The Herald making stuff up again? Lawyers called in

It looks like the NZ Herald has been caught making stuff up again. No one plays Dirty Media like they do.

Yesterday they ran a front page story about Gilda Kirkpatrick.

She has reacted on Facebook to the story and it looks like lawyers are involved.

So at 9:30 last night I get a call from Herald on Sunday harassing me about my pregnancy etc which was annoying, upsetting and stressful. Today there’s an article with a front page headline that I’m divorced with second baby etc Then it goes to details of all kind of untrue crap that are completely made up. First thing this morning I call the editor and inform them about the made up story and that I’m not divorced and that many things in the article are made up and incorrect.    Read more »

The sanctimony and hypocrisy of the left-wing

The left-wing is all upset over allegations of spying on China…apparently it will put our trade at risk.

They are all agog and writing blog posts and decrying the risk to our trade with China.

Well colour me as unsurprised at their rank hypocrisy.

The left-wing has opposed every free trade deal, including the one with China and marched in the streets opposing them.

Their insistence on having the full text of the TPPA released is constant.

They want to spike all free trade deals, they want instead protectionism and no trade.   Read more »

David Rankin: “Taniwha Tax” culturally wrong and easily solved

As developers and property owners face thousands of dollars in fees for Maori “cultural impact assessments” on thousands of sites across Auckland, a Maori academic says there is a simple solution to the situation.

David Rankin, who is currently undertaking a PhD on traditional property rights, estimates that of the named sites, over 99.9% have no significant cultural value at all.

“There are two clear reasons for this,” he says.  “Firstly, the Auckland tribes do not know the significance of these sites themselves, so to claim they are important enough to charge people money to ‘clear’ these  sites for development is obviously extortion.  And secondly, they are not sacred because traditionally, tribes always removed tapu from regions after conflicts.  Ngapuhi – the last tribe to conquer Auckland lifted the tapu form the region.  I know this because it was one of my ancestors who was the tohunga who did this.”

That’s a bit inconvenient for the Maori rort industry. Read more »

One News Poll bad news for Andrew Little, great for Winston

The latest One News Poll is out and it shows that Andrew Little isn’t making any gains both against National nor in the Preferred PM stakes.

Winston Peters on the other hand is winning in the Preferred PM stakes and is just 1% point off being able to claim the moral high ground and take the title of Leader of the Opposition for himself.

National’s by-election beating in Northland appears to have done little to change how the rest of New Zealand feels about the party, latest poll results show.

A ONE News Colmar Brunton poll conducted this month shows National Party support remains steady on 49%.

Labour Party support also remained unchanged on 31%, while the Green Party slipped to one percentage point to 9%.

New Zealand First, on the other hand, has seen a slight bounce – up one percentage point to 7%.

The Conservative Party is steady on 2%, as is the Act Party on 1%. Mana is back in the frame on 1%, while the Maori Party slipped down to 1%.

When converted into seats in Parliament, the poll results would mean National would take 60 seats, Labour would take 38, the Greens 11 and New Zealand First 9.

The Maori Party, Act and United Future would all have just one each.

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Today in History

Red Baron

On this day, in 1918, Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, shot down the last of his 80 confirmed kills of the First World War.

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Face of the day UPDATED


Green Party MP Kevin Hague PHOTO – NZ Herald

Kevin Hague, Gareth Hughes, Vernon Tava, and James Shaw have all fronted at a public meeting in Auckland this afternoon.

Given the size of the party’s Auckland membership, Kevin Hague says it’s been a significant event.

“A third of the voters are in the Auckland province, and it’s obviously a crucial meeting for us. But right now actually being able to persuade these Auckland voters to vote for me in the co-leadership contest is gold.”

Kevin Hague says he has the most experience and passion, and the biggest support base.


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Word of the day

The word for today is…

pragmatic (adj) – 1. Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical.
2. Philosophy of or relating to pragmatism.
3. Linguistics of or relating to pragmatics.
4. Relating to or being the study of cause and effect in historical or political events with emphasis on the practical lessons to be learned from them.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1610s, “meddlesome, impertinently busy,” short for earlier pragmatical, or else from Middle French pragmatique (15crntury), from Latin pragmaticus “skilled in business or law,” from Greek pragmatikos “fit for business, active, business-like; systematic,” from pragma (genitive pragmatos) “a deed, act; that which has been done; a thing, matter, affair,” especially an important one; also a euphemism for something bad or disgraceful; in plural, “circumstances, affairs” (public or private), often in a bad sense, “trouble,” literally “a thing done,” from stem of prassein/prattein “to do, act, perform”. Meaning “matter-of-fact” is from 1853. In some later senses from German pragmatisch.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 19

15 Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.

Sunday nightCap