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  • Airline COMES OUT with gay themed flight

    09/17/2007 5:36:41 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 51 replies · 841+ views ^ | September 17, 2007 | Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO - Air New Zealand is delving into the gay and lesbian market with a special themed flight featuring drag queens, pink cocktails and a cabaret performed by flight crew. The destination for the airline's one-time "Pink Flight," on Feb. 26, ex San Francisco, is the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia, one of the world's most well-attended gay events, said Jodi Williams, an Air New Zealand marketing director. "We're tailoring inseat entertainment with gay-friendly movies, contests, different music and things like that," Williams said. The airline also plans to throw a going away party for passengers,...
  • TXT-speak approved for exams [New Zealand]

    11/08/2006 2:37:19 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 24 replies · 517+ views
    The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand ^ | November 9 2006 | Arwen Hann & Anna Charles
    Secondary [high] school students will be able to use text speak in written examinations this year, legitimising a language loved by teenagers. The move has divided students and educators amid concerns the move could damage the English language. The second language of thousands of teenagers, text language usually incorporates abbreviated words and phrases such as txt for "text", lol for "laugh out loud" or "lots of love" and CU for "see you". The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is still strongly discouraging students from using anything other than full English, but says credit will be given if the answer "clearly...
  • Two former US officials talk up New Zealand

    04/26/2006 7:44:33 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 90 replies · 940+ views
    NZPA ^ | April 27 2006 | NZ Press Association
    Two former senior United States officials have urged the US to re-start military exercises and start negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with New Zealand. Richard Armitage, a former US deputy secretary of state, and Randy Schriver, a former US deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, have made their view clear in an opinion piece published in the Asian Wall Street Journal on April 24. In the article, the former officials say decades-old US policy might be stopping the relationship between the two countries from reaching its full potential. The relationship was burdened with...
  • Nudists to mark Anzac Day with beach cricket match

    04/23/2006 2:13:30 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 11 replies · 290+ views
    NZPA ^ | April 24 2006 | NZPA
    Plans for descendants of Australian and New Zealand diggers to mark Anzac Day with a playful game of nude beach cricket in Australia will not be followed in New Zealand. More than 400 bare bods are expected to attend the annual nudist day at North Belongil Beach, hosted by naturalist group Free Beaches Australia, on Tuesday. New Zealand Returned Services Association spokesman Bill Hopper said there were no plans for a similar event in New Zealand. "Only the Aussies would organise it." Mr Hopper said the event could not be taken too seriously and for it to be regarded in...
  • Lazy bums and shagaholics

    10/28/2005 2:57:17 AM PDT · by shaggy eel · 7 replies · 475+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | October 28 2005 | Rosemary McLeod
    What I remember most about working in advertising was the pelvic power tilt. It was everywhere you looked. Men in advertising who were into power did it; women didn't, because they weren't in power and knew they had no show of getting it. Men sat with their legs wide apart and their crotch tilted to display their lunch. It was, in a word, advertising; an assertion of dominance like a tom cat's spraying. And yes, it was kind of gross. I thought of the pelvic power tilt this week as a big international advertising jock bit the dust – and...
  • New Zealand: It's looking good!

    09/17/2005 1:48:18 AM PDT · by shaggy eel · 39 replies · 1,620+ views
    National Radio New Zealand | September 17, 2005 | Shaggy Eel
    New Zealand's voting booths closed one and three quarter hours ago and with 25% of the votes counted it looks like Helen Clark won't have a third term as Prime Minister.New Zealand looks like it will be lead by Don Brash's National Party, in coalition with United Future and possibly ACT.
  • US lets New Zealand join military exercise

    08/17/2005 1:59:18 AM PDT · by shaggy eel · 30 replies · 596+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | August 17 2005 | Hank Schouten
    The United States has allowed New Zealand to join a combined military exercise off Singapore, signalling an apparent thaw in the Anzus defence standoff. New Zealand and American forces are participating in a multi-national exercise this week, which is practising interception of ships carrying weapons of mass destruction. Since the mid-1980s the US has barred New Zealand participation in joint exercises in retaliation for New Zealand's anti-nuclear law. The only exceptions have been when the two countries are required to work together in preparation for operational military deployments, such as when frigates, Orions and army units have been deployed to...
  • Flag pushes China's #2 to side door

    05/26/2005 1:33:41 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 12 replies · 552+ views
    A borrowed Tibetan flag forced the second most powerful man in the world's biggest country to scuttle through a side door at the start of a state visit to New Zealand. Foreign Affairs officials diverted China's Wu Bangguo from a red carpet Maori welcome at the top of Parliament's steps to the much less salubrious Beehive entrance – at present a construction zone – because of a one-man protest by Green MP Rod Donald. Mr Donald was waiting at the foot of the steps with a Tibetan flag borrowed from colleague Sue Kedgley. Four Chinese security officers shouted, "Police, police"...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Top trade negotiator dumped

    05/22/2005 9:23:51 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 25 replies · 393+ views
    NZPA ^ | May 23 2005 | NZPA
    New Zealand's top trade negotiator, Tim Groser, has been dumped as ambassador to the World Trade Organisation. Mr Groser is standing as a National Party candidate in the general election - a decision Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton today described as betrayal. Mr Groser told Mr Sutton on Friday he was retiring from the public service, but did not say when. Today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said he had been "placed on leave" and his duties taken over by deputy ambassador Tony Lynch. "The electoral Act allows for Mr Groser to continue as an MFAT employee after...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Rich cry foul on finance privacy

    02/21/2005 12:32:25 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 32 replies · 645+ views
    The Dominion Post [Wellington, New Zealand] ^ | February 22 2005 | David King
    Some of New Zealand's richest families are fuming over planned new rules that would throw open their business accounts to public scrutiny. The new rules – following Inland Revenue's move to target the 100 top "high-wealth" New Zealanders – would force the wealthy family-owned companies to open the books for closer inspection. The legislation could hit some of the country's richest families – including the Todd family, worth $2.2 billion. The war drums have been beating up and down the country. Many objections to the proposed reforms of the Financial Reporting Act appear likely to be lodged before submissions close...
  • Posties 'wired' to snoop while working

    02/08/2005 11:47:11 AM PST · by shaggy eel · 18 replies · 584+ views
    The Dominion Post [Wellington, New Zealand] ^ | February 9 2005 | RICHARD TROW and KELLY ANDREW
    Posties are being used by New Zealand Post to "snoop" on residents as they deliver mail. Mail deliverers wired with lapel microphones are recording details of houses on their routes as a new way of collecting data for New Zealand Post's business customers. A postie told a resident that the information gathered in the pilot scheme – on the state of the houses' paintwork – was to be passed to Resene Paints for use in a follow-up "your house needs painting – have we got a deal for you?" advertising campaign. The Lower Hutt resident, who contacted The Dominion Post...
  • StarLifter bids farewell before being put on ice

    02/06/2005 12:47:05 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 89 replies · 1,826+ views
    The Press [Christchurch, New Zealand] ^ | February 7 2005 | Kim Thomas
    The make of jet plane that for years linked Christchurch to Antarctica has taken its last Ice flight. C-141s were the first jets to land in Antarctica and have transported people and supplies to the United States' McMurdo Station in Antarctic for the past 40 years. Although destined to become scrap metal on its return to the States, the last great old grey StarLifter to make the Ice flight was farewelled with much sentiment by Antarctic personnel yesterday in Christchurch before it flew back to the United States. "It's like men and their cars – you get kind of attached...
  • Top US manufacturing group calls for US-NZ FTA

    02/03/2005 11:31:09 AM PST · by shaggy eel · 24 replies · 336+ views
    As tipped by Korea's Yonhap News two weeks ago, the top group representing US manufacturers, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), has called for a free trade agreement with New Zealand. In discussions with the Press Association, NAM's international director of trade policy, Christopher Wenk, said the nuclear issue was a real sticking point but that resistance from US dairy interests might be an even more difficult obstacle. He noted that New Zealand's programme of subsidies for medicines might also cause problems, as it did in Australia. But NAM said in a report it presented to the US Congress --...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Prime Minister set to fire opening election salvo

    01/31/2005 11:17:56 AM PST · by shaggy eel · 30 replies · 482+ views
    NZPA ^ | February 1 2005 | Ian Llewellyn
    Parliament resumes today, with Prime Minister Helen Clark set to fire her opening shots of this year's election campaign. Miss Clark told journalists yesterday her opening statement to Parliament would be a broad-brush affair setting out Labour's long-term programme on improving economic performance, health, education and infrastructure. "It is a big picture speech and it's looking well out at the issues that we need to tackle in government and clearly these are not things you are going to complete by September this year," Miss Clark said. The speech would cover productivity, work participation, training, savings and other "big issues that...
  • NEW ZEALAND: US Ambassador's nuclear message

    12/15/2004 12:10:50 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 19 replies · 609+ views
    Kapiti News [Kapiti Coast, New Zealand] Suburban community newspaper | December 15 2004 | David Haxton
    New Zealand's nuclear free policy should be reviewed if the country wanted to forge stronger links with the United States, according to American ambassador to New Zealand, Charles Swindells, who was the guest speaker at the Electra Business Forum at Southwards Car Museum, Otaihanga, last Wednesday.Information disclosed at the forum was supposed to be kept in house but the ambassador gave the all clear for people to comment afterwards on his address.He said there was a close relationship between both countries but it could be better.From his travels, there were many people passionate about New Zealand's nuclear-free policy but he...
  • PC-free New Zealand!!!

    12/05/2004 12:38:13 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 15 replies · 730+ views
    eMAIL newsletter ^ | December 3 2004 | Dr Muriel Newman, MP
    This Week, Newman On-line looks at the campaign against political correctness Last month in Britain, a poll was conducted by polling company ICM on whether the Blair-led Labour Government is introducing too much legislation that infringes personal liberty. The poll of 1,000 people aged 18 years and over asked whether the Government is proposing too many infringements on matters that should be for individuals to decide for themselves. The poll stated: “Recently the Government has introduced legislation on things like hunting, smoking and parents ability to smack their children. Thinking about such issues generally, which of the following comes close...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Clark condemns attack on her electorate office

    11/17/2004 1:53:25 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 63 replies · 636+ views
    NZPA ^ | November 18 2004 | NZPA
    [New Zealand] Prime Minister Helen Clark says an early morning attack on her Auckland electorate office was violent criminal behaviour. Police briefed Miss Clark this morning after an axe was thrown through the window of the office in Mt Albert. It was believed to be a protest against the Government's foreshore and seabed legislation which is being debated in Parliament. "This is violent criminal behaviour and there is no place for it in a democracy," Miss Clark said through a spokesman. "It shows how extreme the views of some people are on this subject." Police were called to the office...
  • "Witnesses should remove veils" : New Zealand Muslim MP

    10/28/2004 12:45:43 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 32 replies · 757+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | October 29 2004 | Vernon Small & Sophie Neville
    New Zealand's first Muslim MP says two women fighting to keep their faces covered while they give evidence in court should remove their veils at all times and integrate into New Zealand society. Labour MP Ashraf Choudhary said he did not believe wearing veils was required by the women's religion. "Clearly I don't believe they should be covering their faces anywhere in public," he said. "It is not what the Koran says. I don't support this view that women should be covered." In a case before an Auckland court which is attracting world attention, Fouzya Salim has said she would...
  • Aussie political Party aims to enslave New Zealand

    10/19/2004 8:26:10 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 95 replies · 1,612+ views
    It doesn't matter whether John Howard or Mark Latham wins Australia's federal election, a newcomer on the political scene here says. For within a fortnight, the Enslave New Zealand Party or enslavenz for short, says it will take over Australian politics. As its name suggests, this will be bad for New Zealanders. In one of the weirder forays on to the political scene, enslavenz's leader, who wishes to remain anonymous to avoid "vicious New Zealand death squads", said on his Party's website - that he wanted to conquer and enslave New Zealand, giving every Australian household a Kiwi slave....
  • Jailed burglar has sex change

    10/19/2004 1:24:09 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 62 replies · 1,227+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | October 20 2004 | Oskar Alley
    A transsexual burglar with more than 85 convictions is free on bail, amid revelations she underwent a sex change operation three weeks ago – while in prison custody. Career criminal Joanne Martin is facing the prospect of another prison sentence for her latest burglaries, but prison officials must first decide whether she would go to a men's or women's prison. They are understood to require proof that she is a woman. It is thought that three weeks ago, while in a Wellington men's prison, Martin had a sex change operation to become a woman. She was arrested on September 18....
  • NEW ZEALAND: Misquote won't mar India visit, says PM

    10/12/2004 12:54:44 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 27 replies · 787+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zeland ^ | October 13 2004 | Martin Kay
    [New Zealand] Prime Minister Helen Clark says her bridge-building trip to India this week has not been undermined by a newspaper report that wrongly said she would tell it to sign up to nuclear disarmament treaties. An angry Miss Clark yesterday described the article on the front page of the Hindustan Times as a "low value beat-up", and said she had been assured by India's Foreign Ministry that it would not damage relations with India or mar her visit. In the article, the paper's chief diplomatic correspondent, Saurabh Shukla, quoted Miss Clark as describing the disputed territory of Kashmir between...
  • FReeper "Randog" 2 M@rry on Oct 9 2004 [vanity post]

    10/06/2004 1:41:26 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 49 replies · 1,705+ views
    October 7 2004 | shaggy eel
    Yes, ladies and gentlemen... Randog, the pride of Nevada will tie the knot on Saturday, October 9.Join with me in wishing him and his wife to be all the best for a very happy, healthy and prosperous life together.
  • New Zealand: Goff voices doubt over Iraqi poll

    09/22/2004 8:38:18 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 34 replies · 675+ views
    New Zealand is risking fresh American ire after voicing doubts about the credibility of Iraqi elections amid continuing violence. Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff made it clear yesterday that he doubted the elections would take place as scheduled next January, even as United States President George W Bush vowed not to be blown off course by daily violence in Iraq. "The point of holding an election is to give a popular mandate that is a credible mandate and if the circumstances are such that that can't be organised with confidence then I think it likely that the process will be...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Easiest place in the world to do business

    09/09/2004 9:18:26 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 4 replies · 361+ views
    National Business Review [New Zealand] ^ | September 10 2004 | Francis Till
    New Zealand is the easiest place in the world to do business, according to a new report from the World Bank. "Doing Business 2005" says New Zealand tops the 145 nations surveyed by the World Bank on seven measures of administrative and regulatory impediments, most of which deal with barriers to entrepreneurial undertakings rather than the actual operation of business. The other nine of the top ten nations are, in order, the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Norway, the UK, Canada, Sweden and Japan. The top score is an average of New Zealand's performance on the seven indicators and...
  • Deloitte moves on Islamic finance market

    09/09/2004 2:28:57 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 7 replies · 556+ views
    National Business Review [New Zealand] ^ | September 10 2004 | Deborah Hill Cone
    Accounting firm Deloitte is trying to position itself to play a part in the potentially lucrative Islamic finance market ­ with the unusual selling point that "sharia-compliant" banking is not just for Muslims. There might seem to be a contradiction in a profit-driven western company such as big-four firm Deloitte embracing the devout Islamic ideology which prohibits "making money from money," since that sounds a lot like an accountant's job description. But the professional services firm's move is in line with international trends which have seen a growth in finance companies which comply with sharia or Islamic law. The boom...
  • New Zealand: Inland Revenue to tax grass

    08/31/2004 2:36:40 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 45 replies · 846+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand | September 1 2004 | Jon Morgan
    New Zealand's Inland Revenue department has found a way to tax grass.Caught in the tax collector's web are farmers who convert their farms to dairying. The department has changed the way it regards the new grass laid down and the fertiliser used.Previously, these costs were treated as part of normal farming life. In all the 2000 conversions of the past ten years, a new milking shed was put on a farm's books as a capital item and it's value was discounted by 6% a year - a process known as amortisation - while all the associated costs of grassing and...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Five thousand marchers take to the streets

    08/22/2004 5:55:12 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 61 replies · 1,688+ views
    NZPA ^ | August 23 2004 | NZ Press Association
    About 5000 protesters left Wellington's Civic Square this morning on a Destiny Church-organised march against proposed legislation giving gay relationships legal recognition. The number was well below the estimated 10,000 protesters signalled by the church last week. Two counter-protests organised by Victoria University's UniQ gay group and the Against Conservative Fundamentalism group planned to reach Parliament around the same time as the church group. The church group is protesting the Civil Union and Relationships (Statutory References) bills aimed at removing discrimination from the law based on marital status and sexual orientation. Richard Lewis, leader of the church's political party, Destiny...
  • [New Zealand] Get me a plane!

    07/21/2004 2:30:24 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 84 replies · 1,678+ views
    The Dominion Post , Wellington, New Zealand ^ | July 22 2004 | NICK VENTER and ROELAND VAN DEN BERGH
    A prime ministerial plane could be the answer to public concern about high-speed police escorts, says Helen Clark. The prime minister flagged the possibility yesterday after 24 hours of harsh criticism over her one-hour, 45-minute dash from Waimate to Christchurch to catch a flight to Wellington for the Bledisloe Cup rugby test on Saturday. "What I wonder is whether we need to go back and have a look at the level of support that someone in my position is given," she said. "In other countries you wouldn't be relying on commercial airlines for your travel. In other countries the prime...
  • Possum pies enrage Aussie activists

    06/27/2004 8:54:35 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 110 replies · 767+ views
    [New Zealand] SUNDAY STAR TIMES | June 27 2004 | Matthew Lowe
    Possum pies and other meals made from the ubiquitous Kiwi pest have Australian animal-rights activists in a stew. Possum dishes such as Road Kill, Headlight Delight Pie, Guess That Mess and Shovel-Flipped Roadside Pizza have incensed Animal Liberation Victoria (ALV). President Patty Mark said New Zealanders' treatment of possums was an outrage and the culinary names "make your stomach turn". "Possums are a treasure and ALV would see them as individuals who have their own rights." The Kiwi behind the culinary treats, Peter Salter, dismissed the group's comments. After cooking up the pests for customers at his pub in Pukekura,...
  • New Zealand: Child prostitution confirmed in confidential papers

    06/15/2004 2:27:31 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 12 replies · 1,376+ views
    New Zealand children as young as 12 prostituted themselves on Christchurch streets last year. Confidential government papers given to The Press yesterday and obtained by National Member of Parliament Katherine Rich under the Official Information Act reveal that: Child Youth and Family (CYF) knew of at least 14 children and youths involved in prostitution in May last year; two of the underage prostitutes were enrolled at Christchurch's most elite schools – one a private school; a group of boys – some known to CYF – were "pimping" for girls; one 13-year-old girl tested positive for chlamydia; and one or two...
  • Freeper down, but not out

    06/03/2004 4:15:05 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 334 replies · 1,311+ views
    Blackie's wife | June 4 2004 | Shaggy Eel
    Hello, Thought you'd want to know about Blackie since he hasn't been on line lately. He had a bronchial infection & went the usual 7 days w/the anti-biotic. Early Saturday AM he had severe back pain, chills & was sweating profusely. He could barely walk but got into bed after taking a pain pill. He was no better by 6AM so got him to emergency where he was given morphine & was running a fever. They took ex-rays but could find nothing wrong just the usual bulging disks & arthritis damage he had over the years. Because of the lower...
  • New Zealand: Aussies told to butt out over nuclear pot shots

    05/13/2004 5:22:35 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 27 replies · 193+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | May 14 2004 | Tracy Watkins
    Australia has been told to butt out of New Zealand affairs after its Foreign Minister Alexander Downer revived the anti-nuclear row on the eve of a summit supposed to strengthen trans-Tasman ties. Mr Downer took a pot shot at New Zealand's nuclear-free policy and particularly former National prime minister Jim Bolger for failing to reverse the Labour-instigated ban when he had the chance during the 1990s. Prime Minister Helen Clark took a dim view of the remarks yesterday and said she was "disappointed" that Mr Downer had not observed the same "restraint" as New Zealand in commenting on Australian foreign...
  • New Zealand Prime Minister to get audience with the Pope

    05/09/2004 2:03:02 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 21 replies · 255+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | May 10 2004 | Vernon Small & Leah Haines
    [New Zealand] Prime Minister Helen Clark, an agnostic, has been granted an audience with the ailing Pope John Paul II. It is understood the brief meeting with the head of the world's one billion Catholics has been scheduled for May 21, subject to the Pope's health. Miss Clark described herself as an "agnostic" earlier this year after taking issue with National Party leader Don Brash for calling her an atheist. Her meeting with the Pope, who is also head of the world's smallest state, the Vatican City, has been added to her visit to Italy this month for the 60th...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Richard Prebble quits as ACT leader

    04/26/2004 8:35:19 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 27 replies · 213+ views
    NZ Press Associaition | April 27 2004 | NZPA
    UPDATED REPORT Richard Prebble has resigned as leader of the ACT Party, he announced today. He told a press conference that it was the best thing for the party, which has been struggling in the polls. His resignation comes just an hour after Act MPs collectively said there was no threat to his leadership. Just yesterday Prebble dismissed speculation he was about to resign, saying the leadership issue was not being discussed at today's caucus meeting. "No one has raised it with me in the last four weeks," he said. Despite his confidence there had been rumours of his demise...
  • NEW ZEALAND: IRS fairy conjures monkeys

    04/06/2004 5:00:26 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 37 replies · 43+ views
    An Inland Revenue Department manager dresses in a fairy costume, complete with wings and a tiara, and makes her staff put pictures of monkeys on their desks. A team of about 12 call centre workers were ordered by the winged manager to display pictures of a monkey till they boosted their performance. The Dominion Post was told the photos were to remind each member they were "the monkeys on the backs of management". Inland Revenue confirmed there was a team leader who "chooses to wear fairy wings some days". "It's just the way that she expresses her dress sense," a...
  • Trip to US to study lesbian sports

    03/18/2004 12:06:51 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 68 replies · 156+ views
    [New Zealand] taxpayers paid $7000 for two women to travel to the United States to study ways of encouraging more gay and lesbian Maori and Pacific Islanders to take part in sport and cultural activities. Elizabeth Kerekere of Porirua attended the Federation of Gay Games annual meeting in Chicago in November with her partner Alofa AioNo. She said it was a good investment as she found new ways of encouraging gays and lesbians to participate in sport, art and cultural events and that her research could help any group wanting to encourage participation in its events. But the government agency...
  • New Zealand: "Yes, I had an affair", Brash admits

    03/15/2004 11:30:14 AM PST · by shaggy eel · 46 replies · 255+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | March 16 2004 | Nick Venter
    Just days after criticising Helen Clark's "indifference to the institution of marriage", Don Brash has confirmed he had an extramarital affair. The admission is the latest development in the increasingly bitter battle between the prime minister and the Opposition leader. Yesterday Miss Clark objected to Dr Brash describing her as an atheist. Dr Brash admitted the affair with his second wife, Je Lan – while he was still married to his first wife, Erica – in an interview with Newstalk ZB yesterday. "I did have an affair. That's absolutely correct and I acknowledge that. It's not something I'm proud of,"...
  • New Zealand Prime Minister reveals Afghan mission for SAS

    03/08/2004 11:22:36 AM PST · by shaggy eel · 43 replies · 158+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | March 9 2004 | Vernon Small
    UPDATED REPORT The veil of silence over planned SAS deployments has been partly lifted after the Government said 50 elite troops would be sent to Afghanistan. The announcement yesterday breaks with the Government's policy of strict secrecy which surrounded the Special Air Service deployment to Afghanistan in 2002 and which was sharply criticised by Opposition parties. The main SAS contingent will go for up to six months from April 1 and will be under the command of a New Zealand officer. It will specialise in planning and executing long-range reconnaissance and "direct action missions". Prime Minister Helen Clark said the...
  • New Zealand Prime Minister cool on NATIONAL poll surge

    02/15/2004 12:12:01 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 85 replies · 235+ views
    The Dominion Post [Wellington, New Zealand] ^ | February 16 2004 | Vernon Small
    A shock political poll showing National vaulting ahead of Labour has jolted the Government, but Prime Minister Helen Clark has vowed not to change direction. The One News Colmar Brunton poll showed National leader Don Brash's Orewa speech, pledging to end special treatment for Maori, pushed National up 17 percentage points to 45 per cent. Labour was down seven at 38, the first time it has trailed National since 2000. ACT fell five points to 1.3 per cent. NZ First fell five points to 6 per cent. Political analysts said it confirmed a significant change in fortune for National, though...
  • Sri Lankan girl sedated, restrained for flight

    02/15/2004 12:04:29 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 9 replies · 285+ views
    NZPA ^ | February 16 2004 | NZPA
    A Sri Lankan teenager forced to leave New Zealand after being refused asylum was heavily sedated and restrained during her flight home, it was reported last night. The 16-year-old girl, whose high-profile immigration case here involved claims she suffered years of sexual abuse by male relatives in Sri Lanka, is now at a Catholic convent in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. The girl, a Buddhist, was "heavily sedated and motionless in a wheelchair" when she arrived at the airport," a One News reporter said from Colombo last night. The report said the girl, known as Takshila, had been given drugs...
  • One rule for all: You're not special, Brash tells Maori

    01/27/2004 12:29:27 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 78 replies · 229+ views
    The Dominion Post [Wellington, New Zealand] ^ | January 28 2004 | Tracy Watkins
    One rule for all: You're not special, Brash tells Maori Don Brash wants to strip Maori of their special status, saying a National government will revoke court-issued customary titles, do away with iwi consultation and scrap the Maori seats. In the strongest speech by a National Party leader on race relations since Sir Robert Muldoon, he last night accused some Maori of using the Treaty of Waitangi to make money and warned that Maori entitlements under the Government's foreshore and seabed proposal were so sweeping they invited corruption. Prime Minister Helen Clark said Dr Brash was engaging in the "politics...
  • Bush's men on secret New Zealand visit

    01/11/2004 12:53:24 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 78 replies · 146+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellinton New Zealand ^ | January 10 2004 | Mary Jane Boland
    Six of United States President George W Bush's right-hand men are on a secret visit to Auckland this weekend to discuss trade and other business matters. High security surrounds the visit by the six senators, all Republicans and all with significant influence in the Bush administration. Last night, Diplomatic Protection Squad staff were on alert at Auckland's Sheraton Hotel where the group are understood to be staying. Sources said that the six included budget committee chairman Don Nickles, the senior senator for Oklahoma. They are visiting New Zealand and Australia to find out more about business and trade, as well...
  • The lid's off New Zealand's Family Courts: "Racist, Sexist, Abusive, Biased, Crook and Criminal"

    01/07/2004 2:22:59 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 39 replies · 350+ views
    Newsletter subscription ^ | January 8 2003 | Muriel Newman
    While the Christmas season is a time of joy and hope for many families, others struggle with the aftermath of messy divorces and separations – Christmas presents and cards returned unopened, children denied visits with non-custodial mums, dads and grandparents, police action threatened over un-solicited phone calls to the children … and on and on. Almost no one can dispute that family law in New Zealand is in a real mess, which is why changes presently being recommended by a Select Committee of the Australian Federal Parliament deserve scrutiny. Last year the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, took a proactive...
  • Nigerian scammers meet with innovative bureaucracy

    12/03/2003 4:16:32 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 60 replies · 187+ views
    NZPA ^ | December 4 2003
    Baiting conmen new internet sport Computer buffs in New Zealand are "baiting" Nigerian fraudsters in a game dubbed the new internet bloodsport, a report said today. The ultimate goal is to turn the fraud back on the Nigerians, but authorities warn the game is dangerous and are urging people not to play. Scam-baiters start by replying to emails from African fraudsters trying to fleece recipients with fake charities or investments. The baiters pretend to fall for the scams while secretly humiliating the fraudsters, whom they call "lads." Typically, they make endless demands for proof of identity that force the lads...
  • Political correctness epidemic downunder

    11/26/2003 5:36:51 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 42 replies · 182+ views
    Weekly eMAIL newsletter ^ | Novemeber 27 2003 | Muriel Newman
    This [New Zealand] article examines the wave of political correctness that is sweeping the country and is now threatening the very commonsense way of life that makes New Zealand great. The trickle of political correctness that we have become used to over the years – such as calling a chairman a chairperson, a short person “height challenged” and a rubbish collector a waste management operator – now appears to have turned into a flood which is in danger of undermining the pragmatic commonsense foundation of New Zealand’s democratic society. Over the past few weeks: Government Ministers have claimed that one...
  • A grateful nation - yeah, right.

    11/13/2003 6:29:31 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 28 replies · 242+ views
    eMAIL newsletter ^ | November 14 2003 | Rodney Hide
    “The Queen and I bid you a very warm welcome home. Through all the great trials and sufferings which you have undergone at the hands of the Japanese you have been constantly in our thoughts. We know from reports we have already received how heavy those sufferings have been. We know also that these have been endured by you with the highest courage. We mourn with you the death of so many of your gallant comrades. With all our hearts we hope that your return from captivity will bring you and your families a full measure of happiness which you...
  • California dreaming brings them to a cheap backwater (It reminds them of California - LA Times)

    10/30/2003 12:25:20 PM PST · by shaggy eel · 26 replies · 108+ views
    A new wave of rich Californian immigrants love New Zealand but find people here unsophisticated. It can be hard to find good Mexican food, and the natives are rarely impressed by having a multi-millionaire next door and are not keen to see their coast covered in housing, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper. It says Americans are encountering a Kiwi variation of Nimby – not in my blue yonder. But being able to buy waterfront property for a pittance makes up for the drawbacks of living in a boring, if beautiful, backwater. The long feature article, headlined "It reminds...
  • New Zealand spurns US 'think-again' message on nukes

    10/08/2003 1:02:34 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 31 replies · 217+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | October 9 2003 | Tracy Watkins
    New Zealand's government is rejecting a call from the United States to review its anti-nuclear policy after Washington warned it would not "get over it". US ambassador Charles Swindells attempted to deliver the "think-again" message in a speech at Victoria University yesterday but was forced to abandon it after anti-war protesters shouted him down. The Government condemned the protesters' actions, but said the policy would not be revisited. Mr Swindells intended to use the speech about New Zealand-US relations to call for a review of the anti-nuclear policy and voice disappointment at New Zealand's failure to fight alongside its traditional...
  • NEW ZEALAND: Smacking kids faces ban by 2005

    10/06/2003 1:28:45 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 63 replies · 229+ views
    The Dominion Post, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND ^ | October 7 2003 | Leah Haines
    The [New Zealand] government has given the clearest indication yet that smacking children will be against the law in two years. Facing stinging international criticism of New Zealand's stance on corporal punishment, Social Development Minister Steve Maharey said the law which permits "reasonable force" by adults against their children would be gone in two years. New Zealand has consistently been criticised by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for not repealing Section 59 of the Crimes Act. This section lets adults use reasonable force as a defence against child assault, but is not available as a...
  • Prayers in Parliament, but not Christian ones [New Zealand]

    09/29/2003 2:51:37 PM PDT · by shaggy eel · 19 replies · 132+ views
    The Dominion, Wellington, New Zealand ^ | September 30 2003 | Gordon Jon Thompson
    Prayers for staff stress relief The New Zealand Government has started daily Maori prayer sessions to help stressed-out parliamentary workers cope with their jobs. The 25-minute voluntary sessions, due to start this morning, are the brainchild of Oketopa Kuni Shepherd, the new Maori cultural services kaiwhakahaere (coordinator) for Parliamentary Services. "You've got to be creative with people under stress. I thought we'd start the hikoi (journey) to setting people going in a positive way." The session would help clear workers of "any negativity" before starting their day, he said. But National's internal affairs spokeswoman, Judith Collins, said the initiative was...