Open Forum – Friday

10 November 2017

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47 Comments

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      Separate post per unrelated item next time would be good, Sir Alan.

      I see from the first one a teacher carried a misbehaving, non-compliant pupil to the Principals Office as he refused to go, and was censured

      Lynda Stuart – the president of the New Zealand Education Institute union, which represents primary school teachers – said the teacher was “obviously” in a difficult situation.
      It was not a stand-alone case, she said.

      “There is a huge amount of challenging behaviour and complex learning needs that our teachers are facing on a daily basis and we are hearing and seeing that there is a rise in this.”

      She said the case highlighted the need for more support for teachers and principals having to deal with challenging behaviour and “increasingly violent” situations. “We’ve actually been saying this for quite some time to the Ministry of Education … our teachers need more support.

      “We’ve had the new rules come out around physical restraints but there needs to be better back-up for those teachers and also there needs to more training that is more readily accessible.”

      The teacher has since relocated to the United Kingdom and has no plans to return to teaching in New Zealand, the tribunal noted.

      Not surprised the teacher has no plans to return to teaching in NZ.

      • Blazer

         /  November 10, 2017

        on my first day of school the headmaster had to carry me over his shoulder to class….and hey…I turned out…alright.

        • Gezza

           /  November 10, 2017

          True dat. Immensely popular here too.

        • Corky

           /  November 10, 2017

          No, you didn’t, Blazer. That gravity flip over the headmasters shoulder did permanent damage to your personality. Who knows, it you had remained upright, you may have become a priest.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  November 10, 2017

      I don’t have too much sympathy for those caught speeding in the Waterview Tunnel, speed limit signage is hard to avoid and most cars have cruise control. On the occasions I have used it the traffic has been doing 80.

      Often going 20 kph faster on the Auckland motorways only gets you to the next bottleneck faster.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 10, 2017

        Nah. Gets me to Russell faster.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  November 10, 2017

          What about the bottlenecks at Warkworth, Wellsford, Oakliegh, not to mention the car ferry at Opua.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  November 10, 2017

            You have to time Warkworth. Wellsford is not a problem. Oakleigh is what it is. The car ferry is a chance to relax and have an icecream. The point is that doing 80 instead of 120 which is the normal for motorways in grown up countries turns a three hour journey into a four hour plus journey. As far as I can see NZTA is run by incompetent, butt-protecting do-nothings who feather the nests of big contractors while achieving SFA for motorists.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  November 10, 2017

              Take a look at this b.s project well into its third year:
              https://www.google.co.nz/maps/@-35.5024844,174.1713142,2470m/data=!3m1!1e3

              Looks like the original estimate was $5M and now over $20M to straighten a couple of bends and put in a passing lane.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  November 10, 2017

              Darn, meant to finish with this link:
              https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh1-akerama-improvements/

            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 10, 2017

              I assume the breakdown is something like:
              Cost to fix road: $1.5M
              Cost of:
              “Mitigating any environmental effects of the project by constructing a new wetland for the protection of New Zealand’s mud fish. Erosion and sediment controls will be in place, and the NZ Transport Agency is working in partnership with an ecologist and the Northland Regional Council to ensure best practice during construction.”
              $18.5m

            • Patzcuaro

               /  November 10, 2017

              It does seem to have been going on for years, I assume that water is the underlying issue, causing the road to subside.

  1. lurcher1948

     /  November 10, 2017

    Listening to Mike Hoskings opening rant on [deleted, use proper names – PG] this morning and I wonder if he has the mental strength to survive 9 years of Labour,he was speaking faster than usual voice raising and falling,his blood pressure elevated no I feel he will crash and burn,sad not.🐶

  2. lurcher1948

     /  November 10, 2017

    Hoskings abusing the late paddles, not going to end good for you mike.

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      He’s a fkn idiot, by the look of things. Party members deserve him.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 10, 2017

        When it comes to wandering pests, Morgan rates high on the scale.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 10, 2017

    • I’m not often gobsmacked! Or speechless….

  3. lurcher1948

     /  November 10, 2017

    POTUS 45 donald trump gives a very good impression of Benito Mussolini walking along a line of Chinese communists,clapping loudly to himself.A strange leader praising the communist Chinese for ripping his own country off…

  4. Corky

     /  November 10, 2017

    Here we go folks..another strike against the government. Why would you do this? Is Mallard nuts?

    http://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/audio/2017/11/parliamentary-prayer-drops-references-to-god-and-jesus.html

    • Corky

       /  November 10, 2017

      On a related issue. What the hell are all these babies ( chronologically real ones) doing in the debating chamber? Get them out and into a parliamentary creche. I know liberals may think it’s cool, but I’m sure there are many like me who don’t.

      • It’s called political virtue signalling. How many other businesses let people bring their babies into the office?

        • Corky

           /  November 10, 2017

          ”Political virtue signalling?” I was going to write the babies seemed accessories for promoting a given ideology. Similar to Hollywood stars adopting black babies. Would I be close?

        • Blazer

           /  November 10, 2017

          Doctors do.

      • lurcher1948

         /  November 10, 2017

        As a JEDI why isn’t my religion mentioned in the pray and my neighbour respects the flying spaghetti monster and his faith isnt respected, and im sure there are muslims out there so why pray to a christian god, and then what christian god as there are many,branches to the faith.

        • Corky

           /  November 10, 2017

          Because Lurchy, the dark side of the force has created a maism in the etheric body of
          parliaments procedural blueprint.

      • Gezza

         /  November 10, 2017

        1. WTF does “chronologically real” mean?
        2. There are not many like you, which I personally think is a very good thing indeed.
        3. There do not seem to be many like me either, which I personally think is probably a good thing too, & Cabbage, my Latin Teacher had absolutely no doubt about, because he told me that.

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      1. Probably not a bad thing to drop references to HM, although arguably should wait until we’ve become a republic & the UK sovereign is no longer our Head of State.

      Dropping references to God & Jesus get 100% full support from me. There is no sensible or logical reason why these fanciful, fictional entities should continue to be implored to do anything in relation to the business of The House when it is patently clear they never have done anything, and can’t, because they are not even real.

  5. Corky

     /  November 10, 2017

    Good Gracious. Glad this feral isn’t in parliament Tucks had to cut her off in the end. Hate filled, nasty and arrogant…in other words your typical Leftie. At 3.30..

    • She sounds like a fascist herself.

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      Well … she might’ve got a bit carried away in a couple of places, but did you watch & listen to those Trump supporters in that AJ doco I postec on World Watch?

  6. Gezza and anyone interested in birdlife.

    “It’s a shy bird, more often seen than heard. This is the common description of New Zealand’s native fernbird, a small, demure, speckled-brown creature with a tail and feet out of proportion with the rest of its body.

    However, just one visit to Jenny and Ian Gamble’s block and the myth about the fernbird’s shyness is dispelled. Talk to the owners of this marshy reserve on the edge of the New River estuary, close to Invercargill, and it becomes clear the fernbirds are only difficult to see when they live in areas where predators and habitat destruction have decimated their population. Here, if you’re lucky, they’ll scurry past your feet like brave little mice.

    Jenny and Ian live on a mainland ‘island’, an area of bush, wetland and marshes at the end of an estuary, just minutes from the main street of Invercargill. Their property doesn’t have a predator fence or protective moat of water right around it. Instead, Ian and landcare group volunteers conduct a rigorous trapping programme, covering the couple’s wetland and mature forest, and the DOC land that surround it, a barrier of sorts between it and the nearby suburbs.

    But for the first 15 years, despite all that manpower, the Gambles noticed something odd about the birdlife on their block. There were virtually no bellbirds. Those that did put in an appearance were almost always males. The Gambles came to realise the females were being predated on their nests.

    “We were already trapping for stoats, cats, and possums,” says Ian. “Then one day we went on a field trip to More’s Reserve, about (an hour’s drive west, at Riverton) and saw a lot of bellbirds. Jenny and I said to each other, ‘Our place isn’t like that,’ and that’s when we realised we had to put more effort into rat control.”

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@living-room/2017/10/16/53699/southland-couples-safe-haven-for-birds

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      ❤️ 🕊 Beautiful. Nicely done. Good one trav. 👍🏼

    • These two are my friends. Our Riverton estuarine wetland reserve has fernbirds, though not as many as Jenny and Ian have. When I managed Te Koawa Turoa o Takitimu at Blackmount, the fernbirds were a magical feature of my everyday activities. The most wonderful fernbirds I’ve seen were in Putauhinu, a titi island south of Rakiura, where I was stationed for a season, counting titi burrows. Those fern birds were different from any I’ve ever seen. All have been “tame” as; easy to observe, if you are patient (and I am).

      • Do you get kingfishers down there RG?

        • robertguyton

           /  November 13, 2017

          Hi traveller – lots of them and they’re gorgeous! They nest in burrows in the clay banks of the estuary below my garden and perch all along the edge, looking for fish. Occasionally, one comes to fish in my spring, as there are always galaxids in there. There’s a small bay nearby called, “Okotare” – the place of kingfishers. I petitioned our local council for permission to build perches for the kotare along the estuary edge behind the town so that the birds would return to where they used to perch, when there were waterside trees there, back in the day; all have been removed for the sake of “town”. I won that battle (had to press some reluctant folk) and have a friend who creates beautiful structures from driftwood, so we’ll make them attractive.

          • I love them too. Had one yesterday visible on a neigbours’s fledgling silver birch. The tree was whipping around in the wind and it was like the bird was on a fair ride. Very cute. I’ve got my camera in for repair and it was too far away for the phone. Pity it was a great sighting. Do post us a picture of your driftwood kotare perches. 🤗

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 10, 2017

    “more often seen than heard” – got that exactly wrong, traveller. I hear them every morning on our dog walk through the reeds and ferns. Sometimes I see them but only for a moment when they dart back into the reeds. Quite often they follow us alongside the track but a short distance into the wetland.

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2017

      Not entirely sure it’s a great idea to tell trav she’s wrong Al?

  8. lurcher1948

     /  November 10, 2017

    Jacinda Ardern our fresh young PM looking good