Bay of Islands

Photo Of The Day

Photo: © HR/bauverein AG Darmstadt

Photo: © HR/bauverein AG Darmstadt

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Google Earth. A long swirled wake was spotted on Google Earth in Oke Bay, part of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Photo: Google Earth.
A long swirled wake was spotted on Google Earth in Oke Bay, part of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Too big to be a shark and too fast for a whale…

So what is the mystery creature captured by Google Earth off the coast of New Zealand?

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A feral ratbag in nice clothes is still a feral ratabag

Only a feral ratbag would steal the collection box of the St John Ambulance.

Help catch this feral ratbag.

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Police want to hear from anyone who knows the young woman who stole a St John donation box from Opua’s general store.

She was captured clearly on CCTV as she entered the shop, snatched the donations box and fled about 5.30pm on Saturday.

Sergeant Peter Masters, of Paihia police, said the offender was one of three young females and one male who had been seen around Opua from about 11am that morning.

”This crime will be solved by someone who recognises the girl. It’s quite blatant, the way she reaches in and takes the box,” he said.

No one in Opua had recognised her so it was thought she was from outside the Bay of Islands, possibly from the Whangarei District.

Mr Masters urged anyone who knew who she was to contact the Paihia station on (09) 402 7130.

The unusually clear CCTV images have already been widely shared on social media.

They show two young women entering the shop, which is next to the Opua ferry ramp, with the second girl lingering at the door before lunging for the donations box and fleeing.

Angry Opua residents have been circulating the images in a bid to identify the offenders.

 

Source/ Northern Advocate

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Another traditional Maori welcome for some tourists

Seems we just love treating our tourists like shit.

A 23-year-old Canadian tourist has been assaulted and robbed in the Bay of Islands – the second incident of its type in the holidaying hotspot this week.

Police say the man was targeted after he befriended a group at a Paihia bar overnight.

The victim met the group at bars along Kings Rd and agreed to go in their vehicle towards Kawakawa, ostensibly to go to a party.

However, the vehicle was stopped a few miles out of town and the victim was robbed of the cash in his wallet and left on the side of the road.

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Whale Week What Was

Steve Harris - Iron Maiden, Whale Oil Beef HookedSaturday started with a Face of the Day photo that was a bit hard to look at before breakfast.  Cam finds a Frenchman worthy of respect, and is pleased to find they aren’t all cheese eating surrender monkeysCount Jacques le Bel de Penguilly does have a poofy name though.  Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a play that Whale suggests David Farrar should review for his Womans Weekly blog.  Australia charges its second Catholic Priest for child sex crimes, and this blog continues to ask:  Why is New Zealand immune?  We’re either better than the rest of the world or we’re still covering it up.  Which is it, and why?   Sadly, another Cry Baby post where we highlight those who aren’t taking personal responsibility.  This time, people who booked on Jetstar had their flights cancelled are in the paper bleating they’ll never fly Jetstar again.  If only they knew this could happen, eh?  Sharing a public space is tough when the others are eating, playing music and talking on their phones.  Cam Slater throws in a joke about an ERO school inspector and Hekia Parata, and follows it up with a post where he reveals that politicians lie.  Yeah.  Why do women wear high heels?  It can get to the point of ridiculousness for sure. An interesting post showing that a Connecticut newspaper is still advertising guns right next to Sandy Hook School news.  That was followed by a post of dash cam footage from 1927 as well as dash cam footage of a plane crash last week.  Next a top drawer post about glow in the dark toilet paper and poop hand soap.  Only on WOBH.   An interesting BBC2 short about Gordon Buchanan turning himself potential into Polar Bear lunch leads a post about Iron Maiden showing Steve Harris wearing a Whale Oil Beef Hooked T-Shirt.  Perhaps we should avoid NZ Herald Stock tips:  Australian shares are hot apparently?  Especially those APN stocks.  Oh, and Fairfax stocks are doing just great as well.  And as we wind down towards the end of the Saturday, we have a post about a CK Stead letter in which he slams the Binnie report as having clear bias.   Read more »

Whale visits Bay of Islands

Here is your obligatory Whale post:

Visitors to the Bay of Islands were treated to a show they won’t forget when a whale frolicked and leapt from the sea in front of their boat for at least 15 minutes.

The humpback, a juvenile about 12m long, was leaping backwards with almost its entire body out of the water – known as “breaching” – near the Hole in the Rock about midday yesterday.

It was seen by the passengers and crew of the Tangaroa, a Fullers GreatSights vessel on the day-long “Cream Trip”.

Whale expert Jo “Floppy” Halliday, of Opua, was working as a guide on the boat when the young marine mammal put on a “fantastic show”.

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Guest Post – Skinner Normanton

In reply to David Garrett, or an essay on why Garrett should not approach his computer when pissed.

Greetings Brothers.

There are a number of reasons why Garrett’s seperate nation wet dream will never happen which I am going to print below. But before I do I am going to share with you the miracle cure to fix Northland and the rest of the country.

Despite the screeching and forced lamentation of the (largely employed by you and I) left wing in this country there are plenty of jobs for almost every able bodied man and woman currently not working.

In the main they will be jobs that they do not want, low paid, mundane, sometimes hard physically but paid employment all the same.

The number one excuse used by the indolent class is that these jobs are predominantly seasonal or temporary and the government has for many years imposed a stand down period which means that whilst you might be offered a three month contract that gets you off the bene, but once the temp contract is over you have to wait three months to get back on the bene.

So. The miracle cure.

Remove the stand down period, allow these citizens to do temp or seasonal work and then get back on the rock n roll straight away.
What about the cost I hear the smarter readers say. And yes, it will cost us more. But, if you can get a full time all year round scrounger into 3 or 4 or 6 months work through the year then that is a period where we might otherwise be paying them to not work.\

The other excuse used is that it is not enough to live on.

Working for families should have made that argument redundant and for those that have not yet knocked up or squeezed out a brat the benefit is pretty skinny anyway so any kind of work will be more than the dole.

Building a work habit is the single most important challenge facing all of us in Little England. Everything else is just bollocks.

Now then brothers, Northland.

A dirtly little secret in NZ is the number of men of  Kiwi Dalmatian descent that spent time “helping” in the Balkans a few years ago during the unpleasantness.
Huge swathes of the Far North were settled by and are still inhabited by people with names ending in ICH. Agreed many of them blended with locals but they are still Dalmatian by temperament and armed to the teeth. They are not blighted by laziness either. Add that to the legions of ex-British special forces nutters in the Bay of Islands and I suspect any attempts to breakaway (bearing in mind I am replying to a nutter and do not for a minute believe the possibility is ever likely to happen) from the rest of the country would end in anything less than a three day bloodbath.

Mr Garrett, I humbly suggest you stick to inciting flame wars on that travel blog you frequent and leave the North alone.

Right now I have put the wee nutter in his place, fixed the unemployment problem and let slip the fact that many kiwis were slaughtering Muslims in the 90’s why don’t we have a go at fixing the degree trained barista problem.

Or not. Maybe tomorrow I will share with you the Skinner Normanton plan to fix the student debt problem.