Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Wow big news .. We love spuds. They are New Zealands favourite vege. We also hate Brussell Sprouts.. And Southlanders like their swedes.
The Beaujolais orphans have found a new home.. We are all in heaven. It's little, out of the way ( so the boss will have a bloody hard job finding you, unless you are of course with the boss), a bit smoky, foods better than good and wont break the bank, wine list is great, its warm, stylish and comfy...We have made it ours.
Monday, 28 June 2010
''Prisoners with alcohol and drug addictions have to deal with it. We don't offer alcohol to prisoners with alcohol addictions or P to prisoners with methamphetamine addictions. This is a prison, it's not a home.''
Sunday, 27 June 2010
We are delighted to see that the Minister of Corrections is giving some serious thought to making prisons smoke free. Its an excellent idea that has been a long time coming. It appears that the liability for any smoking related illnesses among prison officers is one of the reasons.
Department of Corrections bosses found taxpayers could be liable for lawsuits from prison guards exposed to inmates' second-hand smoke.
The potential threat of legal action was heightened after the Government's decision to "double bunk" inmates in a single cell, raising the possibility of non-smoking prisoners suing the Government for being housed with smoking inmates.
The dangers of legal action were found after Collins instructed Corrections staff to investigate a ban, and its success rates overseas.
They found tobacco was used as currency inside prison and was the cause of disputes. Further reasons for the ban included the use of cigarette lighters and matches to melt plastic into which blades could be embedded, turning cell possessions into weapons.
While some would say that taking cigarettes off inmates could lead to riots - we are sure that if the programme is introduced in the right way with plenty of support for both inmates and officers to give up them the potential for violence will be lessened.
So well done Judith...
Bummer - we thought that Hosea Gear would have been a shoo in for the Tri Nations.... However we are pleased to see his inspirational Maori team captain Liam Messam up for a run.
This week Maori publisher and commentator Derek Fox says in his weekly column in the Cook Island paper that its time there was more support for the Maori Rugby team
We think he is right and after the three crowd pleasing centennial matches, sponsors must see them as hot property.
Sealords can gain a lot from the partnership with the Maori team and there will be other Maori companies who must see their potential. And as Derek rightly puts it if the Rugby Union doesn't wake up to the opportunity , they may lose the crowd pleasing ass wooping boys and the money they must bring in.
Moe time over
The All Whites days under the African sun have ended; and despite the over-the-top, silly and repetitious clichés used by the New Zealand media to describe them – their efforts were nonetheless truly gallant and well worthy of the highest admiration.
Back home Maori exponents of a game I’m more familiar with have shown skill and pluck too, and played three games of rugby, which they actually won. I’m talking about the Maori All Blacks who have just completed a three match series to celebrate a century of Maori rugby. In fact the one hundred years only marks the first time that the Rugby Union pulled together a Maori side in Rotorua in 1910; genuine followers of rugby will know of the 1888 New Zealand Natives team that played 108 games in this country, Australia, Egypt and the UK in 1888 and 1889. They toured for 14 months, won 80, lost 23 and drew five.
The 2010 Maori team has lived up to the proud record that previous Maori teams have left for them to follow, despite the paucity of support from the Rugby Union over the years. Even this three match series seemed ill organised. At first the rumour was that there would be three internationals against Wales, Ireland and England; but the Welsh team pulled out and a New Zealand Barbarians team was put in its place. The series only went ahead because Maori money propped it up with the Ministry of Maori Development putting in 200-thousand-dollars; and the Sealord fishing company putting in an obviously larger, but undisclosed amount, thus becoming the series sponsor.
The Maori team with a brand new coach – former Maori and New Zealand All Black Jamie Joseph - began the series a little shakily in Whangarei against the Baabaas, but won a seesaw match with a spectacular last minute try. In Rotorua they got away to a spectacular start then had a bit of a moe in the middle allowing the Irish to kick a few penalties and keep in touch. Then they woke up and played on to win.
England fresh from beating Australia was always going to be the toughest opposition and the game in Napier last Wednesday night turned into a cracker. This time the Maori had an early moe and were 13 points down before showing their impressive firepower, springing back with a quick ten points. Their open style game can also be high risk and after an intercept and try, England went into the lead 28 – 17 at the break. A mate of mine having a mimi at half time met a Pom who indicated the Maori were finished.
But he was wrong.
The final score was 35 – 28, three games and three wins. Like the young All Whites, the young Maori players now know they can foot it with the best players of other countries.
The individual All Whites and their coach will no doubt have tasty contracts dangled in front of them over the next little while.
But what of the Maori All Blacks whose flair and dash drew the crowds.
No one knows when the Rugby Union will deign to gather a Maori team again – they didn’t last year.
Maori might have to do it themselves – like they did in 1888-89. It seems Sealords might be in it for the long haul, and maybe with other Maori owned corporates will pull a team together to play here and overseas.
Overwhelmingly the crowds who watched the series were Pakeha. They came because they know that whenever a Maori team takes to the paddock, something special could happen, like last Wednesday night.
But if Maori have to fund these games themselves, then who should own the brand and collect the gate?
Maybe the Rugby Union needs to wake up from its moe.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Thursday, 24 June 2010
We understand that the power base within Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu has shifted. Mark Solomon, in the past, has been able to count on a 50/50 split - nine members on his side - nine against. His casting vote has always given him the power. There are some new faces at the table now and the numbers have shifted. So Solomon doesn't have the numbers any more.
Monday, 21 June 2010
I always enjoy reading the Dominion in the mornings while waiting on my morning takeaway coffee from a little cafe called Mixed Business which is just north of Bordeaux Bakery on the Terrace. It is the favourite place for many Terrace Worriers.
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Still looking for justice
Last week I foreshadowed that I might this week talk about the Foreshore and Seabed debate here in Aotearoa. I indicated that while what MPs used their ministerial credit cards for was gaining all the headlines, the big story of the week should really have been the foreshore and seabed – and I still believe that.
It’s important for a number of reasons. Firstly it is/was a pivotal issue and cornerstone of the support agreement between National and the Maori Party; and secondly it’s one of those flax root debates between Maori and Pakeha which we need to get right – and so far we haven’t – if there is to be a peaceful path forward in this country.
It’s also important because we are at the halfway stage in the political game we call this parliamentary term, and the Maori Party doesn’t have too many meaningful points on the board as we head down now to the next general election.
The foreshore and seabed debate is about property and legal rights – something you’d think the National Party would be solid on. It’s not about access to the country’s beaches - that right – within reason – is beyond doubt.
But National is no keener than Labour to see Maori retain any of their traditional and customary rights developed over the centuries we occupied these islands prior to the arrival of the Pakeha. And that tells me this is a Maori Pakeha issue not one about law and justice and people’s inherent rights. Labour even took away the right of Maori to go to court to see if we had a right – National will restore that but will so tightly prescribe how that right may be determined that it will all but be negated.
So the foreshore and seabed that my tipuna held sway over as a result of hundreds of years of co-existence with our iwi neighbours, will be taken away by the government. On the other hand 12 and a half thousand separate parcels of foreshore and seabed – overwhelmingly held by Pakeha - which have somehow passed into ‘freehold’ title -will be sacrosanct. You won’t be able to go to those beaches and have a swim or a barbie, certainly not without permission and maybe a fee?
So once again it is Maori who have their rights legislated away.
Labour and now National both claim that one of their reasons for moving in this way is to ‘protect’ the foreshore and seabed from sale – nothing would give it greater protection that customary title - after all it’s endured for a thousand years until now.
Another looming punch-up in this process is the hoops that Maori will have to jump through to establish their limited customary right. They will be required to show ‘exclusive and continuous use and occupation’ of their foreshore and seabed rohe. If the land has been subdivided that test will fall down. But what if the only reason that hasn’t occurred is because a previous pakeha government stole the land or it was acquired by some other Treaty breach?
John Key last week joined Helen Clark in showing that he too is not able to treat fairly and justly and in good faith with Maori, the pull of his blood and the baying of his supporters is too strong.
Just as we were prompting Tau Henare to start thinking about running for Te Atatu if Goff decides to sack Carter, he has a medical emergency
From his facebook.....
Well at 2ish this morning I had a wee heart attack. Yip that's right. freakiest thing in the whole world. anyway, all is good they put a stent into my artery and hey presto all good on the pumping blood score. Rest and Recuperation. Don't Panic whanau and don't Jump for Joy either.
ERRANT WEST AUCKLAND MP Chris Carter last night broke his silence, saying he was returning to parliament, having taken advice from the party's former head, Helen Clark.
Last week Labour leader Phil Goff told Carter to head home to think about his future, after his refusal to front to media and apologise for using his ministerial credit card to buy flowers and massages.
Goff said Carter, MP for Te Atatu, had failed to express contrition and forced him to apologise unreservedly.
Yip, so now he tells us all that he has sough the advice of Aunty Helen about the situation he had got himself in due to his arrogance and overblown sense of entitlement.
And by association she has now shown that she sees no wrong doing among any of her former troughing Ministers.
It is clear that Carter has respect for Clark but none for Goff. Carter also indicates that he is not sorry. He shows no contrition. He displays all the characteristics of a narcissist..
So Goff now has no choice. He will have to cut him loose.
When the Sunday Star-Times asked Carter if he felt pressured into apologising, he replied: "I think that, ah, ah, we had discussions around it, of course. I think I needed time to reflect on it. When you are shoved into a corridor with a whole lot of journalists who have been waiting three-and-a-half hours to interview you... it wasn't very conducive to clear thinking."
Carter said: "We could argue the rights and wrongs of whether I've done anything wrong. The only personal items were two bunches of flowers that a staff member sent on their card, and all ministerial travel was signed off."
He said the apology was given "because you have to think about what is good for the Labour Party".
And at the end of the day the country's sickliest political fruit cake is a stranger to the truth. And he has no political antennae if he agrees to be questioned at length by the Sunday Star Times on such tricky issues.
Carter was embarrassed again last week when it was revealed he promised exclusive interviews to both TV3 and TV One. "I guess I just wanted to be nice. It's called PR, that's what politicians do."
So Goff, to ensure any semblance of respect, will have to cut him lose and do it quickly.So there will have to be a by election in Te Atatu. That means Nationals Tau Henare will have to step up to the plate. Thats good - Tau looks to us to be as ready as he ever would be to take back Te Atatu.
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
krazykiwi (5588) Says:
June 15th, 2010 at 11:46 am
Judith Tizard takes 3 staff to The Thistle Inn for a ‘Performance Assessment’
No wonder Goff is willing to deep throat dead rats Carter and Jones if Tizard is the result of either of them departing the round house....
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
While the focus is on the demotion of Jones Carter and Ririnui we can report that a former Labour politician is carving out a new career in the real world. Mark Peck was a good constituent MP for Southland and latterly was the Director of the Smokefree Coalition.
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Some old idiot with a European name who needs to be put in a rest home states:
Matarahurahu hapu chairman D***d R****n said the proposed flat tax rate, which would be administered by the Inland Revenue Department, would "pull Ngapuhi out of a depressed state" and ultimately benefit the entire region.
He wants a NINE percent tax for "economic development".
I can see her sitting in her apartment in her PJ's, shouting into her MacBook Pro and banging away a terse blog post. Given that the colleagues of the hapu chairman don't think much of his plan, she is probably getting incensed for nothing.
However, there had also been "one or two" members of the Ngapuhi Runanga, who administer the claim, who expressed their strong opposition and threatened to bar Mr Rankin from speaking at Waitangi Tribunal hearings.NZ Herald
These kind of ideas and people don't deserve anymore air time than necessary which is why I have starred out his name. All Cactus has done is to increase his Google power.
Something that has consistently amused me about some bloggers is their disparaging comments about the professional media i.e. newspapers , television and radio. What I find amusing is that while calling "reporters" "repeaters" and labeling them the "lame stream media" they happily cut and paste from mainstream online articles for their blog posts.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s great cause is women’s liberation. Unfortunately for her, the women she wants to liberate are Muslim, so she gets minimal support and indeed a ton of hostility from Western feminists who have reconciled themselves, consciously or otherwise, to the two-tier sisterhood: when it comes to clitoridectomies, forced marriages, honour killings, etc., multiculturalism trumps feminism.
Would you be doing that with a price on your head? Or would you duck out of sight, lie low, change your name, move to New Zealand, and hope one day to get your life back?macleans.ca
Saturday, 12 June 2010
We have just been given a heads up on a little crisis that is facing Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu. Apparently someone has leaked details of the payroll. With the public response to troughing MP's it will be interesting to see how this info will be treated by Ngai Tahu rank and file. While we are not really interested on who is earning what ( ok we are) We are keen to see greater light shed on the use of expenses. We would also like to see the same transparency that is now applied to politicians be applied to all Ngai Tahu politicians - those elected representatives sitting around the table and we would also like to see the same transparency applied to all the senior staffers at Te Runanga.
We don't expect them to share that information with the rest of New Zealand but we do expect that the new growing appetite for transparency in our community means that Ngai Tahu beneficiaries will get to see what is happening to their money.
Here is a copy of the letter that has been sent out to all the runanga ( local tribal councils) re the big leak....
Tēnā koutou katoa
In recent hours we have been informed that private employee information has been sent to at least two Papatipu Rūnanga. We understand the information relates to employees across the Te Rūnanga Group and was received anonymously by the two Rūnanga who immediately contacted the Office.
The disclosure of this information has not been authorised and represents a gross breach of confidentiality. The disclosure of this information exposes the Te Rūnanga Group, the person who released it and anyone who passes the information on to potential legal sanctions.
This matter will be fully investigated and in the meantime if you receive any private information relating to Te Rūnanga Group staff members can you please ensure the information is not disclosed or circulated to anyone else and contact Justine Whitaker on ph 021 989 725 immediately.
Nähaku noa nä
Mark Solomon Kaiwhakaere and Anake Goodall Chief Executive Officer
The silly attention seeking bint who is trying to sail around the world and has come unstuck will now be responsible for a carbon foot print the size of the Jolly Green Giant after the Australian Airforce has sent not one but two big fat gas guzzling Orions to pick up little Miss Stranded Abby Sunderland.
While all bloggers have had a field day over the politicians and their dodgy expenses, Cactus gets to the nub of it. Her experience of spending a fair chunk of her working life on planes and hotels means she has the knowledge to back up her assertions. In short she condemns all of the troughing apart from Tim Groser's penchant for a drink at the end of a hard day.
Friday, 11 June 2010
Well, I for one think that Sonny Bill Williams is an extremely tasty boy - especially when he has his jumper off. Cactus has a thing for the gormless looking Ronaldo- a taste for the exotic perhaps - Actually,
Ronaldo looks like a poofter. Not sure why Cactus would like a pooftery looking soccer player but there you have it. In contrast, we the Brunette - prefer our meat and vege without too much spice. Just like Sonny. Nicely browned, firm to the touch and all juicy in the middle - like a good piece of Sirloin.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
The Bustedblonde is no longer. Sorry folks but the feisty big titted gal is hanging up her blogging clogs. Gone for good. She is handing over to a few good men and women.
Roarprawn will continue with commentary on all manner of stuff. And we will keep the logo to remind of us who started Roarprawn off many many moons ago.
We hope that you enjoy the ruminations of the Brunette and others such as the American Gardener who will blog from time to time.
The following resolutions were passed at the Hui a Iwi convened on the 4th June 2010 to discuss the foreshore and seabed replacement framework.
The attendees at the Hui a Iwi/hapu:
1. Recognise that mana whenua, which includes ownership as understood under tikanga [custom], rests with iwi/hapu who are the kaitiaki [guardians] of their respective rohe moana [coastal area];
2. Strongly support that the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 must be repealed and vesting of the foreshore and seabed in the Crown be revoked;
3. Recognise that the foreshore and seabed is, and must remain, inalienable as that is consistent with tikanga [custom];
4. Accept and affirm that the regime must, in respect of all foreshore and seabed, include the following as principles: a. Explicit recognition of the mana of iwi/hapu as enduring and inalienable; b. Explicit recognition of the partnership of the parties under the Te Tiriti o Waitangi [Treaty of Waitangi].
5. Accept and affirm the following as components of the replacement framework; a. Direct negotiations between the Crown and iwi/hapu, provided that settlements and breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi cannot be relied upon to extinguish rights; b. Access to the courts as a constitutional right.
6. Emphasise that although the Crown proposal does not meet all iwi/hapu concerns about the foreshore and seabed it appears to improve on the position in the 2004 Act.
7. Recognise and acknowledge the iwi leaders working group (ILG) for the work and instructs them to further engage with the Crown, to develop and expand understandings, and further improve the outcomes for iwi/hapu.
8. Encourage the Government to recognise that the positions adopted by this hui of iwi/hapu may require a `longer conversation' between the Crown and iwi/hapu, as recommended by the Waitangi Tribunal and Ministerial Review Panel, and that if a `longer conversation' is pursued that the repeal of the 2004 Act and revocation of Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed be progressed in the immediate [future].
Instead Solomon went off on a terrible divisive tangent that showed he has not grasped the importance of customary title by bringing the existing foreshore and seabed titles into the debate - we in fact they have little to do with the constitutional argument that has seen Maori denied the rights to prove customary title in court.
It is clear with the " leaking " of the resolutions to the NZ Herald today and Api Mahuika's elegant conversation with Sean Plunket this morning on RNZ that Solomon is very very confused.
Api gave him what is the Maori equivalent of a pat on the head and told to sit down while he quietly told the nation via the media what the Maori leaders were wanting and showing that what they want and what the government is offering are akin.
Ngai Tahu should be ashamed of Solomons divisive and confused play - it is clear he sees himself as the leader of leaders. That shows he has a scant regard for the role of Whakapapa and the Tuakana ( seniority ) role that both Ngati Porou and and Api Mahuika have.
By annointing himself as the leader of leaders Solomon has shamed his people. Her clearly lacks the intellectual grunt, the wisdom and a fundemental understanding of tikanga.
In short the tall blue eyed tama is an embarrassment.