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Net Oil imports/Exports, 2017

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If Labour are relying on youth to get across the line they are out of luck

Labour in the past several elections have clutched at straws to get over the line.

Irrespective of leadership they tried copying Obama’s social media campaign for 2011. Campaign chair Trevor Mallard waxed lyrical about how their blogs, twitter and Facebook presence would get them over the line.

They claimed that big data was how they were going to win in 2014, and social media. Even enlisting a criminal enterprise to skew the election failed.

They claimed there was a missing million who failed to vote and have devised programmes to try and find them.   Read more »

The Commentariat is very frustrating this election

Guest Post

I do find the commentariat very frustrating these elections – including you Cam – for missing some very basic facts.

The fact that they have had nine years has been repeated ad nauseum to fix the housing problem, and the transport, and the social issues.  No, they haven’t!

When they were elected New Zealand was not gaining huge number of new migrants.  New Zealanders were still leaving in droves, and housing was not a particular issue.  We were not receiving our crooks back from Oz with their social problems, and many kiwis living in Oz still received care and support from the Australian system.  As the Australian Government tightened the noose against those who required support, they came home – and we unexpected had an influx of people who had no where to live, extra health care costs etc.    Read more »

Canterbury Uni poofs club channels the Wooloomooloo Faculty rules

It looks like the Canterbury Uni poofs club is channelling the Wooloomooloo Faculty rules…instead of “no pooftahs”, it appears it is “no pooftahs who support the Nats“.

The president of the University of Canterbury’s (UC) queer students’ society says he was forced to resign after coming out as a National Party supporter.

Max Farra​, 20, stirred controversy when a Young Nats promotional social media post showing him pledging his support to the party was shared with QCanterbury members.

Many were concerned the post erroneously conveyed the group’s endorsement of the political party. The Young Nats refused QCanterbury’s requests to remove it.

A QCanterbury spokesperson said the club “wishes to avoid association with any political party and to remain unbiased”.

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“The Blind Traveller,” as James Holman was known. Hulton Archive // Getty Images

“World’s Greatest Traveller”

“He had eyes in his mouth, eyes in his nose, eyes in his ears, and eyes in his mind”

– William Jerdan

James Holman, who was hailed as one of the ‘greatest wonders of the world he so sagaciously explored’, very soon became a forgotten hero.

British adventurer and writer James Holman (1786-1857) became totally and permanently blind at the age of 25. He not only accepted his new condition but also coped with it with remarkable confidence and unwavering self-belief. In his lifetime, he is said to have covered more than 2,50,000 miles through five continents and 200 distinct cultures. As one historian points out, “Holman trekked deep into Siberia, sailed to Brazil, rode through Southern Africa, explored unmapped parts of Australia, and survived the bandit-infested Balkans.”
As interestingly, he tapped his way along the crumbling rim of a Vesuvian volcano, even as clouds of sulphurous gases billowed all around.
Born in 1786, Holman joined the British Navy at the age of 12 and rose to become a lieutenant, before being physically afflicted and eventually losing his sight. How he undertook his daring travels across the globe with an iron-tipped stick; how he meticulously documented the many people and cultures that came along his way; how his travels and books earned him short-lived fame; and how he began receding in public memory, unjustly neglected in his own time and ending his days in penury…these are all part of the extraordinary life story of James Holman.
Holman began his ‘Grand Tour’ in 1819 and in the next couple of years, he had covered France, Italy, Switzerland, parts of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1822, he ambled through parts of Russia, before returning home via Austria, Saxony, Prussia and Hanover. His travels between 1827 and 1832 across many countries resulted in the publication of A Voyage Round the World, including travels in Africa, Asia, Australasia, America, etc. His last journeys took him to Spain, Portugal, Moldavia, Montenegro, Syria and Turkey.

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Whaleoil Poll Result: 2017 National Party voting intention (September Poll 2)

We’ve run nine previous polls, roughly one a month since February.   This was the result for our tenth and last poll yesterday.


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The Real Jacinda Ardern

Leighton Smith suggested people come to the site to view these videos of Jacinda Ardern from 2009. This post is to make it easy for you to find.

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The Education Elephant in the Election Room

Guest Post

I went to a country high school.  Despite it being many moons ago I have a vivid memory of the good teachers who taught us so much, inspired us to excel, passed on important values and lifted our performance.  I also remember the not so good teachers – generally lazy, poorly prepared, not particularly interested and clearly inadequately trained.  They did little for our education.

That experience would be true for most people.  We appreciated the top teachers and made fun of, even despised the poor ones.  The difference between the two types of teacher was and still is a couple of country miles.

Mr Broad was one of those memorable teachers.  We learned so much from him in his subject areas but also about life, about what it meant to be a productive, positive contributor to our community and what our responsibilities were as citizens.  He turned in long hours, was a tough disciplinarian but loved a bit of fun, got involved in sport, tramping and social activities.  He was a good bloke that we respected.    Read more »

Let’s go back just over a decade to take a peek at Comrade Jacinda

What was New Zealand’s possible future Prime Minister, Comrade Jacinda doing eleven years ago? Let’s take a trip down memory lane to a blog post on The Standard that has a fascinating tale to tell.

January 31st, 2008 Jacinda Ardern was 27 years old and something big had just happened in her life. At that time she was a former Young Labour president and political advisor and she had just been elected president of the International Union of Socialist Youth which is a group that the Standard blog post said encompassed “socialist, social democratic and Labour Party youth organisations from more than 100 countries.”

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