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And the latest ‘cultural appropriation’ outrage is…

Cut the cheese for goodness sake and stop snivelling. The latest ‘cultural appropriation’ outrage in the wake of the ‘Maori Santa’ is both ridiculous and highly hypocritical. If the Wellington activists have given their seal of approval to culturally appropriating the European tradition of Santa Claus and completely replacing the traditional costume that he wears with a Maori one, then they have no right at all to complain about a New Zealand cheese being given a Maori name. quote.

Fonterra’s Kapiti Cheese brand is under fire by a Māori trademarks advisor for what he says is cultural appropriation of Māori culture in marketing.

He said a mother expressed hurt that her children who are descendants of Tuteremoana were worried they would be eating their ancestor.

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Jacinda opposes digital enhancing

Most people hate photos of themselves, and I am one of them. If I could enhance them in some way, I definitely would. However, Jess Quinn, the social media star, model and amputee has decided to petition parliament about photoshopping. She wants all photos that are photoshopped to clearly say so. quote.

Quinn’s quest is to persuade MPs to introduce a law that requires any commercially used photo of a model that’s been significantly altered to carry a caption saying so.
“I had an image of my own Photoshopped. It was subtle … and I think it was not a fun thing to go through. It kind of opened my eyes that it’s still going on now.”

The photo was altered in an issue of The Australian Woman’s Weekly. Editor Michele Crawshaw couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday, but told media at the time many organisations altered images before publication to enhance lighting.
Quinn, who studied fashion at university, said she always knew it went on but did not think she would experience it. end quote.

Why not? Most people would be grateful for a little enhancement. But okay, maybe not everyone. Clearly, she just does not think that this is right. That is her prerogative. quote.

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Tax will be a big issue this year

They say that there is nothing as certain as death and taxes. They also say that a political party that bases its election campaign around increasing, or introducing new taxes is destined for the opposition benches. As the current government is intending to do precisely that with the introduction of a capital gains tax, we will see how true that saying turns out to be. The taxation system in this country is already unfair and the introduction of some of Michael Cullen’s proposed new taxes will not make the tax system fairer. It will just mean that the same people pay more tax than ever. Peter Williams commented on this just before Christmas. quote.

Last year $77.5b was collected in taxes. Individuals paid $35b in income tax, together we paid $20.5b in GST and companies chipped in $13b.
There was just under $7b from customs, excise and road user charges, and over $2b taken from tax on bank interest and company dividends.
So it’s pretty darn hard to do anything these days without being taxed.
What’s more, according to figures from last year, 48 per cent of that income tax is paid by just 11 per cent of taxpayers, those earning more than $90,000 a year.

Yet 82 per cent of taxpayers, earning up to $70,000 a year, pay less than 40 per cent of the total income tax take.

When you consider that many of those earning up to $70,000 get tax credits and accommodation supplements, about one in four households pays no net income tax at all.

Peter Williams
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Slack on Bridges

National leader Simon Bridges

I used to like and admire David Slack. Admittedly, it was a while ago. He had a great sense of humour and a clever way with words. I used to love some of his one-liners. Sadly, like too many ‘celebrities’, for want of a better word, he has sacrificed his humour and sharp wit for a tendency to tell us all how we should live. Nowadays he is nothing more than a Jacindaphile. This article proves it. quote.

I was put next to him [Simon Bridges] at a lunch last month and greeted him with a warm handshake and the exact same words I use in the column: “Gidday, poor old Simon.” We chatted amiably for a good long while about our prospects in the respective cruel worlds of politics and media. He’s a good sport, poor old Simon. end quote.

See the immediate put down? “Poor old Simon”. He is neither poor nor old, and if his political career has already reached its pinnacle, he will have lots of prospects back in the real world. Jacinda, on the other hand, is hanging out for a job at the UN because she has no prospects, other than back to the fish and chip shop in Morrinsville. quote.

Photoshopped image credit: Rick H
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Smoke and mirrors from the government

The price of cigarettes was increased again on January 1st. Apparently, it now costs about $40 for a packet of 25. Wow. Smoking has become the domain of the well off which is strange because it was always a very working class habit until now.

It will still be the domain of lower income people, of course, and those that continue to smoke will just have less money for other things, which will be a tragedy in some families. The government knows this, but their apparent aim is to force people to stop smoking because of the health issues caused by smoking tobacco.

Knowing this, why is there to be a referendum in 2020 on the legalisation of cannabis? The government is trying to stop people from smoking, and smoking is the way most people use cannabis.

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Water quality is the biggest concern for Kiwis

A new poll has found that the number one pressing issue for Kiwis is the quality of the water in lakes and rivers. Not rapidly rising rents, not housing availability, not child poverty, not immigration, not the rising road toll… not even the quality of drinking water, for that matter. Nope. The state of the water in lakes and rivers is the most important issue to Kiwis.

This was the lead story on One News on Thursday night.

If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. Good quality, second hand, only one previous owner.

It is reported in Stuff of course. Where else? quote.

A new opinion poll has revealed pollution in New Zealand’s rivers and lakes is worrying Kiwis more than any other issue.
The nation-wide Colmar Brunton poll conducted for Fish & Game New Zealand in December showed that   82 per cent of people surveyed were extremely or very concerned about the issue. end quote.

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CO2 not responsible for NZ’s hottest year on record

by Robin Grieve

Sacked NIWA climate scientist Jim Salinger has picked 2018 as New Zealand’s hottest year on record. NIWA isn’t due to release its official summary for the year until next week but Salinger’s prediction has brought out the usual suspects all claiming that global warming is running away and the situation is dire.

However Salinger himself said that he doubted 2019 would be as warm as 2018, “given that we had our warmest month ever in January, which was truly remarkable”

NIWA’s climate summary for January 2018 put the record January temperature of 20.3 °C, which was 3.1 °C above average, down to sea level pressure not the atmospheric concentration of CO2.

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The UN Migrant Compact: A glimpse into the future

New Zealand has signed the UN Migrant Compact, and we now await the move at the UN to make it binding. As Angela Merkel has already pointed out, all it will take for the compact to become binding is for a vote to be taken at the UN and for two-thirds of member states to agree. Once that happens, the compact will be binding, not only on member states that signed up for it but on ALL MEMBER STATES.

In some ways, I can’t wait for this to happen, because it will be interesting to see how President Trump reacts to that. Let’s just say, he won’t take it lying down.

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Disempowering thinking that increases resentment & lowers resilience

Labour MP Meka Whaitiri. Photo NZ Herald

Last week Labour Māori MP Meka Whaitiri was quoted by a Hawkes Bay reporter, saying, “In this country, we have a hierarchy; white men, white women, brown men, brown women, and sometimes brown women have to talk extra loud to be heard”quote

Talk about putting the boot into any form of equality in this country – and coming from the recipient of a race-based benefit, a Māori ward, no less.
The nonsensical ‘hierarchy of victimhood’ tends to be in this order: 

  • Muslim
  • Female – not white 
  • Male – not white
  • Female – white
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The first rule of government

65 countries either are building walls or have existing walls

by David Moffett

The first rule of government is to protect its people and its borders. Anyone reading this who values New Zealand’s heritage, our freedoms of speech and of association, will find it difficult to argue with.

Then of course there is the Left. Not all on the left want to go down the path of communism and socialism, because they too see that it is impossible to name a country where that experiment has been successful. Even Russia and China have realized that capitalism is the way to increased prosperity for their people. I certainly don’t agree with their dictatorial approach, but they have rock solid borders and protect their people.

That is no longer the case in New Zealand. By signing the Compact for Migration and by agreeing to articles 20, 21 and 30, Ardern and Peters have thrown us under the UN juggernaut. If you would like to revisit the original Charter of the UN it can be found here. I found two main points of interest when reading it.

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