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10 Nov: Homily (Winston Peters Again) and Tweets

I don’t know if there are any tweets about it because I haven’t looked, but a story in the Washington Post is causing a bit of a furore here. A USian living in NZ, Ben Mack, wrote a story for them called ‘How the far right is poisoning New Zealand‘. It’s incredibly ill-informed and quite maddening. The “far right” he’s talking about is Winston Peters, who... read more

5 Nov: Daily Homily and Tweets

The All Blacks New Zealand has had five big wins in the sporting arena in the last 24 hours, so that’s what a large proportion of the tweets in this country are about. The biggest was the All Blacks vs the Barbarians (basically All Blacks “B”) at Twickenham in London. The game started in the early hours of the morning NZ time. I was awake, but didn’t watch it. I get the impression... read more

8 Oct 2017: Daily Homily and Tweets

I’m happy to report that the New Zealand All Blacks won again! They played the South African Springboks in the early hours of this morning. This was the last game of “The Investec Rugby Championship” competition for both teams for this year. The All Blacks got through without losing a game and won the competition. (The other two teams in the competition are Australia and Argentina. They... read more

My Picks for Top Tweets: 7 September 2017

Well, I’ve got even less time than yesterday to look for tweets. I won’t bore you with another tale of the woes of my life. Suffice to say, things aren’t ideal right now. However, I’m very, very lucky that I was born in this country, especially as a woman. Despite all the stuff that’s wrong, I actually have a better life than the majority of people on this planet.... read more

Tusked Weta Versus Foraging Pig

Regular readers may remember my recent post about the rare New Zealand Mountain Stone Weta. The Tusked Weta (Motuweta isolata) is also critically endangered, though its impressive tusks and usual habitat make it slightly better known. I always thought “The Dead Wetas” would be a really good heavy metal band name. (See below for a Heavy Metal Band Name Generator.) The Mountain Stone Weta, with... read more

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