Haka bar offensive? How so?

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Former All Black Byron Kelleher has been slammed for cultural insensitivity over the launch of his new pub Haka Corner.

The 57-test star is preparing to open the sports bar in his home city of Toulouse, and there are also plans to extend to other French cities.

But Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and his predecessor Sir Pita Sharples have criticised its linking of the traditional Maori war cry with a booze outlet. Read more »

Scott Watson to be interviewed… by journo and victim’s father

The department has approved an application from North and South magazine journalist Mike White to interview Watson, who is in Rolleston Prison for the 1998 murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope.

Their bodies were never found.

Corrections had previously turned down Mr White’s application, but reconsidered it following a High Court ruling issued in June, which determined that “where no concerns of prison security are raised, and where the communication is to a reputable journalist, then that is a circumstance where the (freedom of expression right) in the NZ Bill of Rights Act should almost always prevail”.

The department said the interview would be subject to certain conditions related to prison security and the interests of victims.

Olivia Hope’s father, Gerald Hope, said Corrections had approved his request to be at the interview and it was now up to Watson to accept.

“I believe I have something to add to [Mike White’s] discussion with Scott. I have questions, which I don’t intend to reveal in advance, but I believe they are warranted and they should be asked,” he said. Read more »

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Contrast and Compare: SERCO gets minced and Corrections gets a free pass

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A convicted sex offender, Zane McVeigh, led the Wellington police on a brief chase yesterday after removing his electronic bracelet.

It was believed there were still 19 people evading the authorities after removing their devices.

Sensible Sentencing Trust founder Garth McVicar said the monitoring system had systemic problems, and was putting the public at risk.

“We advocated that it would only be for low-level, non-violent offenders. But now you’re seeing top end, violent offenders being put out there.

“It was always going to happen when they started expanding the use of it,” he said.

“Ultimately, really we don’t have an option but to use prison more for those violent offenders, and those that are just going to give their middle fingers to the system.”

That’s the scary thing.  We have known sex offenders in the community.  I say known, but of course we’re not allowed to know who they are.  It’s a total secret.  Could be the next person you meet.   Read more »

Tauranga and Invercargill the first cities to sell state houses

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The Government is about to begin selling up to 2000 state houses to social housing providers, with homes in Tauranga and Invercargill first on the block.

About 1140 houses in Tauranga and another 370 in Invercargill will be sold to registered providers from tomorrow as part of the Social Reform Housing programme.

Tenants affected in Invercargill and Tauranga will be able to stay in their homes when they are sold, with the properties to remain as social housing unless the Government decides otherwise. Read more »

The Dhimmi NZ Herald publishes an article offensive to Muslims

 

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Oh dear.

Oh dear, oh dear.

You don’t want to make followers of Islam angry NZ Herald, you won’t like them when they are angry, just ask Charlie Hebdo.

This is what happens when you are ignorant of an ideology. The NZ Herald knows that showing a cartoon of Muhammad is breaking Sharia Law with consequences of violence and death so they don’t do it like the submissive Dhimmis they are but like most apologists there is still so much that they still don’t understand about Islam.

They wrote an article about an Italian in New Zealand who lost his job for saying “Hi Darling ” to a woman who turned out to be his manager. As part of the same article they published a list of what you should do to avoid losing your job in New Zealand and included something that is a a major issue for practising Muslims. Can you guess what it was?

Dos and don’ts of on-the-job communication:

• Don’t be too vocal on any job until you’ve proven yourself to be a good worker.

• Don’t use pet names, particularly not for your boss.

• Do smile and extend a handshake.

• Don’t be too forward or too friendly until you have established a more solid working relationship.

• Do keep calm when conversing with your colleagues and don’t let your emotions get the best of you.

  • Corazon Miller A Newspaper

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Green Party gets called out for playing politics with high needs children

The principal of a Dunedin special needs school believes the Green Party’s parliamentary inquiry into special needs in New Zealand schools lacks focus and detail.

The inquiry, announced earlier this month, will focus on improving the learning experience of children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders.

Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said, ”So many students are missing out on education because their learning differences are not identified early enough and help is not made available. We want to change the system so every child has a fair go.”

However Raewyn Alexander, principal of Dunedin special needs school Sara Cohen, said she did not understand why other ”challenges” such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy were not included in the inquiry.

”If they want a fair go for every child, why have they only focused on those three specific challenges? If they want a fair go for every child, then they should be asking for an inquiry for all kids with needs, not just those three aspects of special needs.”

Yes, well.  Raewyn Alexander is just highlighting the latest Green Taliban “cause” that the Green Party truly don’t care about.  It’s just about media coverage, and there is very little genuine concern.   Read more »

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The duplicity of our media: they protect their own

Apparently, a principal has been “caught” because his email address was found on the Ashley Madison hacking data dump.

A principal has been caught using his school email account for the Ashley Madison website.

The chairwoman of the intermediate school’s board of trustees confirmed the principal used his school email address mistakenly, instead of his personal account, to sign up for the website which promotes cheating and helps link users for sexual encounters.

The chairwoman said it was a “historical” incident, having happened three years ago, and said it only came to the attention of the board of trustees this week as the result of [media] inquiries.

“We will be reminding staff of appropriate use of school emails as a result of this situation,” the chairwoman said.

“This is a historical incident and use of a school email was not intended and is obviously extremely regretted.”

The board has not met to discuss any decisions on possible disciplinary action or if the principal’s computer would be further investigated.

The principal did not return calls from the [media].

He is the second principal of a New Zealand school caught up in the hacked Ashley Madison data.

So riddle me this…   Read more »

Local body electronic voting on the way, but not for Auckland

Local Government Associate Minister Louise Upston confirmed that the country’s biggest city wouldn’t feature in a trial of online voting for next year’s local body elections.

Officials from the Super City are some of the biggest supporters of a digital voting revolution, but Auckland Council’s catchment has been deemed too big.

“A trial that includes all of Auckland and its approximately 1 million electors is simply too large to adequately mitigate these risks,” she said.

Stung by a dismal 36 per cent voter turnout in the 2013 elections, Auckland Council has lobbied hard to introduce internet voting.

But its campaign has failed. Applications are now only being sought from smaller councils to provide a range of voting systems.

So far, Porirua, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Matamata-Piako, Selwyn, Marlborough and Whanganui councils have confirmed that they want to be part of the trial. Read more »