If Key wants it, TV3 viewers do not.
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Prime Minister John Key is confident National can retain its seat in Northland despite NZ First leader Winston Peters throwing his hat in the ring.
“This is all about Winston and Winston not feeling that relevant post the election.”
Mr Peters living there or going fishing there didn’t mean he had a plan for Northland and National, as the Government, could do more for Northland, Mr Key said.
“If Winston Peters was to win Northland you deliver a stronger Peter Dunne and less RMA reform,” he said.
“It’s not about the candidate, it’s about what you can do and what you are doing for Northland.”
Sending troops to Iraq is playing into the terrorist’s hands, opponents say.
New Zealand is sending 143 military personnel into Iraq including 16 specialist trainers to train Iraqi soldiers.
Prime Minister John Key says he doesn’t think the Islamic State would be defeated in two years, but New Zealand would make a contribution and not stay in Iraq longer than that.
Labour’s defence spokesman Phil Goff says the $35 million being spent to send New Zealand trainers could make a real difference providing humanitarian aid.
The United States had spent billions of dollars and put thousands of trainers in with no effect, he told the programme.
“The Iraqi army is corrupt, it’s sectarian, it’s incompetently led, it lacks morale. None of those things can New Zealanders do anything about. This is sheer tokenism by John Key.” Read more »
Wine based drink. ¬†It’s 75% wine, and 25% something else. ¬†Something else doesn’t even have to be defined, but can contain something like… milk. ¬†And it is sold side-by-side with actual wine. ¬†You know, wine wine.
Don’t believe me, do you?
Shoppers are being ‘misled’ by supermarkets selling ‘wine based drink’ which is only 75 per cent wine in bottles that look like the real thing.
The Australian plonk looks like a normal bottle and is sold in supermarkets alongside real wine – but the small print reveals all is not as it seems.
The labels show that the ‘wine based drinks’ are not proper wine, with experts calling on producers to come clean about what else goes into the drink.
Industry guidelines state that any drink containing less than 75 per cent wine must¬†be described as a ‘wine based drink’, but suppliers do not have to say what the rest is, other¬†than sulphur dioxide or any allergens.
Sainsbury’s is selling Copper Red and Copper White with 12.5 per cent alcohol at a price of ¬£6.25.
Morrisons is stocking Shy Pig Red and White, at 11 per cent and 10.5 per cent alcohol, amongst some of their most popular buys at ¬£3.29.
I especially like the fact that they don’t have to explain what the other 25% is. ¬†Could as well be lighter fluid or anti-freeze.
But the problem is that this a wolf in sheep’s clothing. ¬†New Zealand wine makers need to front foot this development by popping stickers on with “REAL WINE” on them.
Also, a big push to prevent these pretenders to be placed among real bottles of wine.
Perhaps with the egg and milk in the ingredients, it should be shelved in the dairy section?
‘The fact that we had been misled into buying them as wine led us to do some more investigation.
‘We understand that supermarkets might find it difficult to have another section for these products on their shelves and may wish to merchandise them with wines, but we feel that low strength, low calorie and these drinks might all be best for their customers if merchandised clearly for what they are all together.
‘I suspect the other 25 per cent is water, but it could be unfermented grape must which would be better as at least that’s in wine,’ he added.
‘The so-called wine is highly misleading and it’s bad for the wine industry. It damages the industry’s integrity.
Next time, buy your own real cheap plonk, add some milk, eggs and water. ¬†Much cheaper that way.
But much more seriously, having this crap among real wine will devalue the sector and the brands. ¬†New Zealand wine makers must be proactive at making sure their product stands out as genuine.
– Daily mail
Some stories are just too much fun not to highlight
Police had to be called in to restore order after a crowd gathered to see a cheating wife and her lover locked together during sex after the rumour spread that her husband had asked a witch doctor to put a curse on her private parts.
And although medical experts say the embarrassing experience was more likely a case of ‘penis captivus’, in which the woman’s vagina had contracted too much and trapped the man’s penis, they were unable to stop the rumour and the mob had quickly assembled.
Local media said that unfaithful Sasha Ngema, 34, had reportedly been romping with toyboy Sol Qoboza, 22, at a rented apartment in the city of Johannesburg in South Africa while her husband was away on business.
Perhaps Kim Dotcom could get a witch doctor to put a curse on Mona’s private parts? ¬† Read more »
Just a quick report today, mostly to just gloss over the fact I’ve not been dieting for a week now. ¬†Family circumstances demanded I not be grumpy because I’m hungry, so I’ll be back on the horse from tomorrow. ¬† Luckily, most of you stuck to the program, and there has been some great progress this week. Read more »
Good job too.
Tax officials in Australia and New Zealand have agreed to share more information to try and help New Zealand recoup millions of dollars in unpaid student loans from people living in Australia.
Prime Minister John Key and Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, announced the information sharing arrangement at the annual leaders meeting yesterday.
Revenue Minister, Todd McClay said under the agreement, tax officials in Australia would be able to provide up-to-date contact information to their colleagues in New Zealand.
“We know that when we contact people, they start paying. Approximately 70 percent of overseas borrowers we contact begin to repay their debt. This new arrangement with Australia will ensure we contact many more borrowers,” he said. Read more »