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NZ top of the list for Luxury travel too

You’d think listening to opposition parties and politicians that New Zealand sucked.

The problem with that is visitors love our country.

And now we have been rated top spot to visit by luxury travellers.

New Zealand has topped leading US luxury travel agency Virtuoso’s annual ‘Hot List’, winning the honour for the biggest year-on-year growth in luxury travel.

The announcement was made at Virtuoso Travel Week, held in August, in front of 4,420 delegates, attending from 92 countries – the largest delegate attendance ever.

New Zealand topped the list by a wide margin, with a staggering increase of 196 per cent growth year-on-year. Chile followed in second place, with an increase of 103 per cent, while Indonesia, Hungary and Hong Kong made up the remainder of the top five.    Read more »

Compare and Contrast: Part One

Suffer the little children.

Below are children being prepared for war.
1. Children in Palestine

COMPARE 2014

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CONTRAST

2. Children in Germany during WWII

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HATE Speech and attacks on Jews   Read more »

First it was the Japs, now it is the Poms, clamping down on welfare for migrants

Kiwis moan about their “entitlements” being eroded by Labour in Australia when Helen Clark sold them down the river.

But migrant welfare bludgers are causing problems all around the world and just a few weeks ago the Japanese moved to limit entitlement to welfare.

Now the Poms are doing it too…a signal perhaps for Paula Bennett to look at toughening up our welfare eligibility rules too.

Migrants will be banned from receiving any benefits until they have contributed to Britain, under government plans to limit access to handouts.

David Cameron today announced the period for which European migrants can claim benefits is to be halved and recruitment agencies are to be banned from advertising jobs exclusively overseas.

But Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith revealed plans to go even further to secure EU agreement to stop benefits being paid to people who have not contributed to to the state, raising the prospect of handouts being linked to tax payments.

The Conservatives are forcing through further measures to deter so-called ‘benefit tourists’.

In January, the Government introduced rules that meant European migrants had to wait three months before they could claim out-of-work benefits – and then could only claim for a maximum of six months.    Read more »

Photo Of The Day

100-year anniversary of the Great War

100-year anniversary of the Great War

100-year anniversary of the Great War

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Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton

Cigar Industry, Milan, 1997

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Rare Historical Photos

Rare Historical Photos

Crowded ship bringing American troops back home.

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Map of the Day

twitter map of Europe

 

This shows tweets made in Europe in location and language between Oct. 23 and Nov. 30, 2012, with each language shown in a different colour.

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Wolf Map

 

Distribution of wolves in Europe

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Europe - Russia - 2014

2014: Russia annexes the Ukrainian region of Crimea, after Russian troops invade and the area votes to secede from Ukraine. The vote and annexation is condemned internationally.

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