Or to put it another way…

December 12, 2011

We need funding, please share this about, thanks.

In the spirit of Burke and Wills…

December 10, 2011

Those of you unfamiliar with the New Zealand landscape may be somewhat surprised to learn that we even have deserts, several in fact.

And of course being loons descended from loons who came 12,000 by sea to get here, we’re just going to walk across one of them… in midsummer. Early next month about twenty people in various rolls will be undertaking an expedition to cross the McKenzie basin on foot though some of most magnificent scenery on the planet.

Naturally this effort isn’t hard enough already so its going to be done in the kit of the traditional Victorian era explorers. The activity is being filmed, documented and made into a documentary. Were I inclined to be less cynical I’d tell you that it will be some good reality TV. But no such thing exists, anyway this isn’t “reality” TV, this is reality. Those participating will be able to give insights that have been forgotten a long time ago because hell we’re all pretty much just plain soft now. It is going to be hard, very hard. Personally I do not expect all of those planning to do the walk to finish the 120 mile trek.

I know the area, I spent a couple of years there in army and a lot of it may have looked really good in Lord of the Rings playing its part as the Rohan, but it kind of blows when you don’t have a helicopter to get you back to air-conditioned luxury hotel room thank you very much. That’s why I’m running a support group with a troop of WWII period jeeps, trucks and a NAFFI truck. We’ll be leap frogging ahead to prepare the base camps and carry out our primary function of trying to ensure that none of the walkers die on us. Those that do finish the walk will end it the shadow of Mount Cook and in the footsteps of men like Kipling, Churchill, Haast and our own Ed Hillary.

All ripping yarns and boys own stuff sure, but we need help. On several levels, but most particularly we need money in order to feed our crew and fuel our vehicles. At this point we need an additional $4,000 NZD ($3,000 USD) to make our budget. If you think supporting a bunch of colonial loons challenging the nature is a worthy cause, then please contact me for more information on how you can help and what you stand to gain from it. Alternatly if you’re up for making a small donation you can do that too via paypal.

RNZN 70 years old

September 29, 2011

The Royal New Zealand Navy is turning 70 this weekend. Prior to becoming a seperate service it was the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy. Glyn Harper takes every oportunity to tell me that this makes the army the senior service in New Zealand and I take this as an oportunity to point out witt out a navy New Zealand would freaken exist and managed to get him back by having him say something nice about the navy while autographing a book for my father.

Such is itnter-service rivalry.

Either way its the navy’s weekend and my father will be dusting off his medals and attending a number of the activities. Soemhow we’ve managed to get eleven ships together which will make Wellington harbour fairly crowded and a new Queens colour will be presented with the old one laid up. In fact father was present when the first one was presented many moons ago.

Sunday 9th October:

1000 – Anniversary Church Service incorporating laying up of the old Queens Colour in the Naval Chapel of St Christopher’s, Devonport Naval Base.

A full program is here. Why not drop by and hum a few bars of Elgar. The navy is a part of our culture and heritage, your heritage in fact, so show some damned pride and respect in it and don’t make me slap your ears.

Carry on.

… as is the custom of our tribe.

February 23, 2011

The earthquke in Christchurch is clearly our worst since the Napier quake of 1931 when the town would have been entirely cut off from communication with the rest of the country if not for the presence of HMS Veronica. the crew was also able to give immediate assistance.

On this occasion a logisitics exercise had several hundred soldiers alongside in Lyttelton, Christchurchs port, and they were employed without delay to assist resuce efforts.

New Zealand has accepted help from Australia (whose SAR team seems to have been in the air before the ground stopped moving), Britain and the United States. Other offers have been made.

My cousin Fiona reports: There was a bloody big earthquake and it scared the shit out of me!” Why to give that $30,000 university education a work out Fi.

My former lead scout and all round odd chap, Bernie Shapiro has a couple of which demonstrate something of the kiwi character. For those that can access them he was filming the damage to his home when an aftershock hit. (There is some bad language but if you’re at this site thats not really new now is it.) And his more long term reaction was to set up a tea station and barbie for the neighbours, some of whom were obviously shaken on several levels.

Thats how we roll in the Shire.

UPDATE: Accomadation is being offered for those that need  it.

For Tauraunga the contact is Simon Bridges: simon.bridges@parliament.govt.nz

For Taupo/Cambridge/Tokoroa the contact is Louise Upston at her office on 07 3765563 or upston.taupo@parliament.govt.nz

Up to 1000 people – mainly foreign tourists – are likely to be flown into Wgtn by the RNZAF If people in the Wgtn are interested in providing a temporary roof over the heads of these people then please ring 04 801 4205 or email CD.Welfare@wcc.govt.nz with details.

Attention Simon Whipp

October 29, 2010

I’ve found what you’re looking for.

Turns out there’s none to be had from the New Zealand public. Not sure how these threats are all that genuine given that the only source is Simon Whipp and the people suposedly targeted are in Australia while their primary threat is Sir Richard Taylors band of scallywags who are all just a smindge busy making the flim that you guys tried to screw.

Have a nice day though and feel free to stay out of our country k.

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October 28, 2010

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Helen Kelly killed Bilbo.

October 21, 2010

Nice work slapper.

Just another reason I love these gimmie gimmie gimmie unions/ they’re looking our for workers so much they make sure none of them will ever work again.

Eat that Australia!

October 15, 2010

Congratulations to Jacinta Lal

October 13, 2010

Who just won the Wellington region of the Miss IndiaNZ Beauty Contest.

Like most New Zealanders I am appalled by the outright racism directed at her. By some Indians, who booed her for not “looking Indian enough”. For my money you guys don’t look kiwi enough when you behave like this. Planes go both ways daily. Establish your racial purity homeland somewhere lese thanks.

I of course look forward to the race releations concilliator condeming this overt bigotry and an applogy from the Indian ambasador.

DPF on Pacific Beat

October 13, 2010

Today on ABC Oz you can hear DPF and the head of Te Papa giving their thoughts on the Te Papas ban on women who are pregnant or menstrating from an exhibit for culteral sensitivity reasons.

Keep in mind this organisations culteral sensitivity benchmark is a madona in a condom. BTW the interviewer is an actual journalist so no one gets a free pass. Wouldn’t mind seeing that in NZ.

Audio is here.