Weekend warriors take to each other instead of ducks


Two people have been shot within hours of the duck shooting season opening.

One man was shot in the eye and another shot in the wrist in separate incidents.

A rescue helicopter was called to Lismore near Ashburton after the first incident about 7.45am. Read more »

Brace yourself for a Panama Papers orgy

It’s all going to be on come Tuesday, but the Media Party is getting lots of leaks and previews

The Panama Papers leaker has gone public, singling out New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Calling themself “John Doe”, the person behind the biggest leak or hack of all time has released an 1800 word statement.

They refer to “issues that need fixing”, and say: “Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand has been curiously quiet about his country’s role in enabling the financial fraud Mecca that is the Cook Islands.”

The statement refers to just one international leader – Mr Key.

It does not include any details of direct personal involvement by Mr Key.

Titled “The Revolution Will Be Digitized” the statement gives justification for the leak, saying that “income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time” and says that government authorities need to do more to address it.

The leak is mostly believed to be a hack.

“John Doe” says that there is no link with any international spy agency and offers to cooperate with the relevant authorities.

Hackers and anarchists are busy trying to influence through crime and intimidation.  And the Media are of course happy to help out.  Here’s the last part of “John Doe”‘s essay:   Read more »

Mike King does what Chris Hipkins won’t

I love Mike King and I was thrilled to see yesterday that he is prepared to do what Chris Hipkins so far has refused to do. He has visited a charter school. Unlike Chris Hipkins both Mike and I have accepted invitations to visit South Auckland Middle school. I was very impressed by what I saw and experienced and it looks like Mike was impressed too. The school is very lucky to have an opportunity to experience “ Cool to Korero. ” with Mike.

PHOTO-Facebook Mike King visits South Auckland Middle School

Mike King visits South Auckland Middle School




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Calling the Labour MP for Australia Mr Davis… Mr Davis, your constituents need you


A group of Kiwis deported after the riots on Christmas Island last year are scared Australia might extradite them to face charges.

Newshub understands police have stepped up their monitoring of the 12 men — and one says he was told Australian police want to talk to him over his alleged role in the riots. Read more »

Faulty source of renewable clean green energy stops public transport


So the solution is?

To get in a car.   With petrol.   And get places.

Foss in charge of another clusterwhatsit


The Ministry of Transport has proposed a one-off vision test for drivers when they first apply. For renewals, people would simply have to declare they can see properly.

I beg your pardon?

Eyesight testing for licence renewals has been controversial. The majority of people who fail the tests are later told by their optometrists that their vision is fine for driving.

Studies done for the ministry have found there are few safety benefits from frequent eye tests, and a discussion paper said the changes could save up to $13.7 million over the next two decades, mainly through cutting time spent travelling to licensing agents. Read more »

Labour planning two-stage referendum on Medicinal Cannabis

Whaleoil General Debate

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There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.

Face of the day


New Plymouth Mayor, Andrew Judd

Today’s face of the day Mayor Andrew Judd refers to himself as a recovering racist. I am glad that he has educated himself about Maori culture and history and that he cares about all his constituents. I disagree with his non democratic views on how to address what he sees as an imbalance. If any New Zealander with a Maori ethnic background wants representation on a council like every other New Zealander of any other ethnic background they can run for council. Race based positions on councils are not okay. We live in a democracy and councillors should be voted in to office.

When Andrew Judd ran for Mayor he did not tell the voters his intentions for change as he claims he changed his views while in office. Unfortunately he and his family have suffered abuse from his community because of it and he will not be standing again. Even Len Brown has not been treated as badly as this Mayor. Appallingly someone actually spat on him!

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

valetudinarian (noun) –  A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health.

(adj) – 1. Chronically ailing; sickly.
2. Constantly and morbidly concerned with one’s health.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “one who is constantly concerned with his own ailments,” 1703, from valetudinary (1580’s), from Latin valetudinarius, from valetudo “state of health” (either good or bad), from valere “be strong” + -tudo, abstract noun suffix. Valetudinary (adj.) “sickly” is recorded from 1580’s.