Necromancer – a person who practises necromancy; one who supposedly communicates with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future; a wizard or magician.
The Herald opines:
Fairly or not, politicians are expected to have solid, unambiguous positions on every issue. Not for them the shades of grey that influence the decision-making of most people in everyday life. Consequently, it is unsurprising that the Auckland councillors who are thinking of abstaining to allow the council’s 10-year budget to pass are being strongly criticised. . .
The issue is too important for any councillor to choose not to choose. They were elected to provide a voice for the citizens of their ward. That should not be lost when they are so adamant about the budget’s shortcomings.
Abstaining would allow the budget and the extortionate rates rise it requires to pass.
In effect the councillors abstaining are voting for the budget without having the courage to commit themselves to it.
That is a gross failure of competence and dereliction of duty.
People are elected to governance positions to govern and these councillors are paid more than many full-time workers are to do their best for the city and the people they represent.
If they don’t have the intestinal fortitude to vote for or against the budget which is the most important vote each year, they shouldn’t be on the council.
The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.
There are more than 4000 in the gallery already.
This one is Aotearoa a flag for New Zealanders by William Hindmarsh.
The South Island has woken to the second morning in a row of sub–zero temperatures.
. . . It was -6.4degC in Queenstown at 6.30am and -8.1degC in Alexandra, while Wanaka was -3.7degC and Oamaru was -3.1degC. Dunedin was -0.5degC.
Omarama was sitting at -20degC while Tara Hills near Twizel was -18.9degC about 6.30am.
The all time record low is – 25.6degC, recorded in Ranfurly in 1903. . .
This is winter as it used to be.
Breaking ice on puddles and skating on icy patches on footpaths as we walked to school was a regular occurrence.
Back then it was cold outside and in.
We lived in uninsulated houses with little heating. We had a fire in the kitchen and in the very depths of winter a kerosene heater was lit in the hall to take the chill off the bedrooms before we went to bed.
It was colder still for my mother who was one on nine children in a house with too few bedrooms to accommodate them. The oldest ones slept on an open veranda winter and summer.
Children sleeping in conditions like that now would almost certainly be reported to welfare agencies.
Back then it wasn’t unusual although temperatures were regularly lower.
Were cold-related illnesses also normal and not reported, or has something else changed that people in cold houses and the health problems resulting from that have become news?
“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.” ― Robert Fulghum