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Friday, 18 May

21:34

Peters and a handsome horse called Neoliberalism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This weeks budget highlights a big contrast between what Winston Peters has said and what he does. Talking the bucking the system bronco talk in opposition, but trotting along with the establishment for a dividend of baubles. In past years Peters speeches has condemned National, capitalism and neoliberalism, but this weeks budget has been described []

21:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

Image result for quotes marriage

A prefect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.

 

19:20

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 May 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted

19:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 May 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

14:55

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits south of Kermadec Islands, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 01:45 UTC on May 18, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). The epicenter was located 544.2 km (338.1 miles) NE of Opotiki...... Read more

14:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Friday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world

14:01

May 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1499  Catherine of Aragon, was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine was 13 and Arthur 12.

1535  Jacques Cartier set sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnaconas two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).

1536  Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII , was beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.

1568  Queen Elizabeth I of England ordered the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots.

1643 Thirty Years War : French forces under the duc dEnghien decisively defeated Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power.

1649  An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth was passed by the Long Parliament.

1749 King George II granted the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.

1780 New Englands Dark Day: A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover caused complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M.

1795  Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist, was born  (d. 1873).

1802  Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Lgion dHonneur.

1828 President John Quincy Adams signsedthe Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.

1846 Thomas Brunner, Kehu, a Ngati Tumatakokiri Maori, and Charles Heaphy reached Mawhera Pa.

Brunner, Kehu and Heaphy reach Mawhera pa

...

13:08

In Gaza, Israel counts on army snipers over non-lethal arsenal "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The world is clearly horrified, as it should be. There seems to be no one, even in the msm, making excuses for Israels repulsive actions, as this item from the Sydney Morning Herald demonstrates: By Jonathan Ferziger 18 May 2018 1:18pm Skunk water, sticky foam, sponge grenades and tear gas-spraying drones are among the []

The post In Gaza, Israel counts on army snipers over non-lethal arsenal appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

12:29

New Zealand blue whales research "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This 2017 video says about itself:

See Blue Whales Lunge For Dinner in Beautiful Drone Footage | National Geographic

Scientists filming in the South Ocean off the coast of New Zealand captured this stunning footage of a blue whale eating a mass of krill. The whales can grow up to the length of three school buses and require a lot of energy to accelerate in the water. They speed up to about 6.7 miles just before consuming the krill, and the act of opening their mouth slows them down to about 1.1 miles per hour. They then have to expend even more energy to get back up to speed. All of this energy spent may lead the whales to be picky eaters, if the mass of krill is too small they may swim through without opening their mouth to feed.

From Oregon State University in the USA:

New Zealand has its own population of blue whales

May 17, 2018

A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight (STB) between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be part of a local population that is genetically distinct from other blue whales in the Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean, a new study has found.

The whales show a high level of residency, researchers say, as hydrophones deployed in the region recorded blue whale calls on 99.7 percent of the days between January and December in 2016.

The study, led by Oregon State Universitys Marine Mammal Institute, is important because the Sou...

10:52

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The more often we see the things around us even the beautiful and wonderful things the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Joseph B Wirthlin

Tonight Im grateful for the things I see so often, and the reminder not to see them less.

07:02

Shallow 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near New Zealand coast "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A MAJOR 6.2 magnitude earthquake has hit the coast near the coast of New Zealand, 599km from Tauranga at 1:45pm local time (2:45am BST). The quake was recorded South of the Kermadec Islands. It has a depth of 10.6 km. The earthquake occurred after a series of 15 other quakes hit New Zealand in quick succession, sparking fears that there could be a 'big one' on its way. Four of the 15 had a magnitude of four or higher when they struck Seddon, on the south island over the weekend and are believed to be aftershocks from the destructive Kaikoura earthquake in 2016. Government body GeoNet Science Tweeted "It's been a shaky weekend for the top of the South Island. "These are likely to be aftershocks from the Kaikoura Earthquake."

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Contubernal  occupying the same tent; living in close proximity; cohabitation; intimate; familiar.

06:27

Remembering the Departed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know []

05:29

Two Police Alerts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Police warn of two scams which could affect people in our area fake $50 notes and scam phone calls. Be aware []

05:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ive just found Wednesdays gratitude post in drafts so here it is, late but none the less relevant for that.

Earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Autumn is making its mark in my garden but theres still plenty of colour: roses are blooming, naked ladies (Belladonna Amaryllis), are flowering and self-sown cornflowers are flourishing.

Today Im grateful for evidence than the earth is still laughing in my garden.

03:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wild West meat market Ruby Nyika:

Complaints about food being sold illegally on social media and Trade Me have almost doubled over the past three years.

Illegal online meat sales alone nearly tripled, the Ministry for Primary Industries says. 

Its a way to offload excess home kill and for buyers to shave dollars off meat costs, Tauwhare Home Kills owner Trevor Brunton said. 

But selling unlicensed meat raw or cooked online is illegal, and home-kill meat is particularly risky. . . 

Changes may lead to unforeseen problems Pam Tipa:

Imposing changes on farming without considering wider issues such as economic and community impacts could cause unforeseen problems out ahead, says Robyn Dynes, science impact leader, AgResearch.

He was referring to Minister for the Environment David Parker saying nutrient limits may be used to reduce cow numbers.

Dynes says requirements or targets for reducing nutrient losses on farms are nothing new in many regions; most farmers are already moving that way. . . 

Good surge in strong wool prices heartening Alan WIlliams:

Wool prices made a major advance at Thursdays Christchurch wool sale, on large volume.

Prices remain at a low ebb but the move was heartening following gradual recent improvement, PGG Wrightsons South Island sale manager Dave Burridge said.

The wool pipeline was moving through international markets without any stockpiles building up and a weaker NZ dollar, just below US$0.70, helped underpin the solid demand from a full gallery of buyers. . .

02:00

Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thursdays questions were:

1. Who said: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds, . .

2. What are the four Cs by which diamonds are measured?

3. Its novio in Spanish and marena hou in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who sang Im getting Married in the Morning and in which musical?

5. The royal wedding is  . . . ?

Alwyn wins a virtual wedding cake for answering them all. Youre right that novio has several meanings, but in the context of the other questions I was looking for bridegroom. I used Google Translate for the Maori, am willing to accept your suggestion.

Answers follow the break

1. William Shakespeare

2.Cut, clarity, colour, carat.

3. Bridegroom

4. Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

5. The Royal Wedding first and foremost is the commitment to marriage by Harry and Meghan. Its also a celebration for their friends and families, an opportunity for celebration for royal watchers and anyone else who loves a wedding and to carry on with life for those who dont.

00:48

Book Review: The Aussie Slap "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A controversial and daring novel, The Slap uses the iconic scene of a suburban barbeque to examine identities and personal []

00:04

Kelp Forests Under Threat From Acid Seas "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Australian scientists have identified a risk to the kelp forests of the oceans, a new way in which carbon dioxide can change the world. Ever more acidic oceans could encourage weedy submarine grasslands to replace the rich habitats of the coastal kelp forests.

Although most climate change forecasts are based on computer simulation, this one has been tested in the real world. The scientists used natural volcanic seeps rich in carbon dioxide to observe the changes to sea floor ecosystems as water chemistry changes with greater levels of dissolved CO2.

Carbon emissions might boost plant life in the oceans, but not all plant life will benefit equally, said Sean Connell, of the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide.

Weedy species are quicker to capitalise on nutrients, such as carbon, and can grow faster than their natural predators can consume them.

Weedy turf wins

Unfortunately, the CO2 that humans are pumping into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels gets absorbed by the ocean and favours weedy turfs, which replace kelp forests that support higher coastal productivity and biodiversity.

He and colleagues from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Italy and Hong Kong report in the journal Ecology that they made a series of samples of submarine plant growth at natural volcanic vents in New Zealands Bay of Plenty: they looked at rocky reefs on which grew a mosaic of kelp and turf algae, along barren stretches grazed by sea urchins and a native New Zealand mollusc.

They chose the sites because the levels of carbon dioxide and therefore the measures of acidity in the water were roughly what climate scientists would predict for the end of this century, if humans go on releasing greenhouse gases.

They found that ecosystems changed with shifts in water chemistry. While elevated CO2 caused some weeds to be eaten in greater amounts, the dominant sea urchin predator ate these weeds at reduced amounts. This enabled the weeds to escape their natural controls and expand across coasts near the elevated CO2, Professor Connell said.

The slow but inexorable changes in ocean acidity will have inevitable consequences for coastal protection offered by natural ecosystems. Kelp forests provide habitat or nourishment for seals, sea otters, sea lions, whales, cormorants, gulls, terns and shore birds as well as fish. There is evid...

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Thursday, 17 May

23:41

Photo of the Week Hawaiian Ukuleles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hawaiian names Eva and Geoffrey Churchman from Waikanae are in Hawaii and have noticed similarities in place names. No Waikanae []

23:00

Our money not theirs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Taxpayers Union chair Barrie Saunders calls it a classic Labour Budget:

Robertsons first budget was written in extraordinarily benign circumstances. The economy is growing at a sustainable rate of around 3%, tax revenues for the June 2018 year will exceed Budget 2017 estimates, unemployment is down to 4.5%, employment levels are very high at 73.1%, and public debt at 21.7% of GDP is low and trending downwards. 

The economy is in vastly better shape than any new Government has inherited since 1972. That year Labour leader Norman Kirk won with a thumping majority and an inexperienced team. Labour lost to Nationals Rob Muldoon, with a similar majority in 1975, and no more clues as to how to manage structural problems with the economy, which led to the economic crisis of 1984 and the Lange/Douglas reforms. 

Prime Ministers Bolger, Clark and Key would have been over the moon if they could have assumed office with todays economic fundamentals.

The TU notes two wins for taxpayers.

  1. Fiscal responsibility

It is very encouraging that the Government is remaining within the pre-election Budgetary Responsibility Rules.  We think Steven Joyces allegations that Labour had an $11.7 billion hole (which Labour vehemently denied) had also been helpful in keeping the Government restrained in the face of criticism from some on the left who say they should borrow more. 

  1. Independent election policy costing office

Budget 2018 announced that public consultation will be launched in August on establishing an independent body to better inform public debate in our democracy.   This is something the Taxpayers Union has been pushing for since 2014 for transparency and accountability of what political party policies will cost taxpayers.

For decades political parties during election campaigns have made allegations about expenditure policies of others.  Thats why we worked so hard last year with our election Bribe-O-Meter.  . .

National left the economy in very good shape and the government has at least budgeted to retain surpluses.

But lets not forget its our money not theirs and that a surplus means its taking more in tax than it needs.

Had National still been in power all of us would have been able to keep a little more of what we earn.

This red-green-black gove...

22:11

Pharmac funding not cut "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Amy Adams and National may have been a bit hasty in claiming that Pharmac funding had been cut. Labour has CUT Pharmac funding by $200m and failed to deliver money for Dunedin hospital, universally cheaper GP fees and put LESS new money into health than National did last year #BrokenPromises in #Budget2018 Amy Adams []

21:14

QotD: "I think the blind passion of political discussions makes it very clear how desperately uninformed and uneducated most of us are today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"But also, one of my phrases to capture the problem in education today is that children are being taught to look around them and think, 'This is all here, and now our job is just to form opinions about it,' rather than, 'This is all here -- and here is how we got here, and here is where it comes from, and here is what it depends on.' Even just understanding that this world that they know hasn't existed forever is important...    "I think the [blind passion of political discussions] makes it very clear how desperately uninformed and uneducated most of us are today, because we should be bringing to bear on our opinions of politics a vast knowledge of everything that has been tried in the past and whether it succeeded or failed. And most children today are coming into such discussions blind, but also having been told that it's very important to have strong opinions. So they've maybe memorised some floating, disconnected facts and they've been taught to have impassioned convictions about things -- which means their impassioned convictions are based on nothing, ultimately on substance. So, we are trying to give them meaningful, systematic, real knowledge on which to ground judgements in every realm of their life."~ Lisa Van Damme, founder/director of VanDamme Academy
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21:10

Ardern muddled, middle missed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In an interview just before the election Jacinda Ardern referred to the squeezed middle ordinary New Zealanders feeling the pinch. Stuff: Jacinda Ardern says Budget will also help middle New Zealanders feeling the squeeze New Zealand knows it has poverty issues, and an emerging class of working poor, but were not paying enough attention []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A hair divides what is false and true  Omar Khayym who was born on this day in 1048.

20:47

Marama Davidson on the budget more grate Greens than great Greens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Green co-leader Marama Davidsons response to the budget gushed Green greatness, as well as smooching smugness while ignoring why the Government has a healthy surplus with which to invest in some green projects. Let me reassure the Opposition that this is not a dream,there is nothing wrong with their television sets, and the red pill []

20:30

The Ghosts Of The Nephilim, Frater Ex "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Ghosts Of The Nephilim, Frater Ex

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But is this just a simple thing about the cycle of indoctrination and abuse run by early secret societies like Freemasonry?
Or are there actually REAL entities out there in the ether trying to influence our thoughts and society?
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20:26

Good budget for the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This was the first part that the Green Party has played a part in so it is understandably a big deal for them. They deserve credit for some achievements, like the biggest increase in DOC funding for many years. James Shaw has been granted a $100 million Green Investment Fund. The Green Investment Fund will []

20:09

A reasonable first budget for Labour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As Minister of Finance Grant Robertson was fortunate to inherit a healthy economy and a growing surplus to play with. From what Ive seen (I was busy yesterday and only caught bits of the budget details) it was a generally prudent and predictable budget. Big dollops of dosh had already been committed in last years []

20:00

Budget highlights foundation for the future "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The budget is more of a preparatory budget rather than the claimed transformative budget but Minister of Finance Grant Robertson acknowledges that. Here is his summary of the 2018 budget. Foundations for the future Health, education, housing and other critical public services receive overdue investments today, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson. Our public services []

19:20

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 May 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted

19:09

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 May 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

18:39

Marine animals revolution after dinosaur extinction "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

What the heck is a crinoid? They might be one of the most common fossils this side of the Rocky mountains but they are seriously cool.

From the British Antarctic Survey:

Major shift in marine life occurred 33 million years later in the South

May 17, 2018

A new study of marine fossils from Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand and South America reveals that one of the greatest changes to the evolution of life in our oceans occurred more recently in the Southern Hemisphere than previously thought. The results are published today (17 May 2018) in the journal Communications Biology.

The Marine Mesozoic Revolution (MMR) is a key theory in evolutionary history. While dinosaurs ruled the land, profound changes occurred in the shallow seas that covered the Earth.

During the Mesozoic, around 200 million years ago, marine predators evolved that could drill holes and crush the shells of their prey. And although small in comparison to dinosaurs, these new predators, including crustacea and some types of modern fish, had a dramatic impact on marine life.

Among the species most heavily affected were sea lilies or isocrinids invertebrates tethered to the seafloor by...

18:06

EMU Farmer Arrested For Running Illegal Animal Brothel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand police have raided a family-operated emu farm suspected of operating as an illegal animal brothel.

Michael Wilson, 43, and his two sons Phillip, 28, and Andrew, 14, have been arrested and accused of illegally operating an animal brothel.

Twenty-six people were also arrested during the raid for their suspected involvement in sexually related activities with animals on the farm.

It was totally disgusting. They would host these parties where the guests would run around naked chasing the birds all night long, one neighbor told local reporters.

The Wilson family-operated farm had been undergoing financial stress these past years and local neighbors were apparently aware of the unusual activities.

Michael was pretty open about the whole thing. He didnt care if some sick Aussie tourists were into screwing with his birds. He even joked that it made the meat leaner, a local man told reporters under the cover of anonymity.

The Wilson family lawyer, Andrew Goldmann, would not comment the allegations but said that his clients would challenge New Zealands current prostitution laws.

Sex between two consenting adults in exchange for money is legal but a sexual relationship between a human and a bird is not? he argued.

Although the Prostitution Reform Act of 2003 has officially decriminalized prostitution in New Zealand, bestiality and zoosexual activity are still prohibited by law.

The post EMU Farmer Arrested For Running Illegal Animal Brothel appeared first on NotAllowedTo.

14:32

HUMAN-Eating Robots Secretly Deployed? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Formerly dedicated purely to UFO videos, Secureteam10 is putting an interesting variety of subject matter while adhering to its UFO roots. Tylers channel is well worth subbing to! secureteam10 Published on May 16, 2018  

The post HUMAN-Eating Robots Secretly Deployed? appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

14:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thursday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world

14:01

May 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1048 Omar Khayym, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher, was born (d. 1131).

1152  Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine.

1268  The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, fell to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.

1302 Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.

1498 Vasco da Gama reached the port of Calicut, India.

1593  Playwright Thomas Kyds accusations of heresy led to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

1652 Rhode Island passed the first law in North America making slavery illegal.

1763  Fire destroyed a large part of Montreal.

1783  First United Empire Loyalists reached Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.

1803  Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revoked the Treaty of Amiensand declared war on France.

1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.

1811  Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Ro de la Plata in Uruguay led by Jose Artigas.

1812  John Bellingham was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.

1843  The...

11:54

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

My farmer had to pick up a ute today and I volunteered to go with him to bring the other vehicle back.

Instead of driving straight home I called on friends for morning tea then carried on, stopping off to explore the places that time constraints usually force me to drive past.

Today Im grateful for a catch-up with friends and the time to explore some byways off the usually highways.

08:19

Stateside 5: Rosie the Riveter "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You could pick a womans weld, because it was neat and even, whereas the mens were a bit rough  American []

07:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gumfiate  to cause to swell; to puff up; to perplex.

03:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Climate ambassadors the next step in dairys plan :

Fifteen dairy farmers have been chosen to profile the climate change cause as New Zealands Climate Change Ambassadors.

This is the next step of the dairy sectors plan to create a culture of climate conscious agribusiness amongst farmers and the broader dairy industry, says DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle.

These fifteen men and women all represent best environmental farming practice for their farm system, says DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle. They run their farms profitably and sustainably and are serious about reducing on farm greenhouse gas emissions. . .

Savvy couple win at Dairy Industry awards Stephen Bell:

Northland couple Dan and Gina Duncan are technologically savvy and care about people, the environment and cows and while doing very well at dairy farming.

Their efforts were rewarded when on Saturday night they were named the Share Farmers of the Year.

Gerard Boerjan from Hawkes Bay-Wairarapa is Dairy Manager of the Year and Simone Smail from Southland is Dairy Trainee of the Year. 

The judges said the Duncans are passionate, professional and committed. . .

Dairy trainee of the year grateful for employers support Nicole Sharp:

In three years, 24-year-old Simone Smail, of Invercargill, has come a long way in the dairy industry.

Being presented the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year award at Stadium Southland on Saturday night, Miss Smail was overcome.

She thanked her family for their support, her bosses Steve and Tracy Henderson for giving her a start in the industry and everybody else she had met along the way. . .

Lamb prices expected to stay high Simon Hartley:

Key lamb export markets are paying  14%  more for product so far this season, with record highs  for this time of year,  ASB rural economist Nathan Penny says.

...

03:17

Bonus Quote of the Day: "...the most important weapon in Hamas's arsenal." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Hamas understood early that the civilian death toll was driving international outrage not at Hamas but at Israel, and that this, not I.E.D.s or ambushes, was the most important weapon in its arsenal."
~ Matti Friedman, from his New York Times op-ed 'Falling for Hamas's Split-Screen Fallacy'
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02:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anyone who gets a clean sweep in this quiz will win a virtual wedding cake.

1. Who said: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds, . .

2. What are the four Cs by which diamonds are measured?

3. Its novio in Spanish and marena hou in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who sang Im getting Married in the Morning and in which musical?

5. The royal wedding is . . .  .?

00:41

Call for clarity on PNG seabed mining project "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Seabed mining machinery Photo: Mike Smith

Radio New Zealand | 16 March 2018

The MP for Namatanai in Papua New Guinea says more information is needed about the impacts and benefits of seabed mining.

The Solwara 1 Project, in which Canadian company Nautilus Minerals plans to extract gold and copper from under the Bismarck Sea, is facing a growing chorus of opposition from local community groups over environmental concerns.

Nautilus has yet to complete equipment requirements for beginning mining, and has seen investors recently withdraw from the project.

The MP, Walter Schnaubelt, said too much remained unknown about the environmental impacts of seabed mining.

Im of the view that of course its going to be something new, yes, maybe some unknowns are going to happen, he said.

But that doesnt mean that we jus...

00:38

Urgent: Rally for a free Palestine 2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Palestine Solidarity Network calls on the NZ Government to immediately condemn Israels latest massacre of 60 Palestinian protestors in Gaza and excessive force employed by Israeli troops against unarmed civilians, in the strongest possible terms, and close down the Israeli Embassy in Wellington in protest.

RALLY FOR FREE PALESTINE
2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD

Support the Palestinian struggle for human rights & condemn Israeli atrocities.

US/Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud will address the rally, and also give a free public talk on Sunday 20 May from 7pm at the Freemans Bay Community Centre, Hepburn St, Auckland. Free entry donations welcome.

See below for details of Ramzys free public talks in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin next week. Not to be missed.

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Dr. Ramzy Barouds NZ speaking tour itinerary 18 to 24 May 2018.

Hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Ramzy Baroud brings the authentic voices of the Palestinian struggle for human rights to New Zealand, as part of a world-wide launch of his new book The Last Earth: a Palestinian Story.

Please note that signed copies of Ramzys book The Last Earth: a Palestinian story will be on sale for $35 at each venue cash or EFTPOS (bookshop retail prices may vary). Other merchandise will be available also.

Each event is free entry and open to the public bring your friends & workmates. There will be a collection for donations towards tour costs.

AUCKLAND: FRIDAY 18 MAY

10:30am: A special book signing event at UBIQ Auckland University Bookshop, 2 Alfred Street, Student Commons (off Princes or Symonds Street, City.)
12:00 midday: Listen to 95bFM radio for Kelly Enrights studio interview with Ramzy Baroud on The Wire current affairs programme.

AUCKLAND: SATURDAY 19 MAY

9:00am: Listen to Kim Hills face-to-face live interview with Ramzy on her popular Saturday Morning programme, on RNZ National radio (FM 101.4)
2:00pm: Ramzy will speak at the Nakba Rally for Free Palestine, Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD.

AUCKLAND: SUNDAY 20 MAY...

00:34

Oil Search denies blaming PNG govt for project problems "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There have been complaints of a lack of benefits coming from the LNG project. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades project

Someone is not happy with Oil Search but this kind of back-tracking is not going to fool anyone!

Truth is they are all to blame Oil Search, Exxon Mobil and the PNG government

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The oil and gas company Oil Search denies that it blamed Papua New Guineas government for non-payment of benefits from the LNG gas project.

This comes after statements by the Oil Search chairman at its Annual General Meeting last week acknowledging landowner frustrations over project payouts.

Oil Search claimed its chairmans comments were mis-reported.

In a new statement it said that during the annual meeting, the company outlined the need to ensure royalty payments and other benefits owing to landowners were distributed as soon as practicable.

Oil Search said it was worki...

Wednesday, 16 May

23:55

More MSM Fearmongering: The Russian Boogeyman and his Hypersonic Weapons! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Invincible? Nothing is invincible. The US secrecy machine and probably Chinas too, have plenty of tricks up their sleeve to deal with these Hypersonic toys (which arent ready yet, take note). I reckon this is another fearmongering exercise. Im sure Uncensored readers are smart enough to see the big picture. US Intelligence=disinformation! Provided by []

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23:50

QotD: "A viler evil than to murder a man, is to sell him suicide as an act of virtue." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



"A viler evil than to murder a man, is 
to sell him suicide as an act of virtue."

~ Ayn Rand
.

23:36

NZ Alpine Fault: Within Our Lifetime "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Planning and Preparing for an Alpine event they say. So watch out for more political shenanigans and hidden agendas revolving around forthcoming seismic events. Take head from the Christchurch scenario, Wellingtonians especially. Heres the MSM story from Newshub: Simulation shows widespread damage if Alpine Fault ruptures Newshub staff Scientists, working as part of Project Alpine []

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