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Unparliamentary language

Our parliamentarians haven’t hardened up over the years.  This from parliament.nz.  Sadly, it omits some of the more recent terms!

 

Parliamentary debates can be heated — but there are rules about what members can and can’t say. ‘Unbecoming’ language, insults, and accusations of dishonesty are banned. See how ideas about ‘unparliamentary language’ have changed over time.

This selection of ‘unparliamentary language’ is from the indexes of the New Zealand Parliamentary Debates. There, such words are listed under ‘Speaker, unparliamentary language’.

1933

  • Blow-fly minded
  • Financial Frankenstein
  • Shrewd old bird

1936

  • Fungus farmer
  • Pipsqueak
  • Stonewalling

1943

  • Members hated the sight of khaki
  • Retardate worm

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2017 NZer of the year? That’s getting in early

The New Zealander of the Year Awards Office is pleased to announce the 10 people being considered for the 2017 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award.

They are:

Graeme Dingle ONZM, MBE (Gisborne)

Major Campbell Roberts (Wellington)

Mike King (Papatoetoe)

Taika Waititi (Piha)

Karen Walker CNZM (Auckland Central) Read more »

I’ll be there before the next teardrop falls

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I don’t have a good feeling about this

Statement from Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Ambler

Police’s inquiries to locate Alan Langdon and his daughter Que continue.

Yesterday Waikato Police put out a spotter plane to search the coastline between Mokau and Port Waikato and 6 nautical miles out for Mr Langdon’s catamaran but the craft was not seen even though conditions were ideal for searching.

Mr Langdon is a very confident and competent sailor and there are no immediate concerns for his welfare, however Police need to establish the welfare of Que and Mr Langdon.

Local Police are focusing on establishing the pair’s whereabouts while Auckland Maritime Unit is conducting searches of the shorelines north of Auckland.

Police have received a number of calls from members of the public with information and thank these people for coming forward.

We continue to appeal to the public for anyone who has seen the vessel to come forward and contact their local Police station.

Please, let this have a happy ending.

 

– NZ Police

6 best apps for 2016. Do you even have any of them?

An app that knows where I’m going, where I’m staying, and suggests what to do when I’m on vacation, without me even inputting one word into the application. Sounds creepy, but I was sold.

It is the holy grail to be in the customer’s pocket, eyes and ears no matter where they go.  And the fun part is, a lot of times, you don’t mind.  The secret is finding the right balance.   Read more »

Perhaps the “death” of democracy is actually a Renaissance?

In recent weeks there has been no end of American commentators willing to bet their credibility on the coming collapse of America, thanks to Trump, writes Charles Firth.

Francis Fukuyama made waves in recent days with a provocative piece in Prospect Magazine about how the retreat by America on the global stage is bigger than the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, over at the New York Times, Paul Krugman said 2016 will be remembered as the year that America crossed its own Rubicon, comparing Trump to Julius Caesar and breathlessly claiming that the end of America’s republic is nigh.

Of course, this is all coming from a very American perspective. Sure, Trump’s election up-ending conventional political wisdom, but America is not alone in rejecting politics as usual. Britain has had Brexit, and France is toying with its own version with anti-immigration nationalist Marie Le Pen soaring in the polls.

And Australia’s Trump enthusiast Cory Bernardi has been teasing Turnbull in recent days with the prospect of an Australian version of the Trump Train, with threats to split the Liberal Party in the process.

The commentators predicting America’s imminent collapse all have a running theme, which is that Trump has such callous disregard for America’s institutions that it may lead to the end of democracy in America.

Of course, anything Fukuyama says must be taken with a grain of salt, since this is the guy who in 1991 argued that we were witnessing the end of history, in his gobsmackingly inaccurate book The End of History. In it, he said that every country would become democracies and peace would spread across the world as authoritarian regimes disappeared.

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Someone else’s trash ….. might still be trash!

‘Tis the season for unwanted gifts ……

What do you do with all those ‘unwanted’ Christmas presents – donate, gift them to some other poor soul or re-sell them?

So, what did you get for Christmas this year that falls into the ‘unwanted’ category …. and, what are you going to do with it?

I bet it felt good, but I suspect the courts won’t see it as a proportional response

Barry Hart says dumping 40 tonnes of “the smelliest dirt he could find” outside a Sandringham cafe, Auckland, made his Christmas.

“We also intend to go in and take out all our drainage that hasn’t been paid for – so all the pipes and what have you that are now under a building,” Hart said, quoted by Fairfax Media.

Hart says this is an “ongoing fight” and promises to continue to “tip waste and soil” on the property, “for as long as it takes to get them to pay our account”. Read more »

Why can’t the Government just say “Sorry”?

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Aaron Smale from RNZ wrote this.  I want you to read it.

Between the 1950s and 1980s more than 100,000 children were taken from their families and put into state institutions. Many suffered abuse and neglect while in state care.

Jimmy McLaughlin (pictured above) steps off his back verandah in Papatoetoe making a brief flicker of eye contact with a half-smile.

His face brightens when I mention the eel hanging from the clothesline, almost touching the ground. We walk over to study it. The distraction seems to calm him.

“Caught it out by the airport. I rubbed salt on it to keep the flies off. I need to get the nephew to bone it. I’ll get my smoker out later.”

We adjourn to the verandah. He offers a cup of tea but seems puzzled as he pours it.

“I got a letter from the lawyer,” he says. A long pause.

“I don’t know what it’s talking about.” Another pause.

“You wanna read it? You might be able to explain it.”

I glance over it. The letter, from Sonja Cooper, reads like the template that it is. It outlines an offer of compensation from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) for abuse that McLaughlin suffered while in state care as a child. There is an offer of money, with an explanation of what accepting it means. With some emphasis the letter says the alternative of not accepting the offer – of proceeding to court – is deeply uncertain.

The letter is several pages long with a form attached. McLaughlin didn’t get past the first page.

“I don’t know what they’re talking about. So I just put it in my folder.” Read more »