Monday, 28 February 2011
I was sitting in front of my computer on the 5th Floor of the Wellington Railway station when we felt an odd sensation and then we switched to Twitter and the #eqnz feed. The first tweet we saw was one saying - "Oh god - I think that was an 8." In our bones we just knew that there was a huge tragedy about to unfold.
What has happened to the conservative heart of the South Island, was so hard to comprehend, so hard to understand and so bloody frustrating - as the sense of helplessness invaded every bone as we wanted to be there lifting the bricks from the broken bodies.
Im not prone to tears but we have shed many for people we did not know - but were part of our country, our big New Zealand family.
The numbers of dead is staggering. The number of survival stories forever uplifting and the reaction of the people of Christchurch and the rest of New Zealand to their plight of those affected has been humbling.
The galvanizing of the effort to patch up the broken city has been in the main, well co-ordinated and organised. But it is going to be a long tough road to fix what needs fixing and to get Christchurch pulsing like it used to.
But like never before I am confident that we can do it because everyone is doing their bit. Be it a scone for for neighbours, a bloke with a hammer and a trailer full of tarpaulins who has travelled from Hamilton to lend a hand - or a million bucks from Owen Glenn - everyone is giving and doing what they can.
And it also gives us time to reflect on our own lives. We have a wedding coming up. Mum and dad were looking forward to travelling to Wellington for it but even more so now because - as mum says, in the wake of Christchurch her family is more precious to her, so getting together is now so much more important to her and dad.
In this great time of sadness there is time to rejoice in the fact that we are a nation, a big family, brothers and sisters all, who - when the chips are down, are there for each other.
Monday, 21 February 2011
There have been few political stories that have disturbed us more than the Tale from the Whale on the selection of the National Candidates for Rodney.
Friday, 18 February 2011
Crikey we have never been to the wild food festival - but we think its a great way to sample the weird and wonderful this country has to offer. However it means that every year they have to trump the weirdness that was offered up the year before.
We reckoned that tthe Rocks competition to win a trip to the Ukraine and hook up with a good looking sheila and marry her - was fine. It involved consenting adults.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
One of our favourite Wellington publicans is due to become a dad. Dermot Murphy is as Irish as you can get and we were well entertained by his Irish lilt today at lunch. Now he is quite excited by the prospect of becoming a father. However he is even more excited by the prospect that his baby is due to be born on St Patricks Day.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
The Sydney Morning Herald has done an article on the city's eateries that survived for decades by serving up simple favourites to regular customers.
And we will go to Dockside for the first of the Bluff Oyster Season March 2. They serve them simply. Raw on ice. They will charge us a fortune but they know that bringing together oysterphiles and fresh Bluff oysters is a recipe for success. We will wash them down with nothing but NZ bubbles, probably some Cloudy Bay Pelorus.
However, we would prefer that they serve them just like the picture above. On the flat abs of some delicious yummy man. Please... Do it and we will guarantee a table of powerful princesses
So the EPMU wants the government to stump up with some funds to pay for any legal bills they might incur around Pike River legal action.
"The EPMU is a professional membership advocacy organisation. It receives revenue from its members specifically to provide its purpose of advocacy. There is no extra burden on the EPMU created by doing its job for its members."
The funding debacle surrounding the Maori Statutory Board for the Auckland Super City is a long way off being resolved.
Monday, 14 February 2011
In the beginning was the phone and the phone was with God and the phone was God .
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Yip, we think that Ipredict should run a stock on Ruth Dyson quitting politics.. First Goff gives her the arse off the front bench and then it seems she has had a big scoff at the trough with a splash of the taxpayers cash on some spurious overseas travel - before the rules changed.
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Nobody does it better than Rob Hoskings at the NBR. He does a down to earth, laced with humour, easy to read step by step guide to debt mountains and double dip inflation.
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Hone is destined to spend his days as an outrider on the opposition benches.
Hone Harawira to win Te Tai Tokerau as independent and Labour to win Te Tai Tonga, leaving Maori Party with three seats
John Key to form government with one or more or the Act, UnitedFuture and Maori parties
"In order to 'turn on' Ukraine, it's enough to travel to Kyiv and see with your own eyes how the chestnut trees blossom during the spring. This is when it gets warm and women in Ukrainian cities begin taking off their clothes. You will see such beauty! It is very beautiful!"
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Monday, 7 February 2011
We took this shot while we were out on the Hauraki Gulf with some mates over the weekend. These birds (not sure what they are but they look a bit like a muttonbird), the kahawai and some weeny fish all combined to make the water boil at the back of Rotoroa Island. It was fascinating to watch and we had the added bonus of catching a few kahawai, which were very tasty sashimed . The Gulf is very pretty( and a bit busy!) but its not great for fishing. We caught about 30 snapper and only one was a takeable. Luckily the skipper and his good woman managed to catch a couple more keepers.
So lesson for those who like seriously good fishing, we suspect that there are many good fishing spots in the Hauraki and it would be fun looking for them but if you really love fishing - head south - like to Stewart Island and Fiordland.
The Maori party showed some testicular fortitude today when it biffed Hone Harawira out of caucus.
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Joris de Bres is a joke. And his limp wristed lilly livered smacking over the hand with a piece of dried flax of Nga Puhi, who want to charge media to cover a national event like Waitangi day, is disgusting.
Well we always thought that this year would be interesting . We have faith in John Key and today he delivered. Not because he has the balls to call an election date so far out .. No that requires big balls.
It has been fascinating to watch the affairs in Egypt as the people unite to show that they will not tolerate Presidents Mubarak and his government anymore.
Whether social media have helped or hindered protesters in Egypt, the events of the past week there have underscored the fact that both pro- and anti-government activists throughout the Middle East are making the most of social networking tools to organize and promote their causes in real time to mass audiences.
Jon Stewart, an American comic, television commentator and activist, offered a sardonic quip that in many ways captures the transcendent power of social media in the Middle East.
"If two speeches and a social media site is all we needed to spread democracy then why did we invade Iraq? Why didn’t we just, I don’t know, ‘poke’ them," Stewart said, using the Facebook term for getting a user’s attention.