Q & A – US Politics, Shearer, Nauru, Mahe

This morning on Q & A:

talks with Derek Shearer a former Bill Clinton advisor and US ambassador

And then talks about what NZ’s response should be to the

Leaked files detailing abuse of asylum seekers on Nauru speaks to a fmr aid worker abt what she saw

The Nauru revelations look awful, and it makes Australian handling of asylum seekers look awful.

Guardian: The Nauru files: cache of 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention:

Exclusive: The largest cache of documents to be leaked from within Australia’s asylum seeker detention regime details assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm


I don’t know what New Zealand can do about it but some condemnation wouldn’t go amiss.

Also we’ll have the latest from | We will talk to defending Olympic champion + more

It will be good to see Mahe but I have no idea why Q & A devote some of their time to Olympic coverage when there is so much coverage elsewhere.

Olympics – Mahe gold

Mahe Drysdale has won gold in the rowing single scull, doubling New Zealand’s gold tally.

This follows a bronze for Drysdale in Beijing in 2008 and a gold in London in 2012.


Photo: Newshub

NZ Herald: Gold for Mahe Drysdale

Mahe Drysdale has triumphed in the closest rowing final in Olympic history.

Drysdale won by less than the width of a bow ball over Croatian Damir Martin. Both posted identical times of six minutes 41.34s on Rio’s Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.

The pair suffered an interminable wait for the confirmed result as officials pored over the photo finish.

Drysdale becomes New Zealand’s oldest Olympic champion at 37 years, eight months and 25 days, taking over from sailor Chris Timms who won in the Tornado at Los Angeles in 1984 aged 37 years four months and 15 days.

The rest of the rowers missed out, with Emma Twigg 4th in the women’s single scull, the women’s eight also fourth and men’s eight sixth.

In cycling the women’s pursuit runs off for bronze at 8:07 am.

Sailing continues with some New Zealanders doing well. I’ll collate positions later.

Danny Lee has had a bad day, 4 over after eleven holes and he is currently hacking in the bushes. Double bogie on the 12th.

Zane Robertson runs on the 10,000m at 12.25 pm. I have no idea what his chances are.

Has anyone heard of Dylan Schmidt? He is in the top 8 and will jump in the trampoline final shortly. He ended up getting seventh, which is very good for one of the youngest competitors. It’s amazing how high the jump.

Sailing progress:

  • Men’s 49er (skiff) 1st after 6 of 12 preliminary races
  • Women’s 49er FX (skiff) 2nd equal after 6 of 12
  • Men’s laser (dinghy) 3rd after 10 of 10
  • Mixed nacra 17 (multihull) 4th after 9 of 12
  • Women’s 470 (dinghy) 6th after 5 of 10
  • Men’s finn (dinghy) 13th after 8 of 10

Could you be proud of this?

While rows of forty flags looks a bit boring and conservative NZ Herald has done an interesting exercise with the flag designs favoured in a poll – they have put the flags into real situations.

Most of them don’t stand out at all – see them at Would you stand and wave this flag?

But what about the first one here?

(The graphic included all examples in one).

Most of those do nothing for me, but the top one featuring Mahe Drysdale – yep, I could feel proud of that. I don’t even mind the Southern Cross – it adds to the star quality.