Hugger-mugger – disorderly confusion; muddle; in utter disorder; secret, clandestine.
Air New Zealand has slashed its fares to Honolulu, as Hawaiian Airlines announced it was offering three flights a week from Auckland to the Pacific island.
An average round trip economy ticket on Hawaiian Airlines will cost around $1800, which includes meals. Air New Zealand is currently offering return flights from $1000, without meals.
From June, Air New Zealand, which also flies to Honolulu three times a week, is increasing its capacity to the destination, offering bigger planes that will hold 60 more passengers, as well as offering premium economy and flat beds in business class. . .
Isn’t competition grand?
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: “Peace begins with a smile.”?
2. Who was the spy hunter in Graham Greene’s book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?
3. It’s sourire in French, sorriso in Italian, sonrisa in Spanish and I couldn’t find a noun in Maori but the verb is mene.
4. What’s the name of this song and what is the last line of this verse:
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5. What five things will always make you smile?
Points for answers:
Alwyn wins an electronic basket of stone fruit with a clean-sweep and a bonus for correcting my literary slip.
Andrei also wins an electronic basket of stone fruit with a clean sweep and a bonus for making me smile with his answer to #5.
Willdwan got four right and a bonus for making me grin with his/her answer to #5.
Answers follow the break.
A state of drought has been officially declared throughout the entire North Island by the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy today.
“Local groups have asked for regional declarations of drought in the past week, and it has become clear that nearly all farmers in every part of the North Island are facing very difficult dry conditions.
“Extra Government funding will now be available to Rural Support Trusts who work closely with farmers, providing support and guidance.
“There will also be Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) available from Work and Income, through the Ministry of Social Development. These are equivalent to the unemployment benefit and are available to those in extreme hardship.
“Many rural people can be reluctant to ask for help, but it is important for them to know that support is available. This is a difficult time for rural families and they need to know that the Government and all New Zealanders are behind them.
“Some rain is forecast this weekend which is welcome news. However we will need more than this to help prepare for the winter and set up for next spring.
“Parts of the South Island are also very dry, in particular the Grey and Buller districts. We are keeping a close watch on all further regions.
“I’m very pleased with how communities have pulled together to help each other out. Federated Farmers have been operating a ‘Feedline’ to match farmers with feed supplies, which is receiving good interest.
“Beef + Lamb NZ, Dairy NZ, the Ministry for Primary Industries and others have also been providing practical support.
“Farmers should contact their accountants or the IRD if they need help or flexibility with making tax payments, and standard hardship assistance is available from Work and Income,” says Mr Guy.
Previously drought has been declared in Northland and North Auckland (February 27) and in the South Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay regions (March 6).
Regularly updated drought information is available at:
This is a very strong argument for irrigation.
Nothing beats water from the sky. But when nature doesn’t co-operate irrigation helps to protect soil, keeps pastures and crops growing, stock in good condition and money flowing from farms through the rest of the economy.
It gives farmers options, makes farms more resilient and reduces the physical, psychological and financial stress of droughts.
Farmers have various tools in the drought-proofing box but none of them is as good as irrigation.
The tax and spend Opposition parties weren’t impressed when National made changes to taxes.
. . . On the revenue side the Govt is now getting the benefit of its broad-based,low-rate tax regime where the loopholes have been closed off: the consequence is total tax collected on nominal GDP is now running faster than it would have on the old regime. . .
A broad-based lower rate tax regime with loopholes closed is fairer than the punish-the-rich and
disicentivise disincentivise-productivity tax policies of the opposition.
They either don’t understand, or don’t care, that lower tax rates can and do lead to higher tax takes.
Voters next year have two choices.
A National-led government that understands the importance of low inflation:
. . . These forecasts of low inflation are good for New Zealand households, particularly those on lower or fixed incomes. In addition, average floating home mortgage interest rates are now around half what they were 5 years ago in 2008. For a family with a $200,000 mortgage, that is saving them around $200 a week.
Or the alternative:
Hon STEVEN JOYCE: Well, there are a number of alternative policies that would put substantial benefits of current low inflation and low interest rates at risk, and that would, of course, cost New Zealand households dearly—for example, trying to artificially and substantially devalue the exchange rate or going soft on inflation; or, for example, opposing the Government’s share offer programme and instead borrowing billions of dollars more to pay for priority assets like schools and hospitals; or, for example, just pulling out the photocopier and printing more money. All of those things would send interest rates and inflation through the roof, directly affecting New Zealand households and families. They are, of course, the cornerstones of the Labour-Green opposition—
Oh yes, the Green Party still wants to print money:
So NZ is borrowing other countries (sic) freshly printed money and paying them interest for the privilege. So why don’t we print some of our own?
Winston Peters has never let selective memory get in the way of political point scoring but Keeping Stock has come across this which would be difficult to beat for hypocrisy:
A huge 70% of Kiwis back our call for Hollywood companies to pay back the $67 million Government subsidy they got to make The Hobbit. They should do the right thing & give the money back.
If polled I am sure an even more huge 99% (that’s everyone minus the few deluded who believe Peters can do no wrong) would back the call for him to give the money back too.
He might have forgotten but we still remember the $158,000 he took from taxpayers to fund his 2005 election campaign which has never been repaid.
“Do you get the impression people never listen?” he said.
“I wouldn’t say never,” she said. “But there are days when I wonder if I’ve got an invisible voice.”
221 Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declared himself emperor of Shu-Han and claimed his legitimate successionto the Han Dynasty.
1311 Battle of Halmyros: The Catalan Company defeated Walter V of Brienne to take control of the Duchy of Athens.
1493 Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.
1545 First meeting of the Council of Trent.
1767 Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, was born (d. 1845).
1776 South Carolina became the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government.
1779 Lord Melbourne, (William Lamb) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,, was born (d. 1848).
1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse: 1,900 British troops under General Charles Cornwallis defeated an American force of 4,400.
1783 George Washington asked his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea was successful and the threatened coup d’état never eventuated.
1809 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia, was born (d. 1876).
1844 The New Zealand Company ended its colonising efforts.
1877 The first cricket test started between England and Australia.
1906 Rolls-Royce Limited was incorporated.
1922 Fuad I became King of Egypt.
1926 The dictator Theodoros Pangalos was elected President of Greece without opposition.
1931 SS Viking exploded off Newfoundland, killing 27 of the 147 on board.
1941 Mike Love, American musician (The Beach Boys), was born.
1943 Third Battle of Kharkov – Germans retook the city of Kharkov from the Soviet armies in bitter street fighting.
1944 Sly Stone, American musician, was born.
1952 In Cilaos, Réunion, 1870 mm (73 inches) of rain fell in one day, setting a new world record.
1961 South Africa withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations.
1985 The first Internet domain name was registered (symbolics.com).
1988 The Halabja poison gas attack of the Iran–Iraq War began.
1990 Iraq hung British journalist Farzad Bazoft for spying.
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union.
1991 – The Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany went into effect, granting full sovereignty to the Federal Republic of Germany.
2011 – Beginning of the Syrian civil war.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia