Yes Nanaia dear, that’s the general idea


Nanaia Mahuta, the Tainui Princess aka Nanaiapotamus, doesn’t want to build a new prison in her electorate because… if you build it, it will get filled up with prisoners: Quote:

The government may not be going ahead with the mega prison at Waikeria, after the Maori Development Minister said today they would not throw “$1 billion at a prison in Waikeria“.

In March, Justice Minister Andrew Little appeared on Marae, and said a decision would be made based on what Minister of Correction Kelvin Davis recommends.

He said a package developed by himself, Mr Davis and Minister of Police Stuart Nash would look at offending rates, the corrections system, the age of some of the prisons, “and what we need to do to make a more humane prison and corrections system in the long term”.

Appearing on TVNZ1’s Marae, Nanaia Mahuta was answering a question from National MP Jami-Lee Ross about what the budget meant for struggling families.

We aren’t going to throw 1 billion dollars at a prison in Waikeria. We want to put it into the regional economy,” Ms Mahuta said today.

“That will be something that will grow the economy, create jobs and opportunities that undoubtedly will see iwi benefit, will see Maori whanau benefit.” End quote.

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Medical students upset over Labour’s blue budget

Chris Hipkins Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

I don’t think the budget has made anyone happy. The list of those upset with Labour’s blue budget is growing. This time it is medical students: Quote:

Medical students are upset with the Government for not getting rid of a cap on the number of years a student can get a student loan.

The National government put the eight-year cap in place in 2011, and it was opposed by the Labour Party and many students associations – particularly medical ones.

It means students who undertake a five-year medical degree after finishing a four-year degree in another field cannot get student loan money to cover their fees, living costs, or course-related costs in their final year.

Labour, NZ First, and the Greens all committed to getting rid of the cap in their election manifestos, but Budget 2018 did not implement the change.

“It is disappointing to see this new Government, in their first budget, to not live up to these expectations,” NZ Medical Students Association Vice-President Ajda Arsan said.

“Not only is this a waste of much needed doctors in the workfield, this is a waste of the taxpayers dollars already invested in that training. What help is a medical student with half a degree?” End quote.

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Whaleoil general debate

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Face of the day

CNN contributor Ana Navarro likens President Donald Trump’s ‘animals’ remark to ‘Nazis’. Perhaps she should review her own tweets. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

In summary, today’s face of the day, along with other journalists, falsely accused President Donald Trump of calling illegal immigrants ‘animals’. Trump’s remarks, in fact, were directed at gang members from the murderous MS-13.

What makes her false accusation stand out from the other journalists’ false accusations is a tweet from her past.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

panchreston (noun) – A proposed explanation intended to address a complex problem by trying to account for all possible contingencies but typically proving to be too broadly conceived and therefore oversimplified to be of any practical use.

Source :

Etymology :
English panchreston comes via Latin panchrēstos “good for everything, universal.” In Latin, its usage is restricted to medicine or derived metaphors, e.g., Pliny the Elder (a.d. 23-79) uses panchrēstos stomaticē, a phrase of two Greek words with Greek inflections, meaning “universal remedy for ailments of the mouth”; Cicero (106-43 b.c.), in one of his forensic speeches, uses panchrēstō medicāmentō “universal cure” as a scornful periphrasis for “bribe.” The original Greek adjective (and noun) pánchrēstos has the same relatively restricted meaning, i.e., to describe widely useful tools or medications. Panchreston entered English in the 17th century.

Daily proverb

Proverbs 21

21 Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love
will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Sunday nightcap

In this video, Israeli Micah Avni addresses the UN Human Rights Council about the Palestinian authorities who are paying murderers for killing Jews. It’s great that President Trump has stopped payments to the UN group that funds the Palestinian authorities, but still, too many countries, including NZ, have pledged financial support to the Palestinians.

Interview with Swedish woman who has fled to Hungary

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An interesting TV interview with a Swedish woman who has fled to Hungary because Islamic Sweden is now too dangerous.