Sir John Mills was born 102 years ago today.
Moving Memories was a film of his life, based on his own home movie footage.
New Zealanders are living fractionally longer but the birth rate is barely holding its own according to Statistics analysis of births and deaths between 2006 and 2008.
Life expectancy at birth increased by .2 years for both men and women.
A baby girl can expect to live, on average, 82.4 years and a baby boy 78.4 years, based on mortality rates experienced in 2007–09. The latest life expectancy figures are included in the abridged period life table for 2007–09.
“Life expectancy for women is still higher than it is for men, but the gap has narrowed from more than six years in 1975–77 to four years in 2007–09,” Population Statistics manager Denise McGregor said. “Since 1975–77, life expectancy at birth has increased by 6.9 years for females and 9.4 years for males,” Mrs McGregor said.
For years life expectancy has been one area where women have had an advantage over men. Women’s life expectancy is still growing but men’s life expectancy has grown faster, I wonder why?
Other points of interest from today’s release are:
These figures reflect the declining birth rate and ageing population which is typical of most developed countries.
The birth rate has to exceed 2% to maintain the population to take account of early deaths, so at best 2.1% is barely maintenance.
It’s become much easier for women to make their way in what used to be considered men’s roles but not nearly as much progress in making what were traditionally seen as women’s roles more attractive for men.
Career demands on both men and women are not conducive to having and raising a family and a sorry flipside to the rise of women in the workforce has been a devaluing of the role of parenting.
Where women of my generation tended to assume that we’d marry and have children, neither of those options are necessarily natural considerations for young women now. A few more men are taking time out of the paid workforce to take on the primary care role in family but they’re still a minority.
It’s women who have the babies and it’s still largely women who do more parenting and I can understand why these days they might be choosing to delay having children, have fewer or end up not having any at all.
1. Who is the patron saint of tax collectors?
2. What is a mast year?
3. Who wrote, ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all/ Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know and in which poem?
4. What is a windrow?
5. Who said/wrote: A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.?
What a dreadful weekend for police – an Oamaru officer was taken to hospital after being assaulted. That follows two other unrelated attacks on police – an off duty officer was beaten unconscious in South Auckland and in Whangarei an officer’s lip was bitten off.
Drugs and alcohol are part of the problem – biting off someone’s lip is deranged behaviour – but a lack of respect for police and the law are also contributing factors.
Police Minister Judith Collins said she would consider a law change to better protect police officers, but rebuilding respect for the law should be the first step.
“What I’ve asked to find out is whether or not the law is being properly applied, that’s one side of it. But actually we’d rather stop the attacks in the first place, and I think it’s extremely important that we start to rebuild the respect and fear for the law that we expect,” she told Radio New Zealand.
These attacks on police are attacks on society, if they’re not safe we aren’t either.
The government is open to a rise in tobacco tax; there may be fewer government departments at the end of this parliamentary term; the requirement for a 9% return on equity from Crown Research Institutes will be relaxed; Cabinet is considering more oil exploration; Bill English is disappointed with DOC and RadioNZ playing politics; long term economic restructuring is more important than short term jobs; and falling business confidence is a dose of reality.
A media release from TVNZ highlighted these points from the Guyon Espiner’s interview with Finance Minister Bill English on Q&A yesterday.
The most important of these is that government focus on long term economic restructuring rather than short term jobs.
It takes courage from a government to do what’s right in the long term when they’ll be judged at the ballot box in the short term.
The last administration bought lots of votes and we’re paying for it now. This one is facing criticism from the left for being too tough and the right for not being tough enough.
In spite of that and the need for strong medicine the polls are holding up for National. Perhaps that shows that the public realise this and have also accepted the dose of realism which businesses are facing up to.
On February 22:
1495 King Charles VIII of France entered Naples to claim the city’s throne.
1732 George Washington, First President of the United States, was born.
1797 The Last Invasion of Britain started near Fishguard, Wales.
1819 James Russell Lowell, American poet and essayist (, was born.
1819 By the Adams-Onís Treaty, Spain sold Florida to the United States for $US5m.
1847 Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista – 5,000 American troops drive off 15,000 Mexicans.
1855 Pennsylvania State University was founded as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania.
1856 The Republican Party opened its first national meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1882 The Serbian kingdom was refounded.
1889 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide, was born.
1902 The Kelburn cable car opened.
1904 The United Kingdom sold a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina.
1908 Sir John Mills, English actor, was born.
1918 Robert Wadlow, American tallest ever-human, was born.
1922 Britain unilaterally declared the independence of Egypt.
1924 U.S. President Calvin Coolidge was the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.
1926 Kenneth Williams, English actor, was born.
1943 Members of White Rose were executed in Nazi Germany.
1928 Bruce Forsyth, British entertainer, was born.
1948 Communist coup in Czechoslovakia.
1950 Julie Walters, English actress, was born.
1962 Steve Irwin, Australian herpetologist, was born.
1974 Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit conference started in Lahore.
1979 Independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom.
1983 The Broadway flop Moose Murders opened and closed on the same night at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
1986 Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
1995 The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, was declassified.
2002 Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi was killed in a military ambush.
2006 At least six men staged Britain’s biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia