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  • Nechtan

    Born today in 1913 or 1915 (there some doubt) Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. His use of amplification and later the electric guitar was pioneering at the time and helped paved the way for rock and roll.

    Born today in 1946 Dave Hill guitarist with Slade.

    Born today in 1948 Berry Oakley bassist and founding member with The Allman Brothers until his death in motorcycle accident in 1972.

    Born today in 1948 David “Pick” Withers drummer and founding member with Dire Straits.

    Born today in 1951 Pete Haycock vocals and lead guitar with The Climax Blues Band.

    Born today in 1952 Gary Moore (born Robert William Gary Moore) singer, songwriter and guitarist with Skid Row, Thin Lizzy and solo.

    Today in 1970, Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Déjà vu”.

    Today in 1987 Starship started a two week stay at number 1 on the US singles chart with “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us”.

  • Carl

    Well done Lydia. (pic)

    • willtin


      I had prepared this to say

      Congratulations to all our current
      WorldWide Champions!

      Let the sad troughers wallow in their
      styes while we true Kiwis, celebrate our winners;

      Lydia Ko

      Scott Dixon

      The 2 Gold Medallist Yachtsmen

      I’m sure there is, many more ….

      • Isherman

        Somewhere close to 10.5 million in prize money so far, just waiting for the usual sad sack anti capitalist lefties to come out and call her a 1%er rich prick or something along those lines. And why not, in their view anyone with such wealth is a scumbag aren’t they, so let them them come out and say it.
        What a champion…you go girl!

        • Carl

          She wont be able to buy a house in NZ if Labour were in power.

          • Isherman

            Well she’s a far better ambassador for this country than any of that lot will ever be, lol.

      • Curly1952

        All Blacks

        • willtin

          Even The Warriors; they won one game.

          • Curly1952

            Always aiming for the top eight – why don’t the losers do something novel and aim to win the minor premiership. Aim for the stars and miss, you will end up in the top eight.

          • George Costanza

            can’t blame them for being realists…

          • RockinBob625

            NRL hardly counts as a World Championship. However the Warriors are now only one win behind third on the ladder, with two of their losses being to the teams in first and second. :-)

            #warriorsforlife or at least until around sixteen whichever happens first.

      • RockinBob625

        Track cycling team sprint. Two world titles in three years, and dq in the final the middle year for a half inch infringement. Those boys are the size of All Blacks, and on form for Rio, as is OUR Lydia.

  • Nige.

    Usaywot answered last nights question with:

    “Have no wish”

    If you could have three wishes what would they be?

    • Left Right Out

      Thats a tough one

      My kids to be as happy, healthy and worldly as possible
      Make better decisions
      Highlanders to keep winning

    • ex-JAFA

      I’d only need one: infinite wishes.

    • Nige.

      I would wish that my kids have healthy lives, that they outlive me and finally that they end up in fulfilling enjoyable jobs/carriers.

    • sandalwood789

      I can’t make up my mind on wishes 2 and 3 but my first wish would be for Islam to disappear.

      • Nige.

        My wish seems selfish compared to yours. All those poor women and children that suffer daily from that bloody cult.

    • rantykiwi

      World peace, an end to poverty, and to be able to make a relationship last more than 8 years.

    • Eiselmann

      To have a family of my own….write a best selling novel and the utter destruction of gangs

    • FornaK

      I wish the Blackcaps would win a final they made!
      I’ve previously used my other two wishes on the All Blacks winning the World Cup last year, and the four years before!

    • Lux

      World Peace ..

      And chuck in a few million trillion buckeroos .. and I’ll try and fix the rest ..

      last but not least.. a couple more wishes..

      • hookerphil

        World Peace – not going to work Lux – John Lennon tried hard enough but no one took any notice.

        • Lux

          So, you reckon my other wishes are going to work ?

          • hookerphil

            Yes, well I’m not sure what cuckin is, some new Auckland type activity?

  • hookerphil

    What a great cricket night, Australia Women and English Men both beaten by the much maligned West Indians. Might watch Crowd Goes Wild just to enjoy the last4 sixes in the final over on the big screen.

    • Left Right Out

      Was a great win by the Windies….. but you gotta raise half an eyebrow at their loss to Afghanistan

  • sandalwood789

    Some good news from NZ First.

    I contacted their person for Wellington Central and asked about NZ First’s policy on refugees. He said this in reply –

    “NZFirst has the interests of New Zealanders as their main concern. We would not open the flood gates and let in thousands more refugees. We have people living in poverty here in our own land. We need to help these people into a better life. It is my understanding that NZFirst we not increase the refugee quota. The quota level “as now set” meets our international responsibility, as a member of the UN.”

    Sounds good to me – they’ve got my vote as the only party to not increase the quota.

    • Aucky

      If only Winston would appoint some MPs with substance. Take away Peters and there is no NZ First. The Nats won’t want to be associated with Ron Mark.

    • niggly

      Good on you but frankly did this unelected NZF candidate check with Winston as to what he thinks? And why has Winnie been so quiet on this issue?

    • sheppy

      If Winston plays that card, he could become almost electable

    • XCIA

      But, I wonder how long that would last when the negotiations start and all the baubles are laid in front of him.

    • Carl

      That’s not going to help much if the quota gets increased before the election which could happen very easily.

    • johcar

      All well and good, but we do NOT have people living in poverty in NZ. We have people, many through their own life choices, are doing it hard.

      The “poverty” word gets bandied about with gay abandon by all and sundry, without many of them understanding the reality of the word in world terms.

      Dictionary.com: “the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.”

      Poor is a relative state.

      I consider myself poor compared to, say a Michael Fay or a Dot Crim, but Michael Cullen would consider me a “rich prick”.

  • Nige.

    I couldn’t help watch the “shrills @ 6pm” (aka one news) waving what they try to put up as a smoking gun over new Zealand being the most evil place in the world due to there being some laws regarding foreigners having some privacy over their money.

    • Second time around

      The relevant law enabling offshore trusts was set up in 1988. Translating, that was in the Lange Labour government, and it has been through 9 years of the Clark government. More recently we have tightened money laundering laws so there has to be some evidence that the assets going into these trusts are legitimately acquired. I may be missing something that Andy knows, but having a tax ID or a bank account does not prove criminality.

    • Wheninrome

      Our Trust laws need looking at. A simple register similar to that for companies would create openess i.e.who were trustees, who was a settlor and who were beneficiaries, i.e. the Trust Deed could be like a company constufuion, and also any changes would be registered just as changes to a company i.e.shareholders and directors are registered with the companies office.

  • soeasy

    Corin Dann was so excited covering the Panama papers story … trying to find any links to John Key. The usual angry comment from Andrew Little as well.

    • Nige.

      Wasn’t he angry though? He looked ready to go 6 rounds.

      Spitting his words out with over eventuated expression.

      • willtin

        If I ever have the misfortune to be seen, speaking with Andy face to face, you will recognise me by the face-shield, And you can’t just blame National’s new H&S rules for that!

      • hsvmaloo

        That because he was knocked concust in the first round on Q & A yesterday.

    • Usaywot

      I heard on Radio NZ news that the association of journalists which is thrilled with, and spreading, and no doubt did the hacking of this info, includes one Nicky Hagar!!! No surprises there, then

    • Second time around

      There is a fuller account of the interview here:

      There isn’t much of a story as NZ is only a “bit player” and complies with all OECD requirements: unless some key member of the Nats is using the Panama scheme to avoid taxes here, Andy will lose interest within the week.

      • Keanne Lawrence

        Perhaps there are Union Trusts that they would like to keep um how do we say it , personal.

    • Gaynor

      Oh that was so so totally pathetic we almost lost out tv !!!

    • Odd Ball

      Nothing illegal has actually been reported yet, and it’s been done before.
      Ian Wishart wrote a book about it (The paradise conspiracy), & Winston Peters was irate about it for some time.

  • Salami Warning
    • sheppy

      Maybe he used the low alcohol, I’m driving a big truck, and I’m only pretending really, Meteria Turei defence?

      • willtin

        What, Big Truck?

        • sheppy

          A 4×4 – big in terms of gas guzzling potential if you’re a greenie hypocrite telling the world how bad cars with proper engines are….

    • hookerphil

      I think that is appalling quite frankly. How does his ability to travel to Canada affect tourists coming to New Zealand. If the Canadian operations are indeed a franchise operation it may affect his ability to collect his share. A $600 fine to a person of his presumed wealth is ludicrous.

    • rantykiwi

      I hope the crown appeal this.

    • Nige.

      Under the old law……. wouldn’t come across as bad. Maybe that was part of the intention of it.

      I know how much I hate the advertising of the new lowered alcohol limit which shows a normal family who I would say looked very average and responsible being made out to be low life criminals.

      But i do take your point. Justice should be BLIND.

      • rantykiwi

        The new law is an ass. How many crashes have involved someone between the new and old limits? And thus what difference has it actually made?

    • Damon Mudgway

      Na, you just need to front before Judge Ongley and tell a good story. The esteemed Judge seems to be a bit of a dud.

  • cows4me

    Well done Outhouse, be proud, your new fascist H&S laws are killing fun and ultimately will cost more than they ever hoped to save. All ready employers are canceling after work drinks because they fear prosecution should something go wrong. Yes the minister has been on the box talking up this piece of crap law saying people are over reacting. The same law in Aussie has already prosecuted employers for after work drinks that have gone wrong and you minister and your brainless minnows copied their insane ramblings word for word so rest assured it will happen here. New Zealand doesn’t need this nonsense, it’s an industry, it becomes an industry killer and in the end people living under this nonsense simply get so frustrated they actually give up. I see the latest farming rag has a front page of this fascist crap on how farming is to be reign in and those not toeing the line will be dealt with. Finally some truth, it’s not about H&S is about a bunch of bureaucratic thieves that believe the pot of gold never runs dry and they deserve their cut.

  • So you probably figured I was having some downtime for a few days. I went on a search for Bruce (but failed to find him).

    Here’s one place he wasn’t.

    • Curly1952

      Couldn’t go much further than that without dropping off NZ

      • I did try to go much further, but there was a sign that implied the wrath of all Maori if I ventured past it, so I decided I had enough problems and didn’t add that one.

        • XCIA

          Bruce should follow the family tradition and go into space. Does anyone know our resident rocketeer…………….

          • FornaK

            That’s our great uncle, aye Pete!

    • Michelle

      Hope you ventured down the west coast as well

      • I did that one a previous trip. Went to see my friends in the Kauri forest.

        Might do that again mid-winter when the tourists are few and the local car thieves aren’t working.

  • Wasapilot

    One for Nige.
    SWMBO has ordered this for me, not sure exactly what she is trying to say here.

    • Nige.

      Has to be better than being compared to the little drummer boy?

  • john Doe

    Breaking news in Herald online. Auckland Internet. Airport has reportedly been evacuated and shut down with smoke coming from the terminal.

    • rantykiwi

      False alarm, defective apparatus. And all reference to smoke has been erased from the article. Typical MSM scaremongering.

      • john Doe

        Thanks. More click bait from the Herald. I should have been a bit wiser towards their over dramatic headlines.

        • rantykiwi

          I’d originally read (and believed) it as you did.

  • Gaynor

    Where to now for the New Zealand left ….. Christchurch Progressive network April Forum ….speakers Sue Bradford and John Minto Monday April 15th at 7.15 pm WEA Hall 59 Gloucester St
    Please can we put this up in your shop window?

    • Wasapilot

      I watched Q&A on the weekend for the benefit of WO. I draw the line at going to this, no way, never, I would rather drive 4″ nails through my hands, poke pins in my eyes, ….

      Perhaps someone else in Christchurch might be willing to gake one for the team?

      • hookerphil

        Glad I have left town.

        • Wasapilot

          Ah ha, otherwise you would be there HP?

          • hookerphil

            Somehow, probably not my side of town.

      • XCIA

        You could always wear a pair of these and imagine everyone naked…..

        • Wasapilot

          You truely are ex CIA, I would rater be waterboarded than picture bradford in that state. You will not break me.

          • XCIA

            You need to talk to Denny Crane ;-)

      • rantykiwi

        Maybe we should pass the hat around and send Pete!

    • sandalwood789

      Pffffft….. the “Progressive” Network! What an inappropriate name for a group of muppets who would take us *backwards* to the 1970s. The days of ferry strikes every holiday weekend.

      Anyway – given the guaranteed-to-be-ineffective nature of Bradford and Minto’s spiels, the more lefties who go along to that thing, the better. It’d be almost as good as being lectured at by Corbyn from UK Labour.

    • John D

      Slight problem in that the 15th of April is a Friday —MUPPETS don’t know what day of the week it is!

  • Asian_driver

    Much crowing on 3 news tonight about the land for sale in Ashburton with a consent for 1 BILLION liters of water that can be exported, 1 Billion liters an incredible amount, I would heve preferred they said it as olympic swimming pools full as that woul dhave been easier to fathom. So how much is it? its 317 liters per second, about what a dairy farm with a pivot irrigater uses , so all this hoo ha about the same amound of water as a couple of dairy farms , not really such a big deal after all

    • Damon Mudgway

      The council failed to consult local iwi though…so good luck to them on that front.

      • Dave

        And why should they consult the local I Want It brigade, so they can try and overrule it, or seek millions from it as well. Never ever tell the I want it brigade.

        • Wasapilot

          The aquifers are toangas, traditionally local iwi have sunk wells in them to get water, dating back 1000 years, didn’t you know ?

  • spanishbride
    • Greg M

      This is what we have to do, we must fight back. We can die like a cornered rat or we can take them on. Well done those passengers.

    • XCIA

      I was hoping that the Asian students would have among their number many advanced exponents of the martial arts who would tag along in the areas that the mongrels were causing grief and give them a proper seeing to before disappearing into the night.

  • Elmwood

    No one ever mentions BOC gases getting free air for their nitrogen or oxygen sales. This has been going on for years. Terrible. How much money have they made from free air?

  • Lux

    Don’t they check anything any more?

    • hookerphil

      That is appalling.

      • Lux

        It was also on the KJA page.. and they have now deleted it ..

    • Greg M

      About as bad as it gets.
      The problem is that “journalists” seem to think that the news can be sourced from twitter and facebook. And it shows.

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