web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

Open mike 14/05/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 14th, 2010 - 19 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

19 comments on “Open mike 14/05/2010”

  1. RedLogix 1

    Disaster in the GoM

    Superb pics. Very sobering

  2. Tiger Mountain 3

    Mathew Hooten like the winter flu virus reappears just when you have pleasantly forgotten about it/him. On breakfast TV he displayed some incredible body language when denying that “smile and waves’ Tuhoe dinner remark was scripted.

  3. Ha

    Neil fom Dunedin had a comment read this morning on Morning Report.

    “Tuhoe could never eat John Key. He is far too slippery to stay on the plate!”

  4. Fantastic logic from far north mayor Wayne Brown; “Hello! Mining central, being Australia, has more tourists than we do and I would encourage you to send a reporter up here for a look”.

    Australia has lots of mines, Australia has more tourists than us, therefor mines are good, well mr Brown, i bet they have more pedofiles, more IV drug use, more people in gangs, and more suidices, maybe that’s what gives them more tourists than us, not the fact that they have more mining.

    Seriously where do they find these idiots?

    Not one bit suprised at DPF’s fawning over his comments.

    • Lew 5.1

      Yeah. Brown conveniently ignores the fact that Australia’s main tourist attractions are mostly a couple of thousand kilometres from their mining operations.

      L

  5. Doug 6

    Oh dear!!
    Goff appears lost in voteless wilderness, throwing out policies and words that he thinks might be popular, but not really knowing what to believe or having any overarching strategy or new thinking.

    Bernard Hickey
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10644846

  6. mach1 7

    Bernard ‘the boomers stole all the house’s’ Hickey has an opinion……..SFW.

  7. toad 8

    Double Dipton’s li’l bro wades in where Big Gerry floundered and sank. They must be getting desperate.

  8. Armchair Critic 9

    “…Conor English said the country could not rely on only agriculture as the main driver of the economy. It needed a “second engine“…”
    See, all I need to do is cut and paste straight out of the article on Stuff (without giving the full context), add a bit of emphasis and suddenly there it is – even Bill’s brother supports the idea of building Auckland’s new trains in Dunedin.

  9. prism 10

    Having been involved in rugby 1956 to 1971 Sir Colin Meads must have wielded a lot of grunt. Interesting comments he made on RadioNZ on the apology for the racist choice of players to go to South Africa. He said that SA was such a good team it was too good a chance to forego playing them. That was of course more important than trying to break the dreadful enslavement of SAs blacks.

    I think he has stuck to the point that sport is separate from politics. Very amusing to hear that argument used by those wanting to play a national team against another national team, ie both teams representing the political state they derived from.

    Just as well the Nazis didn’t play good rugby, as it would have caused untold conflict amongst our players and administrators when deciding whether to support WW2 or go and play. The Olympics before 1939 were a case in point showing the difficult balance between sport focus and human revolt against ‘inhuman’ nation states.

    • corkscrew 10.1

      For shame you don’t know your history German Rugby was at its zenith in the 1930’s they beat France twice and were on the cusp of becoming a world power.

      BTW where is Ranji Wilson’s apology? We had coloured too!

  10. Quoth the Raven 11

    A couple stories on Obama: Obama Administration Sides with Bush DOJ, Asks Supreme Court to Keep Canadian Rendition Victim Maher Arar from His Day in Court

    The Obama Administration has opposed Mr. Arar’s petition for certiorari, arguing that his case was properly dismissed, and that the Supreme Court should not consider it. The Obama administration could have settled the case, recognizing the wrongs done to Mr. Arar as Canada itself has done. Yet it chose to come to the defense of Bush administration officials, arguing that even if they conspired to send Maher Arar to torture, they should not be held accountable by the judiciary.

    Obama on Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan: “I Am Accountable”

    That statement is quite remarkable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it is not true. How are President Obama or Gen. McChrystal accountable? Afghans have little, if any, recourse for civilian deaths. They cannot press their case in international courts because the US doesn’t recognize an International Criminal Court with jurisdiction over US forces, Afghan courts have not and will not be given jurisdiction and Attorney General Eric Holder has made clear that the Justice Department will not permit cases against US military officials brought by foreign victims to proceed in US courts. So, what does it mean to be accountable for civilian deaths? Public apology? Press conferences? A handful of courts martial?

  11. Croc 12

    Big Increase in South Island Dairying

    It would appear that common sense is sorely lacking at the local government level. ECAN has continued to over allocate water in the Canterbury region even though by their own figures most areas are already massively over allocated. http://www.ecan.govt.nz/services/online-services/monitoring/groundwater-allocation/Pages/zone-map.aspx

    It is therefore not surprising that expansion in New Zealand’s dairy herd was concentrated in the South Island from 2008 to 2009, where numbers grew 13 percent to 2.1 million. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1005/S00392.htm. The Canterbury herd grew 10 percent last year to a total of 918,000. All this in an area that has never been naturally suited to intensive dairy farming.

    The environmental effects of dairying have long been documented http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/land/water-quality-selected-dairying-farming-catchments/html/page2.html and it has been a long standing attitude of Federated Farmers to try and greenwash this data, especially regarding the Canterbury region http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/n1099,10.html.

    And now that ECAN has been taken over by Rodney Hides self-appointed cronies and funnily enough Federated Farmers welcomed them with open arms http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1004/S00562.htm excited about the opportunity to ‘advance resource management policies, in particular freshwater management, allocation and developing Canterbury’s immense water storage potential.’ Have they even seen the water allocation data? Their ignorance is mind boggling.

  12. lprent 13

    Added numbers to each comment, including the sub-comments.

    This should work even if we zap the parent comments (usually because the commentator has been previously banned), so people can see something of the context that people were responding to.

    The number should be invariant (still checking), in which case you should be able to refer to it. Helps with navigating the threads.

  13. lprent 14

    I’m now looking at WSIWYG editors.

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Greens call for ring-fencing of state home proceeds
    The Government must ring-fence the proceeds of any state home sales and spend every dollar raised on more Government-built homes in order to address the housing crisis, the Green Party says.Prime Minister John Key has indicated that his first major… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    13 hours ago
  • English breaks his $6000 wages promise
    Just one month into the new year Bill English has already rowed back on his election promise of real wage rises for New Zealanders, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “During the election campaign National promised Kiwis that the average… ...
    6 days ago
  • National fails to produce evidence justifying attack on RMA
    The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today. The Motu group's research into the impacts of… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    6 days ago
  • National fails to produce evidence justifying attack on RMA
    The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today. The Motu group's research into the impacts of… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    6 days ago
  • RMA changes won’t knock a dollar off the cost of a new home
    The Government’s proposed changes to the RMA won’t increase the number of affordable homes or knock a dollar off the cost of building a new house, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “Tinkering with the RMA will not solve National’s housing… ...
    6 days ago
  • What is the real ‘price of the club’?
    What price is too high to join a club?  According to the current the New Zealand Prime Minister, the lives of young Kiwi men and women are a part of the package. In his latest BBC interview, John Key fails… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    6 days ago
  • DOC debacle means hundreds may have missed out on fishing licences
    Hundreds of families and recreational fishers may have had their holidays spoiled by missing out on their fishing licences, with Conservation Minister Maggie Barry preferring instead to focus on more high profile portfolio priorities over the summer break, Labour’s Conservation… ...
    1 week ago
  • Effective action needed against pirate fishing boats
    New Zealand’s failure to detain pirate shipping vessels poaching endangered species in our region is simply not good enough, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says. “We send New Zealand naval vessels to the Arabian Gulf to board pirate ships there… ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing affordability crisis gets worse under National
    News that Auckland’s housing is now among the 10 most unaffordable in the world confirms the Government’s housing policy has failed, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “After six years in power, National’s housing policies have not fixed the housing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Rheumatic fever rates continue to soar despite millions spent on prevention...
    The Government’s $65 million spend on rheumatic fever prevention has made little impact on the alarmingly high rate of the disease among young New Zealanders, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Latest figures from ESR show there were 235 notified… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Quito, Ecuador
    I was honoured to speak to the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, calling for cooperation and action on climate change. You can read my speech below. Greetings from New Zealand in our first language – kia ora nga mihi nui… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Quito, Ecuador
    I was honoured to speak to the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, calling for cooperation and action on climate change. You can read my speech below. Greetings from New Zealand in our first language – kia ora nga mihi nui… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Government wipes off $5 billion in tax debt
    Since coming to office, the National Government has written off $5 billion* in tax debt owed by more than a million, Labour MP Stuart Nash says. "There are two sides to the New Zealand economy under the National government: the… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour adds its condemnation of Paris attack
    The Labour Party adds its voice to the international condemnation of today’s shocking attack on freedom of speech in Paris, Leader Andrew Little says. “The attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper is an assault on democracy and freedom of expression.… ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Petrol retailers and importers must pass on savings
    New Zealand’s petrol retailers and importers must start passing on savings to Kiwis motorists following the dramatic drop in the price of crude oil, Labour’s Energy Spokesman Stuart Nash says. “It is great news for Kiwi drivers that the price… ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Devoy: Honour our Holocaust survivors, don’t be a bystander
    70 years ago in the early hours of the morning and in the middle of a bitter snowstorm, Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated. Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this afternoon some incredible New Zealanders – our own Holocaust survivors… ...
    10 hours ago
  • Lyttelton Port workers vote to escalate dispute
    Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full… ...
    11 hours ago
  • Newsletter – Free Press
    Welcome to the first ever edition of Free Press , ACT’s new regular bulletin. If you’re wondering why you’ve received this, we’ve used the same mailing list as Richard Prebble’s classic The Letter , and hope we can stimulate you… ...
    12 hours ago
  • Collins Picked to Return to Cabinet Before Next Election
    Judith Collins is this week picked to make a return to Cabinet before the next election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. John Key is expected to remain leader of… ...
    12 hours ago
  • The other housing crisis
    CCS Disability Action hopes Prime Minister John Key’s state of the nation speech will address the other housing crisis as well. With an aging population, the number of people who need accessible private homes and social housing is rapidly growing.… ...
    12 hours ago
  • Prisoners and the right to vote
    Arthur Taylor and other serving prisoners, will take their case to end a ban on prisoners voting to the High Court in Auckland today (27 Jan 2015) http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/264583/prisoner-voting-case-in-high-court ...
    12 hours ago
  • Public health, union, and church groups slam TPP trade deal
    As secret Trans-Pacific (TPP) trade talks resume in New York, an unusually diverse mix of 47 Australian community groups including public health, environment, union, church, development aid and other groups have written an open letter to Trade Minister ...
    16 hours ago
  • Third world fishing policies put NZ to shame
    The union representing workers in seafood processing factories has today slammed New Zealand’s fishing policies which allow our fishing resources to be exported to other countries. ...
    16 hours ago
  • Warts and all expose of Taranaki’s oil and gas
    Taranaki’s relationship with oil and gas will be examined at an Environmental and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO) gathering this weekend. ...
    17 hours ago
  • Time for Maggie Barry to come clean on 1080
    National's new Conservation Minister Maggie Barrie appears to have gone into hiding over the raging controversy surrounding New Zealand's continuing use of 1080, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter. ...
    17 hours ago
  • No part of a warmongers club
    Peace Action Wellington condemns the prime minister’s commitment of military support for the US war in Iraq. Peace Action also condemns the casual and cavalier way in which the prime minister discusses joining the US-UK led war as being the… ...
    17 hours ago
  • Camp Gallipoli and RSA Commemorative ANZAC Day Event
    The Camp Gallipoli Foundation is delighted to have formed a partnership with the Returned and Services' Association (RSA) as part of the Anzac Day centenary commemorations. ...
    17 hours ago
  • Turangawaewae – Human Rights Commission e-newsletter
    Please find our new newsletter here . Highlighted stories this month: Treaty of Waitangi and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Dame Susan Devoy – Al Jazeera interview Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner – The Equal Pay Act… ...
    2 days ago
  • Election for New Labour President
    Two nominations have been received for the position of Labour Party President vacated with the recent resignation of Moira Coatsworth. A vote will now proceed, closing on February 26th. ...
    2 days ago
  • Flags to be lowered to half-mast – Monday 26 January 2015
    At the request of the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, the New Zealand Flag is to be half-masted on all Government and public buildings on Monday 26 January 2015 , to mark the death of King Abdullah bin… ...
    2 days ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere