Word of the day


Colloquiem –  an academic conference or seminar; a conference at which scholars or other experts present papers on, analyse, and discuss a specific topic; an informal gathering for discussion.

Sowell says


Black Heels & Tractor Wheels – Shaz Dagg


Black Heels and Tractor Wheels Podcasts are a Rural Women NZ initiative in which they share stories from a range of women around New Zealand.

Today we are speaking to the incredible, ‘limb-it-less’ Shaz Dagg. She is New Zealand’s first elite para-triathlete and Parafed Manawatū’s sport development adviser. In 2016, Shaz’s left arm was crushed by a gate while she was working on a goat farm.

After multiple complications, and nine surgeries, the arm was amputated above her elbow. Prior to her farm accident, Shaz represented New Zealand at the 2014 ITU world duathlon championships in Spain and raced in a number of Ironman events.

She also competed as an age-grade triathlete and decided to come back to the sport after her accident.By 2018 she had qualified to represent New Zealand at the triathlon world champs on the Gold Coast, becoming the country’s first Para triathlete.

In 2021 Shaz was the first ever female amputee to complete the Coast – to Coast.  If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to visit our Instagram, Facebook, and website, or even become a member! www.ruralwomennz.nz  



Keep it 18


The panel reviewing the electoral system will consider lowering the voting age to 16.

People arguing in favour of this use the no taxation without representation argument because some 16 and 17 year-olds pay tax.

Some a lot younger than that pay tax too – if it’s fair to grant the right to vote to 16 and 17 year-olds, on the grounds of paying tax, would it not  apply to younger children too, and would it also then be fairer to to take the right to vote from anyone who doesn’t pay tax?

Another argument is that people can marry and join the armed forces at 16.

Marriage is between two people and serving in the armed forces is a career choice, neither of which contribute to determining the government and the direction of the country.

Proponents also argue that some young people are very politically aware but that isn’t a pre-requisite for voting. If it was, the number of those eligible to vote at any age would be a lot fewer.

While people supporting the age reduction cite what 17 and 18 year-olds can do they conveniently overlook what they can’t.

Teens can’t legally purchase alcohol until they are 18 and if they commit crimes they face the youth court until they’re older than 17.

Both of those concessions to younger people are based on the premise that they are not yet adults.

If they are not sufficiently grown up to buy alcohol and accept the consequences of criminal charges in adult courts, why should they be considered grown up enough to vote?

Buying, and consuming, alcohol and committing crimes impact the people doing it and any victims, but that is generally a small number of people.

The outcome of elections has far greater ramifications for far more people and democracy would be better served by keeping the voting age at 18.

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