AmeriNZ 361 – The ever-changing times

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016I recorded this episode last Friday (March 11), but didn’t have time to finish editing it that day—or all weekend. Life happens. This episode begins with me talking about my solar electricity system, and where things are at. I’ll have a more in-depth look at it after twelve months, but a check-in now is still a good idea—it’s been awhile!

The bulk of this episode, though, is about the three-week occupation of the grounds of the NZ Parliament—which is ironic because only I posted my previous episode only a short time before the occupation began. In that episode, I talked about why I thought New Zealand hadn’t had anything like the angry, aggressive, often irrational “protests” other countries had seen. Well, we have now! I have a nuanced perspective, as is usually the case, though my opinion of the occupiers is still negative. Below is an extended list of links to New Zealand coverage of various aspects of the occupation.

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Links for this episode
Parliament protesters dig trenches to avoid ‘all night’ sprinklers – By André Chumko, Sophie Cornish, Erin Gourley and Matthew Tso, Stuff
‘Splintered realities’: How NZ convoy lost its way – By Marc Daalder, newsroom
The Trumpism spilling out onto Parliament’s lawn is the new virus – By Andrea Vance, Stuff
Do the protesters in Wellington even know what ‘freedom’ means? – By Jehan Casinader, Stuff
Wellington protesters’ extreme distrust of mainstream media – By Kristin Hall, 1News (TVNZ)
Tinfoil hats, Winnie, and the poo: Anti-mandate protest nears end of third week – By Virginia Fallon, Stuff (sums up most of the occupation)
Iwi take unprecedented stand against ‘abusive’ protesters who invaded marae – By Glenn McConnell, Stuff
Yesterday was New Zealand’s January 6. What happens now? – By Nik Dirga, RNZ (Full disclosure: I met Nik when he was a guest on the podcast way back in 2008, on episode 71)

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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 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 337 – Resolution

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Despite a few obstacles, I’m back. First, though, I give the end of the story I talked about in the previous episode: New Zealand got a government. Mainly, though, I talke about the several obstacles to my being able to podcast (or blog, for that matter).

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Links for this episode
It’s a cruel summer – My blog post on some of the obstacles to blogging and podcasting
”A good end to the year” – My most recent health update blog post
”The Tim Corrimal Show” – Tim told me the podcast site was broken, so go check out his show!

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AmeriNZ 336 – Still waiting

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016The New Zealand General Election happened, but we don’t have a government yet. That’s my first, and main, topic today. I also talk a bit about a big commemoration of a famous battle in World War One. I have unusual feelings about it.

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Links for this episode
Blue-Green bloom – My blog post on why a National-Greens coalition was impossible
”Green refusal to work with National ‘pathetic’ – Bolger”New Zealand Herald
“What will he do?” – My blog post on Winston’s options
“We’re still waiting” – My blog post on where we’re at
”First World War by the numbers”NZ History
”New Zealand’s ‘blackest day’ at Passchendaele – 12 October 1917”NZ History
”Military history of New Zealand during World War I”Wikipedia
”Passchendaele: The real reason behind New Zealand’s greatest tragedy”Newshub
”The Battle of Passchendaele: New Zealand’s military’s darkest day”Stuff
”Hundreds gather in Wellington to mark centenary of Battle of Passchendaele”Stuff

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AmeriNZ 335 – Cliffhanger

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016This is the final podcast I recorded before the New Zealand General Election, and the short version is that the election’s a toss-up. I talk about why that is, some possible scenarios, and some of the things that may change that.

Special Note: To comply with New Zealand Election Law, I will not respond to any comments between the hours of 12am and 7pm NZST Saturday, September 23, 2017. I will attempt to turn on comment moderation, and if I’m successful, all comments will be held in a queue until after 7pm NZST Saturday, September 23, 2017 (maybe even later, because I’ll be watching election result coverage…)

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Links for this episode
Official statistics on Advance Voting turnout
Official Enrolment Statistics
“There may have been a youth-quake” By Bernard Hickey, Newsroom
“Call the police: here’s everything you can’t do on election day” By Madeleine Chapman, The Spinoff
”Adjusting the system” – My blog post on my latest health update

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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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New Zealand Herald
“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 333 – One Week

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016If a week is a long time in politics, we’ve been through a year this past week. This episode is mainly updating all the many changes since last week’s episode. Yes, there’s a lot of detail, but it sets the stage for what will happen in the weeks ahead.

This episode is a re-record, which isn’t unusual. The reason is, though.

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Links for this episode
Polls apart – My detailed blog post on the poll results and what they mean
“Timeline: Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei’s downfall” from Radio NZ

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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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