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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 »

A Pilot’s View: Queenstown, New Zealand

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Just one vote, a wafer thin majority?

Labour and those who oppose are constantly banging on about the fact that the GCSB Bill will be passed “with a single vote” or passing it with “a wafer thin majority”.

This is ridiculous. Patently and demonstrably ridiculous.

Are they seriously suggesting that this is not democratic? It would appear that they are, they go on and on and on about it…watch parliament…speaker after speaker uses the lines “passed with a single vote” or passing it with “a wafer thin majority”.    Read more »

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How to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way

The About details on the video state:

Lake Lyndon in New Zealand.

The captain of the boat tried to start it after it died in the middle of the lake and it caught fire so he jumped ship and watch it burn slowly. No one could really do anything about it as it had two big tanks of gas on board until a sprint boat SAVED THE DAY!

Legend, give that man a DB.

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Blog Stats – August

Open Parachute has released the latest blog stats for August.

Once again I have to thank my loyal readers for their continued support of New Zealand’s number one blog. David Farrar has made some changes to the way his site records visits, but it is pleasing to note that there are almost 90,000 more pageviews per month.

Also pleasing to see The Standard Lynn Prentice’s hate blog languishing.

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July Blog Rankings

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The July blogosphere rankings are out for July.

Once again, thanks to my loyal readers and commenters I am number one.

The top 16 or so blogs are:

 

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NZ Blog Rankings – June 2012

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The Open Parachute Blog Rankings for June are out:

Once again I would like to thank all my loyal readers, commenters and those who contribute with story ideas and leads through the tipline.

Without you all I couldn’t do what I do, thanks.

Thanks also of course to my sponsors, mentors and advertisers….again without your help I couldn’t maintain the blog and the enthusiasm.

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Latest Blog Rankings

Open Parachute has the latest blog rankings.

Here are the top ten.

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Top Ten Blogs for March

Open Parachute has the latest blog rankings for March.

Thank you to all my readers and commenters for supporting New Zealand’s number one blog and helping to continue to grow the traffic and readership.

I’m pleased to note that Martyn Bradbury’s little read blog gets about the same number of readers in a month as I get on a good day.

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Top Ten Blogs in NZ

Open Parachute has released the latest blog rankings for February:

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