Successful Partnership schools have a serious challenge ahead of them

Partnership schools haven’t been around for very long  but a number of them are already facing the challenge of demand exceeding supply due to their outstanding results and popularity. Yesterday I chatted on the phone to David Seymour  about the challenge that these successful schools are facing.

One of the things we discussed reminded me of a choice I was given as a child.  I wanted two things but was told I could only have one.  I had to ask myself which of the two was the most valuable.

Imagine that a rich relative has given you two choices:

1.The ownership of a house valued at $500,000 for the rest of your life that is built on land belonging to your relative that you are never allowed to sell. If your family grows and needs more space the relative will either rebuild the house to suit you or build a second house on the section.

2. A weekly income from a Trust fund equivalent to the average rent charged on a $500,000 house in the same area that will be adjusted annually to reflect inflation.

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Another safe day for Andrew Little yesterday.  No original Facebook posting, but he did repost a media piece on the Housing Crisis which got one loyal follower all hot an bothered.  (caution: unedited)  Read more »

The mysterious case of the ” Asian man ” and the never seen ” Arab man”

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Many years ago when I read the description,  “Asian man,” I immediately imagined a Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean man.I was aware that Indian men could also be described as Asian but their faces were never the first image that sprang to mind.

The MSM regularly use the description “Asian man ” instead of saying Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese or Indian. The media’s reluctance to be more specific is strange. Have you noticed that when they cover certain stories they consistently hide the offender’s actual race or ethnic identity behind this very general and non-specific description?

Here are a few examples where the man’s  actual race or ethnic identity is obscured by this broad description.

A British teenager who took her own life was afraid she would be branded a racist for posting a joke photo showing her with dark skin and a headscarf, a coroner’s inquest heard.

Phoebe Connop, 16, edited a photograph she posted during an online relationship with an Asian man.

..”From speaking to her friends in the weeks following her death, we discovered that the image had circulated further than she wanted it to.

“There had been some negative reaction and she confided in her friend, who did take the image down at her request, that she was scared of what the reaction might be from the Asian community in her area.”


An Asian man accused of killing a 35-year-old woman in Mecca is facing trial in Saudi Arabia.

The defendant reportedly stabbed the woman in her chest and abdomen which caused her death instantly.

Between 1.15 and 1.50am a woman on that street was attacked by a man who submitted her to a terrifying attack.

The suspect was caught on the CCTV above and is described as an Asian man with a beard and curly hair of medium build in his late 20s, wearing a black top with white sleeves and black shorts.

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The mainstream media like to generalise and lump a whole lot of races and ethnicities together under the title” Asian man” but strangely the general term “Arab man” is  rarely if ever used.  “Arab man”  covers a number of different races and ethnicities yet when an Arab man is in an article, his Arabness is rendered invisible. Have a look at these examples. To make my search easier I narrowed it down to articles where the man yelled out something in Arabic, thereby confirming the likelihood that he had an Arab ethnicity.

A French man shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.

A Jewish man has been stabbed in France by an attacker heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” in the latest attack to shake the country… the 62-year-old victim was wearing a Jewish kippa when he was targeted.

Isn’t it interesting how the religion of the victim was reported but not the religion of the ” attacker.”

A machete-wielding man yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is greatest) injured two female police officers before being fatally shot in the Belgian city of Charleroi on Saturday, in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist act.


I must add here that the MSM consistently mistranslate Allahu Akbar which actually means “Allah is greater,” meaning Allah is greater than your God or government.It is a declaration that Allah and Islam are dominant, which is why Islamic jihadists in the midst of killing infidels so often shout it out.

A MAN screamed “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked a couple with their own picnic knife at a German music festival.

Virginia man has been charged with stabbing two people while shouting the Muslim phrase “Allahu akbar,” and the attack is under investigation by the FBI, police said.

The suspect, Wasil Farooqui, 20…

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The mug shot and police file from this incident states that Wasil’s race is Asian and that his ethnicity is Arab. Now that we understand this distinction it is clear that an ” Asian man ” is an even broader description than I realised. I am half Lebanese but if I was to stab someone and yell, “Allahu Akbar” I suspect I will be described as.. ” a woman,” ” an Auckland woman,  ” or ” An Asian woman with curly hair”

My mug shot will read…

  • Complexion Olive
  • Race Asian
  • Ethnicity Arab.
  • Country of birth New Zealand


Councilors behind Dodgy Dam going ahead anyway… without water

…the Appeals Court upheld the Forest & Bird appeal challenging DoC’s decision to downgrade, and swap to the Regional Council’s holding company (HBRIC), conservation land necessary for the CHB dam .

Without that land, there’s no reservoir for the dam to fill.

This is a huge victory for the environment, with important ramifications beyond Hawke’s Bay, because — without this legal block — DoC otherwise could have used the same shonky process to downgrade and trade conservation land elsewhere in NZ. Forest & Bird deserve great credit for their  vigilance and persistance on the issue.

Where does this leave the dam? Certainly ‘on hold’ through the election window.

HBRIC chairman Andy Pearce told the Regional Council meeting today that he and his team were seeking to meet with the chief executive of DoC as soon as possible to review DoC’s plans. You can see the brief discussion on HBRC video when posted Thursday.

One option for DoC is to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Or, DoC could follow the directive of the Appeals Court and re-consider the proposed swap after a proper due course procedure, which would take time to organise and conduct, and the subsequent decision could also be legally challenged. [Of course, another option, less likely, would be for DoC to abandon the matter.]

DoC and HBRIC will have a few weeks to sort out their next steps, if an appeal is to be taken. Read more »

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Hey, National Party MPs: Never hug a corpse


Richard Harman at Politik went where Whaleoil isn’t welcome

The National Party turned out in force last night for the launch of ‘independent’ Victoria Crone’s Auckland mayoral campaign – and she dug deep into the government’s playbook to announce a new policy on a second harbour crossing.

But missing from the launch was John Key who has maintained a refusal to endorse Crone arguing that as Prime Minister he will have to work with whoever wins the Mayoral race.

That approach has drawn criticism and last night looked like Crone had finally got the formal approval of the National Party.

She was Introduced by National MPs Mark Mitchell and Alfred Ngaro and with a video exhortation from former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley, Crone’s big night was an emphatic coming together of the centre-right.

Speakers from both the Communities and Residents (C&R) and Auckland Future blocs spoke in her favour.  Government ministers Nikki Kaye, Maggie Barry and Paul Goldsmith were joined in the 130 strong crowd by National Party president Peter Goodfellow, the current Auckland regional chair, Andrew Hunt and the two immediate past chairs Alastair Bell and Alan Towers.

Crone’s launch announcement of bringing forward $150m of council funding to put a second harbour crossing on the fast-track by 2020 was applauded by Nats in attendance, including North Shore MP Barry.

Endorsed by The Nation’s Favourite Grandmother, no less. Read more »

Trump to visit Mexican president for talks

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… presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Sources, that include Mexican officials involved in the planning of the visit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated the meeting would cover a broad variety of topics ranging from trade to security to immigration and the contentious issue of border enforcement.

A serious, substantive, and respectful meeting with Nieto, also offers Trump the chance reassure skeptical undecided voters of his presidential temperament.

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A “tsunami” of homelessness has ripped through Tauranga – RNZ

We’ve run out of words to describe things sensibly.  In the effort to grab attention, everything gets ratcheted up to the point of absurdity.  The housing crisis isn’t a crisis any more.  Labour want it to be a State of Emergency.

And so we get to Tauranga, where homelessness is now so bad, there has been a ‘tsunami’ of it.

So that has to be pretty bad.  Imagine it, if you like.  And while you have that picture in mind, please consider some recent tsunamis:

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