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INCITE: Politics Summer Edition released

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Our latest edition of INCITE: Politics has been released. It will be in subscribers’ inboxes as you read this.

In this month’s edition we have contributions from Chris Trotter, Don Brash, David Farrar and Jock Anderson, as well as the usual contributions from Simon Lusk and myself.

  • Chris Trotter asks a very hard question
  • David Farrar provides some long-term predictions
  • Don Brash investigates Auckland’s affordable housing issue
  • Jock Anderson discusses a very interesting case before the courts

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INCITE: Politics launches today

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Today is the day and shortly the first editions of INCITE: Politics will begin landing in people’s inboxes.

Little in trouble – David Farrar writes about the fundamental problem for Andrew Little, his negative approval rating, and contrasts it with the very popular John Key.

The Route to Victory – Simon Lusk considers the potential routes to victory and the relative institutional strengths of both the Labour and the National parties in the 2017 election.

Ten Questions – Winston Peters takes the time to give some thoughtful answers to some important political questions.

Politician of the Year – Review our choice for the inaugural INCITE: Politics Politician of the year.

The Advent of the Media Party – Cam Slater writes about why the media have moved from neutral, dispassionate observers to players in the political game, and why the public no longer trusts them.

Pundits & Media –  Cam Slater’s view on the New Zealand media, with a counter view from Simon Lusk.    Read more »

Five days to go, have you pre-ordered INCITE: Politics?

There are five days to go to the launch of INCITE: Politics, the rest of the media have gone on holiday but we are busily putting together the first edition.

The polling has been completed and provides some very interesting and exclusive “incites” into what is happening out there. One thing for sure is one politician in particular is not going to enjoy reading our polling numbers.

I am really pleased to be able to announce the launch of this new premium report called INCITE: Politics. We will grow this exclusive report with more and more contributors. January’s edition is already likely to be a ripper.

This is a monthly insider’s report on politics in New Zealand.

This is an exclusive report. None of the information contained in INCITE: Politics will be available either on this blog or in any other publication.   Read more »

INCITE: Politics launching 15th, pre-order now

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new premium report called INCITE: Politics. Pre-orders are being taken from today ahead of the first edition which will be released 15 December.

This is a new initiative and we will be producing a monthly insiders report on politics in New Zealand.

I have commissioned exclusive polling information and will be adding comprehensive analysis and political insight from across the political spectrum.

This is an exclusive report. None of the information contained in INCITE: Politics will be available either on this blog or in any other publication.

We have also secured commentary from insiders across the political spectrum and the first MP we are featuring will surprise some.

The report will be delivered on the 15th of each month and will be forward looking…it is time for a change in our political discourse. Instead of focussing on what has happened we will attempt to look at what is going to happen.

The next two years will be exciting politically with the local body elections and the general election. Subscribe Now  to INCITE: Politics and be amongst the best informed in New Zealand on politics, policy and insider knowledge.

Opening Weekend and the Benefits of Remington Nitro Pheasant

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The Dirty Politics crew after an early mornng hunt on Sunday

This past weekend was opening weekend and so I went to the Hawkes Bay to shoot upland game birds with a couple of mates and Simon Lusk.

It was brilliantly fine, so not much fun for the duck shooters, but we had four dogs and four mates and two Isuzu trucks (including my one, an Isuzu D-Max custom Maverick 13 Hunter from Southern Autos), a pile of ammo and some fun to be had.

On Saturday we chased quail and when that quietened down we went and bombed up pigeons under a bridge at dusk. huge swarms of them came into roost and we lit up. It was great fun.

On Sunday we went to a spot Simon said had pheasants and we nailed three.

One was flushed by Bruce quite a way out and went away in a straight line from us. Simon put up his Benelli loaded with Remington Nitro Pheasant an one shot later it was down and then retrieved by Bruce.

Simon said to me that shot right there was why he used Remington Nitro Pheasant, and coincidentally he had prepared a post about why he uses it.      Read more »

Game Bird Processing, Ctd

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his might Isuzu D-Max

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his might Isuzu D-Max

by Simon Lusk

Game Bird butchery is something I used to dislike, mainly because I was never happy with my tools or the way the birds came out of the oven. I worked out how to stop them being tough by letting them settle for two weeks before processing, and have also learned enough about processing to make processing a pleasure.

The key to making processing birds pleasurable is to have the right tools to start with. For me this means a very sharp knife, some good game shears and a pair of pliers.

The knife itself does not matter as much as getting it really sharp. Some years back a friend who was a knife sharpening fanatic showed me a Spyderco Sharpmaker that he used, and as soon as I got one my knives became very easy to sharpen. Previously I had struggled with a whetstone or a steel and poor technique. With the Sharpmaker technique is not an issue, so my knives are always sharp.    Read more »

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Processing Game Birds

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his might Isuzu D-Max

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his might Isuzu D-Max

by Simon Lusk

Game Birds can be tough. They spend most of their life on the move, unlike battery chickens, so have far denser and tougher meat than farm raised birds.

The single most important part of processing game birds is to allow them to rest and allow the proteins in the meat that make it tough break down. This will turn a tough bird into something far more palatable.

To overcome the toughness the simplest approach is to leave the birds in the fridge for at least two weeks before processing them. One week doesn’t seem to be enough, with birds still coming out of the oven tough. After two weeks you will notice a real change in the composition of the flesh. It will become softer to the touch.    Read more »

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Upland Game Gear

Simon and his Cabelas Upland Game trousers

Simon and his Cabelas Upland Game trousers

By Simon Lusk

I have introduced a good number of people to upland game hunting. Those who are serious ask about the clothing I am wearing and usually end up getting the same gear I wear.

The most important piece of clothing is a good pair of upland pants. Upland hunting means bashing through blackberry and gorse so without a good pair of pants you will get cut to ribbons. Pants need to be at least 600 denier, or gorse and blackberry will go through them.

In recent seasons I have been using Cabela’s Roughneck Upland Jeans, which are the best upland pants I have worn. The facings are 1000 denier, but they are very soft and comfortable to wear compared to older upland pants. Get the brown not the blue ones, as the brown can be used for waterfowl hunting as well as upland.   Read more »

Cut the Crap, Andy

Andrew Little made his mark towards the end of parliament last year by telling John Key to cut the crap over his obfuscations under questioning.

Now it is him under the cosh about what he knew, when.

He needs to follow his own advice and cut the crap.

So far the story has been, that it is paid (only after Steve Joyce busted him), and that it wasn’t a worker, but a contractor…now we get the brain fade excuse.

Asked whether he would be surprised to learn Mr McCarten had known a month earlier, Mr Little said “yes, that would be a surprise to me.”

Mr Little said the first he knew that the invoice was not paid was at the end of January.

He had asked for the invoice and paid it on Tuesday this week – the same day Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce mocked him in Parliament for it and almost three weeks after he was told about it.

Mr McCarten did not wish to comment today, but Mr Little defended him, saying the campaign was his own responsibility and was in his capacity as a Labour Party member rather than the leader or an MP. “He [McCarten] was caught in the middle of volunteers trying to sort out a situation.”

He admitted there had been a delay “but once I knew there was an invoice, I paid pretty much as quickly as I could.”   Read more »

Prosecute the polluting councils

Simon Lusk, with Bruce and Mabo who seem disinterested with all the fuss of photos when they'd rather be hunting

Simon Lusk, with Bruce and Mabo who seem disinterested with all the fuss of photos when they’d rather be hunting

Councils are supposed to uphold by-laws and they do against their own ratepayers.

Recently we say a farmer prosecuted for polluting a stream because of his ham-fisted method of willow tree extraction. Farmers and businesses are regularly prosecuted as well by councils when unauthorised or exceesive discharges are made into stream and rivers.

But what do you do when the polluter is the council, and the Regional Council above them refuses to prosecute them.

That is what is happening in the Hawkes Bay where the Central Hawkes Bay District Council is continually breaching sewage discharge permits and has been for more than 10 years.

If it was a farmer they would have been hauled before the courts and prosecuted and fined massive amounts of money…but not this crowd.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council could face private prosecution of its members over failures of its wastewater system.

The council is in breach of discharge consents which have been in place just three months.

The possibility of the prosecutions has been raised by Friends of the Tukituki spokesman and political campaigner Simon Lusk, who told Radio New Zealand if the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council would not prosecute, then the group would look at prosecuting CHB councillors and Regional Council staff, Mr Lusk says, are “failing to uphold their statutory obligations”.

CHB Mayor Peter Butler said “they” had threatened the council with prosecution before, and council chief executive John Freeman said he received a letter from the group last month. “My understanding is you can’t prosecute against individuals on the council,” Mr Freeman said. He said the two councils and the Friends of the Tukituki “all want the same outcome” – to ensure the river is free of any unwanted discharge.

“Any prosecution would be a distraction and a waste of time and money which would be better spent ensuring it [the system] is up and running properly,” Mr Freeman said. Regional council staff have decided against prosecuting the council despite six breaches of the discharge consents since they came into effect in October.

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