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  • Carl

    So with both leaders giving there so called state of the nation speeches tomorrow who do you think will be given top billing on the evening news channels tomorrow night?

    • Dave

      Andrew Little, the unions will have lent on Campbell dead, and TV one, plus the MSM need to get their socialist agendas out

      Another question, who are the people interested in hearing from, John Key.

      • Carl

        The good thing is that Campbell live is still on holiday.

        • mommadog

          The bad thing is Campbell Live will make up for missing tomorrows party for the rest of the year. Still lots of BS to come. Think of all those poor starving children who never got fed over the holidays and have to go back to school for a feed.

          • Dave

            Amazing how they all survived so well over the holidays without the schools feeding them Like the movie Boy: “Not crayfish again”!!

        • Karma

          Brace yourself Carl…I heard an ad for Campbell Live on the radio this morning. Prepare to tune out from next week!

          • Carl

            I heard that as well, it’s the crowd goes wild for me at that time.

    • willtin

      I find it difficult to comprehend one of them as a ‘Leader’.
      Otherwise, I can imagine that, the rising star of whats’ísname from the Labour Party will get top billing.

    • Nige.

      What the hell does it achieve anymore? How many swinging voters are there i wonder? There seems to be about 7 or 8% in the polls that changes hands. For the most part New Zealanders know who they trust and want to believe.

  • willtin

    Lighting fires on purpose, in dry countryside, is despicable.

  • Papillon

    I heard on Larry Williams show that Rachel Smalley is in Iraq interviewing refugees who fled ISIS. She will be reporting back on morning report. Now that she’s got her grown up journalist pants on, hopefully her reporting will become more mature also. Will be interesting to see how a first hand dose of reality affects her reporting.

    • ShortBackwardSquare

      How on earth did she jag that gig? Surely she can’t have that much pull in media?

    • Aucky

      She will be on a UN junket, first class all the way and shown what they want her to see. Expect some photos of Rachel clad in a sexy flak jacket and immaculate khaki to be posted on the ZB website.

      • Papillon

        Will explain the brand new Facebook page of hers with terrible profile pic. Just ready for some nice photos.

      • Karma

        And no doubt the PR people are probably negotiating a Woman’s magazine story as we speak.

        • Aucky

          Whichever mag is in the NZME stable. For sure.

          • ex-JAFA

            That’ll be the Women’s Weakly.

      • Wheninrome

        Dianna lookalike.

      • Dave

        Hmmmm proudly organised via Auntie Helen, straight propaganda, the way they want us to believe it.
        Now, we need to be Freed, time for them to send Cam or SB, wonder how Auntie Helen would feel about sponsoring them?

    • caochladh

      She should have taken a proper journalist with her, someone like Andrea Vance…..snigger, snigger.

      • Dave

        Perhaps the trifecta Add Katy Bradford no matter what we do ……… Nothing changes!

    • Catriona

      You’re joking. So that’s the best they can send? Certainly not the most intelligent. Oh well, I guess it’s good to strive to be famous for something.

  • RIP Demis Roussos. What a beautiful voice.

    • Gaynor

      Thanks for the link…. awesome

  • Cadwallader

    Last evening I heard Helen Kelly prattling on to Larry Williams about the dangers of quad-bikes and how reckless farmers can be.I wonder how often Helen Kelly has been on a farm? I do not know enough about her background but she wouldn’t appear to have been rustic in origin?

    • cows4me

      She’s welcome to come my farm and I can show her how reckless I can become.

    • Don W

      Does she know how many quad bikes are out there ,thousands.

  • George

    When Little presents tomorrow’s “State of the Nation” address, I expect to hear Labour’s solutions to the following. Housing shortage in Auckland, the eradication of child poverty, the raising of the lower income threshold. The direction to decrease national debt, Labour’s solution to internal security, the lowing of beneficiarie numbers and the eradication of unemployment.
    That is what I expect.
    This is what I I’ll get.
    Nothing! There will be in depth inquiries. Expert research, think tanks, cliché riddled comments adout “closing the gap” etc. I bet JK will be blammed for non existing crisis and so the band plays on.

    • Sally

      George, if you would like to take one for the team you can sign up and receive Little’s SOTN speech and report back.
      http://action.labour.org.nz/state-of-the-nation-signup

      • George

        You have to pay for it. Capitalist Mongral!

        • Sally

          Little’s little fundraiser!

      • Karma

        For a moment there I thought you’d written “Little SNOT”!

    • Catriona

      Andrew Little will promise to lift the minimum wage to $18.00 – betcha.

    • Bluemanning

      A State of the Nation address is IMO carried out by the ‘head of state’ and not the opposition leader.
      This is an example the MSM promoting Little as a leader by propaganda and misinformation..

  • Nige.

    Nic C answered last nights question with:

    “Oh yeah… half the AB’s squad”

    What is your best sporting moment? Either personal or witnessed.

    • Carl

      Getting a hole in one.

      • Nige.

        should always carry a spare pair.

    • Papillon

      Scoring a hat trick in secondary school soccer. Was against Forrest Hill. Best part though was their rather aggressive parents on the sidelines yelling ‘Run Forrest Run’, reminiscent of the Forrest Gump quote. Had me in fits of laughter.

    • Genevieve

      Watching my daughter play her first game of hockey at age 5. She managed to hit the ball once and otherwise looked quite confused for the entire game :)

      • caochladh

        Send her to St Trinnian’s for “expert” tuition.

        • Wheninrome

          The Molesworth stories are excellent as well.

    • Wallace Westland

      I once bumped into and spilt Ian Jones beer the night before a Bledisloe Cup match he was playing in and he didn’t thump me. I though that was pretty great!

    • Greg M

      Winning the darts comp against all odds at the Plough and Chequebook tavern just inland from Rakaia years ago.

      • Aucky

        Those South Canterbury cockies would have loved that Greg.

    • rantykiwi

      Going out claybird shooting with a mate’s work social club and warning them in advance that I was crap with a shotgun, then getting 96 of my hundred birds.

    • Sally

      I competed in lots of sports but one that always stands out is winning the school’s crosscountry race as a 3rd former. I couldn’t believe I beat all the girls including the senior girls.
      No training, competitive instinct kicked in – no-one was going to beat me!

      • sandalwood789

        Sarah Ulmer’s Athen’s Olympics gold in the individual pursuit (in world record time). I *still* remember how knackered she looked……
        NZ rowing eights gold at Munich Olympics 1972.

        Personal – winning the secondary-school division of a half-marathon way back in 1979 – the only race I’ve won.

        • Sally

          I once had a game of tennis with Peter Snell back in the 60’s. He told me to forget running and stick with tennis. Which I did.

      • caochladh

        We used to hide in the bushes and wait for them coming back and join on the end

        • kayaker

          I’m wondering if you went to the same school as me, caoch?

          • caochladh

            This was during my stint at the Model School for Boys, Belfast. The weekly cross country runs were over and around the Cave Hill.

          • ex-JAFA

            And how much modelling work did that lead to?

          • caochladh

            Are you kidding me? This place was the male version of St Trinians.

    • Isherman

      First landed ‘proper’ game fish. Yellowfin Tuna of 52kg taken in 2006 between White, and Whale Islands BOP. Kinda first equal with first Marlin taken at Houhora the following year.

    • Aucky

      Beaver’s penalty goal in the RWC Final.

    • kayaker

      Our daughter’s first game of Saturday netball at primary school (late ’80s). They were so proud of their bibs, they really had no idea when they were offside, they were like bees around a honeypot with the ball, but boy did they have a great time! To see their glowing, happy faces at the end of the game and to have her talk about it all week was worth it! Now she has two pre-school daughters of her own who are just as enthusiastic about anything they get into.

    • Cowgirl

      I still can’t get past One Australia sinking in the America’s Cup, or Jonah doing the Tongan sidestep over the English in the RWC.

      • They said at the time that the only thing that goes down faster than a Foster’s was Australia One!

    • ex-JAFA

      Getting smacked in the face by the opposition winger’s hockey stick and knocked out cold for 10 minutes. I took no further part in the game.

    • Eiselmann

      Witnessed Manchester United Champions League Final 1999, ,United went from 1-nil down against Bayern Munich and won 2-1 in three minutes of extra time to win the Triple.(League, FA Cup, Champions League)
      Personal When I was 14 I scored a goal directly form a corner…for that one moment I was on top of the world

    • intelligentes candida diva

      Personal:Taking 30 mins off an anticipated time to complete a 42 k marathon and a month later completing The Kepler Challenge when it was 67ks

      Too many good ones witnessed to have only one, I love our elite athletes winning. One event that is memorable was when Peter Blake won The LV Cup to go on and win the final challenge. For whatever reason I had watched all the races and no one knew what I was on about but the whole country did after, besides I admire Sir Peter Blake so he is up there

    • Curly1952

      Winning the Club rugby Championship in 1976 with all my mates!!
      Hell, that’s a long time ago now, Screw in spriggs were around then!!) but still great memories – Played 22 won 20 lost one drew 1

    • Wendy

      I used to hustle pool when I lived in France (is pool a sport?).

    • Wahbonnah

      Ummm could you class Darren Hughes winning the swiss ball routine at Aunty Annie’s as a sporting moment?

  • LabTested

    In the Australia Day honours yesterday Tony Abbott gave a Knight Hood to Prince Phillip, the Queens husband. It has more than raised a few eyebrows & Abbott is getting a bit of stick from all directions

    • Nige.

      Here is what i think of Abbott.

  • Saggy

    Can’t quite work out this boating accident in Herald. What would have happened if they’d managed to fire up the main one?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11392537

    • Stuarts.burgers

      Yet my thought as well unless they attached the “little” motor incorrectly the”big” motor should have cause all sorts of problems before this happened.

  • sandalwood789
  • Wallace Westland

    Just heard David Rankin on with Larry. Personally I support banning the Burqa anywhere in NZ.
    However the mans thought procees needs to be examined a bit.

    First he claims many young Maori are now disenfranchised due to the destruction of the Maori sovereignty and separatist movement and the Mana party at the last election and so they are now converting to Islam and possibly (with no evidence the extremist factions)

    Then he goes on to say that Pahkeha and Maori have assimilated into NZ culture but Muslim immigrants do not.

    EXCUSE ME? The fact that such a thing as the Maori sovereignty and separatist movement exists makes a complete mockery of everything he said.
    The man needs to take a long hard look at his culture it’s leaders and get a grip.
    If that is the best Maoridom can come up with they really are doomed to be the next wave of suicide bombers.

    • cows4me

      I’m afraid they all missed the point, both the commentators and Rankin. The Burqa isn’t so much a cultural symbol it’s a statement of power and control, these reasons are reasons enough to tell these creeps to get with the program or they can naff off.

    • Reaper

      David Rankin has been calling for an end to the king movement for some time.

      • Wallace Westland

        The King movement has nothing to do with Maori sovereignty or separatism which Rankin and co are big fans of.
        Rankin is Nga Puhi and the Maori king is Tainui. They can’t stand each other. More tribal drivel.

  • Catriona

    Every year the Herald and TV One & TV 3 bring out the back to school sob stories.
    When i went to school, my parents always paid cash for our school books and we were taken to town and kitted out in the school uniform. I never heard my parents complaining or running off to the local paper with a sob story about how they couldn’t afford to buy our stationery or our uniform. So what’s happened in the past couple of generations then. In turn, we sent our kids off to school with the correct uniform and money for their stationery lists. I don’t recall the amazing specials on stationery when our kids went to school. We certainly weren’t expecting to get everything for damn near nothing courtesy of the retailer!
    We were non-smokers and still are so we weren’t shelling out the equivalent of a packet of smokes – $28 someone told me the other day – at least 5 times per week.
    Oh, and we didn’t make filling the fridge with copious amounts of booze as well, which obviously takes priority in some families. We made our kids lunches, baked sweet treats for them and they went off to school happy as larry.
    Stop moaning people – take steps to set up a savings account and save for school, xmas etc. Can be easily done.

    • LabTested

      Target in Australia, Back to School Sale has kids Polo shirts for $2 each.

      • Catriona

        We were in UK last year and I went into one of those awful Primark stores where all the goods are made as cheap as in India. I swear you could have struck a match and the entire place would have ignited as the goods were absolute rubbish or should I say plastic, so I suspect if Target is selling polo shirts for $2, then are rubbish.

    • Aucky

      School stationery has never been so cheap. When our kids were at school it was compulsory to buy it all from the school at inflated prices because schools used stationery supply as a fund raiser.

      • Catriona

        And schools are still doing it. Then they go along to their locally owned bookseller/stationer after school has gone back and ask them to support some fundraiser – they know going to School Supplies won’t support their ongoing fundraising projects. Amazing.
        And the big chains won’t support local communities either – unless you count being able to ‘borrow’ the local BBQ to conduct a sausage sizzle. My daughter goes to her locally owned bookseller/stationer to get the kids books. Good for her I say. She understands that it’s the local owner-operator who is the lifeline of the community – not the big chain stores.

  • Nige.

    Look out next year Taranaki! its going to be the MAAAAAKKKKOOOOOS year!

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/sport/65443960/Makos-keep-MacDonald-in-the-mix

    • Carl

      They didn’t make you win last year Nige, so why will another year change that.

    • Aucky

      Yeah………just like it’s going to be the Warriors year Nige.

      • Nige.

        BOOOOO!!! Hey. We said that about the Black caps too eh…? eh…?

      • Isherman

        Time itself will end before that ever happens….

    • STAG

      Not a chance! Go The Naki!!!

    • cows4me

      Dreamer.

    • Salacious Crumb

      Gonna poach more Aucklanders than the Naki did then?

  • kayaker

    Does anyone know anyone in New York right now? My 20+yo son is living there. Sent him a FB message yesterday about the monster storm on its way to his town. He came back and said it was lucky that I had told him – because he had then Googled it. Action stations!

    To be fair, he’s up to his eyeballs in getting a show launched in the city of opportunity and in my eyes he can do no wrong (mothers and sons).

    I would be interested if anyone else has any updates from loved ones, or other ones, in NYC right now.

    • Karma

      I’ve been looking at the live NY web cams this afternoon. A little snow thus far.

      • kayaker

        I’ve been looking at a few, plus some pics he has taken from his apartment. Thanks, Karma.

        • Karma

          Question…were you the commenter looking for help with your Spanish class year (around election day) ? If so, did you find someone? If not, just ignore my question :-)

          • kayaker

            Yes, that would’ve been me. It all turned out well. Thanks for asking.

    • Lux

      Here is a live link to the storm in NY. it seems to have just started snowing …

      http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/blizzard-15/watch-live-new-york-city-snow-cam-n293521

      • kayaker

        Thank you Lux!

        • Lux

          It seems to be getting bad pretty quickly now, I have been watching it off and on all avo, now there is no traffic at all.

          • kayaker

            It’s definitely a shocker.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      A friend emailed me today, she is worried about her adult children in Brooklyn, she is in another state and it is being described as a “blizzard”

      • kayaker

        I have a good friend in Brooklyn. Sent her a message earlier today, but haven’t heard back. She often travels, so she could be away.

  • caochladh

    Forget the world news, this is the business………….

    • Dave

      Wait for the cry’s of horror, I have no doubt the greens and others will be claiming this as a barbaric act, and teaching a young boy to kill things. Then the cry from the Muslims, but was the fly facing Mecca when it was killed?

  • niggly

    Following on from SB’s excellent article on “Media Trolls” today.

    I was thinking the other day, how much organisations and their “brand” (thus popularity, status and revenue etc) can be damaged by negative social media comments if said organisations don’t keep an eye on such negativity escalating.

    So why on earth do the MSM (TV3/Fairfax/NZ Herald etc), allow certain trolls (usually lefties) take over their Comments Section and abuse fair minded people simply pointing out facts that the trolls don’t agree with?

    Their (MSM) brands are being damaged and these abusive comments will be there for “time immemorial” for people to forever see (and research)!

    Then bizarrely, the MSM online editors tend to ban the fair minded “righties” but leave the abusive “leftie” comments there!

    It makes one wonder if Fairfax, Media Works etc, shareholders and their Boards, have any idea what their employees are doing to smear and destroy their branding and companies from within i.e. by said employees not moderating out abusive comments and leaving them there, then banning rational discussion?

    The hard-left always complain that the MSM is “right-wing” (i.e. it is a corporate body dictating what the Journalists should write and how the MSM company controls the message), but really their “analysis” is yet again clearly wrong, wrong and wrong, when time after time the MSM demonstrate (as per above) they are being poorly managed and run by dopey section/dept managers who gleefully don’t give a stuff about the MSM Organisations reputation and instead prefer to support immature acts of abuse (and censorship) from their subordinates.

    Good grief the MSM is gleefully enjoying the spectacle of shooting itself in the foot whilst fair minded middle NZers stop visiting their websites (and thus advertisers)! Let alone are cancelling their print subscriptions en-masse, that’s another story in itself!

    • OneTrack

      It’s because the only people still reading their crap are lefties.

  • pisces8284 .

    So many channels, nothing to watch. What am I paying for, TV is AWFUL!

    • Disinfectant

      You could be like me and many of my friends who all agree that we have lived too long and there is nothing new anymore.
      Might have something to do with the fact that we were all the types who went out and did it.

    • Karma

      There’s a Sarah Beeny programme on Choice TV at 7.30pm – Double your house for half the money. It’s not too bad, unless Sarah Beeny gets on your nerves!

      • pisces8284 .

        I do quite like her, but Mr P has grabbed the remote, so tennis it is

    • pisces8284 .

      Facebook and Instagram crashed too. First world problems, might have to read!

  • intelligentes candida diva

    I have started my winter stock pile…I’m one of those ants or little red hens .
    Loads of fresh herbs this year, have made sage butter, thyme butter to come, tomatoes dehydrating, dry wood sorted nothing beats a fire in winter.
    Any other tips for stock piling delicious summer fare and types?

    • STAG

      Game birds hanging, fat rabbits frozen, beer brewing?

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Rabbit I havent had that since I was a child, mum did it like braising steak but lighter of course …gorgeous

        • pisces8284 .

          Mum used to buy it from Sainsbury’s in the UK. I remember it as having lots of bones

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Our were shot spotlighting. The English are good at having a selection of game meat to buy, wish we could get it here

          • STAG

            Bones are an issue, I tend to de-bone them before cooking, time consuming, but it means you can gobble with confidence.

        • STAG

          Quartered and slow cooked with red wine, then shredded and tossed though with pasta.

          Alternatively in a pie with gravy and lots of winter root veg, cant be beaten.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Its the pie that my mum used to make :-)

    • Stuarts.burgers

      Jams or my favourite pickles, courgettes, cucumbers and pickled beans all ready done, chow chow and maybe a peach relish to come.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Peach relish sounds good

    • Dave

      So have I, my wife is already telling me i need to lose weight, but, but its my winter food store :)

      On a serious note – Frozen berries, yummy with almost anything, if only i could get Red Currants here

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Oh well there are various ways to lose weight
        I bought a cherry pitter and have a few kilos in the freezer

    • Betty Swallocks

      Limes – I think you’re a bit far south to grow them – show up on our bush through March and April in great profusion, far too many for Mrs BS and I to slice up in our gin & tonic. I harvest them once they are ripe enough to give under thumb pressure, strip off all the zest, squeeze the juice then freeze it in ice-trays with the zest added. I usually manage two or three 2L ice-cream containers full which keeps us going until they start to appear again.

      Blackcurrants – equal quantities of blackcurrants (harvested around Christmas/New Year) and sugar put into a flagon with enough gin to fill the flagon to 1/2 an inch from the top turn into a rather nice blackcurrant liqueur by the middle of May. When you’ve filtered off the blackcurrants put them in the freezer and keep them as an ice-cream topping (probably not for kids’ parties).

      Basil – make as much pesto as you want from whatever recipe you like but leave out the cheese. Freeze it in ice-trays and it will keep for 3 months at least. When you want to use it defrost as many cubes as you need and add the grated Parmesan when they’ve defrosted.

      Parsley – chop the leaves coarsely then pack them tightly into ice-trays and freeze.

      Cucumbers – bread and butter pickles (what else??). It’s one of the main reasons I spent out a heap of money on a professional mandoline.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Can I come for pre dinner drinks please:-)

        Limes dont grow down here,basil has a short time of success.

        Cucumbers are cheap at the moment and I bought bread &butter pickles…very nice with fresh bread (of course) & shaved ham and cheese… I didnt think to make pickles…would it be cucumber slices sugar, white wine salt peppercorns and mustard seeds?

        • Betty Swallocks

          Almost spot on with the recipe for the pickle; add a bit of turmeric powder and you’re there. Slice up the cucumbers to about 1/8 inch (sorry don’t do metric, too old to change) – hence the need for a slicer of some sort. The mandoline cost the equivalent of $300 in foreign money when I was in France ten years ago by the way. God knows what it would cost now. I’ve never seen anything of an equal quality over here.

          Pre-dinner drinks are always an option at Maison Swallocks. No, thinking about it, they are probably compulsory.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        Can I come for pre dinner drinks please? :-)

        I haven’t seen limes growing and basil only has a short timeframe.

        Cucumbers are really inexpensive at the moment I never thought to make bread & butter pickles I will make a jar …TY. I actually bought a jar before Xmas because I was curious with the name & really enjoyed it with fresh bread (of course) & shaved ham & cheese.

  • Cowgirl

    Work permit received – yahoo!

    • Lux

      Congratulations !!!!!!!!
      well done ..

      • Cowgirl

        Thanks – took about 5 months or so, but finally my life can begin :)

    • Don W

      Have you got a job lined up.?

    • Carl

      Do you now have to find a job or have you got one sorted.

      • Cowgirl

        Hoping I have one already – one lady was dead keen, so will follow up with her tomorrow :)

    • intelligentes candida diva

      I thought I heard a sigh of relief, good girl, take a moment to enjoy.

    • Salacious Crumb

      Damn no more Whaleoiling then?

      • Cowgirl

        Maybe not so much now :/

        • Nige.

          (just kidding)

    • Dave

      Very Very pleased for you !! Good luck with the next step in the process.

      • Cowgirl

        Thanks – the PR bit takes forever

        • Dave

          I was meaning the JOB bit, but that too :)

          • Cowgirl

            Hopefully the job bit is already sorted :)

  • rantykiwi

    So Air Chathams are going to start the Whakatane to Auckland run when AIr NZ pull out. Good on them, and good luck making it pay. But what on earth are the Whakatane Council doing squandering ratepayer money on extending the runway so that Air Chathams’ unsuitable aircraft can land there? Surely they should be buying planes that are fit for purpose, not bludging off the ratepayers.

    Than this little gem is uttered by the mayor – “The council would continue to work with the Government to
    ensure that the airport, which is a 50:50 joint-venture with the
    Ministry of Transport, remained a viable long-term operation”
    . The government needs to hold the red flag up right now and flog the MOT 50% share to anyone who is mug enough to buy an uneconomic airport – the predominately government owned airline has already said the route is uneconomic so why on earth should a commercial player be given a taxpayer handout? Yet another flaky mayor doing a dodgy the like of which would only be expected from the love child of Brown and Fenton.

    Wake up Whakatane, you deserve no taxpayer support for your airport. Spend the 50 minutes driving (like much of the rest of NZ does when catching a flight) to Tauranga Airport instead.

    • Disinfectant

      Air New Zealand has previously claimed that certain routes are uneconomic.
      Then along came Euan Wilson. Next thing we know we have “Freedom” owned by none other than Air New Zealand.
      Euan Wilson goes, Freedom caries on for a while, then put to bed. Job done.

      • rantykiwi

        That would be Euan Wilson the fraudster – without his creative accounting Freedom wouldn’t have survived 5 minutes.

  • Papillon

    Is it just me, or does Kate Middleton resemble Bronagh Key a bit in these images? Like a younger Bronagh. Note pic on the left is a magazine photo shopped image of the pic on the right. A bit of controversy with the photoshopping it seems.http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/20155/womansdaycover_480x270.jpg

    • SlightlyStrange

      That’s some pretty awful photoshopping

      • Lux

        I don’t understand how someone can do such a terrible job and put it out as a magazine cover?

      • pisces8284 .

        That is so unprofessional, I would be ashamed to put out a cover like that

      • Catriona

        Exactly. Womans Day is a mag full of meaningless gossip. NZWW and New Idea not much better. I find the untouched photograph beautiful – there was no head to muck around with it imo. Maybe I’m old-fashioned. Hope you are reading this Editors of these mags.

        • Hard1

          “Australia’s No. 1 weekly magazine”
          Food for thought. Given that the content is mostly surveillance on celebrity lives, I would have thought Minto would be out in protest against meaningless gossip.

      • cows4me

        Which one is the bad one ?

      • Gaynor

        About 17 years ago my son had studio photos taken of his 1yr old daughter ….including some with me hugging my granddaughter. When it came to getting some photos printed ….I asked Mr photographer man to remove the bags under my eyes and forehead wrinkles …… He did and I look like a glamorous Nana ,,,, Every time we go past the photographers I can say ” He touched me up”….lol lots of funny reactions .
        Edit to add …Sometimes I love photoshopping!

    • fairymai

      yes Kate and Bronagh do look alike, both great women.

  • Sally

    In surveys and questionnaires we are often asked our ethnicity and 99% of the time the only option as a white New Zealander is European.

    Isn’t it time we grew up as a Nation and be able to have New Zealander recognised as a ethnicity. My ancestors came to NZ in the mid 1850’s and I see myself as a NZer not a European.

    In the US there are officially 6 ethnic and racial categories.
    White American, Native American and Alaska Native, Asian American, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander. They use some other race in census and surveys but they are not official

    Like us most of American settlers were from Europe but they do not use European as an ethnicity.

    I would like to see our main ethnicity categories
    White New Zealander, Native New Zealander, Asian New Zealander, Pacific Islander New Zealander.

    I would really like to see our government address this.We have Maori as an ethnicity but the majority of NZers have to put up with being European. Time for a change.

    • Don W

      When I get asked my ethnicity ( race) I reply that I am an individual member of the Human race.

    • TonyM

      I say NZer which generally confuses them. Well I’m something like 3.5 generations here, so hardly European…

    • Cowgirl

      I am white and I don’t know why they don’t ask that – it’s not like it’s anything to be ashamed of.

    • Ilovelife

      Racially, white people such as myself, are Caucasian anyway. Not European. I’m proud to be a 4th generation NZer….there are not many of us.

      • MoggieManiac

        I always use “caucasian”. My English ancestors came to NZ in 1843 so i’m definitely not European even though one of my gt (etc,etc) grandmothers was Italian.

    • caochladh

      I always write Celt……under other. ;-)

    • Sailor Sam

      There are no black people, nor white people in this world, we are either various shades of brown or various shades of pink.

  • rantykiwi

    Looks like Facebook and Instagram have both fallen over. Are we betting on ISIS, Lizard Squad, or the global warming initiated blizzards in the US being the cause?

    • Cowgirl

      Is that why I can’t get on there? I assumed it was my rubbish phone again

    • Cadwallader

      Is it possible Rachael Smallbrain overloaded it posting snaps of herself with her Iraqi fan-base?

    • Isherman

      I reckon the first person to write a book called “How to survive without Facebook” will sell millions.

      • Hard1

        Or “How to survive without electricity”. 2 days ago…
        “Pakistan was on Sunday plunged into darkness due to a massive power failure apparently triggered by a militant attack on a major power line, causing hardship to over 140 million people across the country, including the capital Islamabad.
        The power failure plunged about 80 per cent country into darkness, the fourth major breakdown of the system within the past one month.”

        Any Muslims with access to explosives in our Army?.

        • Isherman

          Haha, I’ve already got a book to cover that, its called the New Zealand Nautical Almanac…..no electricity needed for fishing man.

        • caochladh

          Does anyone actually pay for electricity in India.

          • I saw power lines like that in China. Locals told me many of the wires are no longer live or in use, it’s just that no one’s bothered taking them down.

    • cows4me

      Oh dear the wife will be devastated, oh the humanity, hilarious.

      • caochladh

        A grief counselling session in the cow shed?

        • cows4me

          There will be no gossip tomorrow morning.

          • Nige.

            *yay!*

          • JAFA Gazza

            Hey C4M…were you at Raglan wharf on Saturday by any chance? Saw a silver SUV that had an interesting rego plate…. ;)

  • cows4me

    It seems New Zealand is fast becoming the bolt hole for the filthy rich. Reading a report on Drudge, it seems many of the world’s wealthy and powerful are buying up farms with airstrips in New Zealand. The general feeling is the world is about to go down the toilet and we are seen as a very safe haven. They’re welcome as far as I’m concerned as long as they don’t bring the attitude that they can start dictating and telling us how to run our lives, just like certain Muslims.

    • Don W

      Their wealth is welcome here .Good for our economy.

    • pisces8284 .

      Wasn’t there a film years ago about the end of the world, and the only people left were in New Zealand?

      • Cadwallader

        No that was a Labour Party policy manifesto… Helen Clark, Cam and KDC were the sole survivors!

        • pisces8284 .

          The Quiet Earth was one (with Bruno Lawrence) but I don’t think that was the one I was thinking of

          • johcar

            Watched The Quiet Earth years ago – just bought the Kindle book yesterday to re-familiarise myself…

      • patriot

        ‘On the Beach’..made in 1959 and starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. Adapted from the novel by Neville Shute. Its WW111…..and a nuclear bomb has gone off spreading radiation around the world. Set in Melbourne as it is the last city to suffer from the radiation fallout. (Though N.Z. would probly be last).

        • pisces8284 .

          Yes, that was it. Thanks (can sleep tonight now)

    • Yeahright

      A few years ago I heard that NZ is about 5 million people short for the economy to be self sufficient. Now where are these 5 mil going to come from, or more precisely, who?
      Europe, Pacific Islands, Asia etc. I know who the hard workers are…..

  • Jdogg

    Too many duckfaces have finally bought Facebook and Instagram down! Arrrghhhh!

    • Orange

      EVERYBODY TO WHALEOIL!!! Got to make a facebook post about it. Hang on.. DOH!

    • Dave

      Wait, ……. Waiting, please all look to Krim DotCon’s twitter account. “I am negotiating with the hackers to get FB back online. I have offered them each a free 500 GB MEGA account as soon as FB is back!

      • Jdogg

        Oh goodness, just about choked with laughter, excellent!! :D

      • pisces8284 .

        The Emperor’s got some more new clothes

    • Wallace Westland

      And we care cos……..?

      • Jdogg

        Well, we don’t, but isn’t facetious sarcasm fantastic? :)

  • Isherman

    OK everybody, feel ashamed, feel deeeply deeply ashamed that our nasty ‘neo-lib’, ‘profit driven’ country isnt doing enough for the literary arts..spare me lady, by the way, what did you do with your profits? Oh, and its the gummints fault of course.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11392635

    • caochladh

      Did you really expect anything else from one of the Green Lunatic’s groupies?

      • Isherman

        Wasn’t aware that she was that far beyond reason or salvation myself..haven’t read the book either.

    • Don W

      They think they have a god given right to other peoples hard earned money without giving any thing of value in return. Another group of freeloaders.

    • Wallace Westland

      For crying out loud, She’d be lucky if ten people in the world have read here tome from end to end anyway.
      And who made her ambassador for NZ?
      Another snivelling liberal greenie with her hand out.

    • Teletubby

      Yet another “artiste” suffering from chronic entitlement syndrome

      • Sailor Sam

        A certain outrageous westie as well as a warrior princess spring to mind.

        • jude

          My thoughts exactly:) They are removed from reality, and think they have some sort of status that makes their opinion, important to us all.
          I switch off from both.

        • Teletubby

          The one that began it all was the woman from Once Were Warriors, Rena Owen I think, granted she really did a great job in the role but she seemed to think she was owed a living for life based on that one performance

    • Karma

      I saw a variation of that article on Stuff earlier. I thought the PM’s response was good.

    • Papillon

      The saying, don’t bite the hand that feeds, springs to mind.

    • Moonroof

      Miss Eleanor is being a bit precious methinks.Anyone can get a student loan for an arts degree. What you do with the quals is up to you. So it doesn’t pay as well as engineering, ever heard of meeting the market if you want make a living?

      • Mags

        In her case it might.

    • Cowgirl

      No surprises that she mentions 3 countries that have semi-Conservative governments. This is really petty and a pretty pathetic attempt to whip up some non-existent outrage.

    • jude

      Well ,I would have thought the top priority for the Government and the Opposition, is to deal with the so called “250000 starving” children,before we spend a cent on keeping some “literary genius” in the manner that she has become accustomed.
      John Key , with his wits about him, should have a field day:)

    • OneTrack

      Is she going for a spot on the greens list?

      By the way – how did she get to India? I hope she didn’t help warm the planet to get there.

      But its great that she slags off against the government because they are too focussed on money. And because they won’t give her and her industry more money. So exactly who is more focussed on money?

      • Isherman

        With a rather political diatribe like that, she might be I suppose. The Gweens will be beside themselves if she did..a poster girl..who people have heard of.

  • Teletubby

    I see the Mike Sabin situation, reported here what seems like months ago has finally hit the MSM. Very disappointed that John Key who has known for months this was coming has been caught completely unprepared. He should have front footed this months ago and said “it’s not appropriate to have a chair of the law and order select committee who is under investigation by the police so Mike will be standing down during the investigation, if he is cleared he will be reinstated.” But nope, did nothing, is still unprepared and looking dodgy as a result of it. Hell, I’m a huge JK fan and even I think he’s looking evasive on this one

    • Nirvana10

      Not at all. The media have nothing more to add to what was already known prior to Christmas and it is only ‘news’ now because John Key has returned from overseas and journalists are hoping for something ‘sensational’. I don’t think the PM is ‘looking evasive’ at all. He is not judging this situation till all the facts are in the open. That is how he should rightly behave.

      • Teletubby

        I beg to differ, I don’t think that “because I comment on things I want to comment on and I don’t on things I don’t” is a proper answer, in fact it smells of third term arrogance to me. A far better answer would have been, “I’m awaiting the outcome of the police inquiry, it would be inappropriate for me to comment prior to then as it may prejudice the inquiry.” The answer he gave almost says, I’m not interested in answering you and we are polling so high I’m not even going to bother to make up a good reason for not answering you. The fact remains he knew this was coming and should have been better prepared

  • Shane M

    Has anyone read the Charter Schools article on the Herald by Peter Lyons? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11392086
    I get the strong sense he is being facetious. Either that, or his writing style is rather poor.

    Peter Lyons teaches economics at St Peter’s College in Epsom. I have a feeling I have read junk from him in the past, but I’m not certain. Any thoughts?

    • Pluto

      Yes Shane you have read junk from Peter Lyons before.
      Think left wing, bitter, teacher union diatribe, head in the sand, anti anything that resembles positive change, in other words just your typical Herald scribe.

    • Dave

      suggest you type his name in the search field above the list of posts on him is as long as it is unflattering.

    • Ilovelife

      I agree. I’m sure he was being facetious. He is as left wing as they come and no doubt anti choice/anti charter schools. I read that with mouth agape. Most of what he writes is rubbish and I feel sorry for his students.

      • Shane M

        I too feel sorry for his students. One thing young people need, I think, is a solid grasp of basic economics. It is no surprise that young people are left deficient in this area when there are muppets like Peter Lyons leading their education. It is a worry, to say the least.

      • ex-JAFA

        You’d think he’d be more supportive of parental choice in selecting their children’s education, given that his own school is an integrated state school. Its entire roll comes from those who *choose* to send their sons there, rather than to a state school or any of the other integrated Catholic boys’ colleges in Auckland.

  • SlightlyStrange

    Whats the consensus… Does this mean what I think it means?

    • la la land

      that freedom of speech is under threat from a giant unstoppable force? What did you think?

      • SlightlyStrange

        When the friend from years ago who posted it is also Muslim?

        • la la land

          I think it could be kinda scary being a moderate Muslim right now – I mean I look at fundamentalist Christians and cringe – I even hate the yanks bringing GOD in to their fights… imagine how it feels for them right now.

        • Isherman

          A muslim, really?, either not a good muslim or an uneducated one, as they will find the Hadiths explicitly forbid using images of living creatures..like gorilla’s for example.

      • SlightlyStrange

        Glad I’m not the only one to interpret it that way.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Uuummm Isnt John Key a bit naiive in saying
    “…..wouldnt take too much out of their comments…” Glad Im not in that part of the world then!

    That said I am 100% behind his next comment “….standing up to isis and reducing their threat in my view makes it a safer world for NZers” Bring on a tempered measured aggressive response to these heathens ..

    • rantykiwi

      Bring on a tempered measured aggressive response to these heathens

      Some carefully targeted tactical nuclear weapons would be a suitably restrained starting point.

      • Nige.

        Operation ‘glass’.

        • intelligentes candida diva

          What is “Operation glass” Nige?

          • Nige.

            The urban/legend myth is than if a nuclear bomb is dropped in a desert then it will turn the sand in that area into glass.

            I believe that it has only actually happened once during early nuclear tests in mexico.

          • ex-JAFA

            Great, that’ll give them the fastest fibre optic network on the planet. Data across the desert at the speed of light.

        • DrFix

          Back about 1963 or so I had a mate whose parents had a metal crushing plant, pulling river stones and metal out of the Manawatu River. Crushed it up, anything from base course to find sand. One night they had a lightning strike directly on the sand mound, it was a layer of black glass about 3 inches thick. Still got a bit somewhere.

      • intelligentes candida diva

        True but I am not as confident as you that Iran might come to the rescue of the cowardly heathens with the Supreme Leader being a decision making king pin of any actions taken
        http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/tehran/inside/govt.html

        My guess there would be no response to foot soldiers tidying up, your suggestion might be successful but the cost too great…

        • rantykiwi

          And the cost of ISIS running round killing innocent people in other countries isn’t too great? War is always messy, but a bit of collateral damage in the Islamist strongholds is about the tidiest outcome we could hope for.

          • intelligentes candida diva

            Yes of course dont be silly.

            At this stage it is what you say is “collateral damage”

            To use nuclear force would miss a few alternative war steps first,such as sending in troops…you can see the success of perseverance of foot soldiers against these heathen in Kobane.

            In addition I dont believe Iran imported its uranium to sit and gather sand. I do not believe a country like Iran would not retaliate with the same or greater force.

            http://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/irans-nuclear-program

  • Bartman

    I see Angry Andy is spruiking for funds via Facebook, in the disguised offer of receiving his State of the Nation speech milliseconds before he gives it tomorrow.
    Interesting if you click to donate (I chose $0.01 in sympathy, couldn’t commit though) you are then taken to this screen. Note the terms and conditions, highlighted section “Refunds will be provided at the discretion of the New Zealand Labour Party”.
    This seems innocuous at first glance, but a recollection of the Cunliffe donations irregularities and the hurried refunds implies only one thing. Labour are that desperate for donations they’ve provided for swift refunds should Angry Andy be called out on some ‘name’ supporting the party, and they subsequently turn out to be political poison.
    Really shows just what Labour will stoop to in order to turn a buck, any buck!

  • Gaynor

    The leader of a country is the ONLY one who can give a state Of The Nation Address….the leader of the Opposition can only give his version.

    • Bluemanning

      Yep said similar earlier, sounds like the MSM are promoting Little as a leader through propaganda and misinformation. Pathetic really.

    • STAG

      Andrew Little cant even give a coherent state of his day, let alone out nation, I look forward to this farce with relish.

    • Nirvana10

      The whole ‘state of the nation’ thing is just an appallingly grandiose load of nonsense! Was it Muldoon who started this silly piece of hype a few decades ago? Is it still delivered in OREWA of all places?

    • Isherman

      He’d probably be better off to deliver a State Of The Labour Party speech, it would be more honest….

  • Nige.

    Some good BGM

  • Bart67

    Here is how the Labour Party have announced that over half of all New Zealanders got a pay rise last year! Typical Labour.

    • sheppy

      Good job the picture is in black and white to remind them of the good old Union dominated days

  • Isherman

    For Ranti Kiwi..looks like Lizard Squad claiming it according to BBC tech corresponent Rory Cellan-Jones..

    https://twitter.com/ruskin147/status/559972515121209344

    • Cowgirl

      Didn’t do a very good job – mine is working again.

      • Isherman

        Lasted about 40 minutes apparently, (I’d be lucky to sign into my FB twice a year..my original reason for using it is basically redundant), buts that’s what I’ve been reading.

        • rantykiwi

          It had been down for probably 20 millseconds when MrsRanty wanted an opinion on whether it was her laptop or a more general issue. She was desperate for grankid pic of the day…. one of the few things that FB is any real use for. If she hadn’t mentioned it I doubt I would have noticed.

      • jude

        Mine never actually went down. I did not want to let on . It is not used a lot , but I could still post.

  • Nige.

    i just saw an ad on tv for something called “Harmoney” where people can lend other people money without using a bank.

    Harmoney. Harm-money. Who the hell thinks up these dumb names for products?

    on closer inspection it looks like a really good way of losing money.

    https://www.harmoney.com/

    • caochladh

      I wonder how the interest earned is declared to the CIR.

    • Isherman

      The list of Directors is almost interesting, p2p lending has been talked about for a while now, Max Keiser on his RT show has had a few guests on promoting it over the last year or so. With these sort of things the concept can be OK, but its the people and companies that crop up that can be the archilles heel.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    One more Green party nutter bad mouths NZ in a forum in India….I don’t know what happened to Eleanor Catton. She has got problems with New Zealand.

    “At the moment, New Zealand, like Australia and Canada, (is dominated by) these neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture,” Catton is quoted saying.

    This is how John Key responds.

    “She has been aligned with the Green Party, and that probably summarises the Green Party view of this Government.

    “I don’t think that reflects what most New Zealanders perceive of the Government. If it was, they probably wouldn’t have voted for us in such large numbers.

    “I’m disappointed she doesn’t have respect for the work that we do, because I have tremendous respect for what she does as a writer, and that’s why I think she’s been so widely acclaimed.”

    This is a free world. In case she is not happy with my country, instead of bad mouthing it she can leave for North Korea.

    • jude

      Brilliant reply from our Prime Minister.
      Eleanor Catton, who I have actually have not heard of, has done herself no favours in my opinion, with her little outburst.
      She made a headline I suppose. I am not rushing off to buy her book.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        She would be grinning ear to ear if she is given tax payer funding for culture and arts research…….

        • jude

          Well hopefully with that number of starving children, the Government has higher priorities:)

    • johnnyB

      I hope she didn’t turn too much of a ‘Profit’ from her book then as that might seem money hungry. Good on the likes of Gareth Morgan and herself for the success they have achieved but in some cases they seem to equate achievement in their fields with enabling them with great wisdom on everything to share

    • caochladh

      Perhaps she should stay in India and help the real poor of the world by being culturally aware of Mother Theresa.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Talking of Mothers…..very keen to know what is the plan of “Mother who sold her soul” for $3M, Laila Harre….

        • caochladh

          Currently she is giving the restaurant a makeover for the opening on the 29th. She was shopping at Ponsonby Trade Aid for restaurant for lamp shades today. Apart from that I guess she is waiting to part some other rich idiot from his money in one of those offers she can’t refuse.

          • MaryLou

            That’s an incredible amount of inside information! Are you stalking her??

          • caochladh

            God, no! It comes from the font of all knowledge – FB. People on FB should take note of the old adage – “Out of your own mouth are you hung”. Swap mouth for FB.

          • MaryLou

            Aah – forgot about the need people seem to have for posting really inane stuff on Facebook. Was there anything actually interesting there? Like – hasn’t she just hitched rides all around the country for a pow wow on alternative ways for running the country?

          • caochladh

            Nope, just the usual posting of “look at me” photo’s to elicit the adoration of her sycophant followers. See for yourself at https://www.facebook.com/laila.harre?fref=ts

          • MaryLou

            :) Thanks, but you’ve already told me more than I need to know – I’ll sleep easy now…

            Edit: Well done on the research though…

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            For one moment don’t forget the fact that she could have been the Justice Minister in Cunliffe-Norman-Peters-Hone Government……God saved us for sure…..

          • MaryLou

            No no, was trying really hard to forget that. Now you’re likely to have given me nightmares – ta!

          • pak

            Ha – good to know caochladh. I was thinking the same as MaryLou!

    • CheesyEarWax

      Yes she was promoting the Greens in the last election. Of course, when prominent people criticises the gov the MSM lap it up, but when sports stars like Jonah Lomu tweets about voting for John Key, oh the outrage!

    • Nige.

      Another typical dignified response/reply from Mr. Key.

  • Dave

    We have the QLD state Election this weekend, and its currently a Cliff hanger. The Labour lot are busy preaching the Liberals are bad, don’t vote for them, as is the main opposition the Clive Palmer party. Anyway, i received a call tonight on behalf of our local labour candidate – B/S stuff with capital letters. it went like.

    “Hi, I’m calling on behalf of Coralee O’Rouke, your local Labour candidate, can you tell me your main issues for the electorate. Sure. Jobs, Policies, economy. So he started,

    “Jobs are important to Corallee and labour, the local economy has been terrible under the LNP, no jobs growth, reduction in training etc….. so my reply. I note your calling from Canberra, approx 3000 KM south of here, why didn’t Coralee employ some locals to call instead of sending these jobs to Canberra, that decision has cost a local some work, and is against what you she cares about. “Well, that’s something i can ask Corallee…….

    Now, i was banned from her facebook page a week ago for asking a simple question, I asked for real policies, costed policies, and details of any special arrangements or deals with the unions. Oh i can ask someone from her electorate office to get back to you on that. Well, if she cant tell me her and labours policies and provide costings, and the deals with unions, why should i vote for her. His final reply……. Oh, so your not going to vote for Corallee, NO, not unless she can provide fully costed policies and full details on deals with unions. He thanked me and said someone from her local office would get back to me.

    I wont hold my breath waiting, god help QLD if these muppets get a sniff!

  • greybeard

    Not wanting to bother the help desk with what I imagine is a fairly simple question, but how do I post pictures over 2mb?

    • ex-JAFA

      That’s *precisely* the sort of question the helpdesk is there for. But in case you haven’t given up waiting for an answer here…

      I tried to do this the other day. It appears to be a limitation of Disqus, and is poorly handled. I have the tools to be able to resize images, but most users probably won’t. I found these free sites (and Google will show you plenty more) which appear to do the job for you:

      http://www.webresizer.com/
      http://www.picresize.com/
      http://www.resizeyourimage.com/

      • greybeard

        very helpful, thanks very much.

        • Nige.

          alternately if you crop your image on the device that you have used and just make it a bit smaller by say a third that will normally be enough to “shrink” it.

          Cut off the fat like excessive sky or ground or…. irrelevant stuff.

          You can check how big your image is by looking at “details” or “properties” or such like.

          If you dont have any luck dont hesitate to contact the helpdesk. They want to make sure that neat stories like yours can be told.

  • Isherman

    More appeasement, this time by social media instead of MSM, did it occur to these idiots that they dont have to visit or view pages they may not like..its all getting beyond pathetic now.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30982556

    • I.M Bach

      They visit and view such sites so that they can be offended; then they have an excuse for their lunatic actions. They love to hate.

  • Wahbonnah

    The pic on the left looks like Helen Clark with a lot of photoshopping!!!

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