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Nurses and health boards are continuing to negotiate improved pay and conditions in an effort to avoid strikes.
Last-ditch talks between the nurses union and district health boards (DHBs) will continue on Monday in a bid to avoid planned strike action.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and DHBs negotiating teams attended mediation on Friday after nurses strongly rejected the DHBs latest offer on Monday.
The NZNO issued strike notice to the DHBs on Wednesday for July 5, with notice of a second 24-hour strike planned for July 12 likely to be issued next week. . .
A survey sent to NZNO members on Monday to gauge their priorities for any revised deal had received close to 13,000 responses a day before it closed at 1pm on Thursday.
A message sent to union members said their feedback had helped negotiators be very clear on what your priority issues are and what will be required on order to avert strike action and resolve this dispute.
The three main priorities were remuneration, safe staffing and pay equity.
However, whether the first nationwide nurses strike since 1989 can be averted remains to be seen.
Nurses on Monday strongly rejected the DHBs latest collective offer, a $520 million package described by Health Minister David Clark as the best in a decade. . .
A $520 million package sounds generous but there would be $275 million more this year had they not wasted it on free fees for tertiary students, nearly $40 million of which will be spent on students who fail to complete their first year.
It would be difficult to find anyone who thinks spending millions on students who dont need help is a greater priority than improving pay and conditions for nurses.
Teachers are lining up for more pay and better conditions too and it would be equally difficult to find anyone who thinks that wouldnt be a higher priority than fee-free tertiary study.
The free-fee policy is just one of several expensive policies. Another is the winter power payment for beneficiaries, some of which will go...
A change to bail laws is credited as a significant reason for a rapidly increasing prison population, but a change in approach by judges has also contributed. Minister of Justice Andrew Little has indicated he wants to change the bail laws, but this is a tricky political issue. If bail laws are relaxed its certain 
To acknowledge that the lives of the lower and middle classes of developed counties have improved in recent decades is not to deny the formidable problems facing 21st-century economies... Perhaps most damaging: the false impression that the modern economy has left most people behind encourages Luddite and beggar-thy-neighbor policies that would make everyone worse off.~ Stephen Pinker from his book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Trumps presidency although fuelled also by several other noxious notions, fallacies, and superstitions was made possible in part by the absurd refusal by many people, largely those on the political left, to acknowledge that the living standards of ordinary Americans have improved dramatically since the mid-1970s.
Not long after parading families of victims of crimes in public displays of intolerance of illegal immigrants, vilifying them all by association (something the Nazis did with Jews), Donald Trump is now suggesting that due process in law be ignored. Reuters: Trump calls for deportations without judicial process President Trump said that people who enter 
Ngti Kuri have revealed a plan to protect the northern tip of New Zealand with a predator fence stretching 8.5 km from the west coats to the east coast. This will be about 20 km from the northern tip at Cape Reinga. RNZ: Iwi to build predator-free fence from coast-to-coast Northland iwi Ngti Kuri has 
Wellingtons daily newspaper has been running under a different name for the last week and a bit. Embracing te reo at a symbolic level is one thing. Catering for a target marker is another. Perhaps they surveyed customers and got an indication that this would be popular, but newspapers are struggling to not drop their 
25 June 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 
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A New Zealand motorist had a remarkably lucky escape after he narrowly avoided being crushed by a powerful landslide - and still managed to film the dramatic brush with death. The rock-laden slip came barrelling down the Waioeka Gorge in the Bay of Plenty on the country's North Island, just meters away from the plucky camerman's vehicle.
524 Battle of Vzeronce, the Franks defeated the Burgundians.
1678 Elena Cornaro Piscopia was the first woman awarded a doctorate of philosophy.
1741 Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned ruler of Hungary.
1880 Potatau Te Wherowhero of Waikato, the first Maori king died.
1900 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Viceroy of India, was born (d. 1979).
1903 George Orwell (pen name of Eric Arthur Blair), British writer, was born (d. 1950).
1903 Anne Revere, American actress, was born (d. 1990).
1906 Pittsburgh mi...
Sunday lunch with friends, but not an ordinary lunch, it was Cucinas Argentinean long lunch and it was delicious:
Spicy soup with chorizo and chick peas; two pasta dishes; apple slaw, carrots, beef short ribs and lamb cooked over a fire followed by ice cream with dulce de leche and whisky, an alfajore, two wee eclairs and quince in a short pastry crust.
It was a very pleasant way to pass a Sunday afternoon and Im very grateful for it.
After the absurd theatre of May, Rudd, Johnson, and Williamson, pretending that Putin sprayed the unwanted, low end, traded-pawn Skripal, and his daughter, with some Military Grade nonsense, May announced to the world that England would not be going to The Russian World Cup. The goose who LOST the last general election in 2017, forced 
The Electoral Commission as tut tutted a bit, nine months after the election, and not even slapped Patrick Hogan over the hand with a wet tote ticket after he claimed that he didnt know the rules when advertising in support of NZ First during last years election campaign. The rules are effectively a waste of 
IRD advised against giving tax breaks to the race horse breeding industry nine years ago, as they did recently, this time warning it could cost ten times what Winston Peters has suggested. But the Government went ahead with the only tax cut included in this years budget. Stuff: Officials warned against racing tax breaks Inland 
She always camouflaged herself as a crowd. Ive never been lonely, she said, but sometimes its hard to think above the noise. Crowd 2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.
To those who are interested, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford is leaving hospital this morning, if she gets past all the cameras and questions. And as far as babies go, she does like very cute. Having a first baby is a very special time for parents and family. I hope they manage to weather the 
Joint operation to check Nait compliance Sally Rae:
Knowledge of the National Animal Identification and Tracing (Nait) system has increased in the wake of the Mycoplasma bovis response but some farmers are continuing to break the rules.
In a statement yesterday, compliance investigations manager Gary Orr said the Ministry for Primary Industries and Nait Ltd had been running joint operations around the country to check compliance with Nait requirements.
The disease response had highlighted the importance of tracing animal movements and having complete and accurate information available. It was critical all farmers complied with Nait and tracked all animal movements on and off their farms and those who werent were putting the rest of the industry in jeopardy, Mr Orr said. . .
Manuka protection needs cash Richard Rennie:
Manuka Honey Appellation Society members are optimistic money will be forthcoming for a bid to protect the manuka honey brand as a trade mark and ultimately as a Geographical Indication (GI).
A high-level conference on manukas status earlier this month was met with a largely positive reception from Government officials, society spokesman John Rawcliffe said.
Rawcliffe and others in the industry hope a cash injection to protect the brand for New Zealanders will soon be forthcoming.
So far, as an industry group, we have invested $1 million into manuka honey for its protection and we have already seen the landmark decision made in the United Kingdom where their Trade Registry has accepted the filing of the term manuka as a certification mark, Rawcliffe said. . .
Farming at the southernmost point of NZ -Brittany Pickett:...
On Q+A this morning: Why is business feeling so gloomy? Surveys show business confidence has been persistently low since the Labour led Government took office. Corin Dann talks to Finance Minister Grant Robertson. Plus, what could an NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement mean for you? And will European farmers give up some of the subsidies that 
Nobody can be a great economist who is only an economistand I am even tempted to add that the economist who is only an economist is likely to become a nuisance if not a positive danger.
~ FA Hayek
Consecutive tweets from Fox News. .@POTUS: "You read the fake news. It's fake and disgraceful." pic.twitter.com/HJvmHWmA95 Fox News (@FoxNews) June 23, 2018 .@POTUS: "We're the piggy bank that everybody likes to rob from." pic.twitter.com/f2kivytKNq Fox News (@FoxNews) June 23, 2018 .@POTUS: "I don't believe any administration, any president, has come even close to 
The furore over immigrant detentions in the US continues, but it isnt just over the caging of kids. Protests continue, Time magazine has been slammed for a cover image depicting a small child versus Donald Trump, and claims and counter claims of what was already being done and what has changed under Trump are all 
Many people claim or believe that poverty its a either an unresolved problem or a growing problem, but statistics show that it has improved substantially. From HumanProgress: Five Graphs that Will Change Your Mind About Poverty In 1820, more than 90 per cent of the world population lived on less than $2 a day and 
Sundays 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.
Lets trace the birth of an idea. Its born as rampant radicalism, then it becomes progressiveism, then liberalism, then it becomes moderated, conservative, outmoded, and gone. Adam Clayton Powell
24 June 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 
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972 Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces.
1128 Battle of So Mamede, near Guimares:Portuguese forces led by Alfonso I defeated his mother D. Teresa and D. Ferno Peres de Trava.
1314 First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn concluded with a decisive victory of the Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce, though England did not recognise Scottish independence until 1328 with the signing of the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton.
1340 Hundred Years War: Battle of Sluys: The French fleet was almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by Edward III of England.
1374 A sudden outbreak of St. Johns Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and began to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.
1441 King Henry VI founded Eton College.
1497 John Cabot landed in North America at Newfoundland; the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
1542 St. John of the Cross, Spanish Carmelite mystic and poet, was born (d. 1591).
1571 Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines.
1597 The first Dutch voya...
In the words of the New Zealand mainstream media, a killing machine is going to be utilized to wipe out all of the predator mammals of the country.
This includes feral cats, rabbits, dingoes, dogs, foxes, rodents, macropods, ferrets, and many other poor animals who deserve a chance to live.
A video posted to Facebook of a wildlife lover in New Zealand encapsulated the types of animals who will suffer from this government program.
The following video clip presents a typical "1080 poison activist". If caring for New Zealand's waterways, forests and wildlife is a crime (and we need spying on by govt poisoning agencies), we're guilty as charged! If you care for New Zealand's waterways, forests and wildlife, then you're a "1080 poison activist", too!
Posted by Clyde Graf on Thursday, June 21, 2018
These are photos of the animals who will be poisoned and subject to painful deaths.
The difference between Hawaiis Puna Geothermal Venture and Fracking is a matter of terminology, and hence is a potential cause or trigger for the recent eruptions, as Jon Rappoport reports: Rappoport on Coast to Coast AM: the Hawaii volcano Why isnt the press connecting fracking and the Hawaii volcano eruption? by Jon Rappoport June 
The post Why isnt the press connecting fracking and the Hawaii volcano eruption? appeared first on Uncensored Publications.
In the words of the New Zealand mainstream media, a killing machine is going to be utilized to wipe out all of the predator mammals of the country. This includes feral cats, rabbits, dingoes, dogs, foxes, rodents, macropods, ferrets, and many other poor animals who deserve a chance to live.
Did he go to the moon or not? either way, something is brewing in the Aldrin Clan, and it appears a third party may using Buzzs Social Media accounts to create a rift. Whats going on here? Heres some excerpts from an article by USAtoday.com Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin sues his family alleging fraud MELBOURNE, 
Condolences on passing of Koro Wetere Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has expressed his condolences with the passing of Hon Koro Wtere this morning. On behalf of the New Zealand Government I wish to acknowledge the contribution Koro Wtere has made to the country and his remarkable service as a parliamentarian for more than quarter of a century, 
@JohnJCampbell : Do watch this if you have a spare 26 minutes this weekend. These are our kids, too. And making them safe is a challenge in the best interests of us all. Young people tell their stories Inside a youth justice residence They come from violent homes, addiction homes, homes without safety and 
Reagan had the same catch phrase as Trump. The variation of Make America Great Again. As Whitlam in Australia had a similar slogan to Manzies; Its Time. There are also similarities between Trump and Whitlam in their management styles, and desires to improve the state of their nations. After the socio-economic devastations that had befallen 
Radio New Zealand | 22 June 2018
An Australian company has been granted an environmental permit to extract coal in Papua New Guineas Gulf Province.
Mayur Resources has been given the green light to proceed with an exploration licence, owned by the companys subsidiary in PNG, Waterford Ltd.
Its the first time that the Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA) has issued an environmental permit for coal bulk sampling in PNG to enable commercial grade shipments.
According to PNG Industry News, the conditions of the permit include the submission and implementation of a robust environmental management plan.
Managing director Paul Mulder said it was an exciting step in bringing PNG coal to the international mar...
(BusinessDesk) New Zealand sheep farmers, whose fortunes in recent years have been overshadowed by their dairy farmer colleagues, are having a strong season with lamb prices approaching record levels, according to AgriHQs Monthly Sheep & Beef report for June.
This season continues to move from strength-to-strength for sheep farmers, mainly due to the incredible heights slaughter prices are reaching, AgriHQ analyst Reece Brick said in his report. Winter contracts within the North Island and lower supplies in the South Island have pulled lamb slaughter prices up by 30 cents/kg in both regions. . .
The key to successful farm environment plans Jamie McFadden:
Before the Government decides whether Farm Environment Plans (FEPs) should be voluntary or compulsory we in the Rural Advocacy Network suggest a look at recent experience around New Zealand and overseas.
The voluntary farm plan approach is focused on actions to achieve outcomes. It has been very successful in regions like Taranaki where over two-thirds of hill country now has farm plans.
The key to the success of the voluntary model is trusted advisers working in partnership with landowners. Farm plans are tailor-made recognising that every farm is different and that people learn in different ways. The advisers have a wide range of practical knowledge covering all aspects of environmental management biodiversity, wetlands, water quality, pests, erosion and sediment loss. It is a whole-farm approach. . .
Arable farmers welcome lift in wheat prices after two poor years Heather Chalmers:
Central Canterbury arable farmers Syd and Chris Worsfold and their son Earl grow cereals in half their farm and are welcoming a $100 a tonne lift in wheat prices this season.
Syd Worsfold, named Federated Farmers arable farmer of the year after 30 years of industry involvement, said the increase was a return to more competitive pricing, after two years of poor returns.
Milling wheat contracts for the 2019 harvest were $420 to $450...
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