Rotorua shuts down shake damaged building


The category 1-listed historic place suffered damage in the 7.8-magnitude quake on November 14 and was closed as a precaution after engineers found cracks.

Engineers have said the museum, housed in the Tudor-style Bath House in Government Gardens, needs to remain closed until the full picture of the damage emerges.

Around 20 staff will lose their jobs and will be offered redundancy or the option of other roles with the Rotorua Lakes Council or local tourism operators.

A report from the engineers is expected in April but museum director Stewart Brown said the building which draws thousands of visitors a year would close indefinitely. Read more »

75% of 2000 Conservative Party ballot respondents want Colin Craig as its leader

The Conservative Party, such as it is, is still without a leader.  But it seems somewhat confusing to observers as they don’t even seem to know what they’re doing themselves.  On the one hand, some people purporting to represent the party asked Investigate Magazine’s Ian Wishart to be the party’s leader.

This, from a Lloyd Burr Newshub piece a few days ago

Members of leader-less Conservative Party have approached Investigate magazine editor Ian Wishart and asked if he would take over the reins of the party.

Mr Wishart says he’s declined the offer.

But then it continues further on

Party spokesman Leighton Baker didn’t know people within the party had asked Mr Wishart to be leader, but did know they had approached him.

One would have thought that picking a leader would be something a board has a meeting about before approaching anyone.   Either that, or they have a spokesperson that is actually in the loop.

All this is against the backdrop of the other side of the Conservative party still holding a candle for Colin Craig.

After Mr Craig stood down, paper ballots were sent out to the Conservative Party membership, and 2000 were returned with answers.  Mr Craig told the NZ Herald that 75% of those ballots call for his return as leader. Read more »

Scientists crack me up

Scientists have warned that pushing quake debris into the sea could affect paua and crayfish populations on the Kaikoura coast, disrupting the area’s food web that includes its main drawcards: whales and dolphins.

State Highway 1 around the Kaikoura coastline was badly hit by landslips caused by the monster 7.8 magnitude quake that hit the South Island on November 14.

University of Canterbury experts told Radio New Zealand that local reefs were already compromised and were worried about how dumping more gravel could magnify the damage.

“The real question is, how limited is that in-shore rocky reef along that area and are we willing as a nation to sacrifice those reefs for a number of years in order to clear those roads?,” marine science professor David Schiel said.

His colleague, Sharyn Goldstein, added reduced productivity among paua and crayfish caused by blocked light in the area could have an effect on larger sea mammals.

Dollars to knobs of goat poo that Sharyn and David want a research grant to study things.   Read more »

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infra dig (adj) –  Beneath one’s dignity.

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Etymology : “Beneath one’s dignity, unbecoming to one’s position in society,” 1824, colloquial abbreviation of Latin infra dignitatem “beneath the dignity of.”

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Science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein and his wife claim that Scientology is the result of a bar bet between Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. (Source) Read more »