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Mouse population explodes in Australia
Rats and mice have always sought a close relationship with human beings in part because we produce food in bulk and we are somewhat messy. But not only do we leave food lying around for them, we build nice warm and secure shelters for them to live in.
This is unintentional on our part, simply a consequence of our lifestyle that rodents take full advantage of. They have featured significantly in our history in part because of their nuisance value, but more because they carry disease and parasites like fleas that can transmit another level of disease like bubonic plague and other pestilences that can result in the death of
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Travel update 21-12-2016
As of today, Kaikoura can now be accessed via State Highway one as well as by the inland route from Culverden. You can expect minor delays as road crews are still working to improve sections of the highways, but the people of Kaikoura will be delighted to see you.
Travel update 18-11-2016
The inland resort town of Hanmer Springs is slightly damaged but has re-opened for business. All pools are open, including the water slides and accommodation.
For anyone planning on using the Cook Strait ferries, Interislander and Bluebridge services have resumed. However the best option for anyone wanting to travel between the
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Kaitaia and Cape Rianga
Known as the Aupouri Peninsula, this is one of the most remote districts of New Zealand. Kaitaia, the only town is near the base of the peninsula and about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. The main industries are agriculture, forestry and tourism. The population is 4,887 (2013 census), which makes it second largest town in the Far North District, after Kerikeri.
You can get there by air or bus from Auckland or Whangarei, and when you get there, there are many small tourist operators who will take you out to see the sights but the best way is self driving. But when you drive north of Kaitaia, you need to make sure you
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The people vs big brother
Fatally poisoned and waiting for death
1080 is a metabolic poison that is extremely toxic to all air-breathing organisms. It blocks the body’s muscle and organs ability to absorb energy from its food, and results in a slow and inhumane death, typically 8 -24 hours for birds, 2-4 days for large mammals. There is no known antidote for this deadly poison.
New Zealand has a very real problem with introduced species of plants and animals that are displacing all indigenous species. To control weeds, the country is pouring massive amounts of Roundup and other highly toxic weed killers over the land that end up in the food chain for us to consume.
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Tips on how to save your life
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Do you actually value your life and the lives of your loved ones? If you do, how much?
If you have not been paying any attention to world affairs, it’s time you did because Islam is on the move. In case you didn’t know, Islam is not a religion, it’s a political movement aimed at world domination and the majority of the Islamic people are poorly educated, they live in fear and superstition.
With the influx of Islamic refugees into western countries, the stage is being set for a new chapter in the battle for the war for our world. All across Europe gangs of uneducated, unemployable and
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The changing face of New Zealand
Back in the 1950s, times were changing and people’s awareness of the world around them was expanding. The insane asylums had been around for many years but they were becoming something of a social embarrassment to governments who had little idea what to do those who could not function in the fast changing world.
The mental asylums as well as accommodating dysfunctional were also experimental facilities for electric shock treatment and new drug trials. They also became alternative places to prison for people that governments didn’t like and yet they had sufficient credibility that people who were feeling out of sorts with the world could admit themselves.
In hindsight we can see that a
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Tourist, Traveller or Pilgrim?
There are many ways to see the world, and we must if we wish to travel, consider how and where we want to go. But often, travel is the least of our concern because we simply want to get to a particular destination. Therefore we need to consider our means of travel as well as our destination and reasons for wanting to be there.
The world’s first travellers were those undertaking some form of business. They may have been defining national territories, maintaining diplomatic relations between countries or travelling for trade and exchange.
As a consequence, trading routes were developed across the world to share goods and ideas. With the arrival of Christianity in Europe, many
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Lakeside resort town
Dawn over the lake, May 2016
Traditionally Tekapo has been a gas and comfort stop on the route between Christchurch and Queenstown. Fifty years ago the town would have had about as many permanent residents, but today like so many other small towns, it’s bursting at the seams and struggling to cater for the increasing number of tourists.
Back in the old days, working people from the East Coast cities and towns may have had a weekend holiday home at Tekapo where they could go boating and fishing or use the village as a base to explore further afield into the mountains. Today it has a permanent population of about 380 and is one of five
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The ‘new’ fear and concern for the Rio Olympics
The mosquito that spreads Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.
Zika virus has headlined in the news (January 2016) and it’s being blamed for spreading Microcephaly, a birth defect occurring in thousands of newborn children particularly in Brazil. Although Zika virus is not a killer, it provokes an emotional reaction because the associated spread of Microcephaly affects our ability to reproduce.
“While zika seems to be spreading in the wild, it is also a registered – patented organism that can be purchased by almost anyone, so why has the issue of patent ownership of the Zika virus not been the object of media
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What’s the deal for our health?
In case you haven’t heard, there are two trade deals being negotiated. One is the Transatlantic Trade Agreement and the other is the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement (TPP). These deals are being promoted by governments to the people as a means of facilitating trade and improving the economies of the countries involved.
While government is supposed to be transparent and serve the needs of people, these trade deals have been negotiated in total secrecy. Part way through the negotiations, some of the detail on these trade agreements was published on WikiLeaks and it became clear that ordinary citizens are dispensable.
As more information was released into the public domain, opinions on
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