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Winston back on Fortress New Zealand high horse



Winston Peters is complaining about a big increase in the amount of land sold to foreigners and he’s vowing his New Zealand First party will stop it.

Mr Peters is citing Overseas Investment Office figures which show that between January and July this year 108,724ha was sold to non-residents compared with 40,833ha during the same period last year.

Mr Peters says the largest sales were 2555ha at Lake Tekapo which went to Hong Kong buyers, 1341ha of Wairarapa land sold to an Australian investment company and a 1191ha Whakatane station sold to a couple listed to be from China.

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The only way you can make the Hawkes Bay water crisis worse: Green MPs

Green Party Proud Feral

Green Party Proud Feral

Green Party MPs Catherine Delahunty and Kevin Hague will attend a public meeting in Havelock North to support local concerns about water quality.

The Wednesday night meeting is the second to be held, the first was on Tuesday night when residents called for action over the contamination that has hit more than 5000 people with a gastro bug.

A protest march is to be held on Saturday.

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Labour have found the election winning circuit breaker they were looking for: New taxes

Labour is apparently close to endorsing a tax on sugary drinks – with health spokeswoman Annette King saying there is growing evidence and support for such a measure.

The Government has come under pressure from medical professionals to introduce a sugary drink tax, particularly after the British Conservative Government opted to do so in its latest Budget.

But although the Greens want such a tax brought it, Labour’s position has been that there isn’t enough evidence.

King has since suggested that position could change.

She told the Herald that no final decision had been made, but evidence for a sugary drink tax continued to mount. Read more »

Comment of the Day – on ethical investments

Darren writes

The simple fact is the technological advancements we take for granted today, the Internet for example, would not exist if not for the superior technology advancements in the setting of war.

Jet engines/aircraft, satellites, drones, radar and other advances in modern warfare technology are a direct result of the need to have an advantage over the enemy.

We forget that the things we take for granted daily would not exist if not for the necessity of having a technological advantage over the tyrannical enemies of our predecessors if not our current adversaries in what I believe is a new cold war.

Art that provokes a response

Recently I came across a talented Spanish Artist, Luis Quiles on Deviantart. His images provoke a response from the viewer and he has been censored by the admins on the website who have removed many of his images.A lot of his work is pornographic or sexual in style.

I could tell you what I think each artwork represents or what message I think it is sending but I will leave it to you the viewer to analyse it for yourself. I looked at some of the comments on one piece and the viewers had completely opposite interpretations of the work so it is very much a personal thing.

Today’s artworks are called Bomberman and Master of Puppets

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Mental Health Break

Message in a plastic bottle story attacked by keyboard warriors


Courtney Stevenson’s message in a bottle from 1995 has washed ashore in the Chatham Islands. MOLLY GOMEZ

It was a lovely simple story of a message in a bottle thrown into the ocean at Shelly Beach in Picton by an 8-year old girl,Courtney Stevenson 21 years ago.It turned up about 830 kilometres away in the Chatham Islands.The man who found it managed to make contact with the writer despite portions of the message being damaged. All in all, it was a simple but interesting story because what child hasn’t wanted to send or find a message in a bottle?

It is not the kind of story that you would expect to attract negative comments or nasty keyboard warriors but it turns out that the bottle being plastic was controversial.

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Map of the Day

INCITE Politics is out


The latest issue has just been emailed to existing subscribers.   Once again, exclusive polling and content you can’t find anywhere else.

Both Andrew Little and John Key are losing ground.  Are the voters tired of National, but out of alternatives?

INCITE:Politics asked ten questions of Auckland Mayoral candidates and have all their answers. Phil Goff, David Hay, Mark Thomas, Vic Crone and John Palino explain their thoughts for the future of Auckland.

And more… Read more »