How bad is radicalisation and jihadism in NZ mosques?

The NZ Herald has a report about Egyptian imams being sent to take control of NZ Mosques.

Egypt’s Government is sending Cairo-educated imams to “take control” of New Zealand mosques and Islamic centres in a new drive to reduce radicalisation and counter jihadism.

The imams – trained at the ancient Al-Azhar University, regarded as the foremost institution in the Islamic world for the study of Sunni theology and sharia law – will spend up to three years working alongside local mosque leaders promoting moderate Islam and tolerance.

One imam is already working at a Wellington mosque and three more are applying for work visas, according to Egypt’s Ambassador to New Zealand, Tarek al-Wasimy.

Explaining true Islam and promoting its peaceful message was an important first, proactive step in protecting the world from militant Islam and terrorism, he said.

“We are all combating terrorism. It has no borders and nobody is immune,” he told the Herald yesterday.

“We don’t want anything to happen here like what has happened in Belgium, Paris, Madrid or London so we are sending imams to explain Islam and to take control of Islamic centres and mosques here.”

Mr al-Wasimy said the imams were funded by the Egyptian Government and Al-Azhar, which dates back to 970 and in recent years has embarked on a global initiative to improve the image of Islam, promote tolerance, and battle radicalisation and recruitment of young Muslims by extremist groups.

I see that the Herald has bought the spin.   Read more »


Hide on Key, Labour and spying

The report is in and, contrary to the screaming skull’s assertions, there is not and has not been any mass surveillance of Kiwis.

Rodney Hide examines security, intelligence and Labour’s game-playing in his Herald on Sunday column:

There’s a reason John Key remains Prime Minister, having outpolled five successive Labour Party leaders: he is smart. And not just smart: very smart.

We can see that in his choosing Sir Michael Cullen along with lawyer Dame Patsy Reddy to review our spy agencies.

Cullen is Labour through and through and his conducting of the review should help depoliticise what has become a vexed issue.

He is also smart and will make it hard for Labour to oppose the review’s findings and recommendations.

Spying is highly politically charged and is a loser for any Government – the usual transparency that ensures accountability would undermine the very purpose of the agencies.

Until recent times there has been multi-party agreement and oversight of the spy agencies, including the Greens being represented on the Intelligence and Security Committee.

The political parties have placed the cause of national security above the seeking of political advantage and the agencies have also worked hard to be transparent with the Parliamentary parties.

The system has worked.

But, politics being politics, the Government-Opposition bipartisanship broke down when the political opportunity presented itself.

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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.

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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 »