Word of the day


Bauble – a small, showy ornament of little value; a trinket; something of trifling appeal; mock scepter carried by a court jester.

Peters plays Humpty Dumpty again


Winston Peters has said:

“New Zealand First is not going with National. New Zealand First is not going with Labour either. We are making that clear here today.

NZ First would not countenance a deal that involved the Greens or the Maori Party.

“So all those people lumping us in with groups and making us part of some fictitious coalition should stop right now.”

It appears that means he’s ruling out joining a government in the next term and his party would stay in opposition if it had any MPs in parliament.

But we know from the many times his actions have contradicted past utterances, he’s a graduate of the Humpty Dumpty school of meaning and what he says means what he chooses it to mean, neither more nor less.

It’s not just that what anything he says appears to mean is not necessarily what he means now, it could also mean something quite different in the future should a new meaning be more convenient than the old.

Welfare Reform on web


Lindsay Mitchell has established a Welfare Reform website.

Her aim is to provide a resource for anyone interested in welfare reform.

Like Lindsay’s blog, the website has a wealth of information including most of the information she has obtained from the Ministry of Social
Development under the Official Information Act since 2001.

It has links to overseas sites, recommended books, press releases and interviews and compares the welfare policies of political parties.

When I clicked on the link for National’s I got a page-not-found message. I presume that is a sign of a website under development still because the information is here.



1/10 – in the Herald’s entertainment quiz,  and that was a guess.

MMP debate


Rotary Club of Oamaru invites you to be informed



 Monday 7th November


social  6.00 pm start






(From Dunedin) for the CAMPAIGN FOR MMP


IT’S HOW   –   MMP or CHANGE ?

Some say MMP’s  a disaster.
Others say it’s great.

Some want to change
the way we vote.  Others don’t.


It’s a big issue.  Get the facts.


Be informed.           Be
aware.                 Be there.



This, like all Rotary initiatives, is not a political meeting.

It is an information meeting which aims to enable people to hear both sides of the debate and ask questions.



Oh dear, only 3/10 in the Herald’s travel quiz.

Why stop at $6 billion?


Labour says borrowing to put money into the Superannuation Fund isn’t increasing debt.

If that’s the case, why stop at $6 billion?

If borrowing that much is a good thing to do without increasing debt, wouldn’t borrowing more be even better and still not increase debt?

Higher pay fewer jobs


They provide accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities in six individual houses in a complex.

They’ve been employing people as sleepover staff, paying them the normal hourly rate from 4pm – 10pm, a flat fee of $35 from 10pm until 7am when they’re asleep, unless they have to get up to do something for one of the resident when they’re paid an hourly rate for each part of the hour they’re up. They are then paid an hourly rate from 7am until 9am.

Most of the staff are students who are happy to get six hours pay, evening meal and breakfast and the sleepover fee.

The court ruling that sleepover staff must be paid at least the minimum wage when they’re sleeping has changed that.

One staff member will be employed to stay awake through the night in one house from which s/he will monitor all the others through cameras.

That supervisor will be paid considerably more than sleepover staff have been but will have to be awake all night and five other jobs have been lost.

Business backs National


A survey by MYOB shows that National is a sure thing for business voters.

Despite some unpopular policies and a slight fall off in popularity, National will still capture the vast majority of the business vote according to the latest MYOB Business Monitor.

The MYOB Business Monitor survey of over 1000 business owners around the country shows that National is most likely to get the vote of 59% of business owners in the November election, down slightly from the previous Monitor survey in March when the Government polled 62%, but still well ahead of Labour on 11%. . .

MYOB general manager Julian Smith says, a month out from the election, business owners have signalled a clear choice for a continuation of the fifth National Government.

“Although the MYOB Business Monitor surveys a wide range of business owners right around the country – from sole traders to those running larger enterprises – Kiwi business owners across the board have been consistent in their support for National,” says Julian Smith

Support for the Government is even higher among small business owners (71%) and those with a turnover of between $1-5million (72%). By sector, National is most popular with business owners in the Finance and Insurance sector (67%) and in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector (65%). Labour finds its strongest support amongst Transport and Warehousing business owners, with 22% of them saying that they will vote Labour, compared with 49% of them likely to vote National.

That is stating the obvious for anyone who has compared the policies we’re likely to get under a National-led government with those we’re likely to get under a Labour-led one.

National’s policies are designed to promote economic growth and show the party understands the important role that businesses play in doing that.

Labour’s policies would add costs and complexities to doing business and employing people.

The capital gains tax, other tax increases, changes to ACC, the increase in the minimum wage and the 1970s employment policy will add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of doing business and increase both the cost and risk of employing people.

In addition, farmers will face extra costs through the early entry tot he ETS, changes to the RMA and water allocation.

The survey found a small majority of businesses were in favour of asset sales and the policy they opposed most strongly was the CGT.

It also found that businesses can be socialist when other people’s money might come their way:

Businesses would clearly like to see the Government direct more investment into the economy, with things like funding for R&D (popular with 58%), a ‘Buy Kiwi-made’ policy for all Central and Local Government agencies (51%), and more investment in key transport infrastructure (51%).”

More investment in infrastructure is sensible but a buying Kiwi-made policy is getting dangerously close to subsidising businesses which can’t compete on their own.

“However, the one policy that is far and away the most popular for business is the simplification of provisional tax rules, supported by nearly three-quarters (74%) of all businesses,” says Julian Smith.

“This particular policy isn’t on any party’s radar at the moment, but what it emphasises is how complex and time consuming businesses find the current tax regime, and how much any party would stand to gain by making a concerted effort to make life easier for business.”

Good tax might be an oxymoron but simple taxes are better. Time and energy wasted complying with complex tax law, and any other regulatory requirements, are time and money not spent getting on the the businesses which create jobs and contribute to economic growth.

November 6 in history


355  Roman Emperor Constantius II promoted his cousin Julian to the rank of Caesar, entrusting him with the government of the Prefecture of the Gauls.

1528  Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca became the first known European to set foot in Texas.

1632   Thirty years war: Battle of Lützen was fought, the Swedes were victorius but the King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus died in the battle.

1789   Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.

1844  The first constitution of the Dominican Republic was adopted.

1851  Charles Dow, American journalist and economist, was born (d. 1902).

1856   Scenes of Clerical Life, the first work of fiction by the author later known as George Eliot, was submitted for publication.

1861   American Civil War: Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America.

1861  James Naismith, Canadian inventor of basketball, was born (d. 1939).

1865   American Civil War: CSS Shenandoah was the last Confederate combat unit to surrender after circumnavigating the globe on a cruise on which it sank or captured 37 vessels.

1893  Edsel Ford, president of Ford Motor Company, was born (d. 1943).

1908 Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward ceremonially opened the North Island main trunk railway line by driving home a final polished silver spike at Manganuioteao, between National Park and Ohakune.

Last spike for North Island main trunk line

1913   Mohandas Gandhi was arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa.

1917   World War I: Third Battle of Ypres ended: After three months of fierce fighting, Canadian forces took Passchendaele in Belgium.

1918   The Second Polish Republic was proclaimed in Poland.

1925   Secret agent Sidney Reilly was executed by the OGPU, the secret police of the Soviet Union.

1928   Sweden began a tradition of eating Gustavus Adolphus pastries to commemorate the king.

1935  Edwin Armstrong presented his paper “A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation” to the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers.

1935  First flight of the Hawker Hurricane.

1935  Parker Brothers acquired the forerunner patents for MONOPOLY from Elizabeth Magie.

1939   World War II: Sonderaktion Krakau took place.

1941  World War II: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin addressed the Soviet Union for only the second time during his three-decade rule. He stated that even though 350,000 troops were killed in German attacks so far, the Germans had lost 4.5 million soldiers and that Soviet victory was near.

1942   World War II: Carlson’s patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign began.

1943   World War II: the Soviet Red Army recaptured Kiev.

1944   Plutonium was first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility.

1946  Sally Field, American actress, was born.

1947 – George Young, Australian musician (Easybeats), was born.

1947   Meet the Press made its television debut (the show went to a weekly schedule on September 12, 1948).

1948 Glenn Frey, American singer (Eagles), was born.

1949 Nigel Havers, English actor, was born.

1962   Apartheid: The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.

1963   General Duong Van Minh took over leadership of South Vietnam.

1965   Cuba and the United States formally agreed to begin an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States.

1970  Ethan Hawke, American actor, was born.

1971  The United States Atomic Energy Commission tested the largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.

1975   Green March began: 300,000 unarmed Moroccans converged on the southern city of Tarfaya and waited for a signal from King Hassan II of Morocco to cross into Western Sahara.

1977   The Kelly Barnes Dam, located above Toccoa Falls, Georgia, failed, killing 39.

1985   Leftist guerrillas of the April 19 Movement seized control of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá, eventually killing 115 people, 11 of them Supreme Court justices.

1986   Sumburgh disaster – A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LR Chinook crashed 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport killing 45 people.

1999   Australians voted to keep the Head of the Commonwealth as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.

2004   An express train collided with a stationary carriage near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 7 and injuring 150.

2005   The Evansville Tornado of November 2005 killed 25 in Northwestern Kentucky and Southwestern Indiana.

Sourced from NZ History Online

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