What a total backfire? Put Nick Smith on the job

Minister for Magic, Nick Smith waved his blue wand and wadeable rivers miraculously turned into ones you can swim in.

All it takes is a little fiddling with the standards.

This week Smith made a brave promise that 90 per cent of rivers would be swimmable by the year 2040. Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

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Face of the Day

Photo: Photo / Nicholas Jones via NZ Herald

Well, she did it.  She absolutely creamed everyone else standing for parliament in Mt Albert.  And with it, Jacinda Ardern is now a Labour electorate MP.  More importantly, she’s now permanently embedded and, believe it or not, on track to become party leader.   Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

finesse (noun) – 1. Refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or artisanship.
2. Skillful, subtle handling of a situation; tactful, diplomatic maneuvering.
3. A method of leading up to a tenace, as in bridge, in order to prevent an opponent from winning the trick with an intermediate card.
4. A stratagem in which one appears to decline an advantage.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1520s, “fineness” (obsolete); 1530s, “artifice, delicate stratagem,” from Middle French finesse “fineness, subtlety,” from Old French fin “subtle, delicate”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26

7 A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is as useless as a paralyzed leg.

Saturday nightCap

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Some people call this a sport



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