After yesterday’s protests, you’d think NZ was the worst place on Earth: not so

After all the ferals had their Big Day Out yesterday and declared that the world had ended and we had all become serfs in our own country, you’d be hard-pressed to believe we live in one the best countries in the world.

And it turns out we do have a great country, despite the ferals and filthy hippies blocking up Auckland for a day.

New Zealand may be small but we still have a presence in the world, coming in at number nine for one of the happiest countries to live.

We even beat our neighbours, with the Aussies rounding out the top ten.   Read more »


More good news: people have money to spend and they are happy to spend it

People are feeling comfortable, and a good indicator of that is spending patterns.

New Zealand consumer confidence gained in January, with its stability notable considering the turbulent state of the global economy, according to the latest ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Index.

After dipping 4 points last month, the index rose 3 points to 121.4 in January, in line with the historical average of 119. Current expectations rose 4 points, while future expectations rose 2 points, with the former a positive sign for spending trends, ANZ’s chief economist Cameron Bagrie said.

“The New Year has started horribly for global financial markets, with commodity prices and equities being thumped – but so far it hasn’t affected local sentiment,” Bagrie said.

“It’s obviously a serious risk for our economy if the turmoil continues, but developments aren’t all bad news for consumers – lower oil prices will feed through into retail petrol prices in time, leaving more money in pockets, and lower interest rates are freeing up cash too.”    Read more »

Police Union boss goes all in on push for cops to have guns

Greg O’Connor is going all in as he pushes for Police to carry guns.

First up he had to create fear and used a couple of idiot journalists to milk that one with their stitch up, now he has doubled down on his bet and claimed cops are facing AK-47s, imitation Uzis, and pump action shotguns.

The Police Association president has revealed claims that Upper Hutt gunman Pera Smiler opened fire and hit a police car – narrowly missing an officer – before police shot and killed him.

Police have previously said their officers were fired on before they shot Smiler, but have always declined to give details while the incident remains under investigation by police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Association president Greg O’Connor made the latest claim while releasing figures on the number of guns being seized around the country.

The association has recently abandoned its controversial call to arm all police, instead refocusing its efforts into getting a political inquiry into how criminals are getting their hands on bigger, more powerful guns.

Police and ACC figures show a drop in gun crime and injuries.

However, in the wake of two shootings in the past two days, in Hawke’s Bay and Lower Hutt, O’Connor said pump-action shotguns, imitation Uzis, and AK47s, were just some of the firearms police had seized in recent months.

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Rodney Hide on 3 Strikes

Rodney Hide writes in the NBR:

Some 135-plus New Zealanders are walking about today not bashed, beaten or worse, thanks to the Three Strikes legislation. It’s a good result.  Another 135 fewer people are in prison.  That too, is a good result.

The numbers aren’t mine but lawyer Graeme Edgeler’s, who, while opposing Three Strikes, nonetheless has the intellectual integrity to gather up the data and report that, yes, the law is having the hoped-for deterrent effect.

Three Strikes is a dramatic example of the economics of crime and punishment. Do would-be criminals weigh the costs and benefits of crime? Are they rational? Does the risk of being caught, convicted and the extent of expected punishment enter their decision-making?

Crime experts say No. Economists say Yes.

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Labour goes full retard, cuddling crims in Aussie jails

Human rights abuses no less.  And?  Serco! 

All while cuddling scumbags the Aussies no longer want.

New Zealand should call out Australia for human rights abuses over the state of their detention centres, Labour says.

Pressure has been put on the Australian government by Opposition parties as well as the Government over a new policy which indiscriminately deports foreigners sentenced to more than 12 months’ prison.

There are around 200 Kiwis in detention centres around Australia and including Christmas Island waiting to be deported – many of whom left New Zealand when they were young.

The centres have been in the spotlight lately following the death of New Zealand-born Junior Togatuki who was found dead in his cell shortly before he was due to be deported.

Prime Minister John Key had a “blunt” chat about it with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during his week-long visit to the United Nations in New York this week.    Read more »

Another Aussie claim to a Kiwi icon busted


The Aussies can take this one in the chook, the argument over who invented the pavlova is finally settled:

The Oxford English Dictionary may have settled a long-running argument between Australia and New Zealand over who invented the pavlova.

The dessert – meringue with fruit and cream – was named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who visited both countries in the 1920s.

Australians and New Zealanders agree on that, but not on who invented it.

In its relaunched online edition, the OED says the first recorded pavlova recipe appeared in New Zealand in 1927.    Read more »

Face of the day

Patron of Shakti Helen Clark

Patron of Shakti
Helen Clark

Today’s face of the day is Helen Clark who is the Patron of Shakti. I may not share Helen Clark’s politics but I share her support of Shakti. More people need to know of its existence.

A woman close to my family came to New Zealand from Syria many years ago to an arranged marriage. She had never met her groom and neither had her family. She arrived in New Zealand unaware that she had rights and there were people who would protect her. If Shakti had been around then and if she had been aware of it she would have been able to escape instead of being trapped by the fact that she could not speak English and knew no one. Shakti are specially for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.

I did not know of Shakti’s existence until I watched an Australian show called Four Corners about Forced marriage. One of the stories was about a group of sisters rescued from forced marriage in New Zealand by their school’s guidance counselor and Shakti. Their story will move you.

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New report proves our media are comprehensively left wing

A new report and survey of journalists in New Zealand confirms what everyone has known for sometime. [Full report embedded below]

There is an inherent and embedded left wing bias in our media.

We asked respondents to rate their political stance on an 11-point scale, with 1 being strongly left-wing, 6 being the centre and 11 being strongly rightwing.

Journalists generally regarded themselves as moderately left-wing.

Sixty-two per cent of respondents rated themselves as somewhere on the left of the political spectrum, 22 per cent placed themselves in the centre and 16 per cent rated themselves somewhere on the right. The mean rating was 5.0, with a standard deviation of 2.0.

Statistical tests revealed no significant relationship between political views and job position.

By contrast, the New Zealand voting population is generally right of centre.

In the 2014 general election, a total of 52 per cent of voters voted for one of the three unambiguously right-of-centre parties: National, Act or Conservative (New Zealand Electoral Commission, 2014).

Wonder no more at left wing bias in our media.

It is now proven.

You have to wonder at the decision making skills of the editors and management though that they left their news outlets promulgate this left wing bias in clear contradiction of their customers own beliefs.

No wonder revenues are falling. When you alienate yourself from your audience you alienate yourself from their money too.  Read more »


Major changes to New Zealand domain names – .nz is coming!

Major changes to New Zealand domain names – .nz is coming!

unnamed-1There have been some pretty big changes to the world of Internet addresses this year. New domains such as .xyz, .club, and .sex have now been released, meaning that people don’t have to worry so much if they missed out on their dream .com domain. Some of the biggest changes for Kiwi internet users have been the introduction of .Kiwi, and the even more important .nz. And is here to help guide you through what this means both for people looking to register a new domain, and the 200,000 Kiwis who have already registered a New Zealand country code domain.

Up until now, kiwi websites had to have two levels, or two parts between the first dot and the end of the address – like, or Now website owners have a choice and can skip the second level and go straight to the .nz – for example.

This new top-level country code for New Zealand is being released on September 30th and has all of the answers for those affected. For people who have already registered a second-level domain such as or, your existing domain will put you in one of two categories:

Preferential Registration or Reservation (PRR)

This gives existing second-level domain registrants the right to register or reserve the matching top-level domain. For example, as the registrant of I can now go and register or reserve Read more »

An email from a reader. Read. Feel. Share.

A reader writes a touching email.

Ahead of Waitangi Day he provides us with some hope.

Dear WO

Today I had an appointment at the Oncology Dept. at Wellington Hospital as I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. This is not my first visit to the hospital, I have had several.

I have never before in my 44 years in this country as an immigrant from Argentina ever claimed any sort of benefit or had been the recipient of a free benefit from any government entity, I always worked and paid my own way. My wife is a no nonsense Southlander from Gore and always worked hard as well. We raised three children, all University graduates and none of them owe any money on their student loans here to this day. We have contributed to various causes and helped many people in their strife but our names are not known and will never be known.

But finally I had to leave my sense of independence aside and allow ‘the system’ to run its course.   Read more »