NZ Herald’s owner NZME, have had a server compromised

And the ones to “out them” are Spark.   No really.


Thanks for playing the Spark Arcade game recently. It’s a promotion we set up with our partner NZME. Unfortunately, we’ve been advised that there has been a security breach on a server used by NZME, hosting the Spark Arcade website.

This means some information about you (your name, email address and mobile number, whether you won a Spark Arcade prize or not, and if you did, what that prize was) was vulnerable to access by a third-party.

A security breach.  That’s interesting.   Read more »


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Face of the Day


via Stuff

“When Donald Brash talks in glowing terms about Hobson’s Pledge and his determination to take away rights guaranteed under the Treaty of Waitangi, it sounds awfully like Donald Trump.” Mr Harawira says.

“Well good luck Donald [Brash] every country needs a red neck.”

Mr Harawira says a quick scan of “Māori privileges” shows exactly how Māori are getting on.

“Housing, badly. Employment, badly. Health, badly. Education, badly. Prison, badly. Need I carry on?”

Mr Harawira says what Dr Brash is trumpeting is “good old fashioned racism”.

When asked if the Hobson’s Pledge group is racist or promotes racist ideas, Mr Harawira told Newshub he believes the group is aiming to take away the rights of
Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

“Oh absolutely it’s racist, how can you call children dying in poverty ‘privilege’. What do you call 60 percent of your people being in prison? Privilege?

“Come on, absolutely this is racism and it’s time somebody called it out. I’m the man.” he says.

That was Hone yesterday.  This is Hone six years ago   Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

longevity (noun) – 1. (a) Long life; great duration of life.
(b) Length or duration of life or viability.
2. Long duration or continuance, as in an occupation.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1610s, from Late Latin longaevitatem (nominative longaevitas) “great age, long life,” from Latin longaevus “of great age, ancient, aged,” from longus “long” + aevum “lifetime, age”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 29

4A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.

Thursday nightCap

The Failure of Mainstream Media


Today’s Trivia



Welcome to Daily Trivia.

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It’s done that before


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