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  1. Yes, quite a contrast to the current ‘fashion’ for so called leaders .

    Outline does not seem to work with the New York Times any more , Incognito mode works still.

    Why Jacinda Ardern Matters

    New Zealand’s prime minister is emerging as the progressive antithesis to right-wing strongmen like Trump, Orban and Modi, whose careers thrive on illiberal, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

    I was heartened to see in the article this is still normal in NZ 🙂

    and are often surprised to see children and adults walk the streets barefoot.

    Good to see as I have always suspected it is better for us…………

    A survey of more than 700 students at the North Shore’s Westlake Boys High School(high socioeconomic decile) found that almost half could be described as “habitually barefoot”.

    That was in contrast to Germany, where 100 per cent of children wore footwear, and South Africa, where 90 per cent were barefoot.

    “This is interesting because until now economic resources might have been considered the primary difference,” Francis said.

    “New Zealand highlights a culture difference.”

    ………………………………there was developmental differences in foot structure when children grew up in shoes.

    When it came to running, shoes that contained a cushioned heel allowed the runner to land on the heel of the foot with an extended leg, which might explain why around three-quarters of today’s runners were “heel strikers”.

    This mode of running meant force was being absorbed through the heel, bony structures and joints, with less assistance from muscle.

    Francis suggested this might be one of the reasons most running injuries were to structures not designed to absorb force, such as shins, feet and knees.

    In contrast, kids who grew up mostly barefoot appeared strong enough to run quickly and for long distances without shoes.


  2. I can never understand why so much fuss is made about preferences.

    No-one is forced to allocate preferences in a certain way, it’s a free choice.

    I’d hope voters would put ON last no matter what.

  3. Outspoken Anglican priest Rod Bower has identified one of the men who attacked ‘Eggboy’, as the same person who allegedly terrorised his Central Coast church last year.

    It is believed Neil Luke Erikson and several others stormed into a Gosford Anglican Church service carrying a whip, a fake sword and a megaphone in May last year, traumatising the congregation.

    At the time Father Bower described the incident as a “terrorist attack”.

    Erikson was also one of the men who tackled a teenager who cracked an egg over Queensland senator Fraser Anning’s head at a press conference in Melbourne on Saturday.


  4. Compare and contrast

    A journalist is pushing Ardern on the Turkish president’s comments, saying she “must be offended” by Erdogan’s comments.

    Ardern says she “does not accept” that the nature of the relationship between New Zealand and Turkey has changed, given that Turkey holds our fallen and thousands of New Zealanders have made pilgrimages to the country.

    She will not be drawn on Erdogan’s comments, saying that her deputy prime minister Winston Peters is on his way to Turkey and “this conversation is one that will happen face to face”.


    FauxMo is such a sad excuse for a statesman.

  5. Now there’s an endorsement of leadership and community !

    Ali Reza, a Pakistani New Zealander who lost 12 friends in the attack on the Al Noor mosque, said the community had been overwhelmed by the support of the New Zealand community and government, and in particular by the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

    “Anything they can do, they do,” he said, noting how quickly visas had been arranged for families to travel to New Zealand and financial support provided for the funerals for the funerals.

    “I am proud to live in New Zealand.”


  6. NZ not mucking around when it comes to this…………

    Christchurch mosque shootings: Philip Neville Arps in custody for allegedly sharing footage of shooting

    He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on April 15.

    Christchurch mosque attacks: Masterton woman arrested for Facebook post after mosque shooting

  7. Would there be stories like this (one of many) post shooting if NZ had 2GB,The Telegraph, Poorlene and Scrott, ? Nah.


    Sonny Tazeem Ali, speaking for the board of trustees of the Māngere Muslim school Al-Madinah, told about 350 guests on the school’s basketball courts that the wider New Zealand community’s support made a big difference.

    “We feel a lot better with the support we’ve had throughout New Zealand,” he said.

    “We feel all New Zealand is standing behind us supporting us.

    “Our children feel supported. You just don’t know how much it means to us.”

    “New Zealand we love you, you are us, and ,b>we feel part of the community,” he said.

    And showing they are in the usual NZ manner 🙂


  8. There has to be a flaw in the Senate voting system. I’m not absolutely up to date with what they’re doing with above the line voting these days (are they still doing it?) but Fraser Anning does bring up an interesting anomaly. The clear intention of above the line voting is that you vote for a party, not its individual candidates – they’re merely the beneficiaries of that. So if a Senator decides to defect from the party he represented at the election, he or she is no longer reflecting the intentions of the voters.

    Technically, following party lines with below the line voting requires you to actually put a tick next to each candidate’s name. So, for instance, if you voted for Anning below the line as a One Nation candidate, you did still physically vote for him. The same assumption can’t be made if you voted above the line – because technically you voted for One Nation candidate 1, One Nation candidate 2, etc.

    It’s entirely fair to say Anning only got 19 votes. The rest of them were for One Nation. There ought to be some system for dealing with this misrepresentation. Same goes for Bernardi.

  9. I just love the haka. Australia is such a bare and barren country by not integrating our Aboriginal culture. For NZ, the haka at this horrific time is a way of giving the whole country a huge hug.

    • Agree the Haka is unifying New Zealanders

      Australia is still pretending aborigines had no culture, no agriculture and is still subjecting them to appalling living conditions

    • Well said Bill and I’m sure the msm will relay this message to all corners of Australia and shout it from the rooftops loud and clear – oh dear! I forgot to take my meds again didn’t I?

  10. I’ve seen footage. I haven’t seen the comments.

    Tayla Harris says trolls’ social media comments on AFLW photo were ‘sexual abuse’

    Tayla Harris was on ABC24 about 30 minutes ago. She is a very impressive lady.

    • We watched this live on The Project. I didn’t pay a lot of attention because I thought Hamish was going down the usual road of protecting the lnp……..I’ve just rewatched this via twitter, and am now reading that this segment has been taken down?

  11. We don’t watch any ‘news’ on tv anymore. We watch The Project, which is basically an entertainment show with a bit of news. It is mostly trivial, but that appears to be what most of the public seem to want. They haven’t always toed the msm line. Since the slaughter in NZ last Friday, The Project has excelled in their coverage. Tonight was no exception. Waleed Aly had 12million views of his piece on Friday’s show. PM Jacinda Ardern has invited Waleed to NZ for an interview.

    I know there are people who have no time for Waleed Aly, but for mine, good and bad, he is genuine.

    • I certainly don’t have a problem with white supremacists, Nazi-huggers, etc on Twitter. I have a very simple method. When I see a post that looks like hate speech or trolling, instead of responding or commenting on it, I just mute the account. That’s it. Once I started doing that, I found I was free of the whole lot of it within a couple of months at the most.

      Unlike some rather prominent types over there (not looking at any particular Van Badhams, to cite one of a number of examples), I don’t go all blocky on criticism of something I’ve posted. I let that go, very rarely respond, just don’t engage. But if it looks like trouble, whoosh, gone. I actually find Twitter quite a pleasant experience on the whole, Excellent source of breaking news, and the accounts I follow do a good job of contextualising events.

      My only rule for posting is, don’t be combative. Say what you say, just don’t get all precious about it. We all have opinions, it’s not your job to change everyone’s mind.

    • As for Facebook… well, I can’t stand Facebook and spend very little time there. All it’s good for, in the main, is showing up people you once knew as narcissists, bores or whingers. People I quite like in real life I take a real exception to after seeing their Facebook personalities.

      I use it for following official accounts of niche media outlets, those who post links to interesting articles and whatnot. I have a lot of friends on mute over there.

      Makes me sound like a curmudgeon, I know. But put it this way: for me, people are much better in real life than they are on Facebook, so it’s Facebook’s fault, not theirs.

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Tony Wright says that the hate-filled killer at Christchurch’s mosques may be in custody, but he is still achieving what he wanted: escalating chaos, exemplified by the intemperate spat between Turkey and Australia.
    David Wroe says that Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an authoritarian populist who routinely exploits religion for political value in his country.
    In an excellent contribution John Warhurst ponders over what changes will occur in NZ and here as the shock waves of terrorism flow through them.
    Michelle Grattan writes on how the Christchurch attack is straining Australian-Turkish relations ahead of ANZAC day.
    With Christchurch as a background Ed Husic has written a good piece on the damaging influences in our society.
    John Ruddick points his finger at the left over its blaming conservatives for what happened in Christchurch. Well he would, wouldn’t he?
    Lecturer in Terrorism Studies Kristy Campion explains how right-wing extremism has a long history in Australia.
    Meanwhile The Age reports that one of Australia’s most prominent far-right extremists has escaped prosecution even though he left explicit, violent and repeated threats on the message bank of a Melbourne freelance journalist.
    The Project has hit back hard against Morrison’s protestations.
    Sam Maiden has her say on the Project/Morrison stand-off.
    The shooting outrage in New Zealand on Friday put a focus on anti-immigration, anti-Moslem, ethno-nationalist movements in many Western countries — but it’s a question whether it will break their support. Dr Lee Duffield joins in the drive to find explanations for a surge of barbarism this century reaching even into the peaceful streets of Christchurch.
    Jennifer Hewett says Morrison’s regional push is walking a fragile line on migration.
    Michelle Grattan has a piece on the migration proposal.
    Nick O’Malley tells us why gun control has never got off the ground in New Zealand.
    Greg Sheridan writes that the Christchurch massacre sounds the bell on our laissez-faire attitude to social media.
    John Silvester says tweets don’t kill people – guns kill people.
    David Crowe writes that senior Liberals including former Western Australian premier Colin Barnett said Australian voters would recoil from any hint of co-operation with Senator Hanson, outweighing the potential gain from trading preferences.
    Michael Koziol explains how the Morrison government faces its first test under the new medical transfer regime for refugees after doctors signed off on applications that are now sitting with refugee lawyers.cIt is expected the applications will be put to Department of Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo and Immigration Minister David Coleman by the end of the week.
    It seems Anning has racked up the highest bill for staff travel of any MP who does not hold a ministerial or shadow ministerial role. What a disgraceful being that One Nation has inflicted upon us!
    Kerri Sackville provides some advice on how to handle bigots in your social media sphere.
    It is good the government is at last talking about population rather than boats. But the population plan it has released is very obviously a grab bag of measures rather than a carefully considered plan for Australia’s future, writes former Immigration department deputy secretary Abul Rizvi. This is well worth reading.
    For Americans, the most surprising aspect of the mass murder in Christchurch was not that 50 people died. Rather it has been the clear-headed determination of New Zealand, led by its Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, to act immediately on gun control, including a possible ban on assault weapons.
    Jess Irvine contrasts the two sides in the wages policy argument.
    Alexandra Smith reports that a secret report for the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust revealed that the Allianz Stadium could have been upgraded to meet all safety standards for as little as $18 million.
    And she tells us about the Daley bombshell that Liberals sat on for months.
    Esther Han reports that the senior NSW Treasury official who drove the privatisation of the land titles registry later became its chief financial officer in a “classic” case of the revolving door, renewing calls for the government to restrict such moves.
    And we see that the Coalition government sold one of Sydney’s most prestigious hotels to a Singaporean developer without an open tender despite internal advice a direct sale could breach “ICAC guidelines”.
    How about this! The big four consultancies have nearly tripled their income from federal government contracts since the Coalition won power, while becoming among the nation’s most generous political donors.
    According to this SMH editorial the Coalition, which once provocatively divided Australia into lifters and leaners, has made a potentially significant change of policy towards the unemployed.
    The government’s proposed changes to how job seekers are made to look for work while receiving welfare have been mostly welcomed by stakeholders – although it’s also been warned against creating another “robodebt” scenario through an overreliance on automation.
    Catholic schools are threatening to reignite the funding wars, appealing to the federal government for a boost in capital grants to help provide for an expected surge in enrolments in the coming decade.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that the US market had largely priced in a successful outcome from the trade negotiations between the US and China. Now it’s not so sure.
    The European Commission opposes extending British membership of the European Union to June 30 as British Prime Minister Theresa May proposed on Wednesday, according to an EU document seen by Reuters.
    The federal environment department has admitted it does not know whether recovery plans meant to prevent extinctions of threatened species are actually being implemented. I’m sure the impressive Melissa Price is all over it!
    Richard Denniss explains why Australia needs to keep subsidising renewables.
    Americans should not be fooled by the Stalinist tactics being used by the White House to try to discredit the findings of mainstream climate science. The Trump administration has already purged information about climate change from government websites, gagged federal experts and attempted to end funding for climate change programmes.
    Australia is facing a perfect storm of record household debt and falling property values. But some experts are reassuring the nation that the economy isn’t about to fall in a heap.
    Elizabeth Knight wonders if AMP’s scorched earth on bonuses be enough.
    Bupa’s Australian arm has dragged down the UK-based healthcare giant’s full-year results as it fights fires in its troubled aged care business that fell deep into the red last year.
    China’s decision to increase scrutiny on Australian coal imports has been blamed on a speech by Christopher Pyne in Singapore.
    many employers are saying that they are struggling to get their EA approved before the Fair Work Commission, with union opposition and the commission’s strict approach key stumbling blocks.
    The AFR explains how ANZ is scrapping sales targets for tellers.
    A tie-up between Coles and food delivery giant UberEats to include food staples in home deliveries has been hailed as a “long overdue” innovation for supermarkets.
    From online gaming to e-health and education, the nation’s troubled broadband network has created a “digital divide” that means many Australians will be denied access to revolutionary technology, experts have warned.
    Australia’s national science agency is being used to promote a weight-loss pill despite there being no scientific evidence it helps people lose weight.
    The Boeing 737 Max plot thickens.
    The pilots of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max that crashed in Indonesia were searching a flight manual to try to find why the plane kept lurching downwards against their commands, according to reports of the cockpit voice recording.
    European Union regulators have hit Google with a $A2.4 billion fine for abusing its dominant role in online advertising. It’s the third time the commission has slapped Google with an antitrust penalty, following multibillion-dollar fines resulting from separate probes into two other parts of the Silicon Valley giant’s business.
    Trump has had yet another Twitter episode.
    Thieves in the city of Tijuana have made a mockery of Donald Trump’s attempts at beefing up border security by stealing the razor wire and reselling it to local residents in Mexico.
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” goes to this young swimming coach.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir with a very dark contribution.

    David Pope on the Turkey spat.

    And David Rowe chimes in too.

    What a ripper from Mark David!

    John Shakespeare with Daley’s problems.

    from Matt Golding.

    Cathy Wilcox on population and infrastructure policy.

    Glen Le Lievre and CC denialism.

    Zanetti could get the sack for this one!

    Jon Kudelka goes behind the lines in Gallipoli.

    From the US

  13. Well done the US cartoonist who did the Ardern cartoon. They took the time to get a small detail like the NZ coat of arms right.

  14. A good find over the road. What the prick Erdogan actually said. You’ll be unsurprised that what the press reported is just a tad more inflammatory than his actual words.

  15. I watched one of Shorten’s town hall meetings last night. Pretty much like all the others, with Bill in especially good form.

    If you haven’t seen one then here’s the video. (It’s long, almost 2 hours.)

  16. “If anything paints a clearer picture on the state of Australian politics today it is this; after Waleed made that genuine, thoughtful, and reasoned contribution on Friday night — a plea for our community to come together — the Prime Minister of our country threatened to sue,” Macdonald said.

    “In contrast, New Zealand’s Prime Minister invited Waleed to her country to sit down for an interview.

    “If you want to know why I’m here tonight and not Waleed that’s why, that’s where he is. And so Mr Morrison to you, personally, that invitation to come here and have that conversation that is so desperately needed is always open.”


  17. Thanks Kaffee for your excellent post.

    Finding Erdogan’s actual speech of Mar19 is extremely difficult, if not impossible. The media reports are just that: “reports” without any links to sources.

    The statements you quote are reported on pbs in the usa. The links are: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2HdH29WkAEfspJ.jpg and https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2HdH3AWwAAOM4k.jpg

    Erdogan’s speech itself is partially recorded on his twitter feed: https://twitter.com/RTErdoganLive

    In that speech, it’s completley unequivocal that the “you” referred to is the actual perpetrators of the massacre (He was assuming multiple perps at that point in time).

    Erdogan’s op-ed in the Washington Post completely sets his position in a different light;

    This whole episode is a disgraceful attempt by Morrison to use lazy media reporting to indulge in a chest-thumping exercise for political advantage. Erdogan has been verballed, pure and simple.

    Shorten’s response, while more muted, also indicates that he’s been taken in by the media reports.

  18. May’s out of control

    Theresa May held a short speech at Downing Street this evening, after unsuccessfully trying to have a constructive meeting with Brexiter MPs she hoped to swing. In her speech, the PM pointed the finger at MPs and blamed parliament for the delay in reaching a decision. It has not been well-received, to say the least: Several Labour MPs have since accused May of having stirred up hatred towards members of parliament with her remarks.

    A number of MPs and pundits have said they believe May has probably gambled away any chance of receiving renewed support for her deal by blaming MPs alone for the deadlock. Hell knows what’s next.


  19. Ardern says all weapons used in Friday’s terrorist attack will be banned.

    She says: “I absolutely believe there will be a common view amongst New Zealanders, those who use guns for legitimate purposes, and those who have never touched one, that the time for the mass and easy availability of these weapons must end. And today they will.

    “Today I am announcing that NewZealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles. We will ban all high capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semi-automatic weapon. We will ban parts that cause a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automatic or close to automatic gunfire.

    “In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country.”


  20. Understandable but it tickles my funny bone. NZ police boss on handing in fire arms.

    Bush, once again, urges people not to simply walk into a police station with a firearm without calling ahead first.

  21. The gun law changes noticed in places far far away.Planet America

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8.

    Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market.

    This is what leadership looks like ⬇️ https://t.co/TcdR63anBt

    March 21, 2019

    • Fancy that! People giving away books!

      Who would ever have thought!

      What will he say when he discovers a charity bin on his walks?

    • It’s amazing on a number of levels, not least of which is that he’s represented Warringah for a generation and never apparently taken a walk there. And that he doesn’t know what one of those things is. He truly believes he’s come across something entirely novel and unique.

  22. Everyone is getting excited on Twitter about this. I have very low expectation. I think it will end up being a foot rub, otherwise scumbag wouldn’t agree to it.

    I think we’ll tape it and watch it later if my suspicions are wrong. I certainly couldn’t sit through half an hour of the smarmy idiot.

    • You’re probably right not to watch. All the upside here is for Morrison, who has made the decision to come on the show. He’d do it for one of two reasons – either:

      1. There’s been some kind of agreement between him and The Project as to how it’s going to go
      2. He reckons he has Waleed’s measure.

      Neither alternative seems all that palatable to me. If it’s as hard-hitting as the usual Leigh Sales interview, it’s about as much as you could expect. I’d imagine Waleed will have a set of tough-looking questions for Morrison, and Morrison will have some well-rehearsed answers for them. And everyone on the show will end by saying, “Gee, I thought Morrison handled that really well, good on him!”

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