Word of the day


Acrasia – excess; intemperance; lack of self-control.

Safety perceptions


The Waitaki Safer Community Project is undertaking market research into how community groups and individuals in the Waitaki District perceive the safety levels in the district.

They mean more than feeling safe walking down the street at night or whilst sitting at home and are talking about the wider safety issues of health, education and wellbeing, of the elderly in their homes, youngsters and places to play.

The survey form is here.

Friday’s answers


Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”?

2. It’s automne in French, autunno in Italian, otoño in Spanish and tokerau in Maori, what is it in English?

3. What does a philematologist study?

4. Who are the chief executives of the Department of Conservation and Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry?

5. How would you play a piece of music if it had the instruction adagio?

Points for answers:

Gravedodger got one and a half with a bonus for wit.

Wildwan got two.

Roger wins an electronic banana cake with five right.

PDM gets a bonus for honesty.

Adam gets three – positively 🙂

Teletext wins an electronic banana cake with a double bonus for such full explanation and prompting me to listen to the music.


Grant got three and a bonus for humor.

Answers follow the break:

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Cans or can’ts


The opposition keeps asking where the jobs are while also opposing any intensification of agriculture, exploration for oil and gas and foreign investment.

If we want the first world incomes – and the social services and infrastructure which depend on that – we have to take up at least some of these opportunities for job creation and economic development which are available to us.

That doesn’t mean open slather.

Development must be undertaken in a way which protects the environment, with health and safety safeguards for workers, and there might need to be conditions imposed on foreign investment.

But if we want more jobs we need to look at how we can make the most of new opportunities rather than just saying we can’t.


Provinces not buying Labour’s profligacy


Quote of the day:

Any political analyst who has taken soundings in the provinces in recent times will have noted how irrelevant Labour appears to have made itself in the life of provincial NZ. It happens to be a phenomenon not limited to NZ, as attested by the crushing defeat of Labor in Queensland and the failure of the UK Labour Party to regain its ascendancy. Labour, wherever it may be, remains associated with fiscal profligacy. Voters see a conflict between the need for budgetary stringency and fulfilling the ideals of social justice which Labour stands for. At present, in the wake of the global financial crisis, the pendulum has swung in favour of budgetary rectitude. Trans Tasman

Past profligacy, and the inability to convince people they’ve learned how stupid that is, isn’t the only reason Labour isn’t making any headway in the provinces.

What policies it has are aimed at urban voters. The party shows no sign of moving away from  the anti-farmer sentiments its politicians espoused in the last parliamentary term and has yet to dispaly any enthusiasm for policies which encourage productivity.

Directors and investors beware


It will be cold comfort to the people who lost fortunes in Lombard Finance that Sir Douglas Graham also lost a large amount – a couple of million dollars.

The sentence of fines and community service handed down to him and other directors won’t help those who lost money either.

But it is a warning to other directors of their responsibilities and to investors that there’s a correlation between risk and return, no matter who’s running the company.

March 30 in history


240 BC 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.

1282 The people of Sicily rebelled against the Angevin KingCharles I, in what became known as the Sicilian Vespers.

1296 Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.

1746 Francisco Goya, Spanish painter, was born  (d. 1828).

1811 Robert Bunsen, German chemist, was born (d. 1899).

1814 Napoleonic Wars: Sixth Coalition forces marched into Paris.

1814 – Joachim Murat issued the Rimini Declaration which later inspired Italian Unification.

1820 Anna Sewell, British author, was born (d. 1878).

1842 Anesthesia was used for the first time in an operation by Dr Crawford Long.

1844 One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti took place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.

1853 Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter, was born  (d. 1890).

1855 Origins of the American Civil War: Bleeding Kansas – “Border Ruffians” from Missouri invaded Kansas and forced election of a pro-slavery legislature.

1856 The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War.

1858 Hymen Lipman patented a pencil with an attached rubber.

1863 Danish prince Wilhelm Georg was chosen as King George of Greece.

1864 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist, was born (d. 1943).

1867 Alaska was purchased for $7.2 million, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The media called this Seward’s Folly.

1870 Texas was readmitted to the Union following Reconstruction.

1885 The Battle for Kushka triggered the Pandjeh Incident which nearly gave rise to war between the British and Russian Empires.

1909 The Queensboro Bridge opened, linking Manhattan and Queens.

1910  The Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi.

1912 Sultan Abdelhafid signed the Treaty of Fez, making Morocco a French protectorate.

1913 Frankie Laine, American singer, was born (d. 2007).

1918 Outburst of bloody March Events in Baku and other locations of Baku Governorate.

1928 Tom Sharpe, English satirical author, was born.

1930 Rolf Harris, Australian artist and entertainer, was born.

1937 Warren Beatty, American actor and director, was born.

1939 The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets a world airspeed record of 463 mph.

1939 – First flight of the Australian C.A.C. CA-16 Wirraway.

1940 Sino-Japanese War: Japan declared Nanking to be the capital of a new Chinese puppet government, nominally controlled by Wang Ching-wei.

1941 Graeme Edge, British musician (Moody Blues), was born.

1945  Eric Clapton, British guitarist, was born.

1945 World War II: Soviet Union forces invaded Austria and took Vienna; Polish and Soviet forces liberated Gdańsk.

1945 – World War II: a defecting German pilot delivered a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1 to the Americans.

1949  A riot broke out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joined NATO.

1950 Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor and comedian, was born.

1954  Yonge Street subway line opened in Toronto, the first subway in Canada.

1959 Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis, who was convicted of child abuse at the Christchurch Civic Creche, was born.

1961  The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was signed in New York.

1962 MC Hammer, American rap musician, was born.

1964 Tracy Chapman, American singer, was born,

1965 Vietnam War: A car bomb exploded in front of the US Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.

1967 Fred Ladd flew a plane under Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Fred Ladd flies plane under Auckland Harbour Bridge

1968 Celine Dion, Canadian singer, was born.

1972  Vietnam War: The Easter Offensive began after North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of South Vietnam.

1979 Airey Neave, a British MP, was killed by a car bomb as left the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claimed responsibility.

1979 Norah Jones, American musician, was born.

1979 First Gay Rights Parade held in Michigan.

1981 President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.

1982 Space Shuttle programme: STS-3 Mission was completed with the landing of Columbia at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

2006  The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 became law.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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