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  1. Westie Bob

     /  January 28, 2018

    So there is a story in the herald about a law student from Tonga who will die if he is sent home due to kidney failure. He arrived on a one month visa so how is he a law student, two days after arrival he was admitted to hospital with end stage kidney failure, yet declared on his visa application that he did not require renal dialyses and doctors say they don’t know why his kidneys failed. He is now here on compassionate grounds. Something doesn’t feel right about the circumstances around this. The herald also had this to say
    “The high and growing number of Tongans needing dialysis and its continued unavailability in Tonga makes it unsurprising that some Tongans will look to New Zealand, where many have family members, in the hope of being able to stay alive,”

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    • Blazer

       /  January 28, 2018

      what is the..solution?

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      • Westie Bob

         /  January 28, 2018

        Not sure on the solution, however I was more concerned with the way the Herald reports things with obvious holes in the story.

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        • Gezza

           /  January 28, 2018

          Not really in keeping with the purpose of this page. This sort of thing is best posted in Open Forum or Media Watch.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 28, 2018

            I agree, tempting as it is to join the discussion !!! Can it be transferred or begun again elsewhere ?

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          • Westie Bob

             /  January 28, 2018

            My mistake went to transfer it but see you have already done so.

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    • duperez

       /  January 28, 2018

      “Something doesn’t feel right about the circumstances around this.” Maybe all the stuff said in the paperwork wasn’t true. People probably sign to stuff they have no intention of meeting. Not to say American billionaires and such would do that sort of thing.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 28, 2018

    How to catch a lizard in the bedroom-take one clear plastic pot & one piece of paper, crawl around until the lizard breaks cover and tries to run under the bed. Cover him with the pot, slide paper under it, carry out carefully and deposit lizard gently on bush. Mission accomplished.

    The nosey dog found the lizard behind a Victorian copy of Pickwick.

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    • Gezza

       /  January 28, 2018

      Good system. Do you know what kind of lizard it was?

      I’ve never seen any lizards here. The pooks possibly get them all. Ducks might fancy them too. They dive & steal the eels’ meat chunks, unless the eel’s right below & heading for a piece already.

      Getting rare to see a Wellington Tree Weta too. Used to see a lot of them before the pukekos moved in five years ago.

      A little old lady was dropping an elderly neighbour home yesterday & she got out of her car & walked past my lounge up to my front trellis. I opened the window. Are you looking at my pukeko, I said. Yes, she was. Aspen was standing on the fence, which he often does, looking for me. She used to live down the street as a child & there were no pukekos in the stream then. She was fascinated with him, she had no idea they were black as well as purple.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 28, 2018

        Just a gecko-I didn’t see if it was a brown or rainbow one. It was sheer luck that Lizard broke cover, as crawling around with a torch didn’t reveal the culprit. The pot was an inspiration, as a glass would have been too small. I hate to find little dead geckos in the house. This one seemed most unenthusiastic at being outwitted.

        I see wetas reasonably often, but don’t know which kind. The local ones are quite large and have been known to prance in through the open front door and make themselves at home. I’m glad that the one who walked out of the paint dropcloth was all right-I saw it out of the corner of my eye and thought that it was a cockroach for a second until the whole thing emerged,

        Does Aspen ever tightrope walk on wire ? I wouldn’t have believed this if I hadn’t seen it.

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        • Gezza

           /  January 28, 2018

          No, Aspen hasn’t done a wire walk yet. They all perch and/or walk long the top of my fences though. They have to use their long toes to hold on to both sides, & sometimes on windy days they have to recover their balance by stretching out their wings like tightrope walkers do with their arms.

          They’ve got blown off the fence a few times. They pretend they didn’t.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 28, 2018

            Hee ! Like they pretend that they really WANTED to fall into-er, go into the stream instead of landing on the bank.

            I an experimenting with shut doors and windows to see if this really does make a difference with the fans as I have heard. It may, but it feels really unnatural. I noted the temperature and will look in an hour.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 28, 2018

            He probably could if there was a wire fence.

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            • Gezza

               /  January 28, 2018

              I’ve noticed a while ago that when you look head-on or from directly behind the pukekos, they have a pronounced pointy protrusion on each side of their head, & I wondered if they were their ears. The ducks & other birds’ heads don’t have these. Pickles’ fluffy head feathers are still quite sparse in places, & looking at her closely this afternoon I see she definitely has tiny little external ears. Quite unusual I think.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 28, 2018

              Oh. I must try to see one from that angle ! Little ears on Pickles-how sweet,

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 28, 2018

              I googled them, and in one side on close-up, one can see what look like feathery ears-a bit like human ears ! In a head-on one, these were quite noticeable. I just googled ‘pukeko ears’, but all that came up was the usual pukeko pix. It was good luck that two showed the ears (what else could they be ?)

            • Gezza

               /  January 28, 2018

            • Gezza

               /  January 28, 2018

              And on an adult (might be the one you saw Kitty)

    • Gezza

       /  January 28, 2018

      Seamus, the young pied shag, seems to be becoming a regular visitor. He was perched up in the same tree as his on last visit yesterday, and he returned to it for a nap at 9am this morning.

      Then he did something unusual. He started breaking off small branches near his perch, like he wanted a clearer view of the stream, or to maybe make it easier to fly on to it. He was up there for maybe half an hour. A handsome lad – definitely the quiet, reserved type. Never says anything.

      An hour or so later I saw Pickles the pooklet having a walk in the stream on her own. She vanished beneath overhanging foliage so I couldn’t video her. Haven’t seem her swim yet.

      But yay, while I was looking, Seamus turned up down in stream, hunting something, maybe a small fish? Man, he can motor underwater. I’ll post a gif when I’ve processed one of my video clips.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 28, 2018

        Yes, those shags fly under water, in both senses of the word.

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        • Gezza

           /  January 28, 2018

          Yipee! Pickles had a swim. She walked across the stream to the far parenga to join Bluey & Sweetie, who’d gone over & walked up the bank. On the way back she had to swim a little in a deep bit until her tootsies got traction on the bottom again.

          Also saw a massive blimmin water rat swim over earlier. Looked the size of a beaver!

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      • Gezza

         /  January 28, 2018

        Seamus, in action.

        I’m thinking of getting a proper digital video cam, as soon as I can find one at the right price. My cellcams can’t handle bright sunlight outside the immediate field of focus on any setting I try.

        I want a zoom function of at least 8x, stabilized videoing, hi speed capability and pause features. Nothing I’ve looked at so far has a high enuf resolution though.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 28, 2018

          There are water rats by the lake, but I have seldom seen one, my old man saw a few. I hope that the stoat was a lone stoat. The look it gave me was that up-down-up, don’t think much of you and what you’re wearing was very disconcerting and very funny.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 28, 2018

            Yes, that could well be the one. It looks like it.

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            • Gezza

               /  January 28, 2018

              Assuming you are referring to the Pook Ears pic. Seamus is back up on his favourite perch in the tree. Been having a thorough groom for the last half hour. He’s very aloof. Hope he’s going to be another regular. I wonder where he sleeps. Must check them out.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 29, 2018

              Grooming himself for half an hour ? Blimey. He must have a hot date with Siobhan Shag.

            • Gezza

               /  January 28, 2018

              He’s been up there over an hour now. The light’s nearly gone, but he’s silhouetted against the sky. The wind’s waving the branch up & down & around but he seems unconcerned. He’s just tucked his head in. Looks like he’s spending the night up there. 💤

            • Gezza

               /  January 28, 2018

              Just been checking NZ Birds online. Seamus is small, sleek, black -all over, & only white on the front of the throat & his chin. I don’t think he’s a pied shag: he looks like a little shag.

              http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/little-shag

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 29, 2018

              There are shags on the lake and river, but they are quite large.

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  January 28, 2018

    Headless Chickens bass player Grant Fell dies aged 56

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  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 28, 2018

    Don’t believe the idea that having the doors and windows shut will make the fans more effective. After an hour, the temperature in this room had gone UP-29 to 31.

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