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Guest Post – Some real fishing facts from an expert

Mike Rendle knows a thing or two about fishing, he makes his living from fishing, writing books and making documentaries.

Last week he was at sea when the hit job on New Zealand’s fishing industry was launched. He’s now ashore and has written this on his Facebook page. I have permission to re-publish it.


This is an important piece to write because last week I found myself right in the centre of all the negative press the commercial fishing industry has been receiving, the leaked reports and attack on their credibility.

The reason I am prepared to write is because I sat with some of the biggest players in the industry and heard their side of things. And what I can tell you is, that when you hear both sides, it’s clear the coverage isn’t balanced and in many cases is incredibly unfair.

In fact, if you look at where the leaked reports and other information is emanating from you would logically draw the conclusion that this is a hit on the government by the Labour and Green parties, aided and abetted by an activist named Barbara Maas. (More on her later). You will also notice that the name Nigel Haworth is associated with many of the press reports. He is the Labour Party president. Personally I believe that this is a hit, however let’s call that unimportant at this stage; this is firstly, and most importantly, about the resource.

You all know I am an incredibly passionate recreational fisherman. I like to think that I have a balanced view to both conservation and harvest. My opinions aren’t always the same as those around me but they are always aimed at preserving and promoting the sport of fishing. And you know I have a history of calling a spade a spade.

I learnt two things last week; first, the biggest, most powerful players in the commercial fishing industry care about the resource, possibly even more than we do, and not just for financial reasons. Second, the industry is creating more jobs, more NZ investment and providing a growing contribution to the NZ tax take. A large part of that investment is in improving harvest methods, mitigation of bycatch, particularly mammals and birds, while making the job safer and more efficient.

Let me begin with some positives because the NZ commercial fishing industry should be celebrated as a success story, not pilloried for past excess and greed from times when we all knew no better.   Read more »

The real issues over Hillary’s email scandal

Hillary Clinton thinks she is above the law, that she can explain away whatever she wants and people should just accept that.

She is wrong and here is why the emails scandal needs to be pursued.

In a February 23 hearing on a Freedom of Information Act request for Hillary Clinton’s official State Department emails—emails that don’t exist because Hillary Clinton secretly conducted email on a private Blackberrry connected to a private server—District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan exclaimed, “How in the world could this happen?”

That’s the key question. What matters about the Clinton email scandal is not the nefarious conduct that she sought to hide by using her own server. There’s no evidence of any such nefarious conduct. What matters is that she made an extremely poor decision: poor because it violated State Department rules, poor because it could have endangered cyber-security, and poor because it now constitutes a serious self-inflicted political wound. Why did such a smart, seasoned public servant exercise such bad judgment? For the same reason she has in the past: Because she walls herself off from alternative points of view.   Read more »

Police tried seven times to set up Trentham Racecourse, got them in the end

Is it just me that is uneasy with a Police sting that tries seven times to get the result they wanted?

The kegs will be dry and the wine glasses empty at Trentham Racecourse for the first time next month after it failed a police booze sting on Wellington Cup Day.

But drunk punters horsing were not to blame for Wellington Racing Club breaching its liquor licence on January 23.

Rather, it was an underage buyer with no ID being served alcohol on the seventh attempt of a police sting, after six previous efforts to illegally purchase alcohol had failed.

The breach comes amid a backdrop of Police getting tough on race day events.

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“…all we have created is a culture of dependence, entitlement, helplessness and irresponsibility”

Martin van Beynen hits the nail on the head:

The current weeping, wailing and gross over-simplification of the problems at the root of violence and dysfunction will not achieve anything.

Partly this is due to a couple of vital components missing from the discussion which mean most people switched off long ago.

The media cannot be knocked for highlighting societal problems and marchers might also help focus the minds of people in power.

But for things to change you need middle-class outrage and ordinary punters are no longer engaged.

They have heard it all before. “What do you want us to do?” is a common reaction.

We have tried everything and all we have created is a culture of dependence, entitlement, helplessness and irresponsibility.

Of course most of us know condemnation does not work but that initial reaction needs to be acknowledged.

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Little: “Labour will defy the TPPA”

Andrew Little over the weekend spent some time at Labour’s Region 2 conference at Waihi.

During his stay he was filmed by a member talking about the TPPA and changing the government.

To rounds of applause he declared “We don’t have to defy the TPPA. But we will. Labour will defy the TPPA!” Then a bit more quietly amidst the claps he adds “…. If that is what we have to do.

What Andrew “8.9%” Little is saying is that he will threaten our trade relationships and economy because the TPPA doesn’t let him act in an arbitrary and discriminatory way towards foreigners [with chinky sounding names].   Read more »

Whaleoil reader tears Andrea Vance’s latest Panama Papers “research” to pieces

via TVNZ

via TVNZ

For those that just can’t stand the thought of wading through Andrea Vance’s latest “revelations” from the sewers of the Panama Papers, as breathlessly tipped last night by Red Radio and Commie TV, I bring you the shorthand version:

Fact 1: An allegedly corrupt Khazakstani bought a house in London thirteen years ago.

Fact 2: A New Zealand lawyer has a nice house in Uruguay.

Fact 3: The NZ lawyer was photographed at the house “reclining on the lawn, shirt unbuttoned”.

Fact 4: The lawyers wife is American. Sub-Fact: She likes ball gowns.

Fact 5: “New Zealand risks becoming known as a hub for this kind of activity”.

Fact 6: “This investigation has been carried out by journalists from One News, RNZ News and investigative journalist Nicky Hager”.

Fact 7: Fact 6 is a lie; these shocking facts, and the quotes used in the “revelations”, were actually exposed by NZ House and Garden nearly a year ago…

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Memorial Day in USA

Today is Memorial day in the US, it is their version of ANZAC Day.

So this post is for my American mates.

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Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll 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.

Face of the day

Acclaimed director Steven Spielberg admitted he was “wrong” to think as a child that anti-Semitism “was fading,” telling Harvard’s graduating class that President Barack Obama was right when he warned that “anti-Semitism is on the rise.”

Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arnold sat in one of the first rows at his address before the Ivy League university’s class of 2016, told the graduates Thursday that the world “is full of monsters” espousing “racism, homophobia, ethnic hatred, class hatred” and “religious hatred.”

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