New Zealand

Boo hoo, dry your eyes

Narcissist and sad old git Owen Glenn is crying a river of tears int eh Herald this morning…that NZ is too nasty and he is being driven away.

Harden up or shut up Owen.

Sir Owen Glenn has become so disillusioned with New Zealand he plans to close his foundation and concentrate his charitable efforts overseas.

The millionaire philanthropist says he has effectively been driven out of New Zealand, possibly by people with political interests.

Sir Owen also cited a media obsessed with unearthing scandal as a factor in his decision to quit the country.

“I’ve literally been driven out of New Zealand mentally. I’ve closed down my foundation there.”

He believes he is the victim of the tall poppy syndrome.

“Why? I’m not hurting anybody. I’m doing the opposite. I’ve given more money away in New Zealand than anybody else ever as a philanthropist. Will somebody please tell [people] that? Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photograph by NASA : [12 December 2006]

Photograph by NASA : [12 December 2006]

Going for a (Space) Walk

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Photo Of The Day

Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images A Tucker Sno-Cat in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition encounters a slight problem with a crevasse ‚Äď 1957

Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images
A Tucker Sno-Cat in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition encounters a slight problem with a crevasse ‚Äď 1957

Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition

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Playing politics like Fiji plays rugby

I am with a group of 9 overseas bloggers and journalists here in Israel and obviously people are inquisitive, especially when you leave organised events to go do television interviews, so they Google.

Nicky Hager would probably call that some sort of Zionist conspiracy.

Nonetheless they Google and so are asking a few questions about what it is like to be involved in political debate in New Zealand.

One blogger, Anton Diaz, from the Philippines, plus a couple of other Filipinos expressed to me how New Zealand seems to know nothing about dirty politics, after all, no one  gets shot in drive by shootings for daring to express a different political opinion. This is apparently what happens in their country. In fact people get shot for much, much less.

So they asked why I play so hard. Those are my words, paraphrasing an interesting discussion over lunch.

I thought about that.

I play politics like Fiji or Samoa plays rugby. ¬† Read more »

Auckland University goon squad defends Hamas

 

Yesterday the Auckland University goon squad were out in force¬† dribs and drabs protesting against Hamas..oh….I mean Israel. It did make me wonder though, as one of their chants were “Boycott genocide”. Juliet Moses confronted the rowdy teenagers and tried engage some sensible dialogue with their adult supervisor and enlighten them to a few facts about Hamas, only to be shouted down with petulant behaviour, abuse¬†and more chanting¬†because they didn’t like what she had to say to them. It just goes to show one thing from ‘that side’, that freedom of speech is tolerated, as long as it’s theirs.

Billy Hania the adult representing the rowdy toddlers blurted out a ¬†delusional rant which stated that all the killing was a result of the Super Fund and other companies. It has been alleged that an Israeli chemical company that the Superannuation Fund invests in is “killing people” with white phosphorus. The trouble with that is, the IDF haven’t used it since 2009 and it is only used for smokescreens because its use as a weapon is now illegal.

Even David Shearer doesn’t know what’s going on, as is evident in his comment:

Labour defence spokesman David Shearer, who worked for the UN in some of the conflict zones where white phosphorus was allegedly used, this month called for the fund to sell its Israel Chemicals stake.

“We should be divesting from that [shareholding] immediately,” he said.

“New Zealand should not be investing in any type of munitions that can be used in the way Israel is using them at the moment.

“It is absolutely unacceptable and I think most New Zealanders would agree. I don’t believe it is right.

“There are plenty of good investments in the world without having to invest in armaments.” – source

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I tried, I really did, but couldn’t find a single road block, goon squad or government censor anywhere

The Grand Pacific Hotel, redeveloped and open for business

The Grand Pacific Hotel, redeveloped and open for business         Photo/ CamSlater, Whaleoil Media

I have spent three days in Fiji, a short trip transiting onto my next destination.

After my interview with Frank Bainimarama I received emails, threats, and comments that basically said that I didn’t know what I was talking about. That Suva wasn’t safe, that there were government goon squads roaming the city setting dogs onto people and breaking up groups of 5 ¬†or more, and that the media were muzzled by government censors, not to mention the road blocks and general intimidation and subjugation of the general population at the point of a gun. In fact I never saw a gun, at all, and trust me as someone who is interested in such things I was looking.

Well, I can tell you that despite asking and looking for all of these things that we have been told exists by the disaffected and the complicit media in New Zealand, I could find none of those things.

I went to several press conferences where media turned up, asked questions, received answers all without any Police or Army people present. ¬† Read more »

Will Fiji’s elections be free & fair?

Mohammed-Saneem

Supervisor of Elections at Fiji Elections Office, Mohammed Saneem Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

I am in Suva at the moment investigating Fiji’s path to democracy.

Today I visited the Fiji Elections Office, their Electoral Commission, and had an in-depth discussion with the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.

My questions and discussion focused on whether or not Fiji would be having free and fair elections on September 17.

In past elections there have been several incidences of vote tampering, ballot box stacking and in one particular example more votes cast than registered electors in a constituency.

Despite international observers in the past declaring elections free and fair it is obvious to all that Fiji’s past elections have been far from that.

Independence of Fiji Elections Office

The Fiji Elections Office is independent, just like New Zealand’s Electoral Commission. They are charged with overseeing the election and electoral law, which at present is by decree, but it is the law nonetheless.

I spent quite a bit of time understanding their voting processes and there are some quite innovative techniques they are utilising to combat voter fraud and vote rigging.

Voter Registration

The first step has been a comprehensive voter education and registration process that has been running for two years. Registered voters have a voter id card, this is not at all like the Easy Vote card that is so easily rorted in NZ.  The Fijian voter registration card is a photo id, it also contains biometric data (fingerprints) which require a match of at least 8 points.

The Fijian registered voters carry these cards everywhere. When I asked my cab diver last night, when I arrived in Suva, if he was registered to vote, he reached into his pocket and flourished it with obvious pride. Everyone eligible and registered to vote has one of these and a random sample on the streets shows that everyone without fail carries it. What this means is that only registered voters will be able to vote, and they require the photo and biometric identification in order to vote. This is a significant advancement over our voter registration processes in NZ. I should know as I have just watched my 18 year old son register to vote in NZ and our processes are farcical to say the least compared to what Fiji has initiated. ¬†¬† Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: An interview with Frank Bainimarama

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Photo/ Whaleoil Media, Steve Cook

On Saturday morning I was invited to an interview with Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Other NZ media other than Venkat Raman from Indian NewsLink were refused interviews.

I was free to ask anything and everything in a wide ranging interview. Some of the insights are very interesting. For reader who don’t know, I was born in Fiji, I am a Kaiviti.

My apologies in advance for the audio, I was using borrowed equipment and lacked a proper mic (which is now on my shopping list)

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Hamas using controlled demolitions to level neighborhoods: Media swallows hook, line and sinker

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Several days ago we saw footage of an apparent Israeli airstrike bombardment leveling an entire neighborhood. Wails of “genocide” and “extermination” and “war crimes” rocked the media as everyone assumed that what they were seeing was correct, and that the commentary and reporting surrounding this event was indeed factual.

Well, it’s not. And I am about to show you why. Read more »

Bitter media & apologists for old corrupt regime continue to lie about Fiji

The bitter media, upset at not gaining any interviews with Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama are intent on fomenting anger where none actually exists.

The presence of Fiji’s interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in Auckland has “disgusted” Fijians living in New Zealand.

Around 30 people holding placards and Fijian flags has marched in Manukau to the Vodafone Events Centre where Mr Bainimarama is holding a Fiji First festival to campaign for his political party ahead of elections in Fiji this year.

Protestor Shailendra Raju said it was “simply disgusting” that Mr Bainimarama was in Auckland this weekend.

“It’s mind-boggling that after all that has happened the New Zealand government is willing to facilitate this,” he said.

“I think the appeasement policy of John Key’s government has gone too far.”

He said he felt the government had “turned a blind eye” to evidence the elections in Fiji were not fair.

When the protestors arrived at the gates of the Vodafone Events Centre they were told to keep their protest to the road.

The protesters were told Mr Bainimarama hadn’t arrived yet and to keep the protest to the road.

Protestors became enraged and demanded to be let in by security.

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