Will Labour complain about this too?


The latest Australian Women’s Weekly has a cover story about John and Bronagh Key and Phil and Mary Goff.

The stories are about the couples and their relationships and each concludes with a Q&A with the MPs.

It’s a little heavy on gush which my, admittedly rare,  readings of the AWW suggest is not unusual for this magazine, but the stories do show something of the people behind the politicians and both are treated equally.

But I bought the magazine because I saw the Keys smiling at me from the cover. It was only when I went to read it that I noticed the Goffs in the corner.

Will Labour follow up their complaint about the PM’s RadioLIVE slot with a complaint about the unequal cover coverage too?

Apropos of the complaint, Labour would have been on much stronger ground complaining that the radio programme breached electoral or broadcasting rules had Goff not asked to host a show too.


Dim Post has  something else for someone to complain about..

Ill health forces Peachey resignation


Tamaki MP Allan Peachey, who is battling cancer, has decided to stand down at the election.

Severe illness isn’t helped by hard work. This is the best decision for him, his family and friends, the electorate and party.

National party president Peter Goodfellow said:

“This has been an understandably difficult decision for Allan who has remained committed to serving Tamaki as its Member of Parliament.  We wish him well, and plan to do him proud by running a strong campaign in this important electorate,” says Mr Goodfellow.

The party will re-open a shortened candidate selection process in the electorate.

Nominations will be called tomorrow, close on October 14 and the selection will take place on around October 25.

100 years of exports in 60 seconds


A reader sent me a link to this animation by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise which shows in 60 seconds how our export markets changed in a century.

If you watch it you see the impact of wars, the Depression, Britain’s entry to the European Community, CER and the FTA with China.

In 1910 the UK took 84% of our exports; 9.7% went to Australia; 8.74 to the USA; .93% to Germany; .73% to Canada and 2.7% to all other markets.

Last year just 3.8% of our exports went to the UK; Australia took 23.7%; China 10%; the USA 8.74%; Japan 7.55% and all others 46.03%.

Our markets have diversified and the produce we export has too.

Two examples: In 1910 all our meat exports would have been frozen carcases, now much more of the meat we sell is chilled cuts; a hundred years ago I don’t think we were growing kiwifruit and we definately weren’t exporting them.


Lighten up IRB


Dear IRB,

Although the Rugby World Cup is gaining plaudits from all and sundry, every time you’re mentioned it’s in connection with something that makes you sound like a group of boring old farts, at best.

It’s time to lighten up.

If a bloke decides to make a public proposal to his girlfriend when they’re on opposite sides of the world and the official broadcaster chooses to help Cupid, that’s all part of the fun.

Instead of sending a no-marriage-proposals-on-TV message, you should relax and enjoy it, like the rest of us are.

Yours in rugby and romance,




Low $ compensates for drop in milk price


The New Zealand dollar reached a six-month low overnight which will more than compensate for the 1.6% drop in the trade weighted index in Fonterra’s globalDairyTrade auction.

Changes in Price Indices
Anhydrous Milk Fat (AMF)


Butter Milk Powder (BMP)


Cheddar .


Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC70)


Rennet Casein (RenCas)


Skim Milk Powder (SMP)


Whole Milk Powder (WMP)


All Products (Trade-Weighted)


Prices are still above the long term average but this is the eight consecutive drop in trade weighted price on the GDT auction platform.

It is also the first time Dairy America products have been in the auction, not that there is a link between those two factors.


Benefits not best for kids


Children do better in families which aren’t dependent on benefits.

This is the view of  Peter Hughes, outgoing chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development, who said::

“We know that for the same level of income, kids do better where that income’s derived from paid work.”

Commenting on this Lindsay Mitchell says:

It is a great shame that the outgoing CE has waited until now to make these observations. And that senior public servants seem unable to draw public attention to matters of considerable national importance to the country within the boundaries of an apolitical civil service.


There is a place for benefits for those cannot work, most of whom require only temporary assistance.

But  paying benefits to people who don’t need them and long term benefit dependency by people who could work aren’t good for the recipients, their families or society.

This reinforces the wisdom of initiatives introduced by the government to work-test beneficiaries and help them become work-ready.

October 5 in history


869  The Fourth Council of Constantinople was convened to decide about what to do about Patriarch Photius of Constantinople.

1143  King Alfonso VII of Leon recognised Portugal as a Kingdom.

1665 The University of Kiel was founded.

1789 French Revolution: Women of Paris marched to Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.

1793 French Revolution: Christianity was disestablished in France.

1864 Louis Lumière, French film pioneer, was born (d. 1948).

1864 Calcutta was almost totally destroyed by a cyclone which killed  60,000 people.

1866 The Maungatapu murderers were hanged in Nelson.

Maungatapu murderers hanged in Nelson

1869  A strong hurricane devastated the Bay of Fundy in Canada.

1877 Chief Joseph surrendered his Nez Perce band to General Nelson A. Miles.

1895 The first individual time trial for racing cyclists was held on a 50-mile course north of London.

1903  Sir Samuel Griffith was appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O’Connor were appointed foundation justices.

1905 Wilbur Wright piloted Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.

1910  Revolution in Portugal, monarchy overthrown, a republic declared .

1914  World War I’s first aerial combat resulting in a kill.

1930  British Airship R101 crashed in France en-route to India on its maiden voyage.

1936  The Jarrow March set off for London.

1942 Richard Street, American singer (The Temptations), was born.

1943  Steve Miller, American musician (Steve Miller Band), was born.

1944  Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shot down the first German jet fighter over France.

1944 – Suffrage was extended to women in France.

1945  Hollywood Black Friday: A six month strike by Hollywood set decorators turned into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers’ studios.

1947  The first televised White House address was given by President Harry S. Truman.

1948  The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake killed 110,000.

1951 Irish singer Bob Geldof was born.

1953 The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous was held.

1962 – Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was released.

1966  A partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor.

1968  Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry – considered to mark the beginning of The Troubles.

1969 The first episode of  Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired on BBC.

1970  The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was founded.

1970 British Trade Commissioner James Cross was kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group.

1973  Signature of the European Patent Convention.

1974  Guildford pub bombings: bombs planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) killed four British soldiers and one civilian.

1984  Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.

1986  Israeli secret nuclear weapons were revealed. The British newspaper The Sunday Times ran Mordechai Vanunu’s story on its front page under the headline: “Revealed — the secrets of Israel’s nuclear arsenal.”

1988  The Chilean opposition coalition Concertación (center-left) defeated Augusto Pinochet in his re-election intentions.

1990 After one hundred and fifty years The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, was published for the last time as a separate newspaper.

1991 An Indonesian military transport crashed after takeoff from Jakarta killing 137.

1991 – The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, was released.

1999  The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London killed 31 people.

2000  Mass demonstrations in Belgrade led to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević.

2001  Robert Stevens became the first victim in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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