Word of the day


Ramuliferous – bearing ramuli or branchlets.

UPDATE: Whoops – meant to schedule this for tomorrow but got the date wrong.

Consider it a bonus word of the day.

Word of the day


Obedible – docile, capable of obedience.

Parata selected for Mana


National list MP Hekia Parata has been selected to contest the seat of Mana in the forthcoming by-election.

This is a safe Labour seat and no-one is pretending otherwise, but Hekia says she’s ready to run a strong campaign for National.

“I have a sound record of bringing energy, action, and voice to the interests of everyone who lives and works here. I want the best for Mana’s people and its businesses.” . . .

“I come from a family which understands the importance of education. Now, as a mother, I am focused on ensuring that my daughters have good health, an excellent education, and a set of values that will guide them well as proud New Zealand citizens of the world. 

“I want the same opportunities for all the people of Mana.” . . .

It’s a little early for a quote of the campaign but Big News is a contender with this:

Labour’s candidate has been selected too, but they haven’t announced it yet, because the official selection -process hasn’t been completed, and nominations don’t close until tomorrow.

He’s referring to the news that:

  Fran Mould has resigned as Deputy Political Editor for TVNZ , according to well placed sources.

The reason is an agreement in principle that she will replace Kris Faafoi as Chief Press Secretary to Phil Goff, when Faafoi becomes the Mana MP.

That’s what happens when you think democracy means of the party, by the party for the party.

DoC wins economic prize


DoC has won two awards from the international Parks Forum.

The department’s role in  in establishing and developing the Otago Central Rail Trail won it the Forum’s ‘Economic Award’ at a conference in Sydney.

“The Otago Central Rail Trail is a great example of how investing in conservation programmes results in a real economic spin off for the whole community,” says Kevin O’Connor, General Manager of Research and Development for DOC.

DOC, together with the Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust community, developed the Rail Trail 10 years ago. A recent study indicates about 20,000 cyclists use the trail a year and it contributes more than $7 million per annum to the Central Otago community.

“By stepping out with the community we’ve helped turn a disused rail line into a popular bike trail – we’ve conserved a community asset and also added real economic value to many local businesses and communities along the way”

Mr O’Connor said the Rail Trail project shows the potential of positive partnerships with local businesses and reinforces the importance of DOC’s recent move to set up a Commercial Business

It is indeed good to see that conservation can bring economic benefits.

The award also confirms the potential boost to local communities and the wider economy which could come from the national Cycle Trail Project.

DOC also won recognition from the Parks Forum conference for its large scale pest eradication project launched last year on Auckland’s Rangitoto and Motutapu islands.

Guarantee scheme payout is insurance premium


Finance Minister Bill English made a Ministerial Statement to parliament  on South Canterbury Finance yesterday in which he explained the background to the Deposit Guarantee scheme.

While the Crown has had to make good its guarantees to depositors, it will recover some of the proceeds out of receivership. Once the receivership is finished, this will largely complete the cycle that began in October 2008.

When the fees collected from the wholesale and retail guarantee schemes are included, the net cost is likely to be between $300-$400 million.

While this cost to taxpayers is considerable, this expenditure did help prevent the potential collapse of the financial system.

In the light of ongoing bank bailouts around the world, this net cost is the premium our economy has paid to avoid potential catastrophic losses to the taxpayer over the last 18 months.

In other words it was like paying insurance.

It’s easy to forget just how fragile the international economy was when the Deposit Guarantee Scheme was put in place.

Once Australia had one, New Zealand had to follow to forestall a run on banks here. Once we had the scheme the government had to honour the commitment first made by Labour when it introduced it and it’s done it in a way to minimise the cost and damage to the wider economy.

As this week’s Listener editorial says:

SCF went broke for all the usual reasons that companies go broke – bad management, weak governance and hubris.

In fact, confronted with the inevitability of SCF’s collapse, the Government’s response has been deftly focused on settling investor fear and limiting the economic fallout.

The government is now in control and that means there will be no fire sale of assets which is important to maximise the return from the companies and farms SCF owns.

September 9 in history


On September 9:

9 Arminius’ alliance of six Germanic tribes ambushed and annihilated three Roman legions of Publius Quinctilius Varus in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.

1000 Battle of Svolder.

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1379  Treaty of Neuberg, split Austrian Habsburg lands between the Habsburg Dukes Albert III and Leopold III.

1493 Battle of Krbava field, a decisive defeat of Croats in the fight against the invasion by the Ottoman Empire.

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1513  James IV of Scotland was defeated and died in the Battle of Flodden Field, ending Scotland’s involvement in the War of the League of Cambrai.


1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, was crowned “Queen of Scots”.

1739 Stono Rebellion, the largest slave uprising in Britain’s mainland North American colonies prior to the American Revolution, started.

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1754 William Bligh, British naval officer, was born (d. 1817).


1776 The Continental Congress officially named its new union of sovereign states the United States.

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1791  Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, was named after President George Washington.

1828 Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist, was born (d. 1910).


1839 John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph.


1850 – The Compromise of 1850 stripped Texas of a third of its claimed territory in return for the U.S. federal government assuming $10 million of Texas’s pre-annexation debt.


1886 The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was finalised.


1914  World War I: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army.

1922 Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922 ended with Turkish victory over the Greeks.

1922 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter, was born (d. 2000).

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1923  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the Republican People’s Party.

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1924 Hanapepe Massacre on Kauai, Hawaii.

1926 he U.S. National Broadcasting Company was formed.

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1940 George Stibitz pioneered the first remote operation of a computer.


1941 Otis Redding, American singer and songwriter, was born (d. 1967).

1942  World War II: A Japanese floatplane dropped an incendiary bomb on Oregon.

1944  World War II: The Fatherland Front tookpower in Bulgaria through a military coup in the capital and armed rebellion in the country estagblishing anew pro-Soviet government.


1945  Second Sino-Japanese War: Japan formally surrendered to China.


1945 First  case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodged in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University.

1948 Republic Day of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

1951 Alexander Downer, Australian politician, was born.


1952 David A. Stewart, English musician (Eurythmics), was born.

1956 Elvis Presley appearsedon The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

A young man dancing, swiveling his hips. He has dark hair, short and slicked up a bit. He wears an unbuttoned band-collared jacket over a shirt with bold black-and-white horizontal stripes. Behind him, on either side, are a pair of barred frames, like prison doors.

1960 Hugh Grant, English actor, was born.


1965 – Hurricane Betsy made its second landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion ($10–12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages.


1966 Adam Sandler, American actor and comedian, was born.


1969  Rachel Hunter, New Zealand model and actress, was born.

1969  Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 DC-9 collided in flight with a Piper PA-28 and crashed near Fairland, Indiana.

1971  The four-day Attica Prison riot began.

1976 The Wanganui Computer Act established the New Zealand government’s first centralised electronic database.

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1990  1990 Batticaloa massacre, massacre of 184 minority Tamil civilians by Sri Lankan Army.

1991 Tajikstan gains independence from the Soviet Union.

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1993  The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognised Israel as a legitimate state.

2000 Victoria Federica de Marichalar y de Borbón, granddaughter of king Juan Carlos I of Spain, was born.

2001 Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, was assassinated in Afghanistan.

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2001 – Pärnu methanol tragedy  in Pärnu County,  Estonia.

2004  2004 Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta killed 10 people.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipeida

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