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Monday, 18 September

19:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 September 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 []

19:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 September 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 []

17:48

New look at dark energy: Research suggests accelerating expansion of the Universe may not be real, could be only an apparent effect "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The accelerating expansion of the Universe may not be real, but could just be an apparent effect, according to new research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The new study-by a group at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand-finds the fit of Type Ia supernovae to a model universe with no dark energy to be very slightly better than the fit to the standard dark energy model. Dark energy is usually assumed to form roughly 70% of the present material content of the Universe. However, this mysterious quantity is essentially a place-holder for unknown physics. Current models of the Universe require this dark energy term to explain the observed acceleration in the rate at which the Universe is expanding. Scientists base this conclusion on measurements of the distances to supernova explosions in distant galaxies, which appear to be farther away than they should be if the Universe's expansion were not accelerating.

14:05

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

September 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

335  Dalmatius was raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle Constantine I.

1356  In the Battle of Poitiers, the English defeated the French.

1676 Jamestown was burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacons Rebellion.

1692 Giles Corey was pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials.

1777  First Battle of Saratoga/Battle of Freemans Farm/Battle of Bemis Heights.

1796 George Washingtons farewell address was printed across America as an open letter to the public.

1862 American Civil War: Battle of Luka  Union troops under General William Rosecrans defeated a Confederate force commanded by General Sterling Price.

1863  American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.

1870 Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Paris began.

1881 President James A. Garfield died of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting.

1882 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1965).

1889  Sarah Louise Delany, American physician and author, was born (d. 1999).

1893 The Governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

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08:40

How many from the press gallery know what a cow looks like? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How out of touch are political journalists with farming? "Good to get a few reporters here so they can see what a dairy cow looks like" says fed farmers' Lloyd standing under Morrinsville Mega Cow pic.twitter.com/bq0Op1xI94 Gia Garrick (@giaisonline) September 18, 2017 Media also told we have "unconscious bias" and there is hope we []

08:11

Advance voting well ahead "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Advance voting in the first week totals 445,350 which is well ahead of last election. Daily totals for 2017 are approximate only and may be subject to change. Date 2017 General Election 2014 General Election 2011 General Election Wed-Sat 49,497 18,818 11 September 39,643 22,234 8,893 12 September 48,545 22,846 8,845 13 September 66,535 23,950 []

07:01

Mary Singletons Book Launch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Was that really me?  Friends of the Kapiti Libraries are pleased to invite you to the launch of Mary Singletons memoir. The session is on ~ Sunday September 24th  ~ at 2.30 pm  ~ at Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room  ~ Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu      An eventful life: from Island Bay to the Kalahari []

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Katrizper  a very strong gale or storm wind.


Filed under: language Tagged: katrizper

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

DairyNZ slams farm tax proposals Hugh Stringleman:

All of New Zealands 12,000 dairy farms face an average $18,000-a-year additional taxes under the carbon and nitrogen taxes proposed by the Green Party, DairyNZ has calculated.

Add in the Labour Partys proposed water tax and those 2000 farms that also irrigate face more than three times the impost, an average of $63,000 per farm.

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said details on the proposed new taxes were sketchy, but his economists used what was available from Labour and the Greens to come up with the figures. . .

Sell-off surprise Alan Williams:

A process for the surprise sale of most Landcorp farms to young people will start very quickly if National is re-elected, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

Landcorp was unaware of the plan till told just before it was announced.

He hoped to have several farms leased to young farmers during the next term.

That would be the first step towards them buying the farms over the next five to 10 years. . . 

From milk to advanced medical nutrition a farmers journey from Southland to Toronto:

Dylan Davidson was a passenger in a car when the driver lost control after a deer ran out. The car rolled and left Dylan with two broken vertebrae in his back and several other injuries. Dylan lost a lot of weight from being in a coma for three weeks, and Dylans parents, Paul and Carol Davidson, said the Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC) from Fonterra farmers milk played a key part in the healing process. The value of milk protein in human nutrition and muscle recovery has been well known for many years but, as delicious as milk is, it takes litres of whole milk to do what a small amount of milk protein concentrate (MPC) can. . .

Floridas Farmers Look At Irmas Damage: Probably The Worst Weve Seen Dan Charles:

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01:28

Wonderful Ali Harper as Doris Day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Superb entertainment By Ralph McAllister Many of us have had a not so secret love affair with Doris Day since childhood. So if I tell you I have just blown in from the Windy City, after a sentimental journey, during which my face was powdered with sunshine, you might guess what you are about to []

00:48

Hoop Club Kapiti Fun Games "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kids have a great time  By Angelo Robinson On Sunday 10 September Hoop Club Hutt Valley came out to play Hoop Club Kapiti for some friendly games. We got underway at 9.30am with the 5 to 7 year olds; at 10.30 for the 8 to 10 year olds and the 11 to 13 year olds []

00:44

NZ Pipeline Leak Crisis: You reap What You Sow "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

by Martin Harris New Zealand readers cant help but have seen and heard the MSM reporting on the Marsden Refinery pipeline leak that has brought Auckland to its knees. Thousands of flights cancelled as jet fuel supply runs dry. it could take up to 2 weeks to fix, which means this will likely impact on []

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Sunday, 17 September

23:47

NZ Elections: Maori Voters Undermined By Ignorant Polling Staff "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One week into early voting, concerns are being raised about Electoral Commission staff allegedly undermining Mori voters. Massey University Mori politics lecturer Veronica Tawhai claims she has received numerous complaints from Mori electors regarding the conduct of Electoral Commission staff. Mori and particularly young Mori are constantly criticised for either being uninformed, uninterested or apathetic when it comes to participating []

The post NZ Elections: Maori Voters Undermined By Ignorant Polling Staff appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.

23:09

Facts on water tax "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What will the water tax cost?

It depends.

Businesses, like Coca Cola, which take water from council supplies wont pay anything.

Food producers which dont irrigate wont pay anything.

Farms, orchards and market gardens which do irrigate will pay and the dryer the year, when other costs rise too, the more theyll pay.

David Clark gives the facts on what hell have to pay if Labour is in government ant imposes the water tax:

Today farmers will be marching in Morrinsville to protest against the tax.

I hope they stick to the facts.

There are enough of them to win the argument with anyone prepared to listen properly.


Filed under: business, Farming, food, politics, rural Tagged: David Clark, water tax ...

22:08

Dodgy poll in Nelson "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Greens seem to be getting a bit dodgy in their attempt to get electorate votes in Nelson. Patrick Gower: Desperate Greens drop fake news poll in Nelson The Greens have released the results of some phone canvassing which theyve referred to as an internal poll that claims to show them ahead in Nelson. But []

21:55

Has advance voting gone too far? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Not long ago advance voting used to be available for people who were going to be unable to vote on election day. With no change to electoral law (as far as Im aware) it has changed markedly. Now all voters are being urged to vote early, for a number of reasonable and also self-interested reasons. []

21:21

Identity politics: Is Jacinda the new Mabel? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its not unusual to see over the top articles in an election campaign, and there has been a number of people popping up getting an airing. Is this over the top from Katie Pickles (Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research and Professor and Head of History at the University of Canterbury): Jacinda Ardern channels that bloody []

21:14

Quote of the Day: On state-worship, and its worshippers in chief "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Politically, statism breeds a swarm of "little Caesars" who are motivated by power-lust. Culturally, statism breeds still lower a species: a swarm of "little Neros" who sing odes to depravity while the lives of their forced audiences go up in smoke."
~ Ayn Rand


20:38

Why do people vote for National? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Someone on Reddit has asked Im curious as to why National has so much support ELI5 why people vote National: So im reasonably new to this whole voting thing. Im curious as to why National has so much support as other parties are also promising a strong economy but are also offering a lot []

20:22

Last week of the election campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is the last week of the campaign thank goodness. Im getting a bit over it. Too much nonsense and too much disappointing campaigning, especially from National and Labour, and that has been rewarded with media attention that has made it hard for smaller parties to get a chance. You couold end it all []

19:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 September 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 []

19:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 September 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 []

14:05

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

September 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

96  Nerva was proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian was assassinated.

324 Constantine the Great decisively defeated Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantines sole control over the Roman Empire.

1180  Philip Augustus became king of France.

1454  In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army was defeated by the Teutonic army during the Thirteen Years War.

1709 Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer, was born (d. 1784).

1739  The Treaty of Belgrade was signed, ceding Belgrade to the Ottoman Empire.

1793  The first cornerstone of the Capitol building was laid by George Washington.

1809 The Royal Opera House in London opened.

1810  First Government Junta in Chile.

1812  The 1812 Fire of Moscow died down after destroying more than three quarters of the city. Napoleon returned from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, which was spared from the fire.

1837  Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City.

1838 The Anti-Corn Law League was established by Richard Cobden.

1850  The U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.

1851  First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becameThe New York Times.

1858  Kate Booth, English Salvation Army, officer was born (d. 1955).

1863  American Civil War:...

10:54

Marsden-Auckland fuel pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A fuel pipeline between Marsden Point and Auckland has been broken, causing havoc at Auckland Airport. The pipeline is the only source of jet fuel from the airport. I have no idea why they cant truck fuel to the airport. I first heard about this today but the break happened on Thursday NZH: Couple []

10:16

Couple saw 40 UFOs hovering over British beach before major military operation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

AN ELDERLY couple have told of the bizarre sight of 30 to 40 UFOs hovering outside their home the night before a major military operation unfolded. By Jon Austin PUBLISHED: 17:17, Fri, Sep 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 18:10, Fri, Sep 15, 2017 The husband and wife, aged in their 80s, who have not been named []

The post Couple saw 40 UFOs hovering over British beach before major military operation appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.

10:05

Election 2017: Dancing Cossacks edition "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For younger readers baffled by their elders occasional references to Dancing Cossacks, this was a three-minute party political broadcast, i.e. an ad, for the National Party in the 1975 election. It even has its own Wikipedia page.

Written by Michael Wall, then of the Colenso advertising agency, it was credited with Nationals massive win. The ad was controversial at the time, essentially for accusing Labour, led by Bill Rowling, of being a bit, well, you know, socialist, but looking at it again the most shocking thing about it for me is the lack of an apostrophe in April Fools Day in the first few seconds of the animation. 

The dancing Cossacks themselves were on screen for just five seconds, so 2.78% of screentime  from the 1 min 15s mark it is just National leader Robert Muldoon behind his desk talking directly to the viewer about his policy on superannuation and why it was better than Labours. Leaving aside the politics, the ad treats the viewer a lot more seriously than todays election ads: nearly two minutes of the party leader talking policy, not feels. (Thanks to Simon Carr aka @simonsketch for the link.)

It would be interesting to see some Labour ads from that year from memory they were made by Walls friend and fellow Westie Bob Harvey, then of the McHarmans advertising agency.  

09:53

An Economic Lesson for China and Russia, by Paul Craig Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An Economic Lesson for China and Russia Paul Craig Roberts     Is there anyone in Trumps government who is not an imbecile? After years of endless military threats against Russiaremember CIA deputy director Mike Morell saying on TV (Charlie Rose show) that the US should start killing Russians to give them a message, and []

The post An Economic Lesson for China and Russia, by Paul Craig Roberts appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.

09:21

How a convicted pedophile brought down Icelands government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Washington Post Amanda Erickson In 2004, Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson was imprisoned for raping his stepdaughter nearly every day for 12 years, starting when she was just 5. Thirteen years later, his crime has helped bring down Icelands government. The story involves Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and his father, Benedikt Sveinsson. Heres what happened: Several []

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07:58

Roy Morgan: key issues "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Poverty, gap between rich & poor, Housing affordability, & Homelessness key issues as NZ votes in Election #nzpol https://t.co/RzAYspqIFS pic.twitter.com/Yyw4xfq5rA Roy Morgan (@roymorganonline) September 17, 2017 Quite different to others, but quite different choices and wording of issues. The economy and financial crisis what financial crisis? Over a similar (but shorter) time period []

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Aptycock a quick-witted or intelligent young man; a clever or sharp fellow.


Filed under: language Tagged: aptycock

06:30

All Blacks In Full Cry "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An outstanding 80 minute performance By Roger Childs There were hints of things to come in the first Lions test, and in the Sydney clash against the Wallabies.  The first half across the Tasman saw the All Blacks crush the home team, but then in the last 30 minutes of the game they went to []

05:50

Harald Dhnes Report On Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weve made it! How Germany absorbed a million refugees By Harald Dhne in Berlin In summer 2015 the European refugee-crisis began with many unforeseen consequences. East European states like Hungary and Poland voted for nationalist and authoritarian governments. Back in the 1990s they wanted the EU and the NATO as a shield against []

02:00

Perfect Day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It was a day filled with the glow of ordinary things & we passed them quietly from hand to hand for a long time & someone said she had picked a perfect day to be born & I think all of us felt the same.     2017 Brian Andreas  posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.


Filed under: whimsy Tagged: Brian Andreas, Story People

01:16

Peters: Filthy Rumour, Dirty Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A press release from NZ First on Friday odd that the quotes are not attributed to anyone, but the headline gives an indication who it is. Peters: Filthy Rumour, Dirty Campaign Friday, 15 September 2017, 5:20 pm Press Release: New Zealand First Party Filthy Rumour, Dirty Campaign I was approached by a senior journalist this []

Saturday, 16 September

23:39

Greens will push Labour to advance CGT "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

James Shaw has just said that the Greens would push Labour to bring forward a Capital Gains Tax in post-election coalition negotiations, in an interview on Q+A. This came just after Jacinda Ardern reiterated her back-flip on pushing any possible CGT out until after the next election in 2020. Shaw said that the CGT would []

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