Lifejackets for net fishing? Next thing the coronoer will insist on them for the bath

Do you have to be blessed with stupidity to be a coroner?

Coroner Tim Scott thinks people net fishing should wear life-jackets…what next requiring children paddling in the shallows to wear life jackets? In the bath?

Fishing enthusiasts keen to set nets at a popular, but dangerous, Auckland beach should be wearing lifejackets, a coroner says.

Coroner Tim Scott called for the practice after investigating the deaths of four fishermen at Karioitahi Beach in 2011.

The men, who were from two different fishing groups, died within four days of each other after running into trouble while trying to set fishing nets in the surf.

None of the four were wearing lifejackets. They all died from drowning, Coroner Scott’s findings showed.

Brothers Aisea Inoke, 40, and Makamapuhia Inoke, 38, and their friend Hohapi Pepa, 41, had two children with them when things went wrong on October 24, 2011.  Read more »

Saturday nightCap

Saturday nightCap

Fox for donkey meat is not so bad


In China police in Guangdong Province have arrested seven people for injecting dirty water in sheep carcasses to increase the weight of the meat hence its value.

CCTV reported yesterday that officials raided the warehouse in a village in Baiyun district and found the men injecting bacteria-filled water into slaughtered sheep as a way to increase the weight of the meat and sell it for a high price, according to Shanghai Daily.

The man in charge of the operation and six workers at the warehouse have been held by police since the raid on December 30.

Officials found 30 sheep carcasses injected with up to six kilograms of pond water along with 335 living sheep, forged inspection stamps, pumps and rubber tubing in the warehouse. Suspects admitted to police that around 50 to 100 sheep were slaughtered there per day.   Read more »


Instead of policing paddling pools perhaps the council jobsworths should focus on contractors polluting waterways?”

Spotted this yesterday, and immediately thought of all the erosion, drainage and runoff control regulations builders and developers are faced with every day when working around waterways and stormwater drains. Surely polluting a waterway that drains into the Waitemata  Harbour is more important than 30cm deep paddling pools?

Taking place at Trusts Stadium yesterday morning in Waitakere.

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Two wrongs don’t make a right, clean up all our water

One excuse that bludging ratbag farmers use for allowing their cows to shit in the rivers and waterways is that towns are discharging effluent too and so therefore under the kindergarten logic they use they should be allowed to continue to pollute our waterways.

Here is one such example.

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Bludging Farmers should pay the True Costs of Pollution


So far no farmer or farmer representative has been willing to provide an un-edit post on why farmers should be given a free right to pollute.

To give some economic context to the nitrogen health issue, a high producing Canterbury dairy farm under irrigation leaches 130 kilograms of nitrogen for every hectare, every year.   Read more »


Turning liquid water into a gas for gas cutting



Questions for Farmers, Ctd


Farmers always get sooky when they are called bludging ratbags for wanting a free right to pollute, and not to pay the full cost their business incurs. I want to explore why this is, and give farmers a chance to defend their bludging.

One of the most perplexing parts of this bludging is the “Two wrong make a Right” bludge. Farmers always come back with town sewerage pollutes waterways too – and that means they should be allowed to pollute.  Read more »


Dodgy Subsidised Farmers should Pay the True Cost of Farming

The National Party should be ashamed of the huge subsidies being paid to dairy farmers in the form of a free right to pollute. The National Party is a party of free enterprise, not a party of corporate welfare, and the biggest bludgers of all are dairy farmers.

Bludging dairy farmers are using a subsidised right to pollute to make a profit while wrecking our waterways. The latest report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment shows just how much socialism is going on.

Fish & Game’s Bryce Johnson gets stuck into the socialists that are wrecking our lakes and rivers.   Read more »