Word of the day

July 21, 2012

Acclimate – to accustom or become accustomed to a new environment or situation; adapt; respond physiologically or behaviourally to a change in a single environmental factor


July 21, 2012


Only 6/10 in the Herald’s politics quiz.

For the second week in a row I was unable to correctly place a Labour spokesperson. For the second week in a row, on seeing who it was I couldn’t recall any recent utterance on her/his portfolio.

Saturday smiles

July 21, 2012

A farmer walked into an lawyer’s office wanting to file for a divorce. The lawyer asked, “May I help you?”

The farmer said, “Yes, I want to get a divorce.”

The lawyer said, “Well do you have any grounds?”

The farmer said, “Yea, I got about 500 hectares.” The lawyer said, “No, you don’t understand, do you have a case?”

The farmer said, “No, I don’t have a Case, but I have a John Deere.”

The lawyer said, “No you don’t understand, I mean do you have a grudge?”

The farmer said, “Yea I got a grudge, that’s where I park my car.”

The lawyer said, “No sir, I mean do you have a suit?”

The farmer said, “Yes sir, I got a suit. I wear it to church on Sundays and any other formal occasions.”

The exasperated lawyer said, “Well sir, does your wife beat you up or anything?”

The farmer said, “No sir, we both get up about 4:30.”

Finally, the lawyer said, “Okay, let me put it this way. WHY DO YOU WANT A DIVORCE?”

And the farmer said, “Well, I can never have a meaningful conversation with her.”


July 21, 2012

5/10 in Stuff’s Biz Quiz

Another potential Darwin Award

July 21, 2012

A train ran into a car which had been abandoned on the railway line in Oamaru:


Officers tracked down the man’s address through his car’s registration number and found him at home.

They say he told them he had been taking a shortcut home along the train tracks, as he often did, when the vehicle became stuck.

A short cut along the train tracks in a car?

Definitely a potential candidate for a Darwin Award.

Next Woman of Year nominations open

July 21, 2012

Next Magazine is advertising for nominations for its third annual Woman of the Year awards.

Prizes will be awarded in six categories:

Arts and Culture: This award celebrates a woman who challenges boundaries and is a creative inspiration to others. She will have distinctive flair and originality. Working in arts or culture, her unique vision will have driven her to achieve a project that has touched the hearts and minds of New Zealanders.

Business and Innovation: This award acknowledges a great commercial and creative thinker. This woman has an entrepreneurial spirit and the confidence to challenge boundaries and conventional ideas balanced by a sense of professional responsibility. Via strategic thinking and leadership, she will have grown a business or developed a product or idea to achieve economic success. She will have created opportunity by both thinking outside the square and playing to her own strengths.

Community: Our society is founded on community-minded individuals who give of themselves to make a difference. This award celebrates one such woman who has contributed to a caring project in an outstanding way by championing a cause and addressing a social need. She will be a woman who has selflessly used her energy to empower others to reach their full potential.

Education: This award celebrates a woman who has made significant contributions to the learning and betterment of others. She will be a creative innovator who is ground breaking in her approach and committed to following her vision of helping people achieve and exceed their full potential.

Health and Science: This is an award for a great innovator in the area of health or science. She will be making ground breaking steps in an arena she is passionate about. She will have used her intellect and vision to discover or implement a new development that benefits the human race.

And Sport: This award pays tribute to a successful coach, sportswoman or administrator who has reached a notable physical goal or milestone. She will have been an inspiration for others along the way, showing mental conviction, physical strength and determination to excel in her chosen field. She will have displayed consistent sportsmanship and have a competitive spirit.

Women who excel in any of these areas are indeed worthy of recognition and they will be inspirational role models.

Last year’s winners were:

Arts and Culture: Jill Marshall, author and publisher
Business: Mai Chen, lawyer
Health and Science: Sue Johnson, Christchurch coroner
Sport: Jayne Parsons, Paralympian
Community: Lesley Elliott, founder of the Sophie Elliott Foundation who was also winner of overall Woman of the Year title.

Coasters want work not moralising

July 21, 2012

West Coast people have had enough of outsiders telling them what they can – and more often can’t – do:

West Coast Mayors say they are tired of outsiders telling locals how they should live their lives, while spreading misinformation about mining on the Coast.

Mayors Tony Kokshoorn and Pat McManus said they were appalled that Auckland and Labour MP Phil Twyford had agreed to receive a petition from protesters opposed to coal mining on the Denniston Plateau – which is the birth place of the Labour Party.

“Activists wrongly claim that Denniston is a pristine environment. It’s been a working coalfield for more than 100 years and it should continue to be.
“A local coal mining company is prepared to invest in the field and provide hundreds of much needed jobs for local people.

“We cannot wait for operations to begin and we will not tolerate Aucklanders moralising about what we are doing.

“The world needs our hard coking coal to make steel and other modern goods and we are willing and able to supply it,” the Mayors said.

Messrs Kokshoorn and McManus said they were particularly bemused that many who signed the petition were based outside the West Coast, or even outside the country.

The Mayors said they were open to discussions with environmental groups and would like to invite them to visit the coalfield on the Denniston Plateau.

Isn’t this far too often the way?

Local people want jobs and the benefits they bring to their communities. They don’t want them at any cost but they are open to discussion and development, with environmental safeguards.

Meanwhile people who might not even know exactly where the proposed jobs will be created, oppose development full stop because of a misguided idea it will ruin a pristine wilderness.

If it was their own backyards they were trying to protect they would be standing on firmer ground but it’s other people’s backyards where they want to ban development.

These people need jobs and the economic and social benefits which come with them. They are far better placed to ensure the environment is protected and possibly even enhanced than armchair environmentalists pontificating from distance parts of the country and the world.


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