It Was Only a Matter of Time

There is a stupid advert on TV for an electric car where two old geezers throw pebbles at a window to wake some poor soul who tosses down an extension cord to the tossers in the car.

This is a wonderful thing, we are told, to be able to charge anywhere.

Welcome to the new world:

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I’m a Believer

 I knew truth did not belong in fairy tales
Meant for the alarmists not for me
Facts were out to get me
That's the way it seemed
Failed predictions dashing all my dreams
 But I heard the farce, now I'm a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind
I'm convinced, I'm a believer!
I couldn't doubt it if I tried
 I thought truth was more or less quite optional
Seems the more I read the less I got
What's the use in tryin'?
All you get is Stuff
When I needed sunshine I got rain
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Spread it on With a Trowel

Bryan Gould is spreading the Koolaid so thickly, he should be using a trowel. His latest opinion piece is full of praise for our Dear Leader and, not surprisingly, full of condemnation for President Trump.

Democracy is important in many senses. It is first and foremost a form of government – famously described as, “government of the people, by the people and for the people”.

So far, so good.

It is then a process, which enables us to choose our government; that process, of elections and political parties, is often confused with democracy itself, but elections are merely the mechanism by which we deliver the form of government.

Except in New Zealand where we have a mickey-mouse MMP arrangement.

Importantly, democracy also allows us to choose our leaders. Government and leaders are, for this purpose, two quite different concepts. A government makes the laws and implements the policies by which we organise and govern ourselves.

Our leaders, though, are those who represent us, who embody the values we hold and who bring them to life in both the national and international context.

Democracy, in other words, allows us not only to elect those who govern us but also to choose those who represent and lead us. The former choice is very much a political one; the latter much more a personal choice – and we accordingly tend to choose those whom we like, with whom we identify and whose values we share.

Here, the wheels really fall off his premise:

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Government Announces New BuyBack Scheme



Legislation has been rushed through the house as a result of the horrific incident in Upper Hutt over the weekend. A new road roller (or steamroller as the media affectionately calls them) register will be established.

The roller buy-back scheme will be targeted at semi-automatic, self-propelled machines and towed rollers will be exempted.

An example of an exempt, towed roller

It is currently unknown how many New Zealanders hold a road roller licence and police are trusting Kiwis to be honest and roll up to their local police station to be signed on to the road roller register.

Police will be especially vigilant for any road roller owners or users who have tattoos or shaven heads and will be monitoring the social media pages of owners and drivers of rollers. Facebook groups aimed at roller enthusiasts will be closely monitored.

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Priorities: Killer Guns or Killer Cancer?

Which kills more New Zealanders every year, guns or cancer? Okay, so it was a trick question because firearms don’t kill people: people holding the firearms kill people.

The data showed that more than 9500 people died from cancer each year, representing 31 per cent of all deaths recorded in New Zealand.

A Newspaper – May 2018

On a global scale, New Zealand’s rates of gun violence are extremely low.
In 2016, there were nine gun murders or manslaughters in New Zealand, a rate of 1.87 per million people.


Actual figures are a bit hard to find but, for the last few years, the number has been around 2 per million, ie about 8 – 10 per year.

This year we had a tragic anomaly in Christchurch, delivered by an Australian; but even adding that tragedy to the baseline numbers, the comparison is still 60 vs 9500.

Which is the more effective place to put government resources?

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Dispatches from the Frontline

Tommy Kapai Wilson is the executive director of Te Tuinga Whanau, a social service agency committed to the needs of the community in and around Tauranga.

Tommy is a thoroughly good bloke, working hard at the ‘coal face’ and making a difference in the community. What he says has value.

When it comes to pointing the finger of blame at who has caused the sad situation we are facing with the uplifting of our babies, there are not enough fingers to do it.

Right now a Whanau Ora collective have initiated an inquiry into the policies and processes of the Ministry of Children and on Tuesday these organisations – along with concerned whanau, parents, academics, students and communities – will rally at Parliament to say #HandsOffOurTamariki.

The Hands Off Our Tamariki network continues to call for the resignation of CEO Grainne Moss and for the Minister Tracey Martin to step down.

Personally, I have marched for kaupapa Maori causes before (seabed and foreshore and Pare Hauraki) and I would march again in a heartbeat to take a stand against poverty, P or pollution.

However, when a collective of academics, students and communities rally together at the steps of Parliament next Tuesday, our organisation which has been looking after the front line of abuse for 34 years will not be there.

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I’ll Just Leave This Here

Thanks to a knowledgeable commenter, Bryan, on Backchat the other night, this map was drawn to our attention. It is most informative.

The text under the map says:

This historical map shows tribal boundaries and the areas that were confiscated from Maori during the 1860s. The blue boundaries have been added in modern times to identify the areas in which the confiscations took place. It notes that Waikato, the domain of the Kangitanga (Maori King movement), had 1,217,437 acres (492,679 hectares) confiscated.


Let’s zoom in a bit:

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Kiwi As

It was July 1933 that the first recognised world record was set by a Kiwi so, this week, we will celebrate Jack Lovelock as our keen individual who inspires and surprises.

Jack Lovelock’s run at Princeton University beat the record for the mile, held by Jules Ladoumègue, by 1.6 seconds. The race was dubbed the ‘greatest mile of all time’ by Time magazine.

The race was part of the sixth annual Oxford-Cambridge vs Princeton-Cornell track meet. There was much media interest in the showdown between Lovelock (Oxford) and Bill Bonthron (Princeton), with speculation that the world record might be broken. Bonthron had won that year’s intercollegiate 800-m and 1500-m events impressively. As a warm-up for the Princeton-Cornell meet, Lovelock and his teammate Forbes Horan (Cambridge) competed against a Yale-Harvard team in the mile. Lovelock won this race in 4 minutes 12.6 seconds, an intercollegiate record.

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The Sunday Roast

Who did the readers give a good old Kiwi roasting this week? 

Possibly many Oilers shared my opinion that Todd Muller, MP for Western Bay of Plenty and National Party Climate Change spokesman, was attempting to steer a balanced course and soften the excesses of James Shaw et al. He appeared, in speeches in the house, to be agreeing with cuts while warning against getting ahead of the rest of the world with excessive cuts and aggressive pain to the economy.

Wonder no more. Todd is swimming in the Koolaid while singing “I’m a Believer“.

I have always had a lot of respect for Todd, my local MP, as a person. He is a thoroughly nice bloke and a great electorate MP. However his latest utterance has blown it.

Wibble was out of the blocks smartly with a comment about a ‘consensus’ that Todd and National might not find quite as acceptable:

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Imagine the Outcry

Imagine the outcry if men had to make appointments to see two different doctors and lie to them about an impending mental breakdown in order to make their own reproductive choices.

What an interesting statement from the pro-abortion opinion writer, fortunately hidden behind A Newspaper paywall. Apparently it is her position that women have to lie in order to make a reproductive choice.

Surely, apart from rape situations, the decision of whether or not to have sex when there is a chance that pregnancy could result is a choice that does not require a lie?

In 1977, a little-known piece of legislation called the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act came into effect. It set out a narrow and restrictive framework under which New Zealand women could obtain an abortion. It followed a Royal Commission and was intended to be conservative and obstructive; doctors were so scared of prosecution that an estimated 4000 to 4500 women had to fly to Australia to access abortion services over the two years following the act’s implementation.

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