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Open mike 23/12/2019

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85 comments on “Open mike 23/12/2019”

  1. mauī 1

    Something to help soothe the emotional "Trump Child" in your household this Christmas 🙂

  2. Sacha 2

    Govt pissing around on protection for endangered NZ dolphins after fishing industry lobbying: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/12/23/958876/no-christmas-present-for-mui-dolphins

    Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s marine biologist Philippa Brakes hopes the delay is for good reason. “I guess it’s an indication there are ongoing negotiations in Cabinet.”

    With Shane Jones at the table I would not take that as a positive sign..

  3. Anne 3

    Martyn Bradbury is exercised about the role Spinoff journalists – and others – played in claiming Jacinda Ardern was lying about her knowledge of the sexual assault charges against a parliamentary Labour staffer. I think he makes a good case albeit in his slightly bombastic style:


    Note: it is not about the assault charges themselves so no need to re-litigate that aspect again.

  4. R.P Mcmurphy 4

    time to do something about TV1, their so called news and whoever is in charge. Letting the madman who goes round turning books around in bookshops have exposure is trivial and infantile. That show has become divorced and bereft of any social importance and dallow must go soon.

    • Sacha 4.1

      The presenters do not choose or write the stories. The faceless editors and producers behind them deserve our ire.

      • Anne 4.1.1

        Correct. I recall a time in another era when I worked for AKTV2  (if you remember them you are a Boomer), the news reader of the day strolling into the control room  registering strong criticism/embarrassment over some news item they were forced to present.

      • David Mac 4.1.2

        We get the news we ask for.

        When a bloke rotating a few magazines gets more clicks than 400 people losing their homes, we get the periodical turner.

  5. adam 5

    Ya what now…

    • Puckish Rogue 5.1

      Fake news 🙂 

      • adam 5.1.1

        And then some.

        Next you want to say the russians did it. 

        • Puckish Rogue

          Naah, absolutely no one would believe the Russians had anything to do with it 😉

          • adam

            What your not a liberal??!?

            • David Mac

              In any country, the words 'Hi, I'm from the government and I'm here to help you' are received with suspicion.

              In Russia, I'd be much more alarmed than here. Here, I'd be complaining 'So who is going to pay me while I do this self audit on your behalf?' In Russia I'd be whinging about a Police Captain that slid a kg of icing sugar into my lawn-mower catcher and wants to see my bank balance in his. 

              I'm keen to stick with the indigenous whinge.

  6. Puckish Rogue 6

    Soooo…whats been happening lately? 

  7. Puckish Rogue 7

    Don't know if anyone else found this funny but also food for thought:


    • David Mac 7.1

      Jonathan Pie is a lovely creation.

      He makes me feel awkwardly uncomfortable, that's not such a bad thing. It's when I'm feeling like that I change my mind, I come around, I shift. I like to grow.



  8. gsays 8

    "Boris Johnson, the most sinister opportunist this country has seen since Howard Shipman.." 


    There are some warnings in this missive. Especially for the 'left's' factions.

    Edit; oops meant as a response to PR’s posting of some Jonathon Pie.

  9. joe90 9

    * he murdered a 14 year old by stabbing him multiple times in the neck and posed with his corpse

    • sumsuch 9.1

      Everything is cartoon for him outside/inside his world. Not a real feeling outside for  himself .

  10. Grafton Gully 10

    The tiles look middle eastern – even the rampant lion – symbol of courage, bravery, royalty and chivalry.  Interesting the way the human trophy hunter and his lady are posed, grim faced and puzzled, before these cultural borrowings – at Mar a Lago – garrulous Donald in borrowed time against a concrete wall – Melania an audience of one – with us the virtual mob.  Wonder who waters the pot plant ?

  11. Fireblade 11

    Paula Bennett stars on Celebrity Bake Off NZ on TV2 tonight (just in case anyone gives a fuck).

    She's a busy little bee. TV celebrity, magazine cover girl, professional muck-raker and deputy loser of the opposition. 

    Sometimes it's hard to know if Paula's a politician or a middle-aged model. Obviously she can do both if she wants to. Only an ignorant asshole would pass judgement.

    • Puckish Rogue 11.1

      She'll find out soon enough theres only Queen Bee in NZ politics…


      • BM 11.1.1

        I know this is your shtick, but Judith Collins has no chance of ever becoming the leader of National.

        Currently, to be considered a leader of National you have to believe in the Great Sky Pixie because Team Jeebus have the numbers and are calling the shots. 

        Collins does not believe in the Great Sky Pixie, therefore, she is not even in the running and never will be,

        I’d recommend voting ACT

        • Puckish Rogue

          I'm hoping thats not completely true

          • BM

            Why do you think they picked Bridges? and if he doesn’t; win next year his replacement will be Luxon.

            A chap who’s even more religious than Bridges.

            Unfortunately National have a bit of a Gloriavale whiff to them now, personally I can’t vote for National in its current iteration.

            • Puckish Rogue

              Hmm yeah

            • Incognito

              As usual, there’s a fly in your ointment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Key#Religious_views

              • Ha ha, isn't that just so John Key?

                In 2008 Key stated that he attended church frequently with his children, but was an agnostic.

                Key's focus on appearance over substance aside, I'm not sure it is a fly in the ointment.  The Key years saw god-botherers trying to set up their own political party, with the usual result (comically hypocritical leadership leading to collapse in support). Since Key quit, god-botherers have held the leadership and they're now lining Luxon up for a future slot.  I think BM has a point here.

                • Incognito

                  Hmmm, Saint Sir John stepped down in Dec 2016 so what, or better, who changed the eligibility criteria for Leader of the National Party? Anonymous donors?

            • Sacha

              Is Mr Goodfellow churchy?

            • sumsuch

              Foul fake Christianity in Aus, under the aegis of Rupert Murdoch. The toss of their media I rely on, pray, believe Ozzies will refute , as ever, violently if it goes anywhere near their toes. They fought the freemarket better than us in the 80s.

            • David Mac

              You again, When did you get out? Got probation? I bet they'll have their eyes on you my laddie. The mere mention of a pooftah, darkie or cracker will see you facing the unknown hanging judge: Incognito Weka.

      • Fireblade 11.1.2

        Judith will be like an old snail squashed under Christopher Luxon's patent leather boot.

  12. A 12

    On ya Sonny!


    Rugby league and rugby union icon Sonny Bill Williams has tweeted his support of the minority Uighur ethnic group, mirroring the stance of soccer star Mesut Ozil which drew an angry response from China.

    Cross-code star Williams may further provoke Chinese officialdom with his social media post, which denounces the treatment of Uighurs — a Muslim minority group native to Xinjiang, the supposedly autonomous region in China’s northwest.

    • sumsuch 12.1

      Grand man. Why we should decrease our trade with China. To avoid that dilemma. Everyone around China hate them. If they kept to Deng's avoidance of foreign affairs. The nut there at the moment, self-deified himself, unites China's neighbours. I think it's a blip in that great country's course. Much goodwill, despite their treatment of Tibetans and Uighurs. 

  13. David Mac 13

    Eco maori – Merry Christmas to you and the people in your heart. I enjoy your Yesterday Today contributions. Most of us write with a censor onboard, I like your freestyling, peace and goodwill to you and yours.

  14. David Mac 14

    These 2 Rabbis walk into a garden bar and started playing Pink Floyd…

    • Incognito 15.1

      Fascinating! Must be ‘going around’ on YT because I happened to watch the same clip last night (or was it the night before?)!

  15. Eco maori 17

    Kia Ora Newshub. 

    Yes Christmas is all about kindness. 

    That's the way recycling everything is what is need to do to save our mokopuna environment. 

     looks like a happy Christmas in Britain.

    That's is cool donations to a Church Marae and 95 % of the building deconstruction being recycled. 

    Ka kite Ano. 


  16. Eco maori 18

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News. 

    That's sad 100.000 Australian Tangata Whenua pepi being torn from their whanau. 

    Yes it best to be respect full a educate all Australians about the wrongs that have been served up you .

    99 years of proving Kai to the people in Taramaki Makaru Awsome. 

    Ka kite Ano 


  17. Eco maori 19

    Moko tube looks like a awesome ap to teach tamariki Te reo Maori 
    Teno pai to Maori TVs Waiata

  18. Eco maori 20

    Kia Ora Newshub. 

    The Orca study Wahine is doing great mahi hope you can free the Orca from the rope around its tail. 

    Raindeer  being indangered by climate change one degree is the difference between life and death.

    That's the way stop cars from driving on the beach to protect the local Kaikoura beach wildlife.  and Environment.

    Ka kite Ano. 

  19. Eco maori 21

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News. 

    The American tangata whenua  have been treated badly by the American settlor. Ka kaha to you all. Looks like a awesome horse ride teaching your tamariki there history at the same time.

    Rahui are good they are to protect the environment and the people. 

    Yes aroha is the Maori way and koha. 

    The more Marae the better it is for the people. 

    Ka kite Ano 

  20. Eco maori 22

    We only have one environment the good phenomenon is no one can denie the true fact of climate change global warming to all the Tangata. We must keep up the pressure against the deniers. 

    Climate change could turn this glacier from ski destination to puddle in one lifetime

    One experiment successfully stopped the melting, now another is struggling to make the world pay attention.

    Peru's Pastoruri Glacier has been rapidly receding thanks to increasing global temperatures

    Massive glaciers around the world have been slowly melting and retreating for millennia, sculpting our planet's most iconic mountains, valleys and even the Great Lakes in the process. But here, in the Peruvian Andes, it's been happening more rapidly in recent years

    An area where Peruvian families once skied just a few decades ago is now an empty drainage of rocks and sand left behind by the retreat of the ice cap in what's now Huascaran National Park. In fact, the shrunken ice cap has separated into two small glaciers bisected by a large rock outcropping.

    It's a prediction that doesn't sound that outlandish. Already, the site's sidewalk needs to be extended to reach the ever-withdrawing edge of the ice field.

    So while the maps and signs may no longer all be legible, the ramifications of climate change here are easy enough to read and interpret. They're written all over the landscape.

    Ka kite Ano link below.



  21. Eco maori 23

    Kia Ora Newshub. 

    That was awesome the Orca study group managed to free the Orca from the rope around its tail. 

    I think the 2 legged sharks are worse than the ones in Tangaroa.

    Another Typhoon creating carnage in the Pacific.

    The tiki from one of the Beatles being brought by Te Papa is cool. Te Tiki is a important part of Maori culture.

    Ka kite Ano 


  22. Eco maori 24

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News. 

    The Kuia tennis player story sounds good  Apaina Ngta presenting her with a prize cool.

    Some people don't know how to show respect for Te Urupar.

    Ka kite Ano 

  23. Eco maori 25

    Kia Ora Newshub. 

    Global warming is giving Hurricanes more Mana. 

    That's sad a 3rd of Koala Bears in New South Wales have died because of bushfires.

    That's a awesome new invention a coloured x-ray scanner invented by a father and son Canterbury doctors. 

    Ka kite Ano. 

  24. Eco maori 26

    Kia Ora Te Ao Maori News. 

    Tennis is a great sport to get tangata whenua Rangatahi into. 

    The Kohanga reo Kura started just I  time to lift Te reo Maori.

    I have seen they have quite a few followers The Maori Heavy Metal Ropu Ka pai. It's awesome that there is a huge interest in Maori Culture around the world.

    Ka kite Ano 


  25. Eco maori 27

    It's great to see Te Australia Tangata Whenua Nations Kana kana and seeing their culture getting Mana Ka pai.


  26. Eco maori 29

    What up with the YouTube up loads on the site it keeps saying that it already has loaded  I loaded 1 with a different email and name and it in morderation. A

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