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Open mike 02/02/2020

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  1. Ad 1

    What is one supposed to do with family reunions?

    I have one I go to once every three years, held on my Dad's side old family farm way up north inland from Whangaroa Harbour. Mostly consists of swimming in the big stream, a large bonfire that lasts for three days and we roll logs onto every night to keep it going, a deer on a spit, and looking after my brother who is usually gone on Cody's. 

    But I have this one coming up today, down in the Waikato. Most of them have done pretty well. It's a once-in-a-century thing and involves tours of multiple farm visits, obligatory photographs, church services, and a whole gallon more people. It's going to have pikelets and cakes with volumes of cream. They've all done pretty well.

    Maybe it's a latent class thing, maybe I'm anxious I just won't measure up, but I'm a whole bunch more nervous going to this single event than the regular one on the other side of the family. 

    I'm comfortable enough not caring about my tribe in the ethnographic sense, but a large part of me wants to just stay home and do jobs around the house. 

    • Dennis Frank 1.1

      My advice would be to treat it as a character test.  I agree with JanM though – being relaxed, going with the flow & enjoying the situation usually works best.  I always find these kinds of situations test my mettle though, so I enjoy them most when rising to the challenge.

      So if the discussion turns to politics, don't shirk it.  If someone gets stroppy, deflect the passive aggressive stance by being reasonable.  Zen works.  They get off on confrontation, so reframing them has that disconcerting effect.  You can usually see them lose it & flounder.  Then reassure them by acknowledging common ground – where it can be clearly seen.

      Of course we're all different and what works for me doesn't necessarily work for others.  But extended family vibes are often a mix of suppressed resentments and uncertainty, overlaid with a forced bonhomie, and I discovered that steam-rolling is quite effective at transforming the communal ambience.  As long as one is good at weathering whatever reactions one gets!!  😎

      • JanM 1.1.1

        Oh, the politics – he he – forgot about that! My father's family are Waikato farmers and belong to the 'would vote for a dead horse as long as it was a Nat' school of thought. I have definitely had my moments as a result. Stay off the subject – there is absolutely no point in doing otherwise. Talk tractors and the drought and what it was like 'back in the day'.

        • Macro 1.1.1.1

          Exactly. My sis is married to a farming family in the Wairarapa. Xmas there is a time to smile and nod and talk about the lambing, and wool prices.

      • WeTheBleeple 1.1.2

        A family member turned up unannounced just yesterday. She was racist several times and also made derogatory comments upon seeing my severely disabled neighbor. In a group context I could just ignore her and go talk to a cousin I like. In a one on one context it was very hard to bite the bullet. I don't mind people who are ill informed nearly so much as those who are hateful. 

        I recommend alcohol, but not too much you get loose lipped. Families are challenging for a lot of us.

         

        • Dennis Frank 1.1.2.1

          Yeah, sounds tricky.  I'm oldest of four sons and the second one does bigotry quite readily, given half a chance.  I've evolved a way of managing it but it's improvisational rather than standard.  Depends how the situation feels, eh?

          Funny thing is he was quite alternative & relatively easy-going in the early '70s –  before he became good at business.  Human nature is endlessly diverse the way it evolves.  People who turn into bigots often feed off whatever energy you give them, whether positive or negative.  You get adept at disengaging, but that's a learning curve that takes a while.

    • adam 1.2

      You could ask them when they become communists? angel

      The national party is in the back pocket of the CCP these days. So they must now all be communists like their lord and masters. cool

  2. JanM 2

    Just roll with it! Eat the pikelets, talk to the rellies – especially the older ones – listen to the stories, and remember that once they've gone there's no-one left to ask. Take a deep breath and enjoy your day 🙂

     

    • mac1 2.1

      JanM, such wisdom.
      I'm now one of the older rellies. Last night I attended a family 21st and told a story or two.
      I was hugely impressed with the speech-making and with the quality of the people there, especially the young.
      I told the young man turning 21 that as a seventy year old, and going on the evidence of the party, that the world is turning over into the good hands of another generation or two.
      I was minded of the mystic Kahlil Gibran where he raised the issue of the parent generation being archers and the younger being living arrows- launched forward but with little control by the archer as to where the arrow might land.
      It's the fate of us older ones…… to tell the stories, and hope.

      • Sacha 2.1.1

        Arrows who want to be their own archers when they see some of the faltering aim..

      • JanM 2.1.2

        Cool! I'm a few years older than you but there are still a few around who are in their 90s.  It is our fate  and also our privilege. I had a precious moment yesterday teaching my grand daughter (8) to mend her own stuffed toys using sewing things going back, in some cases, to my own grandmother. She loved it – so did I

  3. bwaghorn 3

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/119139908/renewed-and-radical-could-the-mori-party-make-it-back-to-parliament-in-2020

     

    MP are back and they are after private land in treaty settlements!!

    They say only if there is a willing seller ,but how long before the protestors pitch the tents. ?

    • joe90 3.1

      To be fair, in much of Taranaki this issue is a festering sore; descendants of the dispossessed dwell on the vestiges of their ancestor's whenua alongside the farms of the descendants of the professional troops and militiamen who were awarded the confiscated whenua,

       

      • JanM 3.1.1

        But only Pakeha – Maori were excluded from the land ballot

      • bwaghorn 3.1.2

        So children should suffer for the sins of their fathers ? 

        At some point the past has to be let go . It's not good for the soul to let shit fester. 

        • joe90 3.1.2.1

          I agree.

          Tangata whenua are suffering for the sins of the squatters fathers.

          So best the children of the thieves let go of their ill-gotten gains and get the fuck off stolen land.

        • miravox 3.1.2.2

          So children should suffer for the sins of their fathers ? 

          I've heard several little bits of white saviour stuff since I began living in Taranaki and countless bits of straight out racism. All within the context of land confiscations. For example a thread runs something like 'Those immigrants (neighbours from India) are fine. They work to get ahead and send their children to university, not like those Māori who just want to get what they can for nothing'.

          I live in an area that is very Pākehā retiree, so this is somewhat expected (apologies to older people who don't have these views). The first one that shocked me though, was when I overheard young landscape workers next-door discussing things:

          A young Māori was politely informing a Pākehā work colleague that his views on early Taranaki history were not quite right the response:

          "oh you're THAT sort of Māori are you? – well, it's our land – what about all the dairy and stuff we gave you?"

          "Well you couldn't do it without us, you're farming on stolen land," was the frustrated retort.

          Eventually the Māori worker had to calm things down with a "nah, it's all good mate" i.e. he didn't want to cause a fuss. 

          It was 2019 and that's the sort of conversation is going on with young people – the sins of the fathers are being perpetuated, albeit with ignorance and economic violence rather than actual violence. Imagine how stressful it is to get along at work – to even get jobs – when you're perceived as not being grateful enough for being given dairy, or whatever, by the white saviour after your land stolen?

          Let's not pretend descendants of the first generations of Pākehā are innocents (unaware, maybe) in the continuing disadvantage that Māori endure through the loss of their societal & economic base all those years ago.

          The sooner early Aotearoa/New Zealand history is learned by all, and political solutions are found to the shameful land confiscations, the better. Then we all might be able to move on with dignity, rather than with the suppression of dissent about the dominant historical narrative.

        • phantom snowflake 3.1.2.3

          "At some point the past has to be let go."

          Here you have unwittingly highlighted the conflict between traditional Pākehā and Māori concepts of Time. Within Te Ao Māori the idea of linear time makes no sense; all actions affect each other, regardless of "when" they occur. The past is literally present in the present.

           

        • Craig H 3.1.2.4

          It was land taken in contravention of a treaty by the Crown which is a perpetual entity, so the Crown can and should make reparations. Whether that's as land or cash is a matter for agreement, but if the Crown can obtain desired land by buying it, that's a valid option. 

          • bwaghorn 3.1.2.4.1

            So you and most of the other respondents to my post will back the Maori party to put private land up as an option for treaty settlements and open all prior settlements to re litigation 

            • Craig H 3.1.2.4.1.1

              Provided it's under the standard Public Works arrangement, sure. Not sure how compulsorily acquiring land at no loss to the current owners is out of keeping with any other compulsory state acquisition.

    • Sacha 3.2

      Can we please stop abbreviating the Māori Party to 'MP'. That has a firmly-established meaning already in our political discourse. Needlessly confusing.

    • mauī 3.3

      The great white fear – that some of their ill gotten gains might be taken from them.

      When do the farmers do the right thing…. and start back dated dividend payments to local iwi?

      • Macro 3.3.1

        Exactly.

        There are many different ways that iwi are being denied their justice and that is one glaring example. Here the Thames School of Mines sits on a site given initially to the Methodist Church for the building of a Sunday School. The old school still stands and is a Category 1 Historic place – but the original lease still stands, and the yearly fee is just $2 (One Pound) per year on a site of high value. and where the local iwi have lost all control over almost all the land – which actually was not part of the original agreement with the then Govt of the day in 1867.

  4. joe90 4

    Eat the rich.

  5. Incognito 5

    Show us the money, Simon!

  6. joe90 6

    She thought she was among friends and the vile, racist shit came pouring out.

  7. Sanctuary 7

    So, vale to Mike Moore. Thank you for your tireless service to our nation. 

  8. mauī 8

    The wonderful Farage speech to the EU:

    • joe90 8.1

      But of course you're a fan of the economic elites' pound shop Enoch Powell.

      • mauī 8.1.1

        Oh no, no, no.. Joe… It is you shilling for the elites yet again.

        • McFlock 8.1.1.1

          inorite? Farage just oozes "working class", don't he. Private schooling paid for by a stockbroker dad will do that for you.

    • Ad 8.2

      So awesome to hear this fool talk about “it isn’t just undemocratic, it’s anti-democratic” and of "power without accountability" when he's standing there as an elected MP in the European Union Parliament. 

      Thankfully the British people gave him the result he deserved at the last election. 

  9. A 9

    Man claims to be the child of Camilla and Charles.  Would be great if it were true It's time for a shake up in the palace. 

    • James 10.1

      Great news. The left are welcome to him.

      Although this time I see him at sub 5% and Nz first not winning a seat.

      • Chris 10.1.1

        NZF will get more support.  Swing voters will see a vote for the nats as a waste and go for NZF as an attempt to keep Labour in line.  That's not counting the 'Bridges is an idiot' factor which was always going to be pretty helpful to Ardern and co but this latest news seals it.  So yes, great news.

      • millsy 10.1.2

        And living standards plunge when National cut and privatise everything.

      • Muttonbird 10.1.3

        All Blacks 3 – 0 Lions

    • ScottGN 10.2

      I think it’s a really stupid idea and shows that National still doesn’t get how MMP works.

      Labour should be really pleased. They now pretty much have guaranteed coalition partners on their left and right flanks. 

      • Chris T 10.2.1

        Can't see any damage at all.

        If anything it is a help.

        Could you honestly see this happening after the election?

        Winston Peters – "Well I have decided to go with the Nats this time, after sueing them, and you know, given how badly the CoL has done"

    • Fireblade 10.3

      Winston will go into full attack mode to expose the corruption within the National Party. He'll want Simon's head on a stick.

    • Incognito 10.4

      It appears National is going for broke and there’s a good chance that they pull it off too. They’ve got ACT in the bag and if they can drive NZF under 5% – they have now given themselves a licence to kill NZF – their chances go up considerably IMO.

      • ScottGN 10.4.1

        That only works if they can get at least 45% on their own. Anything under that isn’t going to be enough. And what’s to stop Labour gifting NZFirst a seat this time? National can hardly kick up a fuss about that given they’ve signalled their intention to do the same for ACT in Epsom. It’s all a very risky strategy. It’s possible, of course, that the Nats are looking past this election to the next one??

        • Incognito 10.4.1.1

          I believe that 45% is imminently doable for National. I can’t see either NZF or Labour going for an Epsom-style deal and it could only work if both agree to it, or not? I also believe that National aims to win in 2020; all signs are pointing to this. Don’t forget that they do internal polling and the likes (call it ‘market research’). Lately, National’s attack campaigns have focussed heavily on Labour but we might now see an attack on two or more fronts. Steven Joyce’s piece in Stuff today was clearly aiming at the Greens.

  10. Ad 11

    Fairly bold of Bridges to rule out New Zealand First as a coalition partner.

    This version of the National Party would be a good fit.

    I'm sure his caucus has too much history of damage over four decades of fighting and betrayal.

    But surely they need the partnership to form Government?

    • ScottGN 11.1

      The Nats seem to be taking a very long time to learn the mechanics of MMP government. If the planets don’t line up perfectly for Bridges in the upcoming election campaign he’s toast. The margins are tight and one bad week on the campaign trail could derail National’s winner-takes-all approach.

  11. ScottGN 12

    I see that Morrison has done an enormous backflip and now says that Australians in Wuhan won’t have to pay the $1000 to get on the rescue flight back to Australia. Just hours after that creep Dutton was out justifying it again. They’re claiming it was all a terrible mixup due to bad advice from DFAT in Canberra.

  12. observer 13

    We should really rule out the phrase "rule out". It means absolutely nothing.

    Imagine this scenario: election night Nats/ACT 59, Lab/Grn/NZF 61. Then we wait 2 weeks for special votes.

    During those 2 weeks would National MPs shrug, say "never mind" and wait in silence, hoping they get lucky on specials? Of course not.

    We can write the quotes now … "no U-turn, just having a conversation … need to think of good of the country … coalition has failed … National the biggest party … must respect voters … don't want another election … duty to consider all options … "

    [Please stick to your original user handle, thanks]

    • observer 13.1

      Cool, I just changed it because a couple of people had mixed me up with another "Observer" (Tokoroa?) before. A different person. Anyway, happy to stick with it now.

      [Thanks! You are correct about another commenter using the handle “Observer Tokoroa”, but I think the distinction is clear enough. However, we can revisit this if it becomes a problem]

  13. ScottGN 14

    Bridget McKenzie the embattled Federal Sports Minister in Australia has finally gone.

  14. Muttonbird 15

    Farrar Watch:

    On Friday David Farrar had his third crack recently at intimating the government are anti-semitic.

    I'm certain he and the opposition will try to manufacture this framing between now and the election.

    Keep an eye out for it.

  15. sumsuch 16

    Says it all about Mike Moore, 50 something comments. One News described him as known for his intellect and big heart. Laughed heartily and then wondered how these fuckwits will describe Roger Douglas. Weekend crew always a bit patchy.

    Nowhere in the big media to talk intelligently anymore. That was always the way for TV since long time. And since Richard whathisname in charge of RNZ there's been a level that you can't go beyond. Or, all those who profited from the coup in 84 are in charge of the major media. And yes, you're going to social-democratic Hell. It's not how you feel, it's how the lowest feel, and being children of the Welfare State you know that in your bones so don't plead ignorance in front of the Gate.

  16. sumsuch 17

    One comment about Mike Moore! He always lived in a bubble of his own imagining. 

    If you'd been dead true to the people, Mike, we'd acclaim you rightly as a first among we equals.

  17. Ric 18

    Bernie 408, Pete 380, Jo 310, Liz 277, Amy 176, rest 0

    3.39 NZ time

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/02/03/us/elections/results-iowa-caucus-democrats.html

    Pete 689 now ahead of Bernie 613 and Joe 310
    no more updates from me

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  • Prime Minister’s tribute to former Prime Minister Mike Moore
    I move, That this House place on record its appreciation and thanks for the devoted and distinguished service to New Zealand by the late Rt Hon Michael Kenneth Moore, member of the Order of New Zealand, a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, an Honorary Member of the ...
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  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Northland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Northland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on our farmers and growers and additional support ...
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  • Police disrupt methamphetamine trade
    The Minister of Police says an operation to smash a trans national drug smuggling ring today will make a significant impact on the methamphetamine trade fuelling harm in our communities. Police have announced 10 arrests and the seizure of up to five million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs after an ...
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  • Crown accounts in good shape to counter global challenges
    The Government’s books are in a strong position to withstand global headwinds, with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the six months to December. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above ...
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  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Race courses can improve safety with this year’s second round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced the second funding round of 2019/20 is open with $347,875 available for distribution. “The racing industry is integral to the economic and social fabric of ...
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  • Strengthening New Zealand’s Immunisation System
    Hundreds of thousands of young adults will be offered measles vaccinations in a new campaign to strengthen New Zealand’s immunisation system, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said at its launch in Auckland today. “About 300,000 young adults aged between 15 and 29 are not fully protected against measles, and ...
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  • Government to fund Aids research
    The Government is committing $300,000 to fund research to update behavioural information to make sure HIV and STI prevention services are targeted appropriately in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson made the announcement at today’s Big Gay Out in Auckland. “There is much talk about ...
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  • Work to begin on a possible new public media entity
    The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has announced work will begin on a business case to assess the viability of forming a new public media entity.   “The Government must ensure New Zealanders have a strong independent public media service for decades to come, which means ensuring public ...
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  • Government support for communities impacted by flooding
      Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare announced today that the Government will contribute $100,000 to the Southland regional Mayoral Relief Fund, to support communities impacted by the recent flooding in Southland.  Mr Henare says this week’s flooding has caused significant disruption to communities in the lower South Island.  ...
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