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Pauline Hanson back and up to her old tricks in Australian politics…

One Nation (Australia)

One Nation (Australia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pauline Hanson has announced her return to the One Nation party to become its leader after a 12-year hiatus.

Pauline Hanson, in 2011.Pauline Hanson, in 2011.

Photo: AFP

The serial candidate wants to win a Queensland seat and will prepare the party for next year’s Queensland election, the ABC reports.

On the day her ascent was announced, Ms Hanson has already taken a swipe at foreign ownership, Halal and multiculturalism.

She announced her comeback on One Nation’s website, saying she would dare to raise issues which were politically incorrect.

“We are witnessing large amounts of our prime farming land and housing sold to foreign ownership,” she said.

“The push for multiculturalism is only segregating us as a nation and not uniting us as Australians with the same values, beliefs and laws.

“Halal is being forced on us by 2 percent of the population.”

Speaking on television this morning, Ms Hanson said the party would stand candidates in the Queensland election but not in New South Wales because it was not registered there.

EQC Royal Family – Gerry Brownlee, an angry man…

Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee is the minister in charge of EQC.  He may not work for EQC, but he definitely deserves to be mentioned as one of the EQC Royals.

Gerry has a colourful background.  He played rugby growing up and was a school bully when he went to St Bede’s.  He also bullied a disabled student that was much smaller than him.

Gerry eventually managed to teach woodworking at St Bede’s.  A student of Gerry’s says, “Gerry was very lazy and dumb.  He was supposed to know woodworking, but he was clueless.”

Another student says, “Gerry used to order pizzas to class.  The rubbish bins also had empty beer bottles.”

Most people don’t know about Gerry the alcoholic. One man says, “I went to work one morning and I saw Gerry Brownlee outside the pub, hung over, and just making a fool of himself”.

Gerry is an angry drunk.  Some people are drunk and funny, but Gerry is drunk and violent.

Back in 1999, Gerry Brownlee assaulted a man named Neil Able, a forest conservation campaigner.  Brownlee threatened to throw the small man down a staircase.  A judge eventually awarded Able $8,500 in civil damages.

What most people don’t know was that Gerry tried to get the taxpayer to pay his $48,000 legal bill in that case under a programme that allows MPs to claim legal fee reimbursements when they have to pay legal bills through their work as MPs.  Parliament declined to pay the money because the activity happened when Brownlee was campaigning for office not in his official role as an MP.  Still, Brownlee is a cheap bastard that wants others to pay for his lunch.

Most people in NZ are afraid of Gerry, including me.  If you criticise Gerry, he will find a way to sabotage you.

Gerry shows his corruption in other ways.  He was a director of NZ Casino Services Ltd, a company that defrauded investors of more than $3 million dollars.  Not only was he a director, he was a founding director of that company.  Gerry’s excuse is that “I didn’t do my research at all.”

Despite being corrupt, John Key put him in charge of the rebuild.  Some people think the real reason was that John Key wanted to get rid of a rival.  He knew that Gerry was incompetent, so the best way to taint him politically was to put the lazy bugger in charge of the rebuild and watch him fail.

Other people believe that John Key never wanted to pay people their just entitlement because it would put an end to his dreams of a budget surplus in 2014-2015.  These people think that John Key put Gerry in charge because he needed a strongman to cheat people out of their claims.  Gerry was a bully and the NZ government needed a bully to cut the claims payout by stalling claims and exhausting people into taking a lower payout.

Gerry was not competent or very intelligent.  “He’s barely functionally literate”, said one man.  “He is lazy and thick”, says another.

Reid Stiven and Barry Searle convinced Gerry to have Fletchers do repairs to houses instead of cash settling claims the way EQC had always done.  Gerry knew nothing about public policy or EQC because Bill English was the previous EQC minister.  However, Gerry did want to get money flowing to the right people.  National have a cosy relationship with Fletchers, so he was happy to grease the hands of his friends at Fletchers.

Gerry did pressure Fletchers into prioritising repairs for those in his district in time for the 2011 elections.  Gerry knew that the east of Christchurch always votes for Labour, so he didn’t care if those people were stuck waiting.

EQC was also happy to help pad the numbers and focus on the easier repairs.  EQC could say that they were doing a good job and Gerry could sell the idea that EQC were making progress to the rest of New Zealand.  Meanwhile, people in TC3 and so on were stuck waiting.

Gerry also was keen to Red Zone, but his reasons were more sinister.  Gerry figured the Crown could buy the land and houses cheaply and eventually sell them to the right people at a major profit.  Many of the houses in the Red Zone were worth more than their rateable value, so central government will eventually get a profit.

One person also reports that Gerry has been using the names of his wife and children to buy properties in TC3.  He then gets Fletchers to prioritise the repairs and sells the properties at a profit.  The person that says this did not want to include his name because he was afraid of retaliation.

Gerry is a corrupt bastard.  The only way to get rid of him is to vote him out of office next year. And that is rather unlikely!  The angry man fined $2000 for his security breach, but remains a minister.

Kiwi’s best passport in the world says Jack Tame…

There's a reason fake or stolen NZ passports are considered among the world's most valuable. Photo / File
There’s a reason fake or stolen NZ passports are considered among the world’s most valuable. Photo / File

Miley Cyrus was spot on. “No one hates New Zealand,” she told me this year, explaining she quite fancies the idea of retiring to a country that won’t be involved in nuclear warfare any time soon.

It’s always been the benefit of travelling with a New Zealand passport: it doesn’t matter to what foreign shore or grungy customs office you arrive, our country simply hasn’t made many enemies.

We didn’t fight in Iraq. We haven’t embargoed Cuba. We aren’t unduly suspicious of socialism, we haven’t banned burkas and generally speaking we haven’t played geopolitical lapdog in quite the same way as the Aussies.

It’s not so much that everyone loves us, but that most surly border officials can think of no reason not to love us.

Though most have at least heard the name “New Zealand”, many know next to nothing of our country. I’ve had airport security officials in small town Oklahoma call up their colleagues over the public PA system to come and check out my passport.

They didn’t consider me suspicious but rather delighted in examining a foreign passport they’d never encountered before.

There’s a reason fake or stolen New Zealand passports are considered among the most valuable on Earth – just ask Mossad.

There’s a reason any New Zealander working in a warzone will travel with their Kiwi passport instead of any other foreign ID.

I for one was inconvenienced and whingey about New Zealand’s five-year passport rule. I considered it a fundraiser and nothing more.

And though, as an election sweetener, my bleats are being appeased and we’re moving back to decade renewals, the events of this week have forced me to reconsider my position.

Phillip Smith should clearly never have been issued a New Zealand passport.

I’m staggered he found it so easy. The integrity of our passport system is one of our few legitimate national security issues, and if five-year renewals make it all the more robust, that should end the debate.
Jack Tame is on Newstalk ZB, Saturdays, 9am-midday

The Moa’s decline was quicker than earlier thought…

Chris Jacomb, a University of Otago archaeologist, examines a moa bone. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

Chris Jacomb, a University of Otago archaeologist, examines a moa bone. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

The moa became extinct more swiftly than previously thought, little more than a century after the country’s first human inhabitants arrived, a new study involving University of Otago researchers concludes.The findings, just published in the journal Nature Communications, incorporate results of research by international teams involved in two major projects led, respectively, by Richard Holdaway, of Canterbury University, and Chris Jacomb, of Otago University.

The research, backed by Marsden Fund grants, concludes moa had become extinct before the mid-15th century, much earlier than the previous traditional view.

”It used to be thought that it took at least 500 years or more,” Mr Jacomb, of the Otago anthropology and archaeology department, said.

But the latest research, partly based on new high precision radiocarbon dates of moa egg shells, including in Otago, indicates moa was extinct little more than a century after Polynesians arrived in the 14th century.

Such extinction resulted inevitably from the hunting of the slow-breeding flightless birds.

Most of New Zealand’s early inhabitants would have been living in the South Island at the peak of hunting, and the moa’s disappearance later contributed to big decline in the human population there.

The study also highlights the relatively small size of the country’s overall human population when moa became extinct-2500 people at most.

This reality was likely to be of international scientific interest.

It had often been suggested that people could not have caused the extinction of ”megafauna” such as the mammoths of North America or giant marsupials in Australia because the human populations at the time of the extinctions had been too small, but that argument could no longer be used.

Moa extinction was also ”a really good example” of the issues being highlighted in concerns about environmental sustainability being highlighted this century, he said.

”It may be a little bit extreme. It’s striking because the animals are big and dramatic and probably [they were] gone in a hundred years.”

The researchers calculated that the Polynesians whose activities caused moa extinction had among the lowest human population densities on record internationally.

During the peak period of moa hunting, there were fewer than 1500 Polynesian settlers in New Zealand, or about 1 person per 100 square kilometres, one of the lowest population densities recorded for any pre-industrial society.

Moa were exterminated first in the more accessible eastern lowlands of the South Island, at the end of the 14th century, just 70-80 years after the first evidence for moa consumption.

Their total extinction most probably occurred within a decade either side of 1425AD, barely a century after the earliest well-dated site, at Wairau Bar near Blenheim, was settled by people from tropical East Polynesia, the researchers said. The last known birds lived in the mountains of northwest Nelson.

• An earlier scientific study, published last month, and involving researchers from Auckland University and Landcare Research, also highlighted the rapid decline of the moa, but suggested a slightly longer period of moa survival – less than 200 years.

The new NZ security laws are urgent…

Military training in the North island predates John Key’s ISIS announcement…

Pictures of military training in the lower Morth Island…

Primary school principals were astounded by John key’s downplaying of hunger in schools…

Primary principals are astounded by the Prime Minister’s latest comments about hunger in schools.When questioned in Parliament last night about hungry school children, John Key said that at all the decile 1-4 schools he had visited, principals and teachers had told him that only “the odd one or two” children did not have lunch.

The principal of Windley School in Porirua East, Rhys McKinley, found the claim laughable.

“The Porirua East area is full of decile one and two schools. The principals often talk about health matters at cluster meetings, and food in bellies is a major issue. We’re not talking about one or two kids,” he said.

“We are fortunate to have organisations run breakfast clubs every morning for approximately 50 to 60 students. On average, each of our 14 classes has three or four students without lunch each day. Five or six kids come to the staffroom for food each day and teachers also give out fruit and muesli bars in class, as well as supplies from KidsCan. In winter, a volunteer group came on Mondays to give soup to up to 20 kids.

“It’s disappointing that the Prime Minister does not understand the extent of the problem affecting our kids.”

Margaret Aikman is the principal of Hay Park School in Mt Roskill and said that conversations with other principals showed that feeding hungry students was a major issue.

“It’s definitely more than one or two children. Through KidsCan and other food donations we feed between 10-12 children lunch every day and that’s out of just 200 students. In addition we also provide breakfast for between 18 and 30 children; some of whom have not had dinner the night before,” she said.

NZEI President Judith Nowotarski said Mr Key was correct in saying that parents had a responsibility to provide lunch for their children, but in circumstances where they were unable to – for whatever reason – children should not have to go hungry.

“Every teacher knows the problem is far greater than Mr Key will concede, and it needs a governmental solution. Ad hoc donations from businesses and charities will help some children in some schools on some days, but we need to get serious about tackling hunger in schools,” she said.

All Black Richie McCaw: Greatest flanker of all time.

Yeah right Tui…

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