Tauranga and Invercargill the first cities to sell state houses

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The Government is about to begin selling up to 2000 state houses to social housing providers, with homes in Tauranga and Invercargill first on the block.

About 1140 houses in Tauranga and another 370 in Invercargill will be sold to registered providers from tomorrow as part of the Social Reform Housing programme.

Tenants affected in Invercargill and Tauranga will be able to stay in their homes when they are sold, with the properties to remain as social housing unless the Government decides otherwise. Read more »

The Dhimmi NZ Herald publishes an article offensive to Muslims




Oh dear.

Oh dear, oh dear.

You don’t want to make followers of Islam angry NZ Herald, you won’t like them when they are angry, just ask Charlie Hebdo.

This is what happens when you are ignorant of an ideology. The NZ Herald knows that showing a cartoon of Muhammad is breaking Sharia Law with consequences of violence and death so they don’t do it like the submissive Dhimmis they are but like most apologists there is still so much that they still don’t understand about Islam.

They wrote an article about an Italian in New Zealand who lost his job for saying “Hi Darling ” to a woman who turned out to be his manager. As part of the same article they published a list of what you should do to avoid losing your job in New Zealand and included something that is a a major issue for practising Muslims. Can you guess what it was?

Dos and don’ts of on-the-job communication:

• Don’t be too vocal on any job until you’ve proven yourself to be a good worker.

• Don’t use pet names, particularly not for your boss.

• Do smile and extend a handshake.

• Don’t be too forward or too friendly until you have established a more solid working relationship.

• Do keep calm when conversing with your colleagues and don’t let your emotions get the best of you.

  • Corazon Miller A Newspaper

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Mental Health Break

Green Party gets called out for playing politics with high needs children

The principal of a Dunedin special needs school believes the Green Party’s parliamentary inquiry into special needs in New Zealand schools lacks focus and detail.

The inquiry, announced earlier this month, will focus on improving the learning experience of children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders.

Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said, ”So many students are missing out on education because their learning differences are not identified early enough and help is not made available. We want to change the system so every child has a fair go.”

However Raewyn Alexander, principal of Dunedin special needs school Sara Cohen, said she did not understand why other ”challenges” such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy were not included in the inquiry.

”If they want a fair go for every child, why have they only focused on those three specific challenges? If they want a fair go for every child, then they should be asking for an inquiry for all kids with needs, not just those three aspects of special needs.”

Yes, well.  Raewyn Alexander is just highlighting the latest Green Taliban “cause” that the Green Party truly don’t care about.  It’s just about media coverage, and there is very little genuine concern.   Read more »

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The duplicity of our media: they protect their own

Apparently, a principal has been “caught” because his email address was found on the Ashley Madison hacking data dump.

A principal has been caught using his school email account for the Ashley Madison website.

The chairwoman of the intermediate school’s board of trustees confirmed the principal used his school email address mistakenly, instead of his personal account, to sign up for the website which promotes cheating and helps link users for sexual encounters.

The chairwoman said it was a “historical” incident, having happened three years ago, and said it only came to the attention of the board of trustees this week as the result of [media] inquiries.

“We will be reminding staff of appropriate use of school emails as a result of this situation,” the chairwoman said.

“This is a historical incident and use of a school email was not intended and is obviously extremely regretted.”

The board has not met to discuss any decisions on possible disciplinary action or if the principal’s computer would be further investigated.

The principal did not return calls from the [media].

He is the second principal of a New Zealand school caught up in the hacked Ashley Madison data.

So riddle me this…   Read more »

Local body electronic voting on the way, but not for Auckland

Local Government Associate Minister Louise Upston confirmed that the country’s biggest city wouldn’t feature in a trial of online voting for next year’s local body elections.

Officials from the Super City are some of the biggest supporters of a digital voting revolution, but Auckland Council’s catchment has been deemed too big.

“A trial that includes all of Auckland and its approximately 1 million electors is simply too large to adequately mitigate these risks,” she said.

Stung by a dismal 36 per cent voter turnout in the 2013 elections, Auckland Council has lobbied hard to introduce internet voting.

But its campaign has failed. Applications are now only being sought from smaller councils to provide a range of voting systems.

So far, Porirua, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Matamata-Piako, Selwyn, Marlborough and Whanganui councils have confirmed that they want to be part of the trial. Read more »

How did you get started with your first home? [POLL]

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More than three-quarters of people struggling to get on the property ladder say they won’t be able to buy a house in the next few years.

As house prices continue to soar, particularly in Auckland, eight in 10 New Zealanders who do not own a house feel it is unlikely they will be able to buy one within three to five years, according to a new survey. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo taken from the IOC archives. Wyndham Halswelle in the final of the 400 metre race at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. Halswelle ran the race alone, in the only walkover in Olympic history. American John Carpenter was disqualified, and fellow Americans John Baxter Taylor and William Robbins refused to run in protest.

Photo taken from the IOC archives.
Wyndham Halswelle in the final of the 400 metre race at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. Halswelle ran the race alone, in the only walkover in Olympic history. American John Carpenter was disqualified, and fellow Americans John Baxter Taylor and William Robbins refused to run in protest.

Wyndham Halswelle

Athlete and Soldier 

London-born Wyndham Halswelle was a competitor in one of the most amazing (and surreal!) Olympic events – the 400m final of the 1908 Olympics. In this event, Halswelle won the gold medal in a race that had no other runners.

The reason for the occurrence of this most strangest of races, was the total absence of uniform rules that then existed. For prior to the rules in the Olympics being standardised, many of the countries had different sets of sporting laws (and behaviour!). The result, predictably enough, was that some of the events were chaotic.

It maybe one of the most remarkable stories, as well as one of the most tragic in the history of Scottish sport, which the winner of Scotland’s first Olympic track gold won in highly controversial and dramatic circumstances.

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It’s saving lives, but let’s recognise it for what it is

Experts say a huge drop in the sudden deaths of high-risk babies is all down to one new innovation.

They say 25 babies are being saved every year by being placed in hand-woven or plastic pods on their parents’ beds and even more lives could be saved.

Parents want to bond with their babies but up to half of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy are down to unintentional suffocation in bed. The sleeping pods offer a solution.

“[It] enables mothers to take their babies to bed with them and sleep with them, giving the advantages of bonding and breastfeeding, but it also is protecting the babies from accidental suffocation,” says child health researcher Professor Ed Mitchell.

The kuia of Ngati Porou helped come up with the idea of the wahakura, which were a hit from the start.

“Partly because the baby can still sleep with Mum and Dad in their bed, in the bed with Mum and Dad, and also because the baby’s safe, it’s easy for breastfeeding,” says Kathrine Clarke.

It’s so easy they can hardly make them fast enough.

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