Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
|English: Pic of the Hutt River in New Zealand looking downstream near Avalon Park. Taken from ground level so not very good. This picture will do until a replacement is available. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
This painting shows the stockade at Boulcott's farm on the east side of the Hutt River after the engagement of 16 May 1846. Local Māori had been challenging settler occupation of Hutt Valley land. After a series of skirmishes the first major encounter occurred here when Māori, led by the Whanganui chief Tōpine Te Mamaku, made a surprise attack on a British post which had been established at a settler's farm. The painting shows the graves of soldiers from the 58th Regiment who lost their lives in the attack. The site is now part of the Hutt golf course. It is actually just a few hundred yards from the present day Hutt Hospital in High Street, Lower Hutt.
|English: New Zeland rugby union player Richie McCaw and the rest of the All Blacks visit Christchurch during the Rugby World Cup. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The two best All Blacks and rugby players on the planet...
Friday, December 28, 2012
|English: Bowen House, the Beehive and Parliament, New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|English: PSA members take part in a rally during a dispute with Housing New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|A high-density (state housing) apartment block in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. Looking west from Greys Avenue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
What has also become obvious is that Housing New Zealand is not honouring its mandate to honour the National Party's pledge to replace any state house demolished or sold. In point of fact only a small percentage of houses being sold and removed in Auckland and Lower Hutt will be replaced by new state houses; these will be private and so-called community housing. This is already causing hardship as families and communities are broken up as tenants have to accept tenancies of houses elsewhere.
In Lower Hutt 68 or more housing units are being demolished because they are earthquake risks - actually it seems a devious scheme to seperate Mongrel Mob members from their communities in many cases. While the public won't be that sympathetic, children of poor families are being penalised by the State.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
|Young Maori man performing in a kapahaka group. Apparently (based on Flickr tags) taken during a Maori dance troupe event in Rotorua. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Ngapuhi's David Rankin claims other people arrived before Maori in NZ. Evidence supports this. It just hasn't been officially clarified. Dr Laracy is most likely out by a couple of hundred years. It has now been accepted that the ancestors of today's Maori came to NZ from 1200-1300AD from East Polynesia - today's Rarotonga and the Society Islands. I have read some of these claims. Old Maori spoke of the red-haired, fairskinned "fairy people" in the bush. They were here in NZ before the ancestors of Maori arrived. Maori is not a race as such but a collection of tribes that may have come from various islands , and were called that to distinguish them from the Pakeha sealers and whalers who arrived in the late 18th century. Maori broadly speaking, were the "ordinary people". There is a hell-bent rush to have all claims heard by the Waitangi Tribunal before somebody actually come's up with some factual evidence that other people, such as the Waitaha in the South Island as well, arrived before the East Polynesian ancesters of today's Maori. Remember Ngai Tahu have exclusive rights to greenstone from West Coast rivers. Descendants of Waitaha could dispute this too
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- Maori are not the indigenous people of New Zealand
- Academic conspiracy claims rubbished
- Historians rubbish claims of academic conspiracy
- Claim education best xmas gift for Maori children
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
|Butane lighter in use (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Rotorua Coroner Wallace Bain has warned that even one huff from a cigarette lighter or aerosol canister can kill. File photo / Thinkstock
Rotorua Coroner Wallace Bain is calling for action to stop the "frightening" number of deaths from sniffing butane.
He says people need to be aware that even one huff from a cigarette lighter or aerosol canister can kill.
Dr Bain made the call in his finding released today into the death of a 16-year-old Rotorua boy, whose name is suppressed.
Dr Bain found the teenager died at Rotorua on January 31 last year as a result of hydrocarbon (butane) inhalation.
On the night of his death he had been watching cricket with his father and using his laptop. He went to his bedroom at 12.30am, telling his father he would see him in the morning. Twenty minutes later his father noted the light was on in his son's bedroom and he found his son lying on the bed. He appeared to be asleep.
In the morning the boy's father went to his room and found him in exactly the same position but it appeared he was dead.
A pathologist found the boy had inhaled butane gas which caused a cardiac arrest and ventricular fibrillation.
Initially, butane was not suspected and it was not until the ESR report and the full pathologist report was available that the cause of death was established.
Dr Bain found there was no suggestion the teenager was intending to take his life.
"It seems clear that it is an unfortunate combination of events and perhaps a misplaced view that he might obtain euphoria from the use of butane," Dr Bain said.
The teenager had had some heart issues when he was younger but by the time he was 16 there were no significant medical issues.
He was a smoker and a cigarette lighter and packet of tobacco were found in the pocket of his jeans on his bed. Sometime after the boy's death, his father found an empty aerosol can of deodorant in the boy's bedroom. The father had been concerned as he had been with his son when he bought the deodorant a week earlier and he thought the use of it was excessive, given it was empty when he found it.
Specialist evidence that one "huff" from a cigarette lighter or the deodorant canister may be enough to kill someone, especially for a person new to huffing.