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Allan Arthur Thomas was pardoned for the Crewe murders..

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English: New Zealand Minister of Finance (later Prime Minister), Robert Muldoon, Thurs. 26 June 1969. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Harvey and Jeannette Crewe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Allan Arthur Thomas  –  pardoned for the murders

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11117289 

Allan Arthur Thomas was pardoned by the then PM Robert Muldoon for the Crewe murders. They have no legal right to re-interview him over the murders. It was enough that the police were proven to have planted bullet shells during the original investigations. Just who fed the Crewe baby after the murder of her parents? Crewe killings: Cold-case review officers question Thomas. Who fed the Crewe baby after her parents were killed?

National – NZ Herald News www.nzherald.co.nz Arthur Allan Thomas has been re-interviewed by police investigating the 1970 murders of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe, one of New Zealand’s best-known unsolved crimes.

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Kiwi film maker, Sir Peter Jackson to direct an episode of ‘Doctor Who’…

The Daleks

The Daleks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peter Jackson will direct an episode of ‘Doctor Who’.

The ‘Lord of the Rings’ filmmaker is set to take charge of the science fiction favourite and could make the episode in New Zealand.

The show’s producer Steven Moffat was recently speaking at a Q&A event in Edinburgh and admitted all Peter wants is a Dalek.

He said: “He’s serious about it. We talked at ‘The Hobbit’ premiere – he just wants a Dalek.

“So we’ll give him a Dalek and he’ll direct an episode. I think he’d like us to go to New Zealand.”

The reports come after the 51-year-old director spoke earlier this year and claimed he didn’t even want to be paid as long as he was given one of ‘Doctor Who’s’ iconic villains.

He previously insisted: “They don’t even have to pay me, but I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-coloured Daleks. They must have a spare one.”

Earlier this month, actor Peter Capaldi was announced as the Twelfth Doctor, taking over from Matt Smith later this year.

He said: “It’s so wonderful not to keep the secret any longer, but it has been absolutely fantastic in its own way.

“So many wonderful things have happened, for a while I couldn’t tell my daughter who kept looking on the Internet and discovering that people were saying, ‘so and so should be Doctor Who’.

“She was getting rather upset that it never mentioned me. I said to her, ‘Just rise above it darling.’

 

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/entertainment/jackson-to-direct-who-episode-604639.html

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Jungle Rain: The New Zealand story of Agent Orange and the Vietnam War

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Vietnam. Defoliation Mission. A UH-1D helicopter from the 336th Aviation Company sprays a defoliation agent on agricultural land in the Mekong delta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: U.S. Army armored personnel carrier (APC) spraying Agent Orange during the Vietnam War (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Defoliant spray run, part of Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War by UC-123B Provider aircraft. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: U.S. Huey helicopter spraying Agent Orange over Vietnam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Jungle Rain- The NZ story of Agent Orange and the Vietnam War (2005)
This is the story of approx 3500 men who changed New Zealand future, forever. Long after the war ended for us, the unpopular legacy of Vietnam continued to h…
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NZ Police Dog Gage shot dead – a real brave animal receives international award

Swearing in ceremony of LTGEN Sir Jerry Matepa...

Swearing in ceremony of LTGEN Sir Jerry Mateparae as Governor-General at Parliament. The Defence Force provided a 100 man Royal Guard of Honour for the occasion. Sir Jerry arrives at Parliament to be met by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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    A Christchurch police dog shot dead while on duty has been awarded an international honour dubbed the ”animals’ George Cross”.

    The PDSA Gold Medal, established in 2001, honours outstanding animal bravery or exceptional devotion to duty outside of military conflict.

    German shepherd Gage was killed during a drug raid in Christchurch in 2010.

    His handler, Senior Constable Bruce Lamb, was emotional today during the ceremony commemorating his fallen canine partner.

    He thanked the PDSA for honouring Gage, but saved his final thanks for the dog. ”Without him I simply wouldn’t be here.”

    On July 13, 2010, police were conducting a routine drug raid in Phillipstown when Lamb was shot in the jaw by Christopher Graham Smith.

    Gage jumped across Lamb to engage with the offender and was fatally shot by Smith.

    District commander Superintendent Gary Knowles said Gage paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    ”If it wasn’t for Gage, I have no doubt it would have ended up worse,” he said.

    Today’s ceremony was attended by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, who presented the award, which was accepted by Lamb on behalf of Gage.

    Mateparae said Gage’s actions ”typified an unwavering bond” between police dogs and their handlers.

    Acting Commissioner Viv Rickard said Mateparae’s attendance gave the ”desired kudos” to Gage’s sacrifice, without which ”we could have been looking at another police officer killed on duty”.

    Gage is the second New Zealand dog to be awarded the PDSA medal, and the 22rd internationally. He is one of 23 police dogs killed on duty in New Zealand.

    George, a jack russell terrier from Taranaki, received the award posthumously in 2009 for protecting five children from being attacked by pit bulls.

    Acknowledgements: © Fairfax NZ News

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I was targeted by terrorists and I don’t need the GCSB…

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    Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand. Memorial to the Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace vessel sunk in Auckland by French agents in 1985. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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    GCSB Protest – Cathedral Square (Photo credit: Christchurch City Libraries)

    by Bunny McDiarmid 

    The Rainbow Warrior after being bombed in AucklandI have been targeted by terrorists.

    I am one of the very few people who has been subjected to a terrorist attack in New Zealand.

    And I am absolutely opposed to John Key’s GCSB bill. It is an invasion of privacy that allows the Government to spy on people like you and me, and it’s a step too far.

    I was crew on board the Rainbow Warrior in 1985 when French secret service agents, sanctioned by their government, laid bombs against her hull in the middle of the night whilst we all slept. One of our crew died in the subsequent explosions. It was a supposedly ‘friendly’ government that did this in Auckland Harbour, and their intention was to stop us from a peaceful protest at sea against nuclear testing in French Polynesia.

    Today, as he trotted out his glib lines trying to justify the snooper’s charter, John Key saidthat those people opposed to the bill – that’s nine in ten of us, according to the polling on Campbell Live last night – would ‘run for the hills’ if there was a terrorist attack in New Zealand.

    Well, John, you’re wrong. There has been a terrorist attack in New Zealand. I was one of those targeted. And I didn’t run for the hills then, and I’m not now. And, let me be absolutely clear: I am completely opposed to your GCSB bill.

    Getting the balance between protecting the privacy of the individual, the citizens and the interests of national security helps ensure a healthy democracy. But there is a fundamental shift of focus for the GCSB, from being primarily a foreign intelligence organisation to one that spies on New Zealanders, with little rationale or oversight being required.  People like you and I are now seen as a threat. And the GCSB can also collect information about any of us on behalf of ‘friendly’ (that word again) intelligence agencies in the US, UK or France.

    The ease with which government power can be abused is well known. The slide into a more intrusive and watched society where special interests can take precedence over the common good and where dissent is marginalised, is often hardly noticed until it is too late.

    We New Zealanders need to have open, transparent debates about the direction of our economy, the protection of our environment and what kind of society we want to live in. Passing legislation like this GCSB bill undermines our democracy and will make these debates all the harder to have.

    Who is or will be seen as the threat amongst us? Those that demand a cleaner, smarter future for New Zealand’s economy?  Those that take their right to protest at sea in defense of our unspoiled coastlines against deep sea oil drilling? Those that simply disagree?  The whistleblowers amongst us? And in whose interests will they be spying? You and I who have a common and collective interest in passing on a decent place and living to our kids or the ‘friendly’ foreign agencies, governments and businesses who are looking out for their national interests?

    Look, John. We don’t want your GCSB bill. And we won’t be running for the hills.

    Pretty soon, we’ll be running for the polls.

Blog post by: Bunny McDiarmid

Bunny is a long-time Greenpeacer who started off as a deckhand on board the original Rainbow Warrior, then became campaign leader for the Pacific and is now the executive director of Greenpeace New Zealand.

http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en/blog/i-was-targeted-by-terrorists-and-i-dont-need-/blog/46305/

 

 

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Greenpeace word mark Русский: Текстовый символ «Гринпис» (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Christchurch in the early 1920’s…

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English: The block of Colombo Street where 15 people died in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Cars, cyclists and pedestrians in Colombo Street, Christchurch : Cathedral Square is in the background. View north from north of Cashel Street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is hard to believe its Christchurch in the early 1920's Looking down Cashel Street towards Colombo Street intersection, Christchurch.  Photographer: Radcliffe, Frederick George.  Showing Wardell Bros and Co., Bank of Australasia, D.I.C. Drapery and General Importing Co of NZ Ltd, Beaths Co Ltd – drapers, Hallenstein Bros. Ltd.  Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R394. http://www.rebuildchristchurch.co.nz/blog/2013/8/lost-christchurch-d-i-c-1909-an-up-to-date-emporium

This is hard to believe its Christchurch in the early 1920′s

 

Looking down Cashel Street towards Colombo Street intersection, Christchurch.
Photographer: Radcliffe, Frederick George.
Showing Wardell Bros and Co., Bank of Australasia, D.I.C. Drapery and General Importing Co of NZLtd, Beaths Co Ltd – drapers, Hallenstein Bros. Ltd.
Sir George Grey Special CollectionsAuckland Libraries, 35-R394.

http://www.rebuildchristchurch.co.nz/blog/2013/8/lost-christchurch-d-i-c-1909-an-up-to-date-emporium

Cashel Mall in Christchurch (Wed 15-9-2010).
Cashel Mall in Christchurch (Wed 15-9-2010). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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The AB’s crushed the Wallabies…

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New Zealand national rugby union team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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    Logo Wallabies.svg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     

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    The All Blacks crush the Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup One in Sydney. Two to go!

    Ben Smith scored a hat-trick as the All Blacks gave new Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie plenty to think about with a convincing 47-29 win in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney. Six tries to two proved the difference in what was a crushing victory.

    The All Blacks started well with a try to Ben Smith in the corner, and despite Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genia scoring a sensational 75m effort from a lineout turnover, the visitors were never troubled.

    While things were fairly evenly poised at 25-19 at the break, the second half was all about the All Blacks as they cruised to their 100th Test win over the Wallabies, who themselves improved the overall scoreline with a late consolation try to James O’Connor.

    Aaron Cruden came in for injured Dan Carter and scored 20 points overall, while captain Richie McCaw looked as potent as ever, giving away a few penalties but being his usual menacing self.

    “I am obviously very happy with the performance. It’s not every day that you can come here and get 40-odd points. I thought both teams played good rugby,” said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

    “For Richie McCaw to get through 70 minutes after having his break and everyone doubting him just shows the character of the bloke once again, while Aaron Cruden showed that he’s a true international player of world-class ability and he led the team very well.”

    It doesn’t get any easier for the Wallabies, as next week the return match is in Wellington.

    Enjoy the highlights and please let us know your thoughts on the match as a comment below.

    http://www.rugbydump.com/2013/08/3339/the-all-blacks-crush-the-wallabies-in-bledisloe-one-in-sydney

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Melbourne Storm training session – Pride Petterson-Robati and Maurice Blair…

Pride Petterson-Robati - Melbourne Storm Training Session

Melbourne Storm Training Session

Pride Petterson-Robati (L) passes the ball as Maurice Blair of the Storm defends during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at Gosch’s Paddock on August 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

Ryan Crotty poised to play off the bench for the AB’s…

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English: New Zeland rugby union player Richie McCaw and the rest of the All Blacks visit Christchurch during the Rugby World Cup. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A WHIRLWIND few days for uncapped Canterbury midfielder Ryan Crotty has been topped with selection in the All Blacks’ match-day squad for the clash against the Wallabies in Sydney this Saturday night.Crotty, who can cover second five or centre, is poised to make his debut after being named on the bench for the Rugby Championship/Bledisloe Cup test at ANZ Stadium.

His elevation to the match-day team comes after he was called into the squad last Sunday as injury cover for Francis Saili.

Richie McCaw will captain the side in his first test since December, while, as expected, Aaron Cruden replaces the crocked Dan Carter at first five.

Second five Ma’a Nonu will take his place in the midfield alongside Conrad Smith after overcoming an ankle injury sustained while playing for his club side Oriental Rongotai last month. It will be Nonu’s 80th test and Smith’s 70th.

Luke Romano is preferred ahead of Brodie Retallick at lock, while Andrew Hore retains the hooking duties ahead of Keven Mealamu.

Prop Tony Woodcock will earn his 99th test cap, replacing at loosehead the injured Wyatt Crockett.

And with Sam Cane providing loose forward cover on the bench, flanker/lock Steven Luatua has been released to play ITM Cup footy for Auckland against North Harbour this Sunday.

Prop Joe Moody and fullback/wing Charles Piutau will also travel to Sydney with the playing squad.

All Blacks: Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty

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Kiwi Val Adams wins her fourth World Championship shot-put title…

 

Val Adams wins her fourth World Championship shot-put title. Undoubtably one of New Zealand’s greatest ever athletes.

Undoubtably one of New Zealand’s greatest ever athletes. Goes well with her dual Olympic Gold medals

http://friendsofdownunder.blog.co.uk/2013/08/13/kiwi-shot-putter-val-adams-wins-her-her-fourth-world-championship-16309020/

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