A coincidently series of events.

October 30, 2012

I am Murray Hill, a personal friend of Bernard Shapiro and he asked me to issue the following statement on his behalf.

On Q&A in May this year Te Ururoa Flavell spoke to Paul Holmes about the Uruwera Four and made the case that they were treated severly because they were Maori. From the transcript of the program he singles out one Bernard Shapiro.

“And the last one, Paul, is that about two years ago a gentleman by the name of Bernard Shapiro, he had unlawful possession of two military style semi-automatic rifles, thunderflash explosives, power gel explosives, eight sticks, two military flares, a smoke grenade, a grenade launcher, an anti-personnel mine; he pleaded not guilty. Hes found guilty on seven of the eight charges. And what does he get? He gets asked to pay $5000 to the St Johns Ambulance. Youve gotta measure it up on those sorts of terms.”

There are a few problems with Flavell s account. Shapiro was found guilty by technicality and was discharged without conviction. Unlike the Uruwera Four who were found guilty and convicted. Flavell also made the comparison or possession of items with actually using explosives and firearms. Flaval also claimed a Shapiro had a grenade launcher which he did not. Flavell is untouchable for what are at the very least factually inaccurate statements by virtue of parliament privilege.

The following day on their radio show Willie and JT picked up Flavells comments and expanded on them claiming machine guns and made numerous personal attacks on Shapiro while asserting that he had been treated lightly because he was white. When Mr Shapiro called the station himself in an effort to correct their inaccuracies both men abused and ridiculed Mr Shapiro calling him a lair while comparing him to Hannibal Lectre.

Their actions were unprofessional and well outside any reasonable standards journalistic ethics. They abused their power as media personalities to further a political agenda of supporting four people convicted of arms offences by claiming race was a factor in their sentencing. Their behaviour led to a numbers of people calling the station to complain and a Broadcasting Standards Authority complaint. The station itself defended their actions and rejected a request for an apology. However, yesterday the Broadcasting Standards Authority complaint was upheld and Mr Shapiro was vindicated. Coincidently the appeals of the Uruwera Four were rejected on the same day.

In addition to the above I would add that Mr Shapiro is pleased by the finding and has no other comment to make. Any questions should be directed to his lawyer Jonathan Eaton.

I will also make the observations that These three men – I must Include Mr Flaval – have attempted to support people who did clearly commit serious offences with Tama Iti having a history of discharging firearms in public with a man who has no criminal record but was chosen as a example by them because of the colour of his skin.

Had any of them made the slightest effort to find out about the man they were attacking they would have gotten an entirely different picture from the one they constructed. Bernie Shapiro has served in New Zealand army, I pinned his NZDSM on him myself shortly before my wedding earlier this year. During the Christchurch earthquake Bernie set up a hot food and drink station at his home for his neighbours and then worked  with Sam Johnson and the Student Army, specifically to bring aid to Aranui – a predominantly Polynesian/Maori area that was being neglected. Bernie did this using his own willies jeep to get into the area where other vehicles would not go until he was incapacitated by exhaustion and made ill for weeks from silt inhalation. Bernie was the first contact from outside for many people in and was interviewed by ABC Australia as a result. Bernie has yet to be appropriately acknowledged for these efforts in my opinion.

I, like many of Bernies loyal friends, was appalled at his being used as a political toy by Flavell and the subsequent abuse by Willie and JT. One is immune to any kind of fallout by virtue of his exulted position, the other two have been found to have breached the standards of their profession. At an absolute minimum I would expect to see three apologies. Assuming any of these men had any degree of class.

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Not dead, just sleeping.

July 19, 2012

Yes its a new post, I’ve been absent for over a year doing other stuff.

So to sumarise:
Completed by honours degree,
started my Masters thesis,
got married,
having a baby in October,
starting PhD in Febuary 2013. Such is the plan anyway.

Further to that item my thesis is related to the impact of torsion artillery on ancient warfare. There is a strong focus on practical testing and there will be large catapults built and operated in field condtions. The largest of these will be Agrippa, a 4 mina ballista. (Thats fancy Latin talk for it throws 3.25kg stones.)

Disturbingly a couple of New Zeland based businesses have offered the primary ingredients of metal and wood to build this machine, so now I’m just looking to raise the funds to be able to move things from where they to where they’re needed. Below is a link to the fund raising site for Project Agrippa. Please go there, be amazed (that they let me write stuff without getting it spell checked), throw $20 at it (for which you’ll get a replica Augustus/Agrippa coin) and tell everyone you ever met, hell walk up to complete strangers on the street and tell them! Because its the sharing that gets these things funded.

More updates later when I remember that not everyone is my friend of Facebook.


The “What the hell did you think was going to happen” Compilation 2011

August 30, 2011

Seriously I kind of wish a lot of these people would just die off and improve the gene pool. More of a gene damp spot in many cases.


Brothers: spot the difference.

August 10, 2011

One was a soldier for over a decade, the other a journalist. One was once descrided as a cantankerous old bugger… at the age of 15 by a 63 year old rowing coach. One wasa member of a left wing peace group called Peace Now. Both know the consequences of deploying the army to deal with rioters, yet arrive at different conclusions.

Can you spot which is which?


New Zealand Defence Services Medal applications being accepted.

April 17, 2011

Applications are currently being accepted from former servicemen aged 70 and over.

Those aged between 69 and 60 will be able to apply around July/August. 59-50 around August/October . Us comparative youngsters under 50 will be some time towards Christmas.

If you are know anyone who has severed in the New Zealand Armed forces since WWII for three years or more, or in K-Force and J-Force for a year or more then tell them have a medal coming. In fact we have thousands of servicemen who have not recieved any of the up to four medals they are entitled to. The New Zealand government does not issue medals, it requires the recipients to actually find out for themseleves they are entitled to them and then ask for them.

The shabbiness of this arrangement I’ll keep for another time, meanwhile please ensure that anyone who is entitled to this medal – around 160,000 of us – gets it. In many caes the recipients are deceased and their relatives may well be unaware of the entitlement. If you are unsure then contact the medals office. They are very helpful and usually efficient. Keep in mind they have had to take on extra staff for this release and will be snowed under for the next year sorting this lot out.

You can apply online and you may need to get some additional documentation, again ask the medals office. If you need some help then ask me, I’ve dealt with a certain ammo9utn of this sort of paper work previously.

If you’re entitled, apply for it and wear it at ANZAC Day next year. If you are the heair to someone who is deceased then apply for it and wear in on the right hand side of your chest next ANZAC Day. This country has a long and proud military history and this should be reflected to the population at large for at least one morning each year and the so called comedians who think slanging us off is clever and the just plain pig ignorant media just take the morning off.

Many thousands of New Zealanders have met the demanding requirements of military service. They have served their country and community loyally and well, including responding to disasters such as the Christchurch earthquakes, but not on operations.

“Up to now there has been no recognition of this service, on which the Government places high value. This medal remedies that. It delivers on the National Party’s campaign commitment to recognise those people.

“It also honours those Reserve personnel whose service comes on top of full-time commitments in civilian life.”


Christchurch gets hammered again.

February 22, 2011

Chrsitchurch has been hist by a 6.3.

The central city is being evacuated and multiple casualties have been reported. the hospital is still in operation.

Emergency triage centres have been established at;

Latimer Square, Central City
Spotlight Mall, (Colombo and elgin streets) Sydenham
Sanitarium, Papanui

If you have been evacuated from your home or place of work you should report to you nearest Civil defence centre. These are uasually schools or local halls. Frequently it will be where your polling station is during elections. If not stay home, check your neighbours are alright and don’t go sight seeing. If you require help seek it from those around you, emergency services are being tested.

Listen to your radio for instructions.

Good luck.

If you happen to be one of my cousins call me when you can.

 

UPDATE: Please do not attempt to call your relatives in Christchurch. The phone capactity is reduced and Civil Defence co-ordination is being impaired. I can wait, so can you.


Confront Barbarism today!

November 4, 2010

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is about to be hung, if she hasn’t already. This is Irans big concession to world wide outrage at their intention to stone her to death for alledged adultery. For those of you in New Zealand I urge you to express yourselves to the government of Iran.

This is the Embassay of the Islamic Rebuplic of Iran.

This is where you would go to to express your concerns:Te Anau Road, Hataitai, Wellington, New Zealand

Alternately you can phone them

04-3862983
04-3862976

or even email them:

info@iranembassy.org.nz

Express yourself in a clear, articulate manner and display some manners. Do not threaten or abuse them, that simply creates a perception that Iran is a victim. It will also get your ass aressted. Be stupid in your own time not mine. also keep in mind that inside those gates in Iran and New Zealand law will not protect you.

Let them know how you feel, thats why they have embassies, but show them the western way. We’ve seen their version and frankly it doesn’t impress me.