New Zealand

They are winning the battle but not the war

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I went into battle today with my six foot five son at my side. As I limped down the battle field ( I had my varicose veins lazered recently ) I followed my usual routine. I scanned the supermarket shelves and made my choice based on the cost per 100 grams. Sometimes I asked my son to read the labels as I didn’t have my reading glasses with me. We happily discussed sodium and fat content while making a decision on which peanut butter brand to buy and slowly but surely our shopping basket began to fill up.

On my list were two products that my daughter had requested. Corn thins and Rice cakes. I had put both into my basket when my son scanned the ingredients and told me that the rice cakes had the Halal symbol on them. Did this mean that the rice cakes had been slaughtered according to Islamic doctrine? Were the rice cakes facing Mecca when they died? Are rice cakes mentioned in the Koran? Are Muslims forbidden from eating rice cakes unless a special tax is paid to one of their organisations so that they can have this special symbol on the packaging?

What ever the answer is I no longer wanted the rice cakes. I replaced them with another packet of the corn thins. I resent being turned into a Dhimmi in my own democratic non Islamic country. I resent paying a tax for something that is basically an extortion racket. Without firing a shot Islam has turned every one of us Infidel, Kafirs into Dhimmis. They are making money off us with the Halal certification racket. We are not talking about meat slaughtered to Islamic specifications here, we are talking about toothpaste, cat food, rice cakes as well as non food items such as personal care products, cosmetics and even medicine.

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The Psychology behind the smile

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I visited Rotorua the other day with the kids and amongst the tourists was a family group of Muslims. The men were in Western clothing and so were the young boys. The four women were head to toe in full black Burkas, though a couple had some coloured material on the lower part of the Burka to dress it up.

My natural reaction was one of discomfort and I tried to analyse why I felt that way. I realised that I felt simultaneously, threatened, angry and sad. I wondered if the men had the women on a leash would I feel any differently?

As we went up the Gondola I put my hands in front of my face to try to get a feel for the limited view the women would be getting through that post box like slit that they have to use to view the world around them. I realised that they would miss out on the view to the sides and could only see directly in front of them.

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Taking these back to where they were won

Harry Crozier's medals from Gallipoli campaign

Harry Crozier’s medals from Gallipoli campaign

This evening I am leaving with my father to go to Gallipoli. Mum and Dad were going to go and were booked to go more than two years ago. Mum of course contracted cancer and passed away, unable to ever go to Gallipoli. This will be an incredibly emotional trip for the both of us.

This has always been on my bucket list and to go for the centenary is an honour and a privilege.

We are stopping off in Dubai to visit my brother who lives there and then on to Istanbul and then to Gallipoli for the 100 year commemorations.

Yesterday I managed to pick up my great grandfather’s medal from that campaign. I spent some time with Harry’s son going over a lot of the memorabilia that he still has. It has been 30 years since I last saw him and I enjoyed my time yesterday afternoon with him. To have the medals sitting on the passenger seat on the drive home was special.

They are a little worse for wear and when we get back I will look at preserving them in a more appropriate manner. I will be looking for some ideas for presentation, but I think his service needs to be properly recognised and displayed rather than kept in a drawer. I am proud of the service record of our family. It should be displayed. It is the only real way to keep the memory alive.   Read more »

NZ economy out-performing every other OECD country

Looks like that despite the surplus being under serious threat the so-called “rock star economy” is still going along nicely, outperforming every other OECD country.

Australians are going to have to get used to New Zealanders going on about how much better their economy is if one economist is right.

Paul Bloxham, the HSBC economist who first called New Zealand a rock star economy, says the New Zealand dollar is going to be strong for some time because the economy it represents is strong.

The New Zealand dollar was at 98.27 Australian cents on Friday from 98.18 cents on Thursday and it is expected to reach parity.

The last time the New Zealand dollar passed the Australian dollar was on October 18, 1973 and it only managed it for a few hours, Mr Bloxham said on TVNZ’s Q+A programme today..

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How the Aussies see NZ

Miranda Devine writes about how New Zealand is growing and Australia is not.

AS if we needed proof that Australia is losing its mojo, our cocky little cousins across the ditch are rubbing our noses in their success.

The Kiwis are killing it.

The New Zealand dollar is set to hit parity with ours, for the first time in 30 years.

Its economy is growing 20 per cent faster. Its GDP per capita is rising while ours is falling.

Its competitiveness rankings have outstripped ours. Its unemployment rate is 5.7 per cent compared with our 6.3 per cent, and that’s with a higher participation rate.

The NZ budget is heading towards a surplus while ours spirals ­further into deficit.

She might have been a bit premature there on the surplus front.

But she credits Key and English…I guess that means when the surplus evaporates it is their fault too.

Sunny-natured and refreshingly normal, he presents a new model of reassuring, ­decisive centre-right political leadership tailor-made for the 24/7 media demand for ­authenticity.

He shows that canny leaders who are trusted can get away with just about anything.

For instance, Key increased the GST in NZ to 15 per cent without a blip to his popularity. He did it by reducing the top marginal rate of tax to 33 per cent — compared with Australia’s uncompetitive 49 per cent — and he and English discussed their “tax switch” for 18 months beforehand.

Key’s style is not to spring unpleasant surprises after an election and exude competence by ensuring he is able to implement the policies he has promised.

He created a clear narrative for his government, to fix the fiscal mess of his Labor predecessors and put NZ back on the path to growth.

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Faces of the day

Cousins Kelly McKay, 15, left, and Payge Olds, 16, right, helped to rescue a man who almost drowned in Wellington Harbour last night. Photo / Supplied to NZ Herald

Cousins Kelly McKay, 15, left, and Payge Olds, 16, right, helped to rescue a man who almost drowned in Wellington Harbour last night. Photo / Supplied

Forget the stereotypes about beautiful girls, today’s faces of the day are brave and beautiful. They are so young yet they stepped up because if they didn’t the man was going to die. They are real Kiwi heroes and role models.

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You have heard of Kinder Surprise but have you heard of Halal Surprise? * UPDATED

Kinder Surprise egg with hidden toy.

Kinder Surprise egg with hidden toy.

Most New Zealanders are totally unaware of the Halal Surprise. Some realise that there is such a thing as Halal meat and others realise that a lot of our meat in New Zealand is now slaughtered according to Islamic requirements. In brief this means that the animal is not spared pain. UPDATE: That is the case in other countries but NZ Halal meat is different.

In the UK however what I said is correct.

A petition demanding an outright ban on slaughtering animals without stunning them first has attracted more than 100,000 backers – but the Government insisted last week that it still had “no intention” of outlawing religious slaughter.

Campaigners backed by celebrities including comedian Ricky Gervais, actress Sadie Frost and Queen guitarist Brian May will now press for a fresh Commons debate on the issue after quickly exceeding the six-figure threshold required on the parliamentary petition site to trigger a possible time slot.

Figures released by the British Veterinary Association last week show that the number of animals undergoing ritual slaughter without stunning has soared in the UK in the past year.

Campaigning by Muslims for traditional methods of slaughter is said to have led to a 60% rise in the number of animals having their throats cut while conscious.

-Huff Post

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Halal meat is not what I mean by Halal Surprise though I am very surprised that our animal rights groups have let this go under the radar and have not protested even once ( to my knowledge.) *UPDATE: NZ Halal slaughter is different

It is estimated there are 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, and 70 per cent follow halal food standards. The global halal market is said to be worth nearly $800 billion.

Since Indonesia’s rejection of New Zealand certifying authorities, which threatens $100 million of beef exports and potentially $450 million of dairy exports, the Government has said the New Zealand Food Safety Authority will provide oversight for organisations that certify halal meat to standardise halal certification.

– NZ Herald ( 2010 )

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Andrew Cornaga/photosport.co.nz

Photo: Andrew Cornaga/photosport.co.nz

The Unforgettable Martin Crowe

Martin Crowe is chased by fans, New Zealand Black Caps v Australia, Cricket World Cup, Eden Park, New Zealand. 22 February 1992.

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State School Cost vs Charter School Cost

The PPTA/NZEI/Labour and their apologists continue to try and promote the myth that Charter Schools are over funded.

While some good results are coming here and brilliant results for urban Charters in the USA it is worth thinking of comparative costs.

A Charter school in NZ costs approximately $1 million to set up.

As a recent State example Ormiston Senior College cost $50 million and currently are spreading that over only 400 students while getting nearly $8,400 per student per annum too.

Ormiston Senior College is a decile 10, Co-Educational Secondary school, located in Auckland. The school has 396 Year 11-15 students including 8international students. The school receives $3,313,403.55 in direct government funding, which translates to a budget of $8,367.18 per student.

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Faces of the day

Willy Moon and Natalie Kill's wedding day

Willy Moon and Natalie Kill’s wedding day

Today’s faces of the day have been removed as judges from New Zealand’s version of The X Factor but all may not be as it seems.

I don’t watch reality T.V myself but I assume that it is almost completely scripted despite its veneer of reality. Take ‘ Keeping up with the Kardashians,’ for example. Do you really believe it is all spontaneous? Something interesting needs to happen each episode to keep the audience tuned in. Real life simply does not deliver entertainment in such convenient bite sized chunks even when the protagonists are rich and apply their makeup with a trowel.

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