Announcement – a major change

As of now there will be a major change here. In short, Your NZ will no longer be operating as a daily news and views forum.

The site and content will remain available, as there are important records of public interest here.

I will no longer post multiple times a day. I may post occasionally, one or twice every day or two or week or two or whatever I decide to do. This means Your NZ will no longer operate as an active day to day forum for the foreseeable future – things could change, but this is my current intention.

I have been contemplating this change for some time, but have decided the time is right to change my focus. I have several projects I want to work on, and I may enjoy more free time in my private life.

One thing that kept me going doing this for as long as this is you, the loyal contributors to the community here. I am pleased to have been able to provide something for others to get something out of, but I have now decided to put my own wider interests first.

Another thing that extended the life of Your NZ is in defiance of that gang of online thugs who tried to trash the place, and when they failed at that tried to shut us down through the courts. Most of this is now history, but there are still some things to come out of this. Holding them to account, exposing some of what they did, and providing a public record of their actions has been a major motivation to keep things going here. I may still have some things to say about this.

I have decided a sort of semi-retirement from blogging now, under my own terms. (I am not, as some have claimed, retired. I continue to work in a full time day job.)

I started Your NZ in June 2011 to supplement my commenting on the other blog, with a few aims and some experimentation. It was a very quiet corner of the local blogosphere and political scene for the first few of years but gradually built up a bit of a presence.

It has been been quite time consuming. Especially over the last five years I have worked on this just about every day of every year, on average 2-4 hours per day. I continued to tick things over when on holiday, in hospital and public holidays. It has been a major part of my life.

Posting on a daily basis takes time. More relentless is the need to monitor comments, to maintain a reasonable level of decency.

I have done it because I wanted to. I am happy that there have been modest achievements, as well as some major hassles and challenges.

Site stats show that in eight years I have posted 17,262 times. That’s over two thousand posts per year. Quite a few of those have been the regular daily posts, but there has been a lot of typing, research and thought involved.

There has been about 320,00 comments posted, That’s on average 40,000 a year, and more than 100 per day (although in the first three years the numbers were much lower). That’s a big contribution from all of you.

I have added a little bit to political discussion and debate. That’s better than doing nothing.

I think I have proven one of my aims – that you can have a forum that allows views from across the political spectrum to be discussed and debated with minimal personal attacks and without shutting down views that you may not agree with. It would be hugely challenging to manage this on a larger scale.

It was sad to find that politics can such a dirty, disrespectful, dishonest game to some, and unfortunately those some are amongst the more active in political circles. While the most prominent leader in online political dirt, Whale Oil, is now fairly ineffective and sidelined, there is still a considerable amount of political nastiness in action, on Twitter and Facebook, and it is still prevalent at Kiwiblog despite attempts to moderate there more effectively.

Unfortunately a poor example continues to be set from the top, Parliament, MPs and parties. Some attempts have recently been made to address some of this but out politicians (some individually and all collectively) have a long way to go to provide us with a decent sort of democracy. I have ideas on how to try to address that.

But in general I want to withdraw from the political fight. I have better things to do with my time . I’m aware of claims that there it is a deliberate aim of some to drive decency away from politics so the dirt mongers can operate unimpeded. I think there is some truth to this, but I think I have confronted that enough, for long enough. I’m moving on to other priorities.

I’m not ruling out anything in the future but for now at least Your NZ is ceasing to operate as a daily news and views political forum.

Thanks to all of you who have contributed positively to make this what it has been. Without you it would have been far less.

It has been a passion, often fun, and I think a worthwhile project. But as of now it is no longer what it was.

It’s going to be a big change to get up in the morning and instead of my primary thoughts being ‘what will I post on today’, I can think ‘what will I do today’. I’m looking forward to seeing how that works out.

Cheers

Pete George

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49 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  15th June 2019

    A job well done, thanks Pete. It has been a pleasure to read and comment here much intelligence and good sense. I wish you and all contributors the best for the future.

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    • Ray

       /  15th June 2019

      Thank you for your efforts Peter, I appreciate how much work you have put into this endeavour.
      You have put up with a lot of abuse over the years from left and right, so must have been doing something right.
      You and your efforts will be missed!

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  2. Thank you Pete. You have a good and interesting blog but I understand it would have been hard work to maintain – a labour of love. Good luck in your future endeavours and enjoy your blog-free mornings.

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  3. Pickled Possum

     /  15th June 2019

    Oh bugga!!!
    Thank you for the opportunaty to have my say.
    Best of everything for te future.

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  4. Gezza

     /  15th June 2019

    You’ve done a great job, Pete. Your blog has been a daily testimony to your integrity, energy, honesty & intelligent & challenging political & social commentary. Wishing you all the best in your future activities & free time & much enjoyment of your free time.

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  5. Yours has been an interesting contribution to the blogosphere but it is a big commitment. Enjoy your blog-free time.

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  6. Gerrit

     /  15th June 2019

    Thanks PG for the platform. Enjoy the peace.

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  7. I want to add my thanks as well Pete. Cheers.

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  8. Conspiratoor

     /  15th June 2019

    Well done Pete. A herculean effort to pump out so many posts while holding down a full time job!

    “More relentless is the need to monitor comments, to maintain level of decency.”

    Have you given any thought to delegating this task to the commentariat, perhaps on a trial basis. There may be a couple of willing regulars who have enough time on their hands and the wherewithal to keep things tidy

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  9. Geoffrey

     /  15th June 2019

    Thanks. My sad

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  10. Thanks Pete, it’s been a pleasure, I’ve really appreciated your contribution to the Blogosphere against at times considerable opposition. Have enjoyed following your development as a commentator since those early days on Kiwi Blog and I think The Standard. The workload would have been considerable and while I know you would have had your reasons, it’s a pity you couldn’t bring others on as a team. All the best for your future, may it be full of pleasant surprises.

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  11. Fight4NZ

     /  15th June 2019

    Being able to enjoy a space between The Standard and the Kiwiblog has been an incredible privilege. You are the Maestro!
    Your return to normality is more than well earned.
    Thank you.

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  12. lurcher1948

     /  15th June 2019

    Great person(have never meet),great blog….will be missed,thank you

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  13. The tone of the blog (and most of its’ commentators) meant this was the place where I still posted my occasional comments. Thank you Pete.

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  14. NOEL

     /  15th June 2019

    Wow! Umm …….found a blog were mediation was taken seriously but allowed diversity of opinion. That’s very special compared to other blogs I’ve visited.

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  15. Thank you from me too… will miss your spot … but wish you well in enjoying peace now.

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  16. Blazer

     /  15th June 2019

    its been fun…all done in the best possible taste…thanks and all the best.

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  17. RedLogix

     /  15th June 2019

    Pete,

    Although we’ve crossed swords in the early days, I’m very happy to take this opportunity to congratulate you on successfully running this site on your own, for so long. It’s wasn’t easy.

    Now you’re free of this obligation, let it go properly and get on with your next challenge wholeheartedly.

    Best wishes RL

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  18. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  15th June 2019

    Best wishes, keep well.

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  19. Zedd

     /  15th June 2019

    Cheers Pete.. you have a good political chat platform here. I have enjoyed contributing & reading most of the comments 🙂

    Best wishes to you & the regulars for the future.. “nga mihinui ki muri wa” 😀

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  20. I only just discovered your site. It looks interesting and I shall be reading more. In the hope ypu will continue to share occasional insights I added your RSS feed to my page where I follow interesting blog sites: http://ngaro.online/wordpress/the-right-politics/#comment-23

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  21. nooo, this was the one blog I went to daily,

    Perhaps open it up to more contributors to keep things ticking along?

    Your input will be sorely missed.

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    • @SLB

      I esp. liked reading your regular content on Med-cannabis use too ! 🙂

      Brilliant Bro’

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      • I dont have time for it these days, im still granted permissions, so could do a post or 2 fact busting the referendum..

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  22. Bill

     /  15th June 2019

    Cheers Pete, for your epic contribution and tolerance for the many different views expressed on YOUR NZ.

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  23. Kitty Catkin

     /  15th June 2019

    Lock the door and swallow the key so that Pete can’t get out.

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  24. J Bloggs

     /  15th June 2019

    Thanks Pete for all the work you’ve put in over the years. I’ve found this place to be one of the few where political topics can be discussed with a reasonable expectation of decorum.
    All the best with your new projects moving forward.

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  25. Kitty Catkin

     /  15th June 2019

    The PDT/s must be slipping; they’ve missed two. 😀

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  26. Tony Stuart

     /  15th June 2019

    Good on you for realising that blogging had taken too high a place in your list of priorities Pete. In some ways, Hager did me a favour, as blogging had almost become my raison d’etre, to the expense of other important things in my life, like work and family. In hindsight, I’m also sure that blogging contributed to my mental health event a couple of years ago.

    Thanks for your commitment, and enjoy the extra time you now have constructively. I’m sure our paths will cross somewhere on the World Wide Web. Ma te wa.

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  27. duperez

     /  15th June 2019

    I am in awe of your energy and focus in doing what you have done. Many grizzle about ‘the media’, censorship, platforms for having a say and so on. You actually had the whatever it takes to actually do something positive and in doing that give others like me an opportunity to participate in an exchange of ides. Well done and thank you.

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  28. MaureenW

     /  15th June 2019

    Thanks for offering such a friendly forum – I’m going to miss it along with the diverse range of people who comment here.

    I appreciate the time you’ve taken in providing YourNZ, it’s rather unique.

    All the best with your future endeavours Pete.

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  29. Patzcuaro

     /  15th June 2019

    This leaves me with mixed feelings, it takes a lot of thought and time to comment constructively, so I can understand you desire to wind the blog down but it frees time up for other things. And editorial cartoonists are a threatened species, a casualty of newspapers struggle for ways to survive in the new environment. Bon voyage.

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  30. Patzcuaro

     /  15th June 2019

    And one for the road, the leader of the free world?

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  31. Kimbo

     /  15th June 2019

    Thanks and best wishes.

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  32. PDB

     /  15th June 2019

    Good for you PG! Thank you for all your hard work over the years & all the best for the future.

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  33. phantom snowflake

     /  16th June 2019

    Thanks so much for providing a home for otherwise homeless political tragics!
    Peace and love…

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  34. Jay3

     /  16th June 2019

    Thank you Pete for all your work on this blog. Poor old Duker has just seen his job for the Labour Party go up in smoke,

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  35. Thanks to everyone for your kind words here, and especially for your contributions and support over the years.

    To those who have offered advice – thanks. I have considered various ways of doing things, but have decided to step back from day to day posting and moderating, and don’t see any viable alternative ti keep things running as they were.

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  36. unitedtribes2

     /  17th June 2019

    Thanks Pete, you provided a good spot to come and just enjoy the interaction of a great diverse group of people. Hope your next adventure is just as successful. Would be interested in were the commenters are going next? Well done and good luck.

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  37. MaureenW

     /  18th June 2019

    It’s just not the same 😢

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  18th June 2019

      Agree, Maureen. I haven’t found anything else worth commenting on or even reading more than an occasional post.

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      • Geoffrey Monks

         /  18th June 2019

        Agree some more

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  18th June 2019

        Sadly Al, your idle days spent winding socialists up on a blog are over. I’ve resurfaced on ysb. Some good opinion pieces with a rural flavour but i think you might struggle to find a sacrificial lefty on that site. G would feel at home though. You get 5 minutes to fix a typo

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    • PDB

       /  18th June 2019

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  38. Glad I popped in yesterday and saw this

    I wish you and your family all the best in the future. Your participation in the political blogosphere has been very much valued and much appreciated. You’re a voice of reason and well considered common sense in a mad, tweeting world of vacuous sound bites.

    Take care and enjoy your life to the full

    xxxxx

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  39. You deserve to be proud of and pleased with everything you’ve achieved here, Pete.

    Well done, and best of luck with your future endeavours, whatever they may be.

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