Word of the day

November 19, 2011

Murcid – lazy, slothful; shirking work or duty.

Inspired by this.

Has farming harmed salmon fishing?

November 19, 2011

Salmon farming hasn’t harmed angling, on the contrary it has helped it.

Why then are anglers so concerned about the prospect that trout farming might be permitted in New Zealand?

I haven’t found any policy from any party promoting this although Don Nicolson, then president of Federated Farmers and now an Act candidate, did talk of the benefits of trout farming.


November 19, 2011

7/10 in Stuff’s Biz Quiz.

Stone carving auction tomorrow

November 19, 2011

Sculptors from around New Zealand have been carving huge blocks of Oamaru Stone on Takaro Park for the last couple of weeks.


Their work will be auctioned tomorrow.

The ODT reports on it here and the Oamaru Mail report is here.

The stone comes from Parkside Quarries.

The dog that didn’t bark

November 19, 2011

In all the fuss about the teapot tapes has anyone seen or heard any criticism about the Diplomatic Protection Squad?

That something could sit on a table beside the Prime Minister without being noticed or questioned does not reflect well on them.

But he hasn’t once criticised or blamed them for doing, or not doing, something.

That is how it should be although not every Prime Minister has had that respect for the police.

Meanwhile, the NBR, has a story behind its pay wall saying the Greens deny paying for the vandalism of National’s hoardings.

It quotes Russel Norman saying he had nothing to do with the attacks and didn’t know who paid for it.

How long before every other Green MP and office holder is asked the same questions?

There’s a dog not barking somewhere. Someone needs to find it and its owner,  where’s Sherlock Holmes when we need him?.

People will be losers if privacy not protected

November 19, 2011

In respect for my blood pressure I don’t often listen to talkback but every now and then I tune in to hear what people are thinking.

This week the storm in a teapot story was a popular topic but I was pleasantly surprised that a majority of callers were saying it had all been blown out of proportion and were backing the Prime Minister’s stand on the principle of privacy.

This has been confirmed by a Fairfax Media poll:

Voters overwhelmingly think the “tea party tape” of the conversation of John Key and John Banks was a breach of privacy and should have been wiped without being made public. . . .

The Fairfax Media-Research International poll asked if the recording was a breach of privacy and should have been destroyed immediately.

A net 58 per cent agreed, with a net 29 disagreeing.

But respondents were equally divided when asked if the event was all about publicity, so all aspects should be available for reporting.

By a narrow margin – 45 to 41 per cent – voters polled said there was no such thing as a private conversation in public.

But 63 per cent felt politicians should be able to talk about controversial ideas without fear of those discussions being made public, with only 22 per cent disagreeing.

The poll of 507 people had a margin of error of 4.2 per cent.

The issue of whether or not the conversation was private is to be considered by the High Court on Tuesday.

If it decides that it wasn’t, we will all be the losers.

In New Zealand we have remarkably free access to politicians. If they know that anything they say in a conversation in a public place could be regarded as public they will be far less willing to engage with people and politics will become even more stage managed than it already is.

It could also hamper the media because politicians will be even more carful about off-record conversations and backgrounders.

Perhaps that’s why we’re now seeing what Keeping Stock calls mea culpe season.

Pike River tragedy unresolved

November 19, 2011

A year ago today 31 men went into the Pike River mine.

Two survived the explosion which happened that afternoon, the rest died in the mine.

The first anniversary of a death is a big milestone which usually helps families and friends in their journey through the grief maze. They know they have survived all the firsts – birthdays, Christmas, mothers’ and fathers’ days – without the one for whom they are grieving and can realistically hope that the next year will be better.

But the coming year will bring more of the same for the relatives and friends of the Pike River men. They still have to endure the Royal Commission into the disaster and a court case of those being held accountable for it.

And they still wait in hope that the bodies or remains might be recovered.

The Pike River mine disaster is still an unresolved tragedy.

It could take many more months before it is resolved and regardless of how it is resolved it can never bring back those 29 men who went to work a year ago today.

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