao, Southern Philippines.

The tour is titled The War Against Indigenous (Lumad) Schools in the Philippines. In June last year, immediately following his State of the Nation Address and when confronted by thousands of indigenous activists, Philippine President Duterte threatened to have the military bomb the independent indigenous schools that had been established in the ancestral domains of the Lumad tribes. https://www. jul/26/philippines-duterte- threatens-to-bomb-indigenous- schools

His threats are not hollow; Mindanao is currently under martial law and under the guise of counter insurgency and in the interests of big mining corporations, hundreds of military and para-military attacks against the schools have occurred. The attacks include military encampments within the schools, indiscriminate firing against schools, threats, harassment and intimidation of students and teachers, the destruction and divestment of school property, imprisonment of school leaders and even the killing of students and teachers. Thousands of students have been affected and several schools have been forced to close.

In response the Lumad communities launched the Save Our Schools (SOS) campaign and gained national attention after a notorious para-military group publicly executed a Lumad school director Emerito Samarca and two Lumad community leaders in September 2015. In support of the SOS campaign we are touring two Manobo Lumad Educators; Fritzi Junance Magbanua and Anthony Pele Navarro.

Fritzi Junance Magbunua is a Moro (Indigenous Muslim tribes) and Teduray (Lumad) educator. She coordinates the programmes and training of staff and faculty for 32 schools in Moro and Lumad communities for the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc (MISFI) ( She previously served as a volunteer teacher for several years in Salupongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community (in Defense of Ancestral Land) Centers in the Taliangod Manobo Ancestral Domain.

Anthony Pele Navarro is the Executive Director of Salupongan International ( an organisation dedicated to the empowerment of rural Lumad and Moro Communities in Southern Philippines. He is the international representative of the SOS campaign and a part-time teacher at the Community Technical College of Southern Mindanao.



Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Niche markets open up for farmers with good animal welfare and environmental records Pat Deavoll:

Merino farmers front-footing environmental and animal welfare standards are finding better paying niche markets opening up for them.

A property in the Ashburton Lakes area has secured a contract to sell wool direct to a major American retailer, said Rakaia Gorge runholder Willy Ensor.

I cant name the property yet, but one of the reasons they pulled it all together was because they had a very traceable animal welfare system and an audited farm environment plan. . .

Milton woolhandler claims Southern Shears title :

Milton woolhandler Cheri Peterson has become the latest addition to the ranks of Open-class winners by claiming the Southern Shears title in Gore.

Uniquely, all three in Fridays final were gunning for their first Open win in New Zealand, with the South Otago rookie winning by just over 15pts from runner-up South Island-based Foonie Waihape, from Gisborne, and third placegetter Candy Hiri, of Gore, who were separated by just 0.53pts.

While Waihape had the quicker time and both Waihape and Hiri had better board points, Peterson had the better fleece and oddments points, to make extended a unique record at Gore.. . 

Nutritional formula plant will put Gore on the map Sally Rae:

From bare farmland to a bustling construction site, the rural landscape of McNab, near Gore, has transformed remarkably over the past 18 months.

The population has been temporarily boosted through the day by about 350 people on-site duri...

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Monday, 19 February


Letter: Taking care of teeth "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The January 27 Editorial claims that lobbying against fluoridation of water supplies is unscientific. This is not so.

Ministry of Health data from the Community Dental Clinics, covering more than 90% of five- and 12-year-olds, shows that their dental health, as measured by decayed, filled and missing teeth, is steadily improving. And it is the same in fluoridated and unfluoridated areas. Dental health in Maori children is not so good, but there is little difference between fluoridated and unfluoridated areas. So, our childrens teeth are getting an increasingly good start in life regardless of whether their water is fluoridated.

Data from the NZ Oral Health Survey 2009 suggests a steady deterioration of dental health in adulthood in large part because of the unaffordability of regular dental checks and (especially) treatment.

There is a general consensus that the action of fluoride is topical; that is, on the surface of the teeth where it interferes with the process in plaque that damages the enamel. Thus there is no benefit from ingesting fluoride. The advice in the clinics is brush with fluoridated toothpaste and spit, not swallow.

There are programmes in Europe that use topical or no fluoride with markedly good results.

The scientific conclusion from this data is that oral health, as with most other aspects of health, is most strongly affected by socio-economic status. The obvious course is to continue the childhood clinics and extend subsidised or free basic dental care to adults. Meanwhile, we should promote the benefits of topical fluoride through regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste.

June Gregg

*The Listener was available online February 19, 2018 (with a publish date of February 24-March 2, 2018).




Photo Of The Week: Pipe Bands "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Music to stir the Scottish soul Last Saturday Weka Park was alive with the sound of Scottish music. For the 1-2 million New Zealanders who have some Scots ancestry, it is music which makes the heart beat faster. 12 bands were featuring in the annual Wellington Hawkes Bay Championships and there were plenty of []


Steven Joyces maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nationals finance spokesman Steven Joyce is standing for Nationals leadership.

I posted Mark Mitchells maiden speech yesterday and those of Amy Adams, Simon Bridges and Judith Collins on Saturday.

Here is Stevens:

Hon STEVEN JOYCE (National) : Firstly, I would like to congratulate my local MP, Lockwood Smith, on his election to the role of Speaker.

Could I start by saying a fond greeting to Jeremy Greenbrook-Held of Oriental Bay. In the letters to the editor in the Dominion Post on 24 November, under the heading Just who is this man Joyce?, Mr Greenbrook-Held lamented that I had made it into my role without giving a single interview. This will come as a surprise to a number of journalists who had interviewed me prior to that time, but I will nevertheless attempt to fill some gaps for Mr Greenbrook-Held today.

I live north of Auckland but I am a Naki boyborn and raised in New Plymouth. It is a wonderful part of the world, and I love to go back to visit the mountain, the parks and the wild west coast. However, I have to say I am a fan of pretty much all of this country; I am actually a bit of a greenie, just not the type who sits over on that side of the House.

As it is for all of us, my family came here from lands far away. My fathers family are Irish Catholics. My great-grandfather Eugene Joyce arrived as a young man on the Invercargill in 1879. He married Ellen and they settled in Taranaki, where they had seven children. One of them was my grandfather Len, a bee-keeper who lived with his wife, Eileen, in Eltham, which is where my father grew up.

On my mothers side, my great-grandmother Granny Hooper was a Cockney. She migrated with her family in 1878, landing in Nelson after 4 months at sea. She must have liked it here because she lived to 101, and I can vaguely remember her 100th birthday party, held when I was about 5. My mother was born in Kaponga. Her father was a lawyer turned insurance salesman, and a lay preacher in the Anglican Church. Their family were staunch Anglicans, my fathers family were staunch Catholics, and that was a time when those differences did matter. It tested both families when my parents married in 1961, now nearly 50 years ago. I am thrilled they are both here together in the gallery today.

My parents scrimped and borrowed and bought a Four Square dairy in New Plymouth. They were not greatly educatedthey...


30mm and still raining "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Forecasters told us Cyclone Gita would bring rain to North Otago.

It has and still is.

It started yesterday.

Weve had 30mms and its still raining.


QotD: What art does "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"The experience of the sublime is to be looked for in art. Art integrates senses, emotions, and thought. The sublime in art elevates our sensory experience, heightens and taps our emotional potential, and furthers our knowledge. The sublime in art can also give us a moral, a stance towards living. At its best, the sublime in art inspires awe in our human potential and gives us a path to evolve as a whole being and as a species."~ a new definition of the sublime in art, by one of my favourite living artists Michael Newberry


Ardern speaks to students in Dunedin "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

PM on the ODT frontpage today: Bryce Edwards (@bryce_edwards) February 19, 2018 ODT: First-year students urged to tackle NZs biggest problems New Zealand needs you. That was the simple message Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave the countrys future leaders gathered at the University of Otagos convocation ceremony last night. During her speech Ms []


Joyce makes it 5 leadership contenders "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

National leadership: Joyce confirms he's in the race RNZ News (@rnz_news) February 19, 2018 So that gives the National caucus five candidates to choose from for their next leader: Judith Collins Amy Adams Simon Bridges Mark Mitchell Steven Joyce Mitchell is just being interviewed by Duncan Garner. Some time has been spent on []


Police want delay in cannabis legislation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The medical cannabis legislation introduced by the incoming Government would give people who are dying a legal out clause from using cannabis, but would keep it a crime to grow or supply them with cannabis, posing some legal difficulties. There were signs the bill was rushed to fir within Labours 100 days commitment.  It is []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

To attempt to resist temptation, to abandon our bad habits, and to control our dominant passions in our own unaided strength, is like attempting to check by a spiders thread the progress of a ship of the first rate, borne along before wind and tide.    Benjamin Waugh who was born on this day in 1839.


Pressure mounts in US Russian investigation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Last weeks indictment of Russian nationals was just one step in the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the US elections in 2016. Another move is forecast to unfold shortly: LA Times: Former Trump aide Richard Gates to plead guilty; agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say A former top aide to Donald Trumps presidential []


Cyclone Gita due to hit today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Severe weather warnings have been issued as cyclone Gita approaches New Zealand today. Tropical cyclone Gita zig zagged through the tropics last week, first tracking east, then swinging in a u-turn to head west,causing damage in Samoa, Tonga and Fiji as well as New Caledonia on its way. It then swung in an arc south []


Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

20 February 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 []


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.


Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

20 February 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 []


Why Silicon Valley Billionaires Are Prepping for the Apocalypse in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How an extreme libertarian tract predicting the collapse of liberal democracies written by Jacob Rees-Moggs father inspired the likes of Peter Thiel to buy up property across the Pacific

By  and cross-posted from The Guardian

If youre interested in the end of the world, youre interested in New Zealand. If youre interested in how our current cultural anxieties climate catastrophe, decline of transatlantic political orders, resurgent nuclear terror manifest themselves in apocalyptic visions, youre interested in the place occupied by this distant archipelago of apparent peace and stability against the roiling unease of the day.

If youre interested in the end of the world, you would have been interested, soon after Donald Trumps election as US president, to read a New York Times headline stating that Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, considered New Zealand to be the Future. Because if you are in any serious way concerned about the future, youre also concerned about Thiel, a canary in capitalisms coal mine who also happens to have profited lavishly from his stake in the mining concern itself.

Thiel is in one sense a caricature of outsized villainy: he was the only major Silicon Valley figure to put his weight behind the Trump presidential campaign; he vengefully bankrupted a website because he didnt like how they wrote about him; he is known for his public musings about the incompatibility of freedom and democracy, and for expressing interest as though enthusiastically pursuing the clunkiest possible metaphor for capitalism at its most vampiric in a therapy involving transfusions of blood from young people as a potential means of reversing the ageing process. But in another, deeper sense, he is pure symbol: less a person than a shell c...


World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


February 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1339 The Milanese army and the St. Georges (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clashed in the Battle of Parabiago.

1472 Orkney and Shetland were left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment.

1547 Edward VI was crowned King of England.

1792 The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, was signed by President George Washington.

1810 Andreas Hofer, Tirolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleons forces, was executed.

1835 Concepcin, Chile was destroyed by an earthquake.

1839  Benjamin Waugh, English activist, founded the NSPCC, was born (d. 1908).

1866  Carl Westman, Swedish architect, designed the Stockholm Court House and Rhsska Museum, was born (d. 1936).

1872 New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art opened.

1873 The University of California opened its first medical school.

1887 Vincent Massey, Governor-General of Canada, was born (d. 1967).

1901 The legislature of Hawaii Territory convened for the first time.

1901   Louis Kahn, American architect, designed the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Bangladesh Parliament Building, was born (d. 1974).

1902  Ansel Adams, America...


What Did You Just Say, Mr. Netenyahu? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What did Israels Prime Minister mean by his statement about the Iranian threat To our world? Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incidents in Syria brought the Middle East foes closer to direct confrontation. In his first []

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365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Would you like a hug?

Thats a question that a professional man these days might hesitate to ask.

Today Im grateful that there are still men who understand the therapeutic value of a hug and are willing to ask if one is wanted.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Change The Gun Laws! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

one of his (Trumps) first acts upon taking office was to do away with restrictions imposed by his predecessor on the availability of firearms to people with mental illness. Danielle McLaughlin, Sunday Star Times 18 February 2018 Its in the constitution By Roger Childs The names are a litany of school gun tragedies: Columbine, []


Hillary Clinton to speak in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For those who are interested and have a few hundred dollars to spare Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak in Auckland in May. AN EVENING WITH HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON Free from the constraints of running, Secretary Clinton will share the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party []


Labour jump in Colmar poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour have jumped up to 48% in the latest 1 News/Colmar Brunton poll. National has slipped a bit with Greens and NZ First struggling. Labour 48% (up 9) National 43% (down 3) Greens 5% (down 2) NZ First 3% (down 2) Maori Party 1% TOP 1% That will shake up the parties and pundits. Its []


Mark Mitchell confirms leadership bid "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As signalled, Mark Mitchell has confirmed he is putting himself forward fort the leadership of the National Party.  This will put him up against Amy Adams, Simon Bridges and Judith Collins. Mitchell is 49, and has been the MP for the Rodney electorate since 2011 after taking over from Lockwood Smith. He has some interesting []


Horowhenua Rates to Rocket "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Council let $100 million go down the plughole to please developers. Ratepayers suffer the consequences By Veronica Harrod, Horowhenua correspondent Rates are set to skyrocket in Horowhenua with plans by Horowhenua District Council to spend up to $52.5 million on new waste water systems and $54.3 million on water systems at Waitarere, Hokio, Ohau, Manakau []


Federer Simply The Best "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The goal at start of week was to make it to the semi-finals, Federer said. Its unbelievable to be number one again. This is one of the best weeks of my life. On top of the world By Roger Childs With his victory over-night in the Rotterdam Open, Roger Federer displaces Rafal Nadal as world []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Celebrification the introduction of celebrity as a factor in a field or discipline; the transformation of ordinary people and public figures into celebrities.

Hat tip: Fran OSullivan


Mark Mitchells maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is standing for leader of the National Party.

I posted the maiden speeches of the other three candidates on Saturday.

Here is Marks:

MARK MITCHELL (NationalRodney) : I stand before you today filled with pride at being given the opportunity by the people of Rodney to represent them in this, our 50th Parliament, and I am honoured to be addressing the House for the first time. Mr Speaker, I congratulate you on your reappointment to the high office of Speaker. You have already been recognised across this House for your sound judgment and fairness, and I look forward to being under your guidance in this Chamber.

Mr Speaker, you have been Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Tourism, and Minister for International Trade during your career, and oversaw the producer board reform that ultimately led to the creation of Fonterra and Zespri Group Ltd. You launched our successful 100% Pure marketing campaign, which was a global success. But perhaps most important, you were the original instigator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You are also renowned for your singing voice, and your annual concert in Rodney is an event constituents look forward to every year. I have made a commitment to continue with this concert, and although I feel my own voice is pretty good I have been assured by those closest to me that I need to find another way of keeping that tradition alive.

I live in rewa, in the heart of the Rodney electorate. Rodney is a wonderful part of New Zealand, stretching from Albany Heights, Wainui, and Dairy Flat in the south, to Warkworth, Matakana, and Leigh in the north. We have been blessed with the beautiful Hibiscus and Kowhai coasts, stunning regional parks like Shakespear Regional Park, Wenderholm, and Mahurangi, and we are home to two marine reserves, one of which, Goat Island, was the first in New Zealand. The new Northern Motorway has brought Auckland closer to Rodney, and our towns in the south of the electorate are experiencing strong growth while still retaining their unique character. Further north, our communities are more rural. Some have become famous, like Phoi for its pub and cheese factory, or Waiwera for its geothermal hot pools. We have the charm and history of Warkworth, world-class wine trails, great schools, strong communities, and a real pride in our beautiful part of New Zealand.

However, there are challenges ahead and I am focused on finding solutions that will allow u...


Supporting voluntary euthanasia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Have you written your submission yet supporting David Seymour's bill, which supports your right to voluntary euthanasia -- his End of Life Choice Bill?

Submissions close on March 6, so get going. (No excuses! It's not hard to write one.)

Here, as today's guest post, is Mark Hubbard's:

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Syrian lamb commands higher prices than ours; alternative proteins are next threat Sam McIvor:

If you think our meat is premium, export boss Sam McIvor has a wake-up call. Fake meats and other lab-grown alternatives are threatening our farms. 

 The Stuff series Meat under heat has led to a robust debate among farmers. I speak with farmers every day and they tell me that while they understand the scale of challenges outlined in the series, they are excited about the future and the opportunities which lie ahead. Farmers certainly do not have their heads in the sand.

They can see for themselves the rise of alternative proteins and I know a number, like me, who have tried an Impossible Burger and other similar products.  I consider myself a bit of a meat connoisseur and cooked well, the Beyond Burger was a realistic substitute.

Thats why weve invested in a large research project to better understand the implications of alternative proteins. Early conclusions indicate that alternative proteins are likely to become major competition. It also showed, however, that the same forces driving investment and demand for alternative proteins, including concerns about industrial (feedlot) farming; health concerns arising from the use of hormones and antibiotics; environmental and animal welfare concerns, offer an opportunity to differentiate New Zealand red meat internationally.  . . 

  Allan Barber:

The global market for New Zealands meat exports and exporters is undergoing quite a rapid change, judging by movements in the industrys latest quota entitlements and market destinations. The differences between exporters and markets over a ten and five year period provide an interesting snapshot of the relative position of the meat companies and the impact of changing market dynamics.

A comparison of quota entitlements over 10 years illustrates some sizeable changes in market share, but also considerable industry rationalisation. A number of smaller exporters have either disappeared or been absorbed by a larger company, but for the most part the same companies still dominate the industry, but with some noticeable changes in share. . . 


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Uncensoreds 50th Issue Is Now Available! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is The Earths Axis Shifting? What Mainstream Media Wont Tell You about Niburu! This issue features the near totally suppressed story of the Earths axis shifting since 2004, something that is helping to create massively disruptive climate irregularities on Earth. In our new issue we ask Why? Obvious to anyone paying attention, []

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Very intense tropical cyclone Gita is forecast to strike New Zealand as a tropical storm at about 15:00 GMT on 20 ... - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thomson Reuters FoundationVery intense tropical cyclone Gita is forecast to strike New Zealand as a tropical storm at about 15:00 GMT on 20 ...Thomson Reuters Foundation... says many aid organizations hid misconduct Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked Tonga braces as powerful Cyclone Gita bears down Original. Don't give up on tackling disaster risk in war zones - U.N ...and more 

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Very intense tropical cyclone Gita is forecast to strike New Zealand as a tropical storm at about 18:00 GMT on 20 ... - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thomson Reuters FoundationVery intense tropical cyclone Gita is forecast to strike New Zealand as a tropical storm at about 18:00 GMT on 20 ...Thomson Reuters Foundation... says many aid organizations hid misconduct Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked Tonga braces as powerful Cyclone Gita bears down Original. Don't give up on tackling disaster risk in war zones - U.N ...and more 


Sulfuryl Fluoride: Car dealers versus the stink bug "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Note from FAN: Sulfuryl Fluoride is a highly neurotoxic fumigant (see health effects). The molecular formula is:

Tauranga MP and National Party leadership prospect Simon Bridges has been called on to tackle the nasty brown marmorated stink bug.

The bug has spread to the United States and Europe from Asia. Theyre hard to see, hard to kill, travel far and breed fast.

The Ministry of Primary Industries considers them to be a damaging economic pest and a significant household nuisance.

Now the stink bug is threatening to bring the New Zealand used Japanese car trade to its knees. Jono Allen of Tauranga Cars says compliance shops are empty with staff standing around and panel and paint shops, vehicle groomers, car stereo installers are all similarly affected.

This affects hundreds if not thousands of businesses nationwide and is costing the country huge amounts of lost revenue every day.

After the discovery of the brown marmorated stink bug, four ships carrying used cars from Japanese have been turned away from Ports of Auckland.

These boats have several thousand Japanese used vehicles on-board destined for New Zealand marketplace. They are currently in limbo as Australia has refused them to berth to have Fumigation with Sulfuryl Fluoride performed. Because of this the industry is grinding to a stand-still.

And Jono Allen has told Simon Bridges that the industry needs his help.

We need immediate action from the Minister of Primary Industries to allow Sulfuryl Fluoride to be used in New Zealand ports to treat these boats, says Jono.

There are many other vessels on their way from Japan and they will probably be affected too.

He has told Simon Bridges that every day that goes by means lost incomes, lost revenue and potentially lost jobs.

This is a serious national issue which requires your immediate attention. Please support our local motor industry.

The bug can be eliminated with heat treatment but thats not practicable with the volume of cars involved. Jono says the only other solution is to fumigate with Sulfuryl Fluoride.......

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