It appears New Zealand has no idea of the exact number of Kiwi ISIS fighters

How many NZ based fighters are currently fighting with Daesh?

The government doesn’t really know. Even one is a concern, but it appears it may be way more than that…and they will coming home soon as Daesh collapses. Hopefully, many of them will die in the process of being defeated.

New Zealand has a “broad sense” of the number of Kiwis fighting with Islamic State and has monitoring in place in case they tried to return home, Prime Minister John Key says.

Key met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the weekend during her brief visit to Auckland.

Afterwards, Bishop told the Herald that about 110 Australians are fighting with isis in Iraq and Syria, and concern is turning to what to do with them if they survive and return home.

Isis was under increasing pressure, particularly because of the Mosul offensive, and there was a “high risk” that more foreign fighters would try and return to Australia, Bishop said.   Read more »


Key not angry enough for Audrey Young’s liking


The Media party are annoyed that their trip to India has been delayed…in Townsville. Audrey Young thinks John Key should be angry.

There are times when Prime Minister John Key is just too relaxed for words and today was one of those times.

“We’re a little disappointed,” he said when the breakdown of an Air Force Boeing in Australia forced the cancellation of the Mumbai leg of his trip to India.

“It is a little bit sub-optimal.”

This sort of laconic understatement might work in ads about Southern men to sell Speights or utes.

But not today. Key should be seething. The break down was unforgivable.

It’s embarrassing for New Zealand’s reputation as a can-do country.
Can’t even arrive.

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Well this is embarrassing. A Prime Minister who can’t even get one working plane

It is pretty embarrassing that NZ can’t field a plane to get the PM to India.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 plane has aborted takeoff twice at Townsville Airport in Australia due to technical problems.

It’s carrying Prime Minister John Key, former Blackcap Brendon McCullum and a delegation of around 30 business leaders to Mumbai, India, to build trade ties.

A contingent of media, as well as the Defence Force cricket team, were also on board.

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Bwahahaha: Lonergan tries emotional blackmail next

Boxing is essentially a corrupt sport, where even those at the top, doing the fighting, barely make a living. The promoters cream it all and the fighters get nothing.

Now one promoter is trying to use emotional blackmail to try and keep a fight in NZ.

The daily soap opera that is the heavyweight boxing scene has taken another twist with news Duco Events is struggling to get the financial backing it needs to host the impending WBO championship fight between Kiwi Joseph Parker and Mexican Andy Ruiz.

December 10 has been confirmed as the date the fight will take place in Auckland at either Eden Park, Mount Smart Stadium or Vector Arena, but reports this weekend have suggested that Duco require the event to be underwritten, and their current sponsorship deals don’t cover the seven figure number they need.

However Parker’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, disputes that they have asked for Government assistance and are in fact looking at other commercial opportunities.

“We are looking for commercial partners who want a return of their investment, and that’s what we are offering to a number of other partners and companies that could potentially come on board,” he said.   Read more »

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Face of the Day


The good old days when he still had full vision.

The leader of a gang that swore to rid Ngaruawahia of P dealers says he’s lost an eye for his efforts.

Jamie Pink, head of the Waikato town’s Tribal Huk gang, drove his Ford Explorer into the Waikato Times’ carpark on Monday morning, the paper reports.

The car was riddled with bullet holes and covered in blood stains, the result of a confrontation on a rural back road at the weekend.

“It’s over,” he told the Times. “I’ve lost an eyeball, but all good.” Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

migration (noun) – 1. The act or an instance of migrating.
2. A group migrating together.
3. (Chemistry & Physics)
(a) The movement of one atom or more from one position to another within a molecule.
(b) The movement of ions between electrodes during electrolysis.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1610’s, of persons, 1640’s of animals, from Latin migrationem (nominative migratio) “a removal, change of abode, migration,” noun of action from past participle stem of migrare “to move from one place to another,” probably originally *migwros, from PIE *meigw- (source of Greek ameibein “to change”), from root *mei- “to change, go, move”.

That European birds migrate across the seas or to Asia was understood in the Middle Ages, but subsequently forgotten. Dr. Johnson held that swallows slept all winter in the beds of rivers, while the naturalist Morton (1703) stated that they migrated to the moon. As late as 1837 the “Kendal Mercury” “detailed the circumstance of a person having observed several Swallows emerging from Grasmere Lake, in the spring of that year, in the form of ‘bell-shaped bubbles,’ from each of which a Swallow burst forth ….”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 24

4Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.

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