Te Harinui

December 23, 2009

This is the only version of Te Harinui I can find online.

With all due respect to the children who are doing their best, I don’t think they do justice to what is my favourite Christmas carol.


Dear Father Christmas # 2

December 23, 2009

Kia ora Christmas,

We’ve really enjoyed the power toy you gave us last year.

The whole whanau’s enjoyed playing with it. Young Hone got a bit carried away when he took it overseas, but we think he’s learned his lesson.

We like the way the kids in John’s team play nicely with us but we’re not sure about Phil and his team. We think they might be jealous.

As for what we want you to bring this year, we wondered if you could sort out the foreshore and seabed for us?

Thanks and arohanui,

Tariana and Pita.


Mood of the nation puts Key on top

December 23, 2009

UMR’s annual mood of the nation report shows National with the highest rating since tracking started in 1991.

Even more notable is John Key’s rating:

During 2008 his favourability rating (“very favourable” or “somewhat favourable”) was consistently in the mid 60s, but it jumped to 75 per cent at the beginning of 2009 and then stayed in the high 70s throughout most of the year. Mr Key’s rating peaked at 80 per cent and then 81 per cent in June and October.

No other politician, in a series dating back to 1996, has recorded a favourability rating as high as that.

The proportion of voters with an unfavourable opinion (“somewhat unfavourable” and “very unfavourable”) was low for a politician, moving between 16 per cent and 20 per cent for most of the year.

However, his unfavourability rating climbed to 22 per cent towards the end of the year, reflecting the slight drop in National’s popularity.

This high positive and low negative rating would be notable at any time, but it’s even more of an achievement when it’s been such a tough year economically for the country and individuals.


Less need for naughty step under Lockwood

December 23, 2009

Peter Dunne reckons parliament under Lockwood Smith is a more seemly place and has given up his annual list of worst behaved MPs.

Mr Dunne did honour Labour’s Trevor Mallard with a lifetime achievement award in bad behaviour “for services to melodrama, fisticuffs, and generally aberrant behaviour”.

However, he said otherwise bad behaviour, judged on MPs being told to withdraw and apologise for insulting others, had “virtually dried up”.

The Herald isn’t quite so sure and found that while fewer MPs were kicked out of the debating chamber, insults were still traded liberally.


Dear Father Christmas #1

December 23, 2009

Dear Father Christmas,

The leadership toy you gave me last year hasn’t been quite as much fun as I thought it would be.

I tried a few tricks with it but the big kids in the media sandpit weren’t very impressed and the voters hardly even noticed me.

I’ve got the feeling some of the others in my team think they should have it instead.

But the instructions which came with it said the toy is mine for at least three years so I was wondering if you could give me something to help me make a bit more impact with it.

Yours in hope,

Phil.


December 23 in history

December 23, 2009

On December 23:

1732 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor, was born.

Richard Arkwright by Joseph Wright of Derby

1822  Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer, was born.

1867  Madam C.J. Walker, American philanthropist and tycoon, was born.

1893 The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck was first performed.

1913 The Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve.

 

1914  World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrived in Cairo, Egypt.

1925  Rayner Unwin, British book publisher, was born.

1933  Akihito, Emperor of Japan, was born.

1937  First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.

1938  Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.

1947 The transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.

 A replica of the first working transistor

1951  Anthony Phillips, British musician (Genesis), was born.

1953 Queen Elizabeth II arrived in New Zealand, the first reigning monarch to visit.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for summer tour

1954  The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

1958  Dedication of Tokyo Tower, world’s highest self-supporting iron tower.

Tokyo Tower 20060211.JPG

1964 Eddie Vedder, American musician (Pearl Jam), was born.

1970 The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan was topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.

Wtc arial march2001.jpg

1972 The Nicaraguan capital of Managua was struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake which killed more than 10,000.

1972 The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster were rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.

1986  Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world.

 

1990  In a referendum, 88% of Slovenia‘s population vote for independence from Yugoslavia.

2002 A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.

2004  Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean was hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.

2005  Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.

Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.


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