AmeriNZ 360 – Boosted times

I’m boosted! I talk about that first today, along with a few other life updates, until I get to my main topic, a voice message asking me why I think New Zealand hasn’t had the same level of protests over Covid that Australia and the USA have had. As it happens, it’s something I’ve thought about quite a bit, and I’ve developed a view about it. As always, it’s just my opinion, and I welcome comments here or by audio message.

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AmeriNZ 348 – Midyear

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016We’re in the second half on 2019 already! I talk briefly about that before going to NZ news, specifically, some recent changes that will affect tourists coming to New Zealand. There was also a weird rightwing social media freakout over a cake. Plus a couple other stories, along with a “me” update.

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Links for this episode
“At the midpoint” – My blog post on the midpoint of this year
“Information about the NZeTA” – NZ Immigration
“Paying the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy” – NZ Immigration
“Americans will need a travel document to enter New Zealand, starting Oct. 1”Washington Post
“It’s just cake” – My blog post on the rightwing overreaction to the NZ Prime Minister making a cake.
“ACT Party rebrand: no name change, will focus on repealing hate speech laws”Stuff
“One pipe dream fantasy remains” – My most recent blog post about the rightwing “Christian” parties in NZ.
“Sunny is eleven” – My blog post about Sunny’s birthday.
“Teatotaling test” – My blog post about trying no-alcohol wines.

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AmeriNZ 346 – Busy April

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Today was my last chance to do a podcast episode for April. I met the challenge! It was an unusually full month, even if there wasn’t all that much “big” stuff to talk about. Still, I find a few updates to pass along.

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Links for this episode
”The nice, long break” – My blog post on our ten-day holiday
”New Zealand Parliament Passes Assault Weapon Ban” – My blog post on the final passage
”They should have done better” – My blog post about NZ’s response to Brunei
”NZ’s Census disaster” – My blog post on the disappointing news
All of my April blog posts


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AmeriNZ 345 – 12 Years Later

Today is the 12th Podoversary of the AmeriNZ Podcast, which is significant, even if the specific number isn’t, because both the podcast and I are still here. I talk about that today, but first I have some updates to last week’s episode first. This episode isn’t really a celebratory episode as such, but at the end I have an audio montage I created for this episode. Wendy made me do it.

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Links for this episode
“PM Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons and all assault rifles”Radio New Zealand
”We Are One” – My blog post on the two minutes silence
”A podcast is up” – The original shownotes for the first episode


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AmeriNZ 344 – They Are Us

On Friday of last week, New Zealand was changed when terrorism arrived on our shores. I reflect on that day and the immediate aftermath from my perspective. This is a personal viewpoint, not a news report or news analysis—there are plenty of places that provide that. But for nearly a dozen years I’ve talked about good things and bad things that have happened in New Zealand, and this could be no different.

Important update: After I recorded and prepared this episode, the New Zealand Government followed through on its promise and will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons and all assault rifles. I’ll have more to say about that later, but I applaud the move.

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Links for this episode
Photo in this episode’s artwork is byKirk Hargreaves for Christchurch City Council
“No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB and SIS public docs”Radio New Zealand
“Republicans Blasted Obama Administration For Warning About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism”ThinkProgress
“Gun owners voluntarily handing over semi-automatic rifles to police after Christchurch terrorist attack”One News (TVNZ)
“Rush for semi-automatic guns in Blenheim following Christchurch mosque shootings”Stuff
“They Are Us” – My blog post with my personal reflections on the attack and aftermath


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AmeriNZ 341 – Providing answers

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Last chance to post an episode before the USA’s Thanksgiving holiday, so here I am! I begin talking about the Pike River mine disaster, because we’ve had a major development. Then, it’s a sad and fraught story about division and a huge fight in Auckland’s “rainbow communities”. I also talk about how I’ve had to explain the USA’s recent elections to New Zealanders, which isn’t new, actually. Then I have a question and some comments from the previous episode. Consider this the aural equivalent of a Thanksgiving feast!

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Links for this episode
”Andrew Little confirms Pike River Mine Drift re-entry plan to proceed” – Government media release
”Pike River Mine re-entry: How it will happen”Radio NZ
”We’re in!” – Stand With Pike Media Release
AmeriNZ 242 – Sudued – The 2010 AmeriNZ Podcast episode where I talked about Pike River
”Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust withdraws support for Auckland Pride Parade after police uniform ban”One News, TVNZ
”Sound advice: ‘Just don’t go there’” – My blog post I referred to


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AmeriNZ 340 – Adventures

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Today I talk a bit about how the Royal Tour was received in New Zealand. That leads into a couple other issues in the NZ news. I also provide a wider explanation of something I talked about in AmeriNZ Podcast episode 338. Last time, I also had some health updates and I had colds. This episode has similar topics, as it turns out. And, today is a big anniversary.

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Links for this episode
”Prince Harry and Meghan’s Royal Tour of New Zealand: Spectacular display of Māori culture ends visit”NZ Herald
”Royal tour 2018: Kiwi designs lifted on royal shoulders”NZ Herald
”Simon’s circus” – My blog post when National’s MP crisis began
”Fact check: Business confidence surveys have little to do with actual economy”Stuff
All my blog posts on my Health Journey

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AmeriNZ 334 – Still more change

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Change is continuing in the New Zealand election campaign, so much so that I could almost do a daily podcast on it and not run out of material. A lot has changed since my last podcast episode, and I mainly talk about that today. This episode has 98% less talk about the details of political polls!

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Links for this episode
”Something’s not right” – My detailed blog post on what’s wrong with the reporting on a recent poll
“The support is there” – My blog post on where the Greens’ support went
“Season of change” – My blog post on why a Labour/Greens government may happen
“Labour, Greens and Māori Party ‘could change the world’ – Marama Fox” – Newshub
”Peter Dunne to stand down” – Another major change in the election
”Jacinda Ardern: No surprise at Greens’ Ohariu call”New Zealand Herald
“Storm erupts over Gareth Morgan’s ‘lipstick on a pig’
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“Cat fight” – My blog post on Gareth Morgan’s crusade against cats
“AmeriNZ 295 – Waiting” – The 2013 podcast episode where I talked about Gareth Morgan’s crusade against cats
“Opening the books has changed the election campaign trail”Stuff’s piece on the opening of the financial books
“First Labour Party ad” – My blog post about the first ad (with video)
“New speed limit of 110km/h for some key New Zealand expressways”New Zealand Herald

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AmeriNZ 332 – Changes

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Political upheaval, people leaving, people arriving—but this is about New Zealand. There were big changes this week, and there may be some more. This is my main topic this episode.

I’ve been sick lately, which kept me from podcasting and blogging. This was my third bad cold this winter, but that’s happened before. Still, Spring is on the way—eventually.

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Links for this episode
Life for the party – My blog post on the changes to Labour
“A good start” – My blog post on Jacinda Ardern’s first couple days as Labour Party Leader
”Labour to assess whether Metiria Turei’s electoral revelations could damage party”New Zealand Herald

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AmeriNZ 331 – Newsy Zealand

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016There’s been a lot of news here in New Zealand, but the two biggest stories were probably not widely reported overseas. So, first I begin talking about sport (yes, really!): The America’s Cup and the British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand. I mainly talk about stuff that provides some background and context to those stories, and why they matter for New Zealand.

The New Zealand general election is drawing ever closer, and a new poll is out. How did National and Labour fare? How did New Zealand First, which I talked about last time, do? And, what does all of this imply for the results of the election?

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Links for this episode
”America’s Cup”Wikipedia
“America’s Cup and us” – My blog post on the victory
”2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand”Wikipedia
”Irish Rugby Football Union”Wikipedia
”Ireland’s Call”Wikipedia
”New Zealand Barbarians”Wikipedia
”Māori All Blacks”Wikipedia
”Andrew Little drops to fourth as preferred PM in latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll that sees both major parties take a hit”1 News (with video)
”Andrew Little deflects worst approval rating by Labour leader since 2009: Polls are not ‘what motivate me’”1 News (with video)


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