Muslims in New Zealand: Part two

Extracts from a paper by Dr William Shepard, Associate Professor of Religious Studies (Retired), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Article written & published in the late 1990s]

SB challenged us all: “What are you willing to do to prevent New Zealand from going down the same path as the UK where criticism of Islam is suppressed and those who speak up are harassed by the police, have their families members targeted in an attempt to silence them and are even sent to prison where their lives are put in danger?”

Before speaking up it is good to be informed so this two-part series of posts will hopefully assist in this education.

Indian Newslink

The recent immigrant character of most of the community is reflected in the fact that only about 20 percent of Muslims have been born in New Zealand (as compared to over 80 percent for the general population).  There is a preponderance of males over females, although it is less than it was earlier.

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Dr Seuss may have been describing WH when he wrote, “He was shortish. And oldish. And brownish. And mossy. And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy.”  WH, however, is tallish and only just fits in his MG.

Real poverty is ignorance

Pie chart on a stock chart with a budget

Guest Post:

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is tired of hearing about ‘poverdy.’ There will be many of us who have dealt with a really tough time in our lives. The way that you deal with it dictates how you come through it. Taking responsibility is probably ‘number one’, followed by hard work and careful budgeting.

In my view, poverty is generally more a state of mind rather than the state of one’s bank balance but, unfortunately, everything seems to be measured in money terms these days. It certainly applies to the government’s attitude…  ‘Having a hard time?  Right, here’s some more money’, when it should be ‘Having a hard time? Right, let’s look at how you are spending your money. Let’s put some conditions in place, conditions that must be adhered to’.

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A guest post submitted to Whaleoil and edited by Whaleoil staff.

You all have this ‘addictive drug’ in your pantry and are guilty of taking it

Supplied Mary Haddock-Staniland is a PR guru and transgender personality

The writer of the article that I am referring to has an unusual bio underneath their photo. It reads, ‘Mary Haddock-Staniland is a PR guru and transgender personality.’ Identity politics clearly has infested journalism now and readers need to be informed that the writer of the article is an Arthur who wants to be known as Martha.

Was Mary hired to fill a diversity quota? Is this why we have to be told? Maybe I should do the same for my photo? ‘Spanishbride is a housework avoiding guru and a female personality.’

But I digress from the topic of this article. Now, where were we? Oh yes, the ‘addictive drug’ that you have in your pantry that you all are guilty of taking.

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

Map of the day: USA according to Hillary Clinton

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Wombles want to ban oil exploration

Two items crossed my screen today:

  1. Jacinda Ardern says she needs more time to consider oil exploration ban (Herald article)
  2. Historic Solar Minimum Approaches (Vencore Weather)

There is absolutely no dispute about the sunspot activity counts.

The sun is blank today [March 13] for the 10th straight day and it has been without sunspots this year more than half the time as the current solar cycle heads towards the next solar minimum.  Solar cycle 24 is currently on pace to be the weakest sunspot cycle with the fewest sunspots since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906. Solar cycle 24 continues a recent trend of weakening solar cycles which began with solar cycle 21 that peaked around 1980. The last time the sun was this blank in a given year on a percentage basis was 2009 during the last solar minimum when 71% of the time was spotless.  That last solar minimum actually reached a nadir in 2008 when an astounding 73% of the year featured a spotless sun – the most spotless days in a given year since 1913.

All indications are that the upcoming solar minimum which is expected to begin in 2019 may be even quieter than the last one which was the deepest in nearly a century.

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Dr Seuss may have been describing WH when he wrote, “He was shortish. And oldish. And brownish. And mossy. And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy.”  WH, however, is tallish and only just fits in his MG.

The end of the corner dairy?

Following on from my article on this subject yesterday, the media is now talking as if time is up for the grand old institution of the corner dairy.

The future of dairies is unclear as tobacco-driven crime skyrockets, the convenience stores association boss says.

Aggravated robberies jumped 87 per cent in the year to May 2017, with more than 1200 nationwide. Cigarettes were among the main targets.

Some dairy owners have stopped selling cigarettes to try to deter robbers, but are now paying the price.

Dave Hooker, the executive director of New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores which mainly represents service stations, said the future of dairies and convenience stores were “at best uncertain and in many cases frightening”.

I heard HDPA on the radio this morning, saying that she thinks that dairy owners need to be responsible for their own security, and should not be petitioning the government to help them out with subsidised fog cannons.

That is all very well, but if it wasn’t for badly thought out government policy, dairy owners would not be in this situation in the first place. And I think it is likely that she has no idea that dairy owners work very long hours, do not make a huge amount of money and probably cannot afford to install the type of security they need.

On Saturday, three teenagers robbed a dairy in Hamilton armed with hammers. One member of the hoodie-wearing trio held the lone shopkeeper down while the others stole cash and tobacco.


And last Tuesday, a Hamilton East dairy owner was severely injured by a machete-wielding robber.

The Te Kowhai Food Centre, subject to at least 10 robberies, has since stopped selling tobacco, costing its owner $700 in sales a week.

Hooker said tobacco accounted for up to 40 per cent of business.

“The value of their business is being eroded through risk of violence. Even at the current low gross profit margin, this turnover and income is almost impossible to replace quickly.”

Here is the thing. I know a lot of people are anti-smoking and think this is all a good thing. They think that it will reduce smoking overall, and lead to people leading healthier lives.

But it won’t.

All that will happen is that corner dairies will disappear. Not only do they make a significant portion of their revenue from tobacco sales, but they also rely on smokers who come into the shop and pick up other items while they are there. If the smokers stop coming, not only do they lose the revenue from tobacco sales, but they lose the revenue from all the incidental sales as well.

In the meantime, because cigarettes are a fixed price item, mainly because of the enormous portion of tax on the product, smokers will just switch to buying their cigarettes from a supermarket, or a service station or bottle store. These are places that can manage the security needed for high-risk items, so no one actually needs to smoke less. They will just get their fix from a different place.

Robberies were an “unintended consequence” of the year-on-year excise tax that has been put on tobacco since 2010, he said.

The average price of a 20-pack of cigarettes was about $11 in 2010, and was now about $25.50.

Tobacco taxes were a “real-world example of how the best policy intentions can go wrong”, he said.

“Tobacco has become a high value commodity that can quickly and easily be on sold for cash. It’s all about cash.

“With the odds of being captured and prosecution being low, this sort of thieving could be a means to an end at the expense of small business owners.”

So here we have an admission from a government minister that it is bad policy, with unanticipated consequences. So what are they going to do about it? Absolutely nothing, by the look of it.

So cherish your local dairy, if you have one. A long-standing Kiwi institution is well and truly on its way out. And this isn’t necessarily because of changing times. It is because no one can be bothered dealing with the criminals that are causing their demise.


Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

Left-wing blog’s conspiracy theory: It was a National plant


A lone tweet has caused far left-wing blogger Martyn Bradbury to create a conspiracy theory that somehow implicates National in the Labour party’s sex and alcohol scandal. His concern is that the below tweet was sent long before Labour Party officials were allegedly told about what had occurred.

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

View from your window

Where do you think today’s photo was taken?


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Political photoshop of the day by Luke

Credit: Luke

Luke emigrated from the UK to NZ over 10 years ago, ironically because he was concerned about the number of migrants flooding into Britain.
Born and brought up in working-class Liverpool, he escaped poverty to become a highly paid adman, tory voter and a huge disappointment to his beloved, communist leaning Father. Creating snide photoshop images is his pitiful revenge for being an ageing, white, straight male.

Cartoon of the day by BoomSlang

Credit: BoomSlang

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