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10 March 2018

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19 Comments

  1. Patzcuaro

     /  March 10, 2018

    The first official commemoration of the Land Wars is taking place in the Bay of Islands this weekend. The commemoration will be hosted by different iwi each year and is the result of a petition by Otorohunga College students.

    Posted: https://yournz.org/2018/03/10/first-official-commemoration-of-nz-land-wars/

  2. lurcher1948

     /  March 10, 2018

    This cop doesn’t do “serve and protect”, just your average white thug…
    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/09/us/asheville-police-taser-jaywalking/index.html

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 10, 2018

      Apalling. I didn’t hear the black man laughing as the cop claimed, but even if he was the attack was totally unjustified. Who hasn’t jaywalked ? I did today on my way home.

      Of course the victim tried to grab the laser, anyone would.

      Trump has given cops like this the all-clear to go ahead, no ‘due process’ needed. His words.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 10, 2018

        There has been another shooting in the US, three workers shot in a veterans’ centre or some such place.

        The NRA seem to be total fanatics who are losing touch with reality. Any politician who takes money from them should have their head read.

        • PartisanZ

           /  March 10, 2018

          “LOSING touch with reality” …. You are TOO KIND Miss Kitty …

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 11, 2018

            One doesn’t like to mock the afflicted.

  3. sorethumb

     /  March 10, 2018

    The simple political test of truth “If your intended policies are so good then why don’t you share them with the electorate”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/mar/24/how-immigration-came-to-haunt-labour-inside-story

  4. “Your racist cynicism is dumbfounding and abhorrent. You might wanna check with Simon – he’s *trying* to say the @NZNationalParty has moved on,” one user wrote.

    “This isn’t funny and is actually poor taste,” another user wrote.

    Co-Convenor of the Young Greens of Aotearoa New Zealand Max Tweedie says The Young Greens wholeheartedly support the aid that’s been given to the Pacific.”

    Young Nats reveal ugly face – again!
    Young Greens show their genuineness.

    • sorethumb

       /  March 10, 2018

      whats that about: regressive leftism?

  5. Corky

     /  March 10, 2018

    The bloody Aussies have gone native. After failing to claim our Manuka Honey, they have woken up to the fact they have their own treasure trove of herbal medicines. I’m afraid the Aborigines will have to step aside again because there is big money to be made.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/05/25/10-bush-medicines-have-been-curing-people-generations

  6. sorethumb

     /  March 10, 2018

    A group of 150 Chinese visitors are singing a well-loved waiata at Victoria University’s Te Herenga Waka Marae. Considering they’ve been in the country less than a week, they’re performing well enough to make any Kaumātua proud.

    They are all volunteer Mandarin Language Assistants (MLAs), graduates of universities from across China brought here by the Confucius Institute

    “They’re placed in schools to support the teaching of Chinese language.” Says Rebecca Needham, the institute’s director. “Most of them major in teaching Chinese as a second language.”
    According to the Ministry of Education, Mandarin is the most popular second language by far, taught to around 54,000 primary and intermediate students (from Year 1 to 8). This is followed by French with almost 27,500 and Spanish with over 22,000 learners.
    ….
    “My Members Bill is about ensuring that all children in years 1-8 have universal access and resources to learn a second language,” Ms Kaye says. “It actually does require us to have a national language policy. We have to focus on what language provision is available in the community [and] what language resources are available.”
    However Ms Kaye insists that te reo Māori and New Zealand Sign language (NZSL) should be mandatory. Te Mātāwai – a new organisation established under the 2016 Māori Language Act, during the previous National government – was designed to revitalise te reo Māori on behalf of iwi and Māori. “When you think of Te Reo [it’s about] recognising who we are as a nation.”
    ……
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/voices/audio/2018634419/combating-a-mono-linguistic-new-zealand

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Confucius_Institutes
    Is Learning a Foreign Language Really Worth It? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast
    CAPLAN: If people are going to get some basic career benefit out of it, or it enriches their personal life, then foreign language study is great. But if it’s a language that doesn’t really help their career, they’re not going to use it, and they’re not happy when they’re there, I really don’t see the point, it seems cruel to me.

    Perhaps most important, Caplan points to the opportunity cost of language study:

    CAPLAN: There are so many kids who remain barely literate, and numerate in their own language.
    http://freakonomics.com/podcast/is-learning-a-foreign-language-really-worth-it-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

    • sorethumb

       /  March 10, 2018

      Death Wish remake

      • Corky

         /  March 10, 2018

        Nothing like a gun, and the American way, Thumbs. Can’t wait to see the remake. Ah, funny how real justice only happens in movies – but never in real life.

  7. Gezza

     /  March 10, 2018

    Ma’s on the blower telling me everybody getting National Super is getting the $700 Winter Energy payment, even if they’re millionaires, unless they opt out – & there’s no mechanism to that yet. Gareth Morgan, she reckons has asked people what he should do with his.

  8. robertguyton

     /  March 10, 2018

    “The behaviour of the Young Nats is a direct reflection back upon the political party they are supporters of.
    And to date not a peep or a word from either Paula Bennett or Simon Bridges condemning the words of the Young Nats.
    And so a lack of a voice from the two top dogs in the National Opposition shows they approve of what the Young Nats have said. And so that says alot of the NZ National Party overall i.e a political party comprising of bigots, hyprocrites, self-servers and racists.
    Way to go National. In the race to the bottom of the barrel where credibility is concerned you are doing a supreme job. Keep up the good work at under-mining the NZ National Party as no-one in 2020 would want to vote for such a party with such a nasty attitude towards those who do not have enough money to donate to the NZ National Party.”
    TS

  9. lurcher1948

     /  March 10, 2018


    lifes a bitch, if you are a baby