Open Forum – Thursday

20 July 2017

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55 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  July 20, 2017

    Just heard an Aussie surfer on Aljaz.

    Kiwi English : “Straight in”
    Ozzer English : “Stray dean”

    Just saying.

  2. Missy

     /  July 20, 2017

    G, something at work yesterday made me think of you.

    The boss decided for us to do a Team Building exercise, so he got this guy in who runs a company called Haka Works that uses the Haka and Maori culture for team building with organisations. The guy who runs the company is a Maori who has been in the UK for 20 years or so (his father is English).

    I work for an NZ organisation in the UK, but we have NZ and English workers. The guy taking us said it was the first time he had done this with an NZ organisation so it was unique for him to do it with people who had an idea of the background.

    Anyway, the bit where I thought of you was the beginning where we did a Mihi (I think that is right). Of course we did it in English, and it wasn’t as good as the way it is when done properly by Maori, but it was a great way to start, despite working together we learned something about each other as we talked about where we are from and our ancestors. It was interesting that all the Kiwi’s without fail did not struggle with the connection to our land, some of the English had to think about it a bit more, and certainly didn’t seem as emotionally connected as we were. We all had a mountain, and a river that we connected to, though for some we wondered if the connection seemed stronger because we are away from home.

    Anyway, I just wanted to share that, and say that when he started it I thought of you and your post. 🙂

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 20, 2017

      Interesting, Missy. We certainly seem more connected to our nature, especially when overseas. I remember a colleague in Canada saying what he missed most about NZ was our braided rivers. And a couple of comments by Aussies over there: What is it with you Kiwis – you always visit islands? And another saying “Kiwis always want to go to the sea.”. Another in Scotland: “I could never get used to going to the beach in an overcoat”.

    • Gezza

       /  July 20, 2017

      ❤️

  3. Corky

     /  July 20, 2017

    A walk down memory given the Maori Party have just released their immigration policy.

    There’s a reason many immigrants aren’t interested in Maori, and it’s not always racist.

    Immigrants come to New Zealand for a decent 1st world life style; job opportunities and safety.

    They listen to Maori gush bs about their culture and how ‘whitey’ destroyed their idyllic pre colonial lifestyle. Then they look at how Maori act, live and contribute in New Zealand.

    Then they use rational thought and common sense( usually critical skills for survival in the places they come from) and say, Nah…don’t want a bar of that.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/election-2008/86529/maori-party-says-many-immigrants-don%27t-want-to-integrate

    ma

    • Gezza

       /  July 20, 2017

      At least the Maoris’ll probably vote !
      People who don’t vote vote throw al the load onto those who do !
      They’re bludgers !
      Don’t be a bludger Corks !
      11 – 23 September.
      Get out there & vote mate. Vote for Billy. He’ll see ya right !

    • Corky

       /  July 20, 2017

      *memory lane*

      Reminds me of one great voice few know about- Minnie Riperton. She does a 5 octave stretch on this great song. That voice- crystal clear.

      • Gezza

         /  July 20, 2017

        I bet she bloody voted ! 😠

      • Gezza

         /  July 20, 2017

        I bet she ruddy voted ! 😠

        • Corky

           /  July 20, 2017

          She’s dead.

          • Gezza

             /  July 20, 2017

            Is that gonna be your pathetic excuse !
            Aw … I couldn’t vote, guys. I was too dead ?

            Garn. Billy needs ya support to keep the number of refos down.
            Vote !

          • Gezza

             /  July 20, 2017

            Spoon ! If you don’t vote, Paula will think yaw dumb bro !
            Getting off yaw arse & voting on 23 September. Legend !

    • duperez

       /  July 20, 2017

      And after realising they don’t want a bar of it do they head for the airport with their bags?

  4. Missy

     /  July 20, 2017

    Today in History:

    I went to the Mary Rose Museum when I was in Portsmouth last year, it was incredible to see the ship, or rather what is left of it, and the items that were on it. It was incredible to see the artefacts from the Tudor period. It is hard to put into words what it is like to see the ship, it is very eerie.

  5. Corky

     /  July 20, 2017

    Traveller was right about this case.. It did concern the Kahui Twins. The important thing is Wishart taught these SLW a lesson about getting your facts right, and tempering your emotions.

    That’s something Lefties have always had trouble with around election time. They lose their heads and start posting inanities….time after time. Before the 2014 election it was a cartoon of rats jumping off a sinking ship. Apparently in their skewered world view National was in turmoil with many high profile Nats not standing for re-election. Its was apparently all over for National until Dave climbed on the podium to tell the faithful they really hadn’t lost ( loved the drums)

    https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/07/online-defamation-case-law-progresses-can-get-trouble/

    • PDB

       /  July 20, 2017

      So from that speech did Cunliffe really…………..win?

      Here I was thinking it was the worst NZ Labour defeat in 92 years.

      • Corky

         /  July 20, 2017

        Yep, sure was. Ignorance is bliss. Look at the audience and you will see why. How many middle class do you see? ( they have been replaced with drums).

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 20, 2017

    What is it with people? Bought a Freeview box for a friend and two days later they wreck it by wiring it up with no slack and then tipping their TV over. Then another wants me to find out why her DVD isn’t going and I find there is no power cable to it! Geez Wayne.

    • Gezza

       /  July 20, 2017

      Not used to cannabis?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 20, 2017

        Wouldn’t know, G. I do know that it is impossible to get the coax connector housing off the motherboard with my ordinary soldering iron – they seem to use high temperature solder. So I cut it up so I could get inside to solder up some coax cable to the circuit board and then soldered some of it back together for the earth return. Dunno if it will work yet.

        • Gezza

           /  July 20, 2017

          Don’t be too hard on them, Al. I tipped my bloody telly over, closing the curtains by the bay windows. Dropped my hand behind it as I walked away, pulled it over before I realised – crashed down on the mobile cabinet it was sitting on. Gorgeous fractal kaleidoscope on screen when I turned it on again, but no bloody use for watching 1ewes – or anything else. Insurance paid for screen replacement but I had to fork out $ 250 I think.

          Up @ dad’s rest home @ moment. He’s a bit more ‘with it’ today. They’re playing a dvd of WW2 & he’s even singing along. 👍🏼

          • Gezza

             /  July 20, 2017

            Nup. He’s away again. Keeps telling me we need to do something about the weeds growing all round his feet & in the lounge floor. 🙁

            • You two are going to have a lovely holiday together aren’t you!!!

            • Conspiratoor

               /  July 20, 2017

              G, this is the way I want to go out. In a state of happy dementia. Safely ensconced on a terrace somewhere in Umbria, overlooking a crowded piazza. Yelling gibberish at the folks below. A bella giovane donna to cater to my every whim …and change the diapers

  7. Gezza

     /  July 20, 2017

    @ The Colonel.

    Mon Colonel, still nothing in the msm about mass arrests & interrogations by authorities of all those identified as connected to the evil Clinton Cartel.

    What’s the guts. Latest intel ? Citizen investigator sitrep please.

    1456 hours.

  8. John Schmidt

     /  July 20, 2017

    Blazer please come back and post something, I need a good laugh.

    • No you don’t. 🤔

      • Conspiratoor

         /  July 20, 2017

        Don’t be too hard on blazer trav. There are not many union stalwarts who can take a lost cause and die in a ditch over it like our recently departed. And a lefty with a sense of humour is to be treasured. His gorilla in a bar joke was legendary, just ask G

        • One joke and all is forgiven. You’re too much of a softie C. I’m with you in Umbria though mate.

          • Conspiratoor

             /  July 20, 2017

            Beautiful Trav. I have a date with those ancient stones

  9. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 20, 2017

    Hosing down here. So much for 10 mm of rain today. Heading for 5x that.

  10. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 20, 2017

    Accidentally tested the electric fence voltage yesterday. Fed the horses and was just leaving, closing the gates when bingo, it got me! One gate was live due to the side paddock gateway tape slipping down the post and touching a wire that touched the bolt that held the hinge to my gate. Oh well, at least I know it is working. Will fix it so the tape can’t slip tonight.

    • Gezza

       /  July 20, 2017

      Might be God giving ya a wee zap for trying to wind me up, Al?
      Used to be a Catholic, you know…

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 20, 2017

        He should be on my side after all you’ve said about Him.

        • Gezza

           /  July 20, 2017

          We get on all right. Once I told him not to always be so high & mighty, he came down to earth.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  July 20, 2017

            Dunno why He’s hot-wiring my gate then. Put a couple of screws in the posts tonight. Won’t be happening again.

            • Gezza

               /  July 20, 2017

              😬 Your life insurance Al. Covers acts of God ? 😳

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 20, 2017

              Expired, G. Just waiting for me to.

            • Gezza

               /  July 20, 2017

              Not until at least December, eh. Try & hang on thru November, Al. I’ll probably need a rude to & from the airport.

            • Gezza

               /  July 20, 2017

              Damn! * rude = ride.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 20, 2017

              It’ll probably be rude too, G.

            • Gezza

               /  July 20, 2017

              Yeah, I know. Bet ya Mrs is lookin forward to it. 😀 👍🏼

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 20, 2017

              Yes, she just said she won’t be able to snooze on the way home there’ll be so much crap going on.

  11. Corky

     /  July 20, 2017

    Gang bangers are having a fight night. Liberals and the gangs are gushing about progress.
    Good to see Shane Jones and Bernard Taver(?) call it for what it is. BS

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/94872965/gang-members-train-together-for-fight-night-in-whangarei

    • Gezza

       /  July 20, 2017

      Should be banned! I got no time for these thugs. Drag the good name of their people down.