Assisted Dying Bill – the details

The pertinent parts of ACT’s euthanasia bill have been released.

A person eligible for assisted dying would:


  • Be aged 18 or over


  • Suffer from a terminal illness likely to end their life within six months or have a grievous and irremediable medical condition


  • Be in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability


  • Experience intolerable suffering


  • Be able to understand the nature and consequences of assisted dying


There would be a legal process to follow:   Read more »

‘We are a culture not a costume’ campaign mocked

Not so long ago I wrote about a costume being viewed as racist. Today I came across a 2012 campaign called ‘ We are a culture not a costume. ‘ It was created by a group of college students in Ohio who were opposed to what they saw as racially offensive Halloween costumes and theme parties on college campuses.

Ohio University’s student group “Students Teaching About Racism in Society” (STARS) new “Were a culture, not a costume” Halloween campaign has a simple message: “You wear the costume for one night. I wear the stigma for life.”

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A tragedy? Sure. But I can’t help feel he dodged a bullet at the last minute


Still has some bugs to work out then

Normally losing your brand spanking new wife to suicide would be a tragedy, but I think this guy won the lottery

A newlywed wife whose husband complained she spent too much time on social media hanged herself after he confiscated her phone.

The woman, identified only as a 20-year-old named Aparna from the Kerala region, became upset following a row with her husband about her constant use of Facebook and WhatsApp. Read more »


Your future King is coming – do you care? [POLL]

via ODT

via ODT

King Chuck and his consort are coming… for the 9th time.  I’m sure they’ve seen dairy farms and marae before, so you have to wonder why.   It will give the British press another free hit to make fun of savages in skirts ‘greeting’ their Royalty with what appears to be a lot of aggression and ill will.

The Prince and Duchess arrive in Wellington on Wednesday November 4 where they will officially be welcomed at Government House, before laying a wreath at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

On Thursday the Prince of Wales will visit Tawa College and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Te Whaea. Read more »

Mental Health Break

New Zealand Farmer Matt Shirtcliffe talks about depression and farming from a deeply personal perspective

The Mental Health Foundation’s free service 09 623 4812 will refer callers to some of the helplines below:

  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354
  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
  • Healthline – 0800 611 116
  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (Lower North Island, Christchurch, West Coast) or 0800 211 211 or 04 473 9739 (other regions)

Is recycling really good for the environment?

It’s a valid question, is recycling good for the environment?

The hippies and greens will all say yes. Personally I have never really got into the whole recycling thing.

But is it really good for the environment?

The NY Times has an article that suggests otherwise.

While politicians set higher and higher goals, the national rate of recycling has stagnated in recent years. Yes, it’s popular in affluent neighborhoods like Park Slope in Brooklyn and in cities like San Francisco, but residents of the Bronx and Houston don’t have the same fervor for sorting garbage in their spare time.

The future for recycling looks even worse. As cities move beyond recycling paper and metals, and into glass, food scraps and assorted plastics, the costs rise sharply while the environmental benefits decline and sometimes vanish. “If you believe recycling is good for the planet and that we need to do more of it, then there’s a crisis to confront,” says David P. Steiner, the chief executive officer of Waste Management, the largest recycler of household trash in the United States. “Trying to turn garbage into gold costs a lot more than expected. We need to ask ourselves: What is the goal here?”

Recycling has been relentlessly promoted as a goal in and of itself: an unalloyed public good and private virtue that is indoctrinated in students from kindergarten through college. As a result, otherwise well-informed and educated people have no idea of the relative costs and benefits.

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Australian and New Zealand defences are being tested by terrorists

Bomb scare at Victoria University PHOTO-3 News

Bomb scare at Victoria University
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It is my firm belief that our defences and security were being tested by Islamic terrorists last week despite the MSM making no link whatsoever to terrorism. Currently the terrorists are gathering intel on how we deal with a threat. Additionally they are starting the first phase of terror by issuing threats designed to scare the population. In the future there will be no warnings just an attack.These are not the acts of a lone prankster as they were clearly co-ordinated. Last week we had Massey University  evacuated because of a threatening message.

It was the third threat against New Zealand universities in the last two days following an online post threatening a mass shooting at Otago University in Dunedin on Monday and a bomb threat at Victoria University in Wellington on Wednesday.

Meanwhile at the same time that Kiwi police were dealing with these threats, their Aussie counterparts were equally as busy.

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Thank God it’s not crap parenting that’s to blame

via thehits

via thehits

An iwi leader says the armed robbery of a Kaitaia dairy on Sunday by two teenagers was a direct result of the “limited windows of opportunity” young people have in the Far North.

North Road Dairy owner Dipika Patel was in the store when an armed 12-year-old boy, who police believe was on methamphetamine, entered demanding money at 8.35pm on Sunday.

But Te Rarawa iwi leader Haami Piripi told Newstalk ZB, while the images were “shocking”, people shouldn’t be too quick to demonise the teenagers. Read more »

$1B surplus expected – Bill will be giddy [UPDATED]

The year ended on June 30, and the final accounts will be released around 1pm today.

Finance Minister Bill English said when he presented the Budget there could be a turnaround.

In Parliament yesterday he wasn’t giving anything away.

“A return to surplus was always a stretch target,” he said.

“Regardless of whether the annual accounts show a small surplus or a small deficit, the overall trend is in the right direction.”

Labour’s finance spokesman, Grant Robertson, expects the accounts will show a small surplus.

“It’s almost certain the Government will announce a surplus for the last financial year … that they only just managed to scrape it together is poor financial management,” he said.

Mr Robertson is forecasting deficits for the current financial year and the next, contrary to the May Budget’s projections for modest surpluses.

“National’s financial management will go down in history as one small surplus out of nine budget deficits,” he said.

Apart from the fact that having a surplus is better than a deficit, National are desperate for one to fund their 2017 election bribes policy initiatives.  Expect the purse strings to be finally released somewhat with announcements along the lines of “police will get an extra $500m over years starting in 2018”, and other inspiring stuff.

The budget squeeze has been on everyone, well, mostly everyone.  So teachers, nurses, police and the like are somewhat overdue for some relief, if not directly, than at least by the public sector getting a little more money to adjust for inflationary and demand pressures.

And crime, health and education on the back of a strong economy has 4th term written all over it.  Chuck in a few tax cuts, ACC reductions and some feel-good stuff, and the Left are going to need something Bigger than Dirty Politics and something even less probable than Kim Dotcom to upset National’s chances.



The reported budget surplus $414M.  

While the ACC account is in surplus by $1.6B.   It’s another smoke and mirror job.


Talks of bringing tax cuts forward are similarly a joke.  But you’ll have them.  It’s been part of the 2017 campaign strategy since the beginning.


– Peter Wilson, NZN via 3 News