The Daily Blog Open Mic – 10th September 2023

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.


Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

The Editor doesn’t moderate this blog,  3 volunteers do, they are very lenient to provide you a free speech space but if it’s just deranged abuse or putting words in bloggers mouths to have a pointless argument, we don’t bother publishing.

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  1. 1 year ago yesterday QEII died. I didn’t see any mention in any NZ media whatsoever. Did anyone else? A bit weird I thought, as a commonwealth country and an extraordinary leader. RIP

  2. Has someone looked at this and I have missed it?
    O’Connor stopped off in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi on a brief, yet important trip that comes as New Zealand prepares for its October 14 election.
    The biggest takeaway was that New Zealand would enter preliminary talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a new Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) – mirroring a new approach announced by Australia in 2022.
    Wellington is also following in the footsteps of countries that have already signed similar deals with the UAE, including India, Indonesia, Israel and Turkey.

    O’Connor’s trip to the Gulf last week piggybacked on a higher-profile mission to New Delhi. This leg of the trip dovetailed with a sizeable New Zealand business delegation that was organised independently and led by the India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC).
    The INZBC’s chair, Michael Fox, heralded the delegation as a way to ‘reframe the bilateral relationship’.

    An added benefit of New Zealand’s done-and-dusted free trade deals with the United Kingdom and European Union is renewed interest and capacity to focus on parts of the world that it had previously neglected.

    The introduction to the item says in short: ‘Trade Minster D O’c recent foray into the Middle East may be a sign of things to come as NZ needs to start putting in the hard..’
    Why do we need to start putting in the hard… ? What are we obliged to do and why – what is the return? Do we have to get in line for oil, or other factors? – what do we have to give up, what is the cost and who benefits in NZ/AO or Significant Others?

  3. I’m sorry I haven’t been forceful for the people and their right rationalism. But at 57 after a lifetime paying attn, with a sore arm on one side and a sore hip on the other, on a bad mattress, you can’t help the strong truth that sputes out of you no matter.

    • sumsuch We are all sorry who write here I think, in different ways. Who would have realised that when people rise out of poverty and simplicity that they become estranged from their beginnings and feel superior and better? We always want to look down on someone it seems. All the time we were trying to improve standards of living and education, we were forming new versions of the class society.

  4. Myrtle rust – by now probably everybody has at least one plant with it. It can proliferate on weeds too. Windborne.

    It’s an ill wind etc. Jobs for Nature. Let’s have other dedicated skills groups and paid jobs at the end. Our own little micro-economy supported in each town by the inhabitants. Let’s grow our young people, water them, nurture them, limit their wildest behaviour but let them celebrate being young and in work. What a good future for the next 10 years and then plan ahead to cope with the next 10. One small step in a foreboding future of AI and ailing if we don’t buck up.

  5. This journalist speaks about something overlooked constantly and that is parenting especially mothering. And what parents do may have shaped the whole world that we now see. Think about it and how we don’t help them when they need it, and enable with discussion groups, general parental education, and opportunities for whole family camp weekends so families can do things together away from their usual narrow confines.

  6. This is concerning – a writer finding people scrutinising his work so closely that he can’t write using the normal language he would have chosen.

    Be Mine was a tougher book to write than the previous Frank Bascombe novels, Ford says, partly because of the rigorous ‘sensitivity editing’ now required for novels in the US.

    “You have to go through these ridiculous sensitivity edits in which they go through and try to prune out all the words that somebody might take offence at, which is humiliating and not pleasant.
    “They try to basically force you to take words out and take scenes out and take events out that they think might offend someone. And you have to just fight them.

  7. Is this non-political? I hope so – NZ Geographic ran a piece on this artist.

    Exploring the extremely weird world of animal evolution

    Huge congratulations to illustrator Giselle Clarkson, who last Friday was named one of New Zealand’s 2023 Arts Laureates. Giselle invents and draws all all the cartoons for our Just So column—as well as illustrating books and picture books, and drawing her own book-themed comic strip. She’s also got her own book coming out later this year. Watch a neat video about her work here.

  8. This sounds bad. It seems that the hospital is being run as a custodial institution not a place of care assisting the family.
    (Bay of Plenty – Tauranga Hospital)

    … “Mum had been crying for four hours, groaning in pain, and screaming when touched, and writhing in agony on the bed.”
    “No one seemed to know what was going on. No one could identify who the duty manager or on-call doctor were. The on-call doctor then did not answer their pager, and I was told they were short-staffed.”

    Lee asked to look at her mother’s chart but said the nurse refused, even though Lee explained as power of attorney she was legally entitled to check her notes.
    “I placed my hand on the bottom of the notes. The nurse had her hand on the top of the folder. She asked me to let go of the folder, and became confrontational, so I asked for the duty manager.
    She let go of the file and dropped whatever was in her hand and walked away. I presumed she’d gone to find the duty manager so went into the nurse’s station which is in public view, but she was on the phone. I went back to mum’s bedside. Thirty minutes later three burly security guards arrived with a duty manager who asked me to leave.”…

    “She told me she’d call the police and I said I would. The police walked me out of the hospital with security and issued me the order. They wouldn’t allow me to say goodbye to mum.”
    Lee’s sister Kim who was with her when this all happened said the duty nurse told them they were “preventing us from treating your mother”.
    ”That is ridiculous when all afternoon we’d been asking for pain relief, and they kept stalling, then came with Panadol, then said only a doctor could give something stronger. Eventually a doctor had to come from ED and gave her two strong medications.”

    The trespass was “a complete overreaction” from the hospital, Kim told Stuff in tears.
    “The final memories of our mother’s life are this – it’s heartbreaking enough to lose your mum, and for her to be left in pain, then her daughter not be able to be with her is just revolting.”
    Lee has now engaged a lawyer to see if the order could be lifted, so she could visit her mother.
    “It’s so stressful as there is potentially not much time left. Mum will be wondering where I am.”

    Te Whatu Ora Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty Senior Advisor Governance and Quality Debbie Brown said it was unable to comment on individual cases but that trespass orders were not issued without “serious consideration”.
    However, Te Whatu Ora guidelines state trespass notices are issued “only in serious instances of the above – such as the actual occurrence of an assault, major theft or serious wilful damage, the presence of someone with a weapon, or, when de-escalation techniques have failed and the person poses a threat to patients, staff or property”.
    There have been 20 trespass orders issued at Tauranga Hospital during the last 12 months, said Brown.
    Brown said the family were offered a meeting with her and the acting group director of operations prior to the incident which lead to the trespass order being issued.

    NZ/AO is not restrained and courteous enough to cope with denying themselves some fun that is forbidden to them.
    An e-bike still requires users to pedal, and just gives them a bit of a boost; while e-motorbikes are powered solely by the engine, just like a traditional motorbike. Anything 300W in power or above is legally considered a moped, so not allowed on cycling/walking trails.
    Their speed and weight meant they caused significant damage to the trails, Williams said.

    As for whether it was ignorance of the rules, or a feeling the rules did not apply to them, Williams suspected a bit of both.
    “I think … because they’re e-motorbikes, people are trying to consider them e-bikes, and therefore think they’re permitted on local walking and cycling trails, which of course isn’t the case…

    “People are using the fact it’s an ‘e’ motorbike as an excuse to be able to ride it wherever they want… I don’t think it’s the bike community. I think potentially it’s a new group of users coming in.”
    While normal motorbikes made their presence known via noise, e-motorbikes did not.

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