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Photo: Unknown source. RMS Rangitane, Crossing The Line

Photo: Unknown source.
RMS Rangitane.

Liner Sunk by German Raiders off East Cape

Seventy five years ago today, in the early hours of the morning on November 27, 1940, in poor visibility, the ocean liner RMS Rangitane was attacked by raiders Orion and Komet. Radio operators reported that the Rangitane was transmitting distress calls, while she was ordered to immediately cease transmissions and to stop.

On 25 November the Orion and Komet (cruising with an unarmed supply ship, the Kulmerland) had sunk the little steamer Holmwood off the Chatham Islands, taking its 17 crew and 12 passengers prisoner.

At 3.40 a.m. on the 27th the German flotilla intercepted a far bigger prize, the Rangitane, three days out of Auckland bound for the United Kingdom via Panama. The liner had a crew of 201 and was carrying 111 passengers, including Fleet Air Arm recruits and radar specialists on their way to Britain, and a group of British women who had escorted 477 child evacuees to New Zealand aboard SS Batory.

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Peter Dunne must be so proud, fake cannabis is more dangerous than the real stuff

I really dislike Peter Dunne, for his pomposity, for his arrogance and for his dopey lawmaking.

Synthetic cannabis has caused a cluster of cases of near-unconsciousness and in one person seizures, says an emergency doctor who is now warning the public of the drugs’ risks.

Seventeen patients suffering the ill effects of using synthetic cannabis were brought to Waitakere Hospital’s emergency department over a period of five days this month. Brought in by family, friends or ambulance, they had to be monitored for several hours until the effects of the drug started wearing off.

“Many of these patients had low levels of consciousness and were near comatose, while one patient experienced seizures,” says Dr Kate Allan, associate clinical director of emergency care at the Waitemata District Health Board.

“The more typical presentations for synthetic cannabinoid use are high blood pressure, palpitations and negative effects on the mind, including anxiety and hallucinations.”    Read more »

Cartoon of the Day


Credit: Roger Price

Another 11 of Labour’s closest crim friends have arrived from Australia

Some of Labour’s closet criminal friends have returned home.

That’s 11 more votes from the missing million for them.

Another 11 deportees from Australia’s Christmas Island have arrived at Auckland Airport.

They were being met this afternoon by police and Corrections staff, a police spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the men would go through the same process as the 12 deportees who arrived last week, under Australia’s new law on deporting non-citizens with certain criminal convictions.   Read more »

Maori to have bigger say in nobbled RMA reform in exchange for first reading support only

It seems it’s RMA reform when you aren’t really having RMA reform.

But what can we really expect when Nick Smith is the minister running this debacle?

The Government will introduce its long-awaited Resource Management Act reforms to Parliament next week after securing the support of the Maori Party.

The reforms to the country’s main planning document stalled two years ago when National’s support partners refused to back them because of their potential impact on the environment.

That impasse has now been broken, and Government planned to hold the first reading of the legislation next week. The most controversial proposals around environmental protections had been diluted, Environment Minister Nick Smith said.

Dr Smith said today the bill would support business growth and housing development while also ensuring more effective environmental management.

Its main changes would be new national planning templates for councils, faster and more flexible planning processes, reduced requirements for minor consents, and stronger national direction on issues such as housing.

Controversial changes to sections six and seven of the Act, which set out environmental bottom lines, have been “pulled back”.

The only change in these sections would be to the management of risks from natural hazards.

Dr Smith said the Maori Party had agreed to back the legislation to a select committee.

He described it as a “compromise bill” because of the environmental concessions, which had “changed the tone” of sections six and seven.

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Islamophobia and the ‘Hate’ crime statistics

Do you think that Muslims are one of the main groups in western societies that are the victims of ‘Hate’ crimes because of religious ‘bias’ against Islam? An entire word was created to describe ‘bias’ against Islam: Islamophobia. No other religion has been given a term like this so it must be a pretty big problem like homophobia right?

We constantly read stories in the news where they show some sweet, young, attractive woman in a hijab who was verbally abused for being Muslim, or who didn’t get a job because she refused to meet dress requirements. We read numerous articles after terrorist attacks in western countries, where reporters interview Muslims who say that they are afraid of reprisals against them.

Knowing what you know and having read all the Islamophobia articles in the news, which religious group from the top ten religions in America do you think are top of the ‘Hate’ crime statistics? Do you think they might be there because there are so many of them? Do you think it is because some members of their religion do terrorist acts thereby causing fear in the general population? If you answered yes to both of these questions you would be wrong.

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Seriously breathtaking: Media Party boost Little’s profile with overseas criminals

Are we seriously going to believe that a shoplifting conviction has this guy in prison?

In order to be eligible for deportation you have to have served at least a year in jail. When was the last time someone served a year in jail for shoplifting?

Oh well, he is thankful that Labour and Andrew Little cares about him.

One of the more than 60 New Zealanders held in a Sydney detention centre says he appreciated a visit by Labour leader Andrew Little.

Blair Rodger, 44, moved to Australia from the North Shore about 30 years ago, and has spent five months in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.

“I appreciated someone giving a damn,” he said of Mr Little’s visit today with MP Phil Goff.

Mr Rodger said he ended up at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre after serving six months in prison on low level cannabis charges.

He has an Australian wife and two teenage daughters, and ran a successful restaurant.

Once his sentence was complete, an historic shoplifting conviction saw him held for deportation, and he has been languishing at Villawood while appealing the deportation.

His business has collapsed, meaning his wife has had to take a benefit, and his eldest daughters’ grades are suffering.

“It’s been a heart strain on everyone,” Mr Rodger, who speaks with an Australian accent, told the Herald.

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Who is running Phil Goff?

It’s about time the covers are pulled off the people secretly working away pulling the strings of Auckland Mayoral candidate and Labour MP Phil Goff.

These people would prefer to stay in the shadows, but I’m sure Nicky Hagar would be supportive of more sunlight on the activities of the left.

Let’s have a look at his chief spin merchant and campaign manager for starters.

David Lewis is his name.

Many will know he ran Len Brown’s hit squad when Lenny’s little dalliances with Bevan Chuang became public. Len’s other political operatives like Phil Wilson, Glyn Jones, James Bews-Hair and Conor Roberts all battled between themselves about how to spin the Mayor’s rooting.

Lewis was brought in to tidy up the splattered mess, but by then it was too late, the Mayor was spent. He even sent an abusive text to Radio Live’s Duncan Garner: “Kckn hell Duncan. You’re feeding utter fckn bullshit” in an attempt to kill media interest in Len’s affair.

Then there were the attacks and threatening texts to Bevan Chuang that had all the hallmarks of a dark-arts practitioner. Lewis denied the text was from him, but not the spin, nastiness or smearing that came out of the Mayoral office during this time.   Read more »

When media break name suppression


In 2010 I thought I could be smart and get my way around name suppression laws by being cute. I failed, and wound up with a few convictions for breaking name suppression.

It didn’t matter that every person I named was a scumbag, or a wife beater, or a rapist. I broke the law and got lined up and rinsed by a Solicitor-General out to prove a point.

At the same time that I was before the courts TVNZ also broke name suppression in the Daljit Singh case, they weren’t even investigated much less charged. It was subtle and it was clever what they did, standing in front of election hoardings of Singh while talking about the person with name suppression.

This week at least two media outlets have breached name suppression again.

I am not going to go into the details of the case because to do so would mean that other people could do what I did to find out who it is that has their name suppressed.

But I will explain what it is the media did without the specifics.

Both Fairfax and the NZ Herald ran a story and the way they wrote it up just made you want to find out precisely who the suppressed person was.    Read more »

Guest column: “… this contrived, rigged and expensive farce of a flag referendum”

By Rosemary Francis.

Our dear, familiar flag is fluttering in front of my house. And for good measure, another flies above my rear fence. No one will doubt my choice of flag in this contrived, rigged and expensive farce of a flag referendum. The government’s estimated cost of the clumsy, two-part referendum was $26 million. Since then, to silence some of their critics, they have added the ‘red peak’ design, which is almost identical to the logo of a uniform producer. The estimated cost of adding this to the other four selected designs is a further $380,000. If any of these designs are selected, then additional millions will be spend changing all flags on buildings, documents and uniforms.

The big, intangible questions about New Zealand and our values are now tied up with a two-part referendum. In November we get to pick one flag from the shortlist of four. There is no place to vote to keep our Red White and Blue. This gives Key and his cohorts four months to continue to push for a flag change before the second referendum pits our existing flag against the brand-logo-like leading selection. Respected Kiwis have spoken out on the potential new ensigns. Actor Sam Neill, in an act of constructive patriotism, wrote “Three look like logos for a new sportswear franchise, while the koru looks like a tidal wave of despair”. Dougal McNeill thinks the four designs are “Banal bovine and bland”, which reflects the Government’s world view.  Read more »