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Wednesday, 22 November

22:00

Whaleoil History Channel: Posts from the Vault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Exactly one year ago today we published the following post. First Published 23rd November 2016 Headline: Do you want an ad-free Whaleoil? Now you can A few months ago we asked you if some of you would pay to have Whaleoil ad-free. This is, of course, a dilemma for us because ads are what pays []

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21:30

Not sure Tony Veitch should describe anything as hard hitting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Im not sure that Tony Veitch should be describing anything as hard hitting. Im all for redemption and all thatbut it appears he has no sense of self-awareness or shame. Discuss.   -Facebook

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21:00

The Muppet Show continues, Chippie flip flops after his boss says otherwise "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Muppet Show that is our government continued yesterday. NewtalkZB reports: Labour has released costing estimates for its boost to student loans and allowances just hours after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defended not doing so. Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced yesterday the pledge to boost student allowances and student loan living costs by $50 a week []

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20:30

Explaining is losing, luvCoalitions billion tree promise looks rather hollow now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Coalition promised to plant an extra billion trees over ten years, or 100 million trees every year for ten years. It turns out that they are now claiming half of those will be planted by the private sectornot the government at all. NBR reports: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rejects criticism that the government splitting []

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20:26

ON THE TOXIC COALITION "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When I walked into the debating chamber at Parliament last week something didn't look right.    A picture is worth a thousand words so go here and be amused.

Ever since I can remember the senior party in government occupied the seats closest to the Speaker's Chair with its support partners occupying positions to their right.   Happened in the Bolger, Shipley, Clark, Key and English coalition governments.

Not any more.   Such is the enmity and level of distrust between Winston First and the Greens that NZ First members are seated immediately to the right of Speaker with Labour reduced to playing 'piggy in the middle' separating them from the Greens.      Hardly an advert for collegiality of purpose.

One can be forgiven for asking what Duncan Webb, Labour, Christchurch Central,  has done wrong.   Estranged from his colleagues and forced to sit in the nether regions on the National side of the House.  


20:00

Rational, Compelling, and Defendable "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On 21 November the Western Bay of Plenty District Council debated the establishment of Maori Wards.  This is something that is legally mandated to happen every six years and is part of a wider representation review. The thrust of the arguments by Maori in favour of race-based wards were summarised under the headings: The opportunity. []

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19:30

Red Vernon finally comes out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  Everyone around Wellington and the Press Gallery knows that Vernon Small looked at life through red tinted glasses. Ive seen him at social events with Labour flunkies and ministers before, like at the Martinborough concert events. For those who have previously thought Vernon was a fair and balanced journo wonder no more, hes off []

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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jubilant Zimbabweans have celebrated late into the night after Robert Mugabe resigned as president. He held power for 37 years and once said only God could remove him. Mr Mugabes shock resignation came in the form of a letter read out by the speaker of parliament. In it, Mr Mugabe who had so far []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is rapprochement (noun) 1. A reestablishing of cordial relations, as between two countries. 2. The state of reconciliation or of cordial relations. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English rapprochement comes directly from modern French rapprochement reconciliation, understanding, dates only from the end of the 18th century, and is []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 23 16 Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.

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08:11

John Moore: Pike River and the anti-Establishment zeitgeist "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Labour-led governments focus on the Pike River campaign, to retrieve the bodies of the 29 miners, has become an issue of increasing political significant in New Zealand. In this guest blog, John Moore argues that the appropriation of the #standwithpike campaign by both the Labour and New Zealand First governing parties is an example of an increasing trend of mainstream political leaders embracing the new anti-Establishment zeitgeist. New Zealand politicians are very aware of how the Pike River mining disaster has taken on a symbolic value of representing the ugly face of peak capitalism, and of the general failures...

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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05:30

Turns out Bill Clinton is a dodgy rooting ratbag "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Despite all the denials over the years, it turns out Bill Clinton was a dodgy rooting ratbag after all. In the US politicians and Hollywood notables are dropping like flies with sex crime allegations. Now Bill Clinton has four women making allegations. The Daily Mail reports Bill Clinton is facing explosive new charges of sexual []

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04:36

Harete Hipangos maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks for this

Homepaddock

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

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[Authorised translation to be inserted by the Hansard Office.]

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.

[Authorised Te Reo text to be inserted by the Hansard Office.]

[Authorised translation to be inserted by the Hansard Office.]

I acknowledge my ancestral hap and tribal collective

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04:30

Loaded headline of the week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The above headline is: scurrilous, vituperative, derogatory, disparaging, denigratory , pejorative , deprecatory, insulting, offensive, defamatory, slanderous, libellous, scandalous, opprobrious, vitriolic and venomous, It is an example of the worst kind of journalism. It taints and smears President Trump by trying to link him to a story not related to him. It plants in the readers mind []

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04:03

Co President's Report to Branch AGM November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Co President's Report                                 Unite Waitemata Community Branch

By Janet Robin                                                                           18 November 2017.


It is one year now since we have been renamed the Unite Waitemata Community Branch of Unite.

At the last AGM we changed our name, and   I resigned as Treasurer, and Keith Henderson was elected as Treasurer.  Keith was also re-elected as Secretary.

Paul Robertson and myself were elected as Assistant Treasurs

Christina Faumuina  and I were elected as the two Co- Presidents.

So our  Executive for 2016-2017 comprised Keith, myself,  Christina and Paul.

I changed the names of our facebook group and our blog site to  include "Community Branch" as part of  the  name.  

The facebook group's name is Waitemata Unite Community Branch.
The Website or blog is also...

04:00

The government will reverse this new opencast coal mine consent in 321 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

West Coast Regional Council said consent had been granted, subject to conditions, for the Te Kuha Mining Project on the West Coast. The greenfields open cast coal mine will cover 144 hectares, with 12h on conservation estate. Stevenson Mining said it would employ 58 people and mine 250,000 tonnes of coal annually, much of it []

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03:30

#NotMyMP as Tamati Coffey is shunned and Te Ururoa Flavell is unloved "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Feelings are running high in Rotorua as Tamati Coffeys destruction of Te Ururoa Flavell is not just forgotten, it hasnt even started on the forgiving phase. New MP for Waiariki Tamati Coffey was uninvited from a gala awards event because organisers didnt want to upset the ousted MP and Mori Party leader, Te Ururoa Flavell. []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A grassy knoll in Dallas, November 22, 1963

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02:45

Remember The Pile On? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

......by the media and all the rabid lefties in creation?

It as when they were all shit scared of Sarah Palin and the corrupt US media sent a phalanx of reporters up to Alaska to dig dirt.   The best they could do was pour ridicule on her for reflecting that 'you can actually see Russia from Alaska.'  The Democrat media shills adjusted her quote to read 'You can see Russia from my house.'

Well guess what?   Russia is exactly four kilometres from Alaska.  (Someone please tell Ledgut who is unsure whether it is fifty or a hundred miles.)

Go and have a look at the Diomede Islands on Google Earth and then have a look at their history on Wiki and you'll get the idea.

02:30

Do you want the good news or the bad news? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The good news is: More than 130,000 students will have $50 extra in their pockets next year, as the Government moves to make tertiary education more affordable. The bad news is: Nationally the total stock of rental properties is now 50 percent lower than it was a year ago as a direct result of Labours policies []

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02:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The locations of all 15 active UN peacekeeping operations Click here for larger view

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01:30

Thats it, let them all out, no word in Maori for guilty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Apparently all Maori in prison should be let out and proclaimed innocent, becauseget thisthere is no word in Maori for guilty. A Mori lawyer and social justice advocate says its time to abolish New Zealand prisons and take lessons from how law and order was historically approached by Mori. Does he mean hacking off their []

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00:55

Chloe Swarbricks Maiden Speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ms Swarbrick engendered a lot of interets when she ran for Mayor of Auckland. Many, including Adam, thought she might be a harbinger of change for the better. Then she revealed herself as a Green, very much in the mould of Turei. Since being in Parliament she has by her actions done much to suggest to cynics like Adam, that a bit more life experience might have been desirable before entering Parliament.

The transcript

E te Mngai, tn koe

Tuatahi, ki te mana whenua o tnei rohe, Te tiawat

Tn koutou, tn koutou, tn koutou katoa

Mr Speaker,

Congratulations on your position. Im immensely proud to enter this 52nd Parliament at such a time where youve actively sought to make the House more family friendly to create a new normal. Theres been some critics of our having babies welcomed into this Chamber its a place of work, they say. Children dont belong in the midst of arguing. I think perhaps these critics may take for granted a nasty, adversarial culture I personally hope the presence of babies helps remind us all of the gravity of our task and the lives our decisions impact.

I want to acknowledge my colleagues from Maungakiekie new electorate MP Denise Lee, and my friend and new Labour MP, Priyanca Radhakrishnan. I also want to acknowledge my incredible new Green colleague who Im honoured to enter this House with, Golriz Ghahraman.

Mr Speaker, four years ago, I started hosting a little current affairs show on Aucklands number one alternative radio station. I spent a very long time interviewing politicians of all stripes on daily issues, but the underlying questions were always essentially the same:

How much do you understand this problem, and the lives of the people affected, outside of your briefing notes? And why should they trust you?

With all due respect, the answers were pretty much never satisfactory. There was an innocuous response mechanism seemingly bred into politicians, and with it, its like theyd become out of sync with the orbit of everyday peoples lives. I dont think I would be alone in saying I couldnt see myself, my friends, my whnau-in-politics.

Mr Speaker, young people dont have a monopoly on political disillusionment we just listen to better music while feeling it. Its hard to engage in a system that doesnt look or sound like you, that talks down to you, disparages your participation, and you cant change.

The issue is, regardless of whether people choose to participate in this system, it governs their lives. I...

00:40

NZ loses its way "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

NZ loses hard won reputation due to grandstanding know nothing and spendthrift cohorts. Welcome to #Jacindaworld

Homepaddock

For several years, New Zealand has received international attention and praise for its eocnomic 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

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00:30

Big Gerry says Jacinda has gone too far regarding Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gerry Brownlee was shaping up to be a good Foreign Minister until Bill lost the election. He was on Radio NZ yesterday morning talking about the ham-fisted and embarrassing manner in which Jacinda Ardern has been pushing the Manus Island issue. National foreign spokesperson Gerry Brownlee has backed the Australian approach to asylum seekers who []

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Tuesday, 21 November

23:30

Free study, free living allowance this Government delivers the student bribe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Par-Tay! The Governments first 100 days programme includes introducing a $50 a week boost to both student allowances and loan entitlements for living costs and making the first year of tertiary education fees-free from 1 January 2018. Today we are announcing the first of these policies is in place as promised. This will make more []

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22:30

Losing our way "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Forbes reports: 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 []

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22:00

Snaggle tooth pokes her nose into New Zealands affairs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] Ms Clark, who was in charge of the United Nations Development Programme for eight years, responded to an article in the New York Times, highlighting the plight of the asylum seekers by tweeting: The genuine refugees have the right to live in PNG. They have no right to immigrate to New Zealand or Australia. [] []

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21:30

Greens say go ahead and rort the system "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Greens plan to repeal excessive benefit sanctions. []  Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni thinks the disclosure rule is discriminatory against sole parents, while furnishing in the cynical cloak of identity politics: 97.7 per cent of people sanctioned are women, and 52.8 per cent Maori. Both parties can usually be counted on to fawn over any United []

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21:00

Labour Lies. The Finance Minister Lies. Thats going to help with confidence in this government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Finance Minister Grant Robertson needs to front up on the costings for his Governments expensive policy pledges, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. Yesterday we learnt that Mr Robertson did have coalition costings prepared by the Treasury before the coalition was announced on 19 October, Mr Joyce says. This is despite him refusing to []

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20:30

After voting for Labour, Christchurch gets the same treatment as Maori "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The new Minister responsible for Christchurchs anchor projects is cynically misrepresenting official information, Nationals Spokesperson for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Matt Doocey says. Megan Woods announcement today proclaiming she is getting the Metro Sports Facility back on track is nothing more than hot air and spin, and is clearly designed to mask the new Governments decision []

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20:00

The Aussies are fuming, not that Jacinda cares "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern has caused great offence in her short time as PM. Even the Media party are having conniptions. In Australia the offence has cut deep: This season of joy is anything but for Malcolm Turnbull. Australians are fed up with a constitutional shemozzle which has seen numbers of MPs and senators forced from office []

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19:30

Smalley mauls Jacinda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Knock me down with a feather, who knew that Rachel Smalley could take Jacinda Ardern to task? Jack Tame copped a lot of abuse yesterday. He was doing his job. As a journalist, youre charged with holding the government of the day to account. And he pressed Jacinda Ardern on whether shed said that Donald Trump mistook []

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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Green Partys Chloe Swarbrick has admitted she feels pretty gross about the amount politicians are paid. I think politicians in regard to the rest of society are overpaid and I feel pretty gross about it, Ms Swarbrick said. The Green Party MP did defend her $160,000 salary to a degree though, saying its also []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is titanic (adj) 1. Titanic Of or relating to the Titans. 2. (a) Having great stature or enormous strength; huge or colossal. (b) Of enormous scope, power, or influence. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Gigantic, colossal, 1709, from titan + -ic. The British passenger liner R.M.S. Titanic sank []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 22 16 A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.

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13:00

Late Night Movie Metropolis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Fritz Langs masterpiece, regrettably colourized


09:10

ON BEGGARS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I see that the Christchurch City Missioner has come out saying that the majority of beggars on the street are entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the 'left' induced perception of a society in crisis.

Such an observation is commendable.    It does however 'beg' the question as to why now and only after the election  of a Labour led government. 

Just askin.

06:03

Does Labour ever tell the truth? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Given the avalanche of flip-flops, backtracks and revised views should the media be asking:-

Does Labour ever tell the truth?

Will they?

Doubt it!

The corollary just how many lies did they tell to win the recent election.

Will media question this?

Doubt it!


06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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05:57

Jacindas new catchphrase "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Given all the gaffes, mis-steps and lies, this seemed very apt:-


05:51

Matt Kings maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Again, great thanks Ele for this series

Homepaddock

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. 

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05:00

Progressive Muslim countrys mask has slipped "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Turkey is held up by left-wingers as an example of how progressive and peaceful a Muslim society can be. Under the leadership of a devout Muslim leader, Turkey is reverting to its roots. Progressive Muslims are not good Muslims because they choose to ignore Islamic law and Islamic values. Turkeys capital has banned the public []

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04:30

Learn to speak Jacinderease in one easy lesson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinderease The language of obfuscation: Words that make an answer, vague, unclear, unintelligible or that avoid answering the question altogether. Jacinderease is a language easily learned as it is full of bumper sticker slogans. The secret to speaking fluent Jacinderease is to have a relentlessly positive tone when speaking (or as Jacinda calls it, relentless positividdy) []

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04:00

Changes to the way food inflation is measured "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Statistics New Zealand spokesman Jason Attewell said luncheon would no longer be included in the Food Price Index calculations. Nor will milkshakes, cottage cheese, spring onions, alfalfa sprouts or canned corn. Instead, olives, fresh herbs and herbal tea will be added. Mr Attewell said the index was reviewed every three years following a survey to []

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03:30

Dem pesky wabbits "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rabbits cease to be cute once they form a plague. Carcasses litter the roads and burrows pock the hillsides and parks of the coastal Otago settlement, and the township wants help to fight back. Moeraki Village Holiday Park owner Robbie Mitchell said the population was larger than he had ever seen. [The population has] probably doubled []

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03:06

Farrar calls out the Ardern fan-club for their hypocrisy and Ardern for her stupidity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Farrar has posted on how Arderns stupidity has led to widely reported comments which at best suggest naivety, others just seem to indicate she is seen as a rather silly neophyte.

What is very telling is the ending to the post.

The final aspect of this saga is how precious left activists are because a journalist vigorously questioned Ardern on the story she created.

Tame even had columns appear in Stuff condemning him because he kept persisting with trying to get a straight answer from Ardern for six minutes. If Tame had challenged John Key for six minutes on an issue, hed be held up as a champion of journalism and Key be condemned as evasive. But many on the left cant abide anything that is challenging of Ardern.

Tame, a journalist Adam has little time for, exposed just how superficial and shallow Ardern is. Furthermore he showed up her tendency to obfuscate and spin (aka lie) whenever pressed. Ardern coud not even take the heat over what what was manifestly her own fault caused by her big-noting to a so-called friend.

She is the Prime Minister of NZ, not a wannabe disc jockey. She is not fit to hold the office of PM.


02:46

The Classic Two Ronnies Millenium Sketch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This has its antecedents in one they did with John Cleese for The Frost Report. It is excellent.


02:30

Jacindas Beehive Antics: The Reality TV series "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Real Politician of Wellington The Real Politician of Wellington gives an exclusive look into the meetings, gossip and glamour of the PMs quirky SaveMart fashion items, her two pairs of shoes and life after the sad loss of Paddles the cat. Watch Jacinda as she navigates the overseas political scene while juggling her boyfriend []

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02:00

01:30

Judginess? Grow up, youre the Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Arern is becoming more and more stupid. She is even inventing new wordswords that the left would have criticised John Key for uttering. The latest is judginess. Asked about deputy Labour Party leader Kelvin Davis performance in the House last week while she and deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters were overseas, she said he []

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01:00

The Internet is a big place. Some women had to learn where it is safe to go "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One-third of New Zealand women have been subjected to online abuse and harassment, with half of the victims fearing for their personal safety, according to a new Amnesty International survey. The global Amnesty International poll looked at the experiences of 4000 women between the ages of 18 and 55 in New Zealand, Denmark, Italy, Poland, []

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00:30

A rental crisis. Didnt I predict that too? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Everything that the current government has signalled leading into the election is landlord unfriendly.  And with the house prices topping out, many are choosing to exit the market. Renters are finding it particularly hard in the capital, with the total stock of rental properties in Wellington down by 69 percent. TradeMe Property spokesperson Nigel Jeffries []

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00:17

STOP EMBARRASSING YOURSELF JACINDA ... STOP EMBARRASSING US "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

St Jacinda is developing a reputation big noting, gossip, tittle-tattle, and its come back to bite her with a vengeance.     Last week she let slip that in meeting President Trump he thought she was Justin Trudeau's wife ... more grist to the 'dummkopf' legend.   The story made international news.

When pressed for details she backtracked and said she had heard that from a third party whom she declined to name.    Pressed further and she said that when she met Trump he knew exactly who she was.  

So Ms Ardern passes on gossip knowing it to be untrue.   She needs to grow up and realize she is no longer Comrade Ardern, President of the International Union of Socialist Youth, but Prime Minister of the country and act accordingly.    She embarrasses herself and embarrasses us.

One thing for sure ... her deliberate slighting of President Trump will not have gone unnoticed in the United States.  

00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Wild Man of Borneo Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean Some men are just simply built of a different constitution. Tom Creans accomplishments make The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration the understatement of the century. By all accounts, Tom Crean seems to have been that friend who is quietly competent. You know the buddy who doesnt []

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Monday, 20 November

23:30

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than othersespecially Stephen Town "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The troughers are in a tizz: The chance to debate Auckland Councils business-class and premium-class travel expenditure has been rejected by its chief executive. An Auckland Council report found $1.1 million had been spent on international travel from the 20 months up until August this year. Of that almost half, $509,212 was spent on 62 []

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22:30

James Shaw thinks he is saving the planet but China doesnt care, neither does India nor Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

While James Shaw is grandstanding and wanting to implement policies that see our economy grind to a halt, so we can take a leadership stance on climate change, Donald Trump is saying drill, baby drill. One way to interpret what the Trump Administration is up to with its absurd denials of climate science is as []

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22:26

Building an Active Democracy through Constructive Engagement. Chris Trotter responds to John Minto. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 Woman In The Hot Seat: New Zealand needs to develop new relationships with the countries of the Pacific Rim. And those new relationships need to be based on progressive ideals, mutual protection and solid economic self-interest with the latter being underpinned and facilitated through mutually beneficial multilateral trade agreements. Throughout history, trade and peace have marched hand-in-hand. New Zealand diplomacy needs to reflect that fact.

UNBELIEVABLE! WRONG! IDIOTIC! One of the many admirable qualities about John Minto is that he never leaves anyone in any doubt about where he stands. His rejection of the strategy of constructive engagementwith the Labour-NZ First-Green Government is unequivocal. For John, only active democratic opposition to Labours rather tentative embrace of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will suffice. In spite of the fact that barely thirty days have passed since Winston Peters anointed Jacinda Ardern as New Zealands first progressive prime minister in nine years, John is ready to call the Left onto the streets in protest at her governments refusal to walk away from the CPTPP.

Johns argument for actively opposing the coalition government on this issue is driven by his conviction that the CPTPP is, substantially, the same document that the previous National Government signed up to in 2016. If this is true, then his question Why would any self-respecting New Zealander oppose the TPPA when National was in government and then excuse Labour for signing up to it? is entirely fair. But is the CPTPP substantially the same document as the TPPA? Unfortunately for Johns argument, the answer is an emphatic No!

The withdrawal of the United States from the TPP has fundamentally weakened the agreement and prompted its signatories to set in motion a plethora of...

22:00

The Manus Island situation: The facts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre was officially closed on October 31 and given back to the Papua New Guinea government. Men move daily in and out of the closed centre but reports indicate that approximately 420 men are left. All of these men have refused to move to new transit centres in Lorengau. How []

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21:30

Now look here people, stop making Julie Anne Genter look bad "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mere weeks into the job and the road toll is making this Associate Minister look like shes got a tiger by the tail. The news that the road toll for 2017 has now surpassed the total for 2016 is tragic news, says Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter. This year weve already seen 330 []

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21:00

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its still thought to be one of the most dangerous workplaces in New Zealand, and the Government has just set a date to re-enter the Pike River mine. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the formation of a new government department called Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa. Its intended to fulfil []

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