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14 June 2017

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 14, 2017

    Horrific tower block fire in London today.

  2. Gezza

     /  June 14, 2017

    Back soon. Cousin Tracy visited at 4pm. Had to race around before rushing off to visit dad early at the rest home – cleaning bathroom, dishes into the dishwasher, just making the place generally look a bit less like a bomb hit it.

    Phone alarm’s just gone off to remind me to rescue the 3.5mm guitar lead adaptor from the vacuum cleaner dust bag. Masking up now. 👷
    18.23 hrs.

    • Gezza

       /  June 14, 2017

      Diverted by Te News. Mission accomplished. No casualties.
      19.47 hrs.

  3. Gezza

     /  June 14, 2017

    Place-holder for Ranjit & Rocky Show update.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  June 14, 2017

      Sorry G, tonights’ update will instead consist of a brief article on ‘Kiwi workshop culture’, an educational piece for the uninitiated…

      Having spent well over half my life in engineering workshops, & on construction sites, all around the North Island, I’ve noticed something.
      Boys will be boys. As will a lot of middle aged men. When there aren’t sweet & sensitive female ears listening, or eyes watching, our ‘inner child’ emerges. We enjoy a bit of silliness, especially at the expense of others. It isn’t intended to upset anyone too much, it is done to break the monotony of yet another day, ‘at the office’.
      Sending the ‘young fella’ down the road to pick up a ‘fallopian tube’ from the local steel merchant, is a classic example. He wonders why all the old guys crack up, when he comes back, & reports that “They said that none of the guys there have one”. Then he ‘googles’ it on his phone, & thinks, “Oh Haha, screw you guys!”. But he learns from it.
      Or waiting until the guy across the shop from you, flips down his mask & starts a weld, that you know will take him at least ninety seconds. A big enough window for you to stroll over, draw a great big ‘cock & balls’ on his beam in chalk, then get back to your workstation, just before he finishes. Then try to watch his reaction in your peripheral vision, as he glares around the workshop. (A clever man will realize that the culprit is the guy avoiding eye contact, not one of the two others who are laughing at him 😀 )
      I could list countless more examples of harmless silliness, but you get the picture. It’s all fun & games, until someone gets upset. Most guys know that they need to ‘pull it back a notch’, when this happens, but a few don’t. And most guys know that they shouldn’t act upset, even if they are, because it just encourages the aforementioned few. But some don’t. Striking the right balance, when two of the individuals mentioned above clash, can be difficult, since they are both at fault, and both unintentionally….

      • patupaiarehe

         /  June 14, 2017

        One more example of ‘harmless silliness’, just for fun 😉
        Many years back, I worked with a real hard case bugger. Lets call him T. A real loudmouthed funny bugger, who gave everyone shit, but especially the apprentices.
        Most of us didn’t bother with filtered air supplies back then, but he always wore a little battery powered air filtration unit around his waist, that pumped clean air from behind him, up into his welding mask.
        I worked directly opposite him, and one morning, just after T had flipped his mask down, one of the long suffering apprentices walked up behind him, looked across & winked at be, pointed his bum towards T’s filtration unit for a couple of seconds, then sprinted away…
        Five seconds later, T tore his mask off, looking around angrily. Then glared across at me, with a REALLY shitty expression on his face (No pun intended). Naturally, I looked straight back, with a WTF? expression, shrugged my shoulders, then turned back around to face my bench, so he couldn’t see me laughing!
        A few minutes later, the apprentice walks in the door on my side of the factory, and wanders up to my bench.
        “Hey Patu!”
        “Yes boy, whats up?”
        “I reckon that T might need to replace his filter…..” 😀 😀 😀