Honesty doesn’t make the headlines


When we’re bombarded with news which shows the baser bits of human behaviour it’s easy to forget that these sort of things are news because they’re not the norm.

Acts of generosity, kindness and honesty don’t hit the headlines because in spite of fears concerns about modern morality they aren’t news, they do still happen every day.

That said, if I lost my wallet, I wouldn’t be over confident of getting it back with its contents intact, if at all.

But Invercargill MP Eric Roy lost his wallet at the rugby last week and thanks to the honesty of some Southlanders, it was handed in to the police with everything untouched.

If you know who the anonymous good Samaritans are, please phone his office (number in the link above) because he’d like to thank them.

Hat Tip: Roar Prawn

Did you see the one about . . .


MSD misrepresenting statistics and misleading the public – Lindsay Mitchell does the numbers on youth homicides.

Trade and fairness – Anti-Dismal on why we’re fair to strangers we won’t see again.

A teaser – the Meurant chronicles – Roar Prawn whets the appetite for more of fishgate. She also finds a mine which makes her think Goff is a hypocrite.

Metrocentrism at Radio NZ – Quote Unquote notices that not everyone notices that sometimes bad weather is good.

Compulsory medical insurance – Kiwiblog finds it’s illegal to not ahve health insurance on one side of the border and illegal to have it on the other.

One perspective on mining conservation land – The Visible Hand in Economics has a picture which sums up the case from the antis.

40 after 55 – goNZo Freakpower passes a milestone and survives a stormy landing in Wellington.

Did you see the one about . . .


Unemployment – Something Goes Here has a cracker cartoon from Garrick Tremain.

A rural joke – Quote Unquote on sounds you hear on most farms (Though not Rob’s father’s).

Warning food is a choking hazard – Opinionated Mummy on the danger of warnings against danger.

How I became a Science teacher from Alison Campbell at Sciblogs and on a similar theme: Career Day – Rivetting Kate Taylor on how she got into journalism.

So good I stole it – Adolf at No Minister  and Dos and don’ts for cuddle class – Kiwiblog  illustrates in-flight etiquette.

Come take my stuff – Roar Prawn warns that technology can tell too much.

Top 10 at 10 Interest.co.nz has some funny cartoons among the serious stuff.

How not to define social sciences at Anti Dismal  . 

Exaggerating the benefits of Community Education at The Visable Hand In Economics and apropos of this Really big numbers at Off Setting Behaviour.

Why not farm weka?


When Central Otago farmer Gerry Eckhoff was an Act MP he suggested changing the law to allow kiwi farming.

He pointed out that farmed animals don’t number among the endangered species;  and it would be better for the future survival rate of the birds and relieve the taxpayer of a cost if farmers looked after kiwi than leaving their fate to DOC and nature.

The idea of farming another native species, the weka, has now been raised by Roger Beattie.

Federated Farmers is supportive. Game spokesman Donald Aubrey said:

It’s ironic that the Chatham Islands take a far more enlightened view to the consumption of weka and to the farming of trout.  Crazily, despite having one of the world’s most easily farmed and popular fish to consume, mainland New Zealand treats an introduced species as being more of a native than our native eels.

“It’s time to unleash our entrepreneurs, represented by Mr Beattie. Domesticating some native species – aquatic or terrestrial – actually removes pressure off the wild populations.

“I see Roger Beattie as being in the same mould as the likes of Sir Peter Jackson and Weta’s Richard Taylor.  Those two were told a big budget Hollywood film would never be filmed in New Zealand but have proved the naysayers wrong.

“Roger Beattie is told can’t but he replies can and without any subsidies too.  Let’s face it, if the weka was instead a turkey, it would make us look like one for not trying,” Mr Aubrey concluded. 

I agree.

We need to stop being precious about native species, it will be better for the birds and the economy.

Trout aren’t native to New Zealand and the arguments against farming them hold as little water as those against farming weka.

Offsetting Behaviour  is unimpressed that vague unease enables the idea to be vetoed and Roarprawn gives a guide to how some native birds taste.

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