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It happened here — a snapshot of hate crime in New Zealand - E-Tangata

2019.07.21 10:42 lolpolice88 It happened here — a snapshot of hate crime in New Zealand - E-Tangata

https://e-tangata.co.nz/comment-and-analysis/it-happened-here-a-snapshot-of-hate-crime-in-new-zealand/
" Last month, the Human Rights Commission published It Happened Here, a digest of race and religious hate crimes in New Zealand. It draws from news reports of hate crimes in the nine years between 2004 to 2012.
As Paul Hunt, the Chief Commissioner, writes: “The Christchurch shootings have re-ignited public debate about hate crime and hate speech, but there is little information available about the extent of racially and religiously motivated crime in New Zealand.”
He adds that “the absence of systematically collected data and information on racially and religiously motivated crime in New Zealand makes it very difficult to have an informed discussion about their prevalence and design effective measures to counter them.”
The summaries below are taken from the annual reports of Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres (2002-2013). Publication of these annual media reports stopped in 2013, because of funding pressures. During Susan Devoy’s term as Race Relations Commissioner, from 2013- 2018, she argued that the police should collect the data on hate crime.
That hasn’t happened — despite calls from the Human Rights Commission since 2004, recommendations from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2007 and 2017, and from the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2009.
It’s important to note that the incidents outlined in this report, which we’ve extracted here in full, are just a snapshot. It’s reasonable to assume, as Paul Hunt points out, that these are just the tip of the iceberg.
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2004
Desecration of Jewish cemeteries
Following the desecration of two Jewish cemeteries in Wellington in July and August, Parliament took the unprecedented action of unanimously passing a resolution deploring these acts. Recalling the terrible history of anti-Semitism culminating in the Holocaust, Parliament expressed unequivocal condemnation of anti-Semitism and all forms of racial and ethnic hatred, persecution and discrimination.
A statement signed by Māori, Pākehā, Pacific, Asian and other ethnic community leaders, religious leaders, mayors and councillors, business and trade union leaders, and community groups was tabled in the House supporting the resolution.
The Speaker also invited community representatives to a forum at Parliament on the way forward for racial harmony. The forum of 250 people heard the ideas that had been put forward by participants beforehand, raised further suggestions, and unanimously adopted the outline of the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.
Reported incidents
Anecdotal evidence and newspaper reports continue to indicate that some ethnic groups suffer harassment and abuse in the streets and elsewhere, ranging from derogatory remarks to verbal and physical abuse. Among reported incidents in 2004 were:
The emergence of a small National Front group in Christchurch and Wellington led to pro-harmony demonstrations by ethnic groups and other concerned citizens in Christchurch in May and Wellington in September. Police made an arrest in the case of the hate mail to Muslim families and the attack on Somali youth, but many other incidents were either not formally reported to the Police or investigations have been unsuccessful. The Police do not keep separate statistics relating to ethnicity for reported racial offences, treating them as complaints alongside others relating to offences under the Summary Offences and Crimes Acts.
2005
In the absence of Police recording of complaints and prosecutions relating to racially motivated crime it is difficult to assess the extent of the problem. Newspaper reports seem to indicate that there were significantly more prosecutions than usual in 2005.
Cases of racial and religious harassment and abuse successfully prosecuted by the Police included the following:
2006
There were a range of media reports of racial harassment:
2007
There were a number of media reports of racially motivated crime, harassment and discrimination, including:
2008
Race hate murder
A 2008 Police inquiry indicated that a 25-year-old Korean economics student Jae Hyeon Kim was murdered because of his race in 2003. Jae Hyeon Kim was on a 12-month backpacking holiday in New Zealand when he disappeared en route from Westport to Greymouth in September-October 2003. A missing person inquiry in 2004 failed to find anything, but when the Police re-opened the inquiry in May 2008 they received two anonymous letters.
This led to the arrest in June 2008 of a 28-year-old Nelson fisherman and two other men, whose details were suppressed. A number of skinhead supporters attended when the defendants first appeared in court
At a depositions hearing in the Greymouth District Court in October 2008, one of the men pleaded guilty to the murder. The other two were committed to a trial scheduled for June 2009 in Greymouth. During the depositions hearing the Police located Jae Hyeon Kim’s body near Charleston, south of Westport.
The man, who pleaded guilty to the murder charge, was sentenced to 21 years without parole in December 2008. An appeal against the sentence was lodged.
Jae Hyeon’s mother and brother travelled to New Zealand to visit the site of the murder and attend the sentencing. They also attended a funeral at Nelson’s Marsden House, where they were joined by members of the Nelson Multi-Ethnic Council, a representative of the Race Relations Commissioner and other concerned citizens.
Reverend Taeil Choi of the Nelson Full Gospel Korean Church paid tribute to a bright student whose life was too short. He said Jae Hyeon Kim had been drawn to New Zealand because he, like many other young Koreans, believed it was a peaceful country, free of violence and aggression. He said those responsible for Mr Kim’s death had carried the disease of racial hatred: “For the sake of Jae Hyeon Kim, we should all commit ourselves to making this city of Nelson, and our country as a whole, a place where people are welcomed, and a place where all cultures and all people are tolerated equally.”
Media reports of race-related incidents
There were a number of media reports of racially motivated crime, harassment, assault and discrimination, including the following:
2009
Compared to previous years, there were fewer media reports of incidents of racially motivated crime, harassment and assault. Reports this year included:
While a reduction in incidents reported in the media is welcome, the actual number of complaints, prosecutions and convictions are still not recorded by the Police. In the course of the United Nations Human Rights Council review of New Zealand’s human rights performance in May, the issue of recording Police complaints was raised again. The government accepted the recommendation that this data be collected, but said it was not a priority.
Courts take dim view of attack on Manurewa Gurdwara
In a case not widely reported by the media, two 20-year-old men were sentenced in the Manukau District Court in February to two years and nine months imprisonment. They were accused of throwing pipe bombs at the Narskar Thath Isher Dabar Sikh Temple in Manurewa, engaging in threatening acts and painting obscenities on the temple walls. In addition to sexual obscenities, they painted a swastika, the letters KKK and the words “fukin rag heads” on the walls. The offences took place from April to August 2008. Judge Blackie imposed a deterrent sentence, to make clear to all New Zealanders this type of conduct would not be tolerated.
He described their actions as, “racist, abusive and demeaning” and expressed abhorrence on behalf of the community at what had occurred. The men appealed the length of their sentence to the High Court. Judge Heath dismissed the appeal, citing other cases in which racial hostility had been considered an aggravating factor in sentencing. He said, “The attack on the temple involved violent conduct … It was a persistent attack, through physical and psychological means, on those who used the temple. Targeting the temple on four separate occasions over a period of more than three months makes it implausible to suggest that [the men] were not motivated by racial, religious, colour or ethnic hostility.”
2010
The media continue to report sporadic incidents of racially motivated violence, ranging from verbal abuse to severe physical assault. There is no way to establish the actual extent of racially motivated crime. This is because the government has not yet honoured its commitment to the United Nations Human Rights Council to introduce a system of data collection to capture this information. Media reports reflect that most incidents are directed at Asians and occur in the South Island. Some noteworthy media reports are mentioned or discussed below:
2011
There were sporadic media reports of racially motivated crime, although less than in previous years. They were:
Chinese student hospitalised after attack
In August, a Chinese man was the victim of racist comments and an attack at an Invercargill service station. Comments were directed at the man and his passengers by an 18-year-old passenger in another car at the service station.
The pair exchanged words then the offender punched the man in the face. The force broke the man’s glasses and a shard of glass went into his eyelid, causing a laceration. He was taken to hospital and underwent surgery.
The man was an international student and as a result of the attack could not study and failed one of his classes. He has since returned to China.
The offender was sentenced to six months home detention, 200 hours community work and ordered to pay $1000 reparation.
2012
Flurry of racial vandalism in Auckland
There were three separate incidents of racial vandalism in the course of a week in Auckland in October.
Twenty gravestones in the historic Jewish quarter of a cemetery in central Auckland were vandalised and spray painted with Nazi insignia and slogans. Police arrested three youths and charged them with wilful damage. Charges against one were subsequently withdrawn for lack of evidence. Of the other two, one aged 19, pleaded guilty in November to a charge of intentional damage, and was due to be sentenced in February 2013; the other, aged 20, pleaded not guilty and was due to reappear in court in January 2013.
In what was assumed to be a copy-cat incident, an unoccupied house in Grey Lynn, Auckland was broken into and defaced with similar slogans a few days later. Also that same week, a bullet was fired through the front window of the office of an immigration consultant and former Immigration Minister, causing the window to shatter. National Front style slogans were painted on the footpath outside.
There was speculation that the cemetery attack was to give publicity to the annual Flag Day march to Parliament on Labour Day by fringe national socialist and white supremacy groups, the National Front and the Right Wing Resistance, but spokespeople for these groups, Colin Ansell and Kyle Chapman, denied any connection with the incident. Less than 40 people attended the national flag march, and Ansell told 3 News that his group’s biggest problem was maintaining its transient membership and getting them to pay the $15 a year membership fee.
Jail and home detention for racial attack in Dunedin
Three unemployed young people in Dunedin were sentenced to prison or home detention for abusing and assaulting a Korean family in Dunedin at Easter, and for then assaulting a student who tried to intervene. The family, who were visiting from Auckland, were walking along Dunedin’s main street when the drunken trio began shouting racist remarks at them, threw a bottle and punched one of the group in the face.
One woman, aged 22, was sentenced to six months in prison for the assault, another woman, aged18, was sentenced to three months in prison, and a man, aged 18, to two months home detention. All three were also convicted of other unrelated offences. In sentencing one of the offenders, Judge Stephen Coyle said it was entirely unacceptable and abhorrent that anyone should be taunted simply because of their race “or looking different from you”.
Owners jailed for dog attacks on Asians in Christchurch
A man and a woman were sentenced to eight months in prison for setting their dog onto Asian people in Christchurch. A woman (18) and her former boyfriend (24) admitted to the court that they had associated with an extreme right wing group and that the attacks were racially motivated.
The woman had yelled abuse at a Vietnamese man, told her dog to kill him, punched him and tried to hit him with a beer bottle. When he took shelter in a shop she stomped on the bags of groceries he had dropped, threw items at the shop door, and yelled for him to go back to his own country.
A few months later, the pair met a man from the Philippines, and set their dogs on him in Lincoln Road, Addington. The woman let her dog off the leash to let it chase him. The dogs jumped up and tried to bite his shoulders, damaging his jacket, while he took shelter inside a property and then inside a flat.
A Japanese woman was then confronted nearby. The dogs were encouraged to attack her while she huddled in a corner until help arrived. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for a bite wound and scratches.
In sentencing the pair, Judge Doherty said, “The main purpose of the sentencing is deterrence.” He noted the special provisions of the Sentencing Act for racially motivated crimes.
The judge also ordered the dog to be put down, saying, “It’s not the dog’s fault, but it seems to me it has been socialised into activities that could lead to greater risks in the future”.
It Happened Here: Reports of race and religious hate crime in New Zealand 2004-2012 was published by the Human Rights Commission in June 2019."
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2019.06.27 20:35 cjam84 Weather data...Garmin hasn't been totally honest

Ever had the "Waiting for data" message on your fenix or other garmin device with a weather widget?
It's quite possible you have, and you may have had some success following the various "fixes" on the internet. Then again you might be in my situation, where nothing works.
That didn't stop me from trying EVERYTHING though, and I'm now confident I know the issue for me, and probably many other people.
Simply put, Garmin has lied (by omission) on its website and product packaging and marketing material when it details the weather capabilities. It turns out that weather data does not exist globally, and is location specific. My example is where I live, Rotorua, in New Zealand.
Rotorua is the 10th most populous town/city in NZ. Despite this, I've never got the weather widget to work here. Neither has a colleague who also has a fenix. Rotorua may only have a population of about 60 000, but we have superfast fibre and and rock steady 4G network, we're not really that rural or isolated!
However, go overseas (hawaii in my case) or to one of the more populated cities here in NZ (Auckland, Christchurch or Hamilton in my case) and it works. Don't have to reset anything, just go to the weather widget and the data is there.
Don't get me wrong, It seems pretty obvious that the weather wouldn't be global coverage, my gripe is that when confronting garmin about this, they refuse to acknowledge this and just tell you to reset your connections. I've wasted a lot of time trying to get it to work because of this and I'm sure others in the same boat have too!
Also, another ridiculous factor is that personally I'd find weather data more useful in more remote and rural areas, but it seems to me that it only exists for more populated areas where the weather is far less important.
Sorry for the rant but I'm surprised no one else has mentioned the weather widget working in only certain areas before. All fixes I've found so far have been to do with phone pairings etc.
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2018.11.07 23:17 nilnz List of Tech conferences and events from 8 November 2018

Previous post
Please comment with events you think people should know about. Preferably with a link, date and where. Listing a conference or event here doesn't necessarily mean I think it is good. In most cases either the conference has happened before or it looks interesting.
I started this list because people need more time to arrange work schedules, request for leave and/or funding for conferences and events.
There's too many acronyms. I have expanded them to ensure there's no confusion as well as not assuming everyone know what they are.
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2018.10.01 11:10 dontspamrob Traveling in New Zealand from USA

Spent 2 weeks in New Zealand this September 2018. Turned on my phone (nexus 5x) in customs and was on the Fi network after getting through. Had a data connection everywhere I traveled-Auckland, Hamilton, Matamata, Rotorua, Waitomo, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, and Queenstown. I mainly used this phone for navigation and got a Spark travel sim for another phone to have a NZ number.
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2018.06.25 16:41 nilnz List of Tech conferences and events from 26 June 2018

Events
Conferences
Please comment with events you think people should know about. Preferably with a link, date and where. Listing a conference or event here doesn't necessarily mean I think it is good. In most cases either the conference has happened before or it looks interesting.
I started this list because people need more time to arrange work schedules, request for leave and/or funding for conferences and events.
There's too many acronyms. I have expanded them to ensure there's no confusion as well as not assuming everyone know what they are.
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2017.11.08 04:45 SuperMein Tourist FYI's From a Recent Tourist

Edit: since this is primarily a Kiwi sub, I'll just mention now that I posted this here to help any researching tourists. I checked this sub when I was researching our trip from the US. So "they" refers to Kiwis in this case. "They" comes off more gentle than "those people".
Google around enough and you'll find out about the weather, things to do, what to pack, etc. Here are a couple other things we found out along the way I thought I'd share. Here's a quick rundown of the trip: landed Auckland Oct 23, left Nov 5, so about 15 days. Rented a car, drove Auckland > Waitomo > Rotorua > Napier. Flew to Chistchurch, train to Greymouth rented car to Franz Josef Glacier > Queenstown, returned car. Doubtful sound overnight cruise, back to Queenstown, back home. So, things we learned along the way (we're from the US):
We had a travel agent put the trip together, if anyone's interested in a copy, PM and I'll hand it over. TBH, it was overly ambitious and we didn't get enough time in each place, but we did get to see/do a ton. It was for a honeymoon but nothing about it was overly honeymooney. If you have questions about the trip or things we did, things we wouldn't do again, AMA.
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2017.03.23 04:24 KiwiKibbles Ombudsman Cost Recovery, Equal Pay through disclosure of Remuneration Statistics, and Adding World Heritage Areas to Schedule 4 Protection of the Crown Minerals Act drawn from ballot + Members Day Update

How the Day Unfolded
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Questions for Oral Answer
Urgent Debate Application Denied
The General Debate Was Held
The general debate is held every week on Wednesday after Question Time. The formal procedure for the debate is that a member move a motion that the house take note of miscellaneous business. Members have 5 minutes to speak to whatever issue they wish. At the end of the hour the motion lapses and no question is put or vote taken.
The speakers were:
Call Member Party Seat Topic
1. Paula Bennett National Upper Harbour Contrasting National’s announcements to Labour’s
2. Ron Mark New Zealand First List Youth Crime
3. Todd McClay National Rotorua Trade
4. Stuart Nash Labour Napier Police Numbers and Crime
5. Alfred Ngaro National List Trust and Confidence in the Government
6. Clare Curran Labour Dunedin South Government Failures in Dunedin – Housing, Health and Cadbury Factory
7. Dr Shane Reti National Whangarei Regional Growth
8. James Shaw Green List Vivid Economics Report on New Zealand's emissions mitigation potential
9. Brett Hudson National List Trade and Growth
10. Poto Williams Labour Christchurch East Information and data collected by the Ministry of Social Development
11. Maureen Pugh National List Tourism Growth
12. Denis O’Rourke New Zealand First List Water Exports
Transcript can be found here
John Key Delivered his Valedictory Statement
  • John Key concluded his 15 year Parliamentary career Wednesday with a speech that bid farewell and thanked those involved in his time as Member of Parliament for Helensville and Prime Minister of New Zealand and reflected on the highs and lows of his time in office.
    Given the speech was 25 minutes long I won’t post the full transcript but this part was probably my favourite story from the speech:
    One time, I was at the Pacific Forum in the Marshall Islands, and when the summit finished, we had some downtime before leaving, so I hatched a plan to go tuna fishing. The trouble was I was due to get an important phone call from the then British Prime Minister, my friend David Cameron, about the atrocities taking place in Libya and to talk about why Britain was taking military action. "No worries," someone said, "we have the satellite phone." So we headed out to sea, and just as I had hooked a big one and was hauling it on board, the phone rang. I handed the rod to my diplomatic protection officer, who found some implement to finish off the tuna, which was flapping mightily in the boat. It is fair to say there was a huge amount of noise in the background, and Cameron, who was used to taking calls on secure phones and in a quiet office, said to me: "What the hell is going on there?". "Oh," I said, "don't be alarmed. It's just that we're on a fishing boat about a mile out to sea in the Marshall Islands, and I've landed a big tuna." There was this long silence, and then he wistfully said: "God, I wish I ran a small country."
    • Video can be found here
    • Transcript can be found here
Member’s Bills
  • The interrupted first reading debate on the Student Loan Scheme (First Home Repayment Diversion) Amendment Bill introduced by Gareth Hughes (Green- list) finished with the bill failing 48 – 73. The Greens, Labour and the Maori Party voted in favour.
    This bill’s purpose was to assist New Zealanders with student loans to save a deposit for their first home by allowing compulsory student loan repayments, or a nominated percentage of the repayments, to be delayed and diverted to a first home deposit saving scheme.
  • The Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill introduced by Coromandel MP Scott Simpson (National) was read a first time on a 61-60 vote and referred to the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.
    This bill amends the Employment Relations Act 2000 to allow employees with an annual gross salary over $150,000 to contract out of the personal grievance provisions.
  • James Shaw’s (Green-List) Public Finance (Sustainable Development Indicators) Amendment Bill failed at first reading 48 - 73 .
    The purpose of this bill was to ensure that New Zealand governments, in the context of their macro-economic planning, balance economic opportunity with environmental responsibility.
Debate Interrupted
  • The house adjourned at 10pm while debating New Zealand First List MP Clayton Mitchell’s Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill. The purpose of the bill is to define in law games and sporting events that are to be broadcast live on free-to-air television. The bill is destined to fail with National, Labour and Act indicating they will vote against the bill.
Biscuit Tin of Democracy
For a Members Bill to be introduced in Parliament it must go into a ballot. The ballot is a biscuit tin kept in the Clerk’s office and as bills are debated a ballot is conducted withdrawing the next bill to introduced onto the order paper.
The winners were:
  • Labour List MP David Parker had his Ombudsmen (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill drawn first.
    This bill allows the Ombudsmen to set guidelines for recovering the costs of their investigations from the agencies being investigated.
  • Green List MP Jan Logie had another success at the ballot with her Equal Pay Amendment Bill being drawn.
    This bill amends the Equal Pay Act 1972 and the Employment Relations Act 2000 to remove discrimination in pay rates between men and women in the same jobs by making publicly available statistical information relating to their rates of remuneration.
  • Port Hills Labour MP Ruth Dyson had her Crown Minerals (Protecting World Heritage Sites) Amendment Bill drawn. The purpose of this Bill is to add World Heritage Sites to Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, which will provide them with protection from mining.
Psephology Spotlight
Elections Concluded
  • In West Australia the Collin Barnett government was swept out of office in a landslide that saw the Liberals lose more than half their seats. The swing was so strong that members in safe seats that were positioning themselves to lead the Liberals in the inevitable post election leadership ballot lost their seat. For coalition partner the Nationals WA their leader Brendon Grylls lost his seat of Pilbara after heavy lobbying by the mining industry. Mark McGowan will have no issues getting his legislation through the Legislative Assembly with his party winning 41 of 59 seats but faces more of a challenge in the Legislative Council. The seats in that chamber are still being finalised but it is clear that Labor will be the largest party but fall short of a majority with an estimated 15 of 36 seats. Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party performed worse than expected in the Assembly races but still managed to win 2 seats in the conservative leaning chamber. Other parties that appear to have won seats include the Greens, the libertarian Liberal Democrats and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.
  • The much-anticipated Netherlands General Election saw the Mark Rutte lead People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) win a plurality of the vote and see off a challenge by Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom (PVV).
    Voter Turnout soared to 81.9% up more than 6% from 2012’s 74.6%.
    VVD lost 8 seats and have 33 seats going into coalition building with the need to reach a majority of 76. Rutte’s former coalition partner, The Labour Party, suffered heavy losses going from 38 to 9 seats in the 150 seat chamber. The Green Left Party lead by Jesse Klaver, who some describe as a Dutch Justin Trudeau was the largest winner of the election. The party had the highest vote total in Amsterdam and gained 10 seats to sit on 14.
    Analysts expect cabinet formation could take months as negotiations between the 13 parties now represented in the chamber. It is thought that Rutte will end up as leader once again and lead a coalition of up to 5 parties to ensure the government can pass legislation through both chambers. The PVV have been excluded from coalition negotiations much to Wilders consternation.
Upcoming Elections
  • Parliamentary elections were due to be held in Bulgaria in 2018 at the end of the four-year term of the National Assembly. However, early elections will be held on 26 March 2017 following the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the failure of Bulgarian parties to form a government. Borisov resigned after the candidate for his GERB party failed to win the November Presidential election.
    During the 2016 presidential election campaign, Borisov promised to resign if his party's candidate, then-Chairperson of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva lost the election.
    On 6 November 2016 Tsacheva finished second in the first round to BSP-backed Major general Rumen Radev, receiving only 22% of the popular vote compared to Radev's 25.4%. Following the result, Borisov reiterated his promise to resign if his party's candidate lost the runoff election a week later. On November 13, 2016, she finished a distant second with only 36.2% of the popular vote compared to Radev's 59.4%. Borisov, staying true to his campaign promise, subsequently resigned on 14 November. Two days later, the National Assembly voted 218–0 to accept it.
    The 240 members of the National Assembly are elected by open listproportional representation from 31 multi-member constituencies ranging in size from 4 to 16 seats. The electoral threshold is 4%
    Current opinion polling has the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party just ahead of GERB on around 27%.
  • Parliamentary elections will be held in Armenia on 2 April 2017. They will be the first elections after the constitutional referendum in 2015 that approved reforms to become a parliamentary republic.
    The new form of the National Assembly of Armenia will be consisted of at least 101 seats and is elected with a two-tier Party list proportional representation method. It reserves 50% of votes casted in favor of each party to be distributed through party lists.
    Out of these 4 mandates will be assigned to national minorities, if they are included on party lists. A party list can not include over 70% of representatives of the same sex. Any top-segment of a party list from (and a length of any multiple of 4) must include at least 25% members of each sex.
    Another 50% of votes received by each party will be distributed among their territorial lists submitted in 13 multi- member electoral precincts.
    If neither party wins over 50% of mandates in the first round and no coalition is built within 6 days after the election results announcement a second round of elections will be carried out. Two best-placed parties (or blocs) are allowed to participate in the second round. All mandates received as per first round will be preserved. The party which wins second round of elections will be given sufficient number of additional mandates ensuring it gains 54% all seats.
    The Threshold is 5% and 7% for blocs.
    The Republican Party of Armenia is the incumbent party. The Economist magazine has described the RPA as a "typical post-Soviet 'party of power' mainly comprising senior government officials, civil servants, and wealthy business people dependent on government connections." Observers claim that although the party professes National Conservatism and to sit on the Right Wing of the political compass that party essentially lacks a true political ideology.
    The RPA has won every presidential election since 2003 and has formed government as the largest party in every election since 1995. The European Union and other agencies are monitoring the election closely with violence and corruption so far being alleged on the campaign trail.
  • In the German state of Saarland the 51 seats of the Landtag are up for election on March 26. Currently the Christian Democrat Union and Social Democratic Party are in a grand coalition and polling indicates little change in voter opinion since the last vote in 2012.
    The Green Party who were a part of the “Jamaica Coalition” between 2009 and 2012 with the CDU and centrist FDP appear to have continued to lose voter support with opinion polls consistently putting them under the 5% threshold to gain seats. Meanwhile the other former CDU coalition partner, the FDP, appear to be back with polling indicating they are just over the threshold after plummeting to 1% in 2012.
    Elections are held under MMP.
Fact of the Day – New Zealand in Samoa
Today’s fact of the day is brought to you by NZ History.net.
The Samoan archipelago, located in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean, comprises six main islands, two atolls, and numerous smaller islets. Its closest neighbours, the northern islands of the Tonga group, are 210 kms to the southwest.
In the late 19th century the Samoan islands became highly desirable to Britain, Germany and the United States as a refuelling stop for coal-fired shipping. A 'civil war' broke out between factions backed by each of these powers. Samoans were not consulted when Britain, Germany and the United States agreed to partition their islands following the end of this civil conflict in December 1899. Germany acquired the western islands (Savai’i and ‘Upolu, plus seven smaller islands), while the United States acquired the eastern islands (Tutuila and the Manu’a group) to support its Pacific fleet.
When war broke out in Europe in August 1914, Britain asked New Zealand to seize German Samoa as a 'great and urgent Imperial service'. New Zealand's response was swift. Led by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Logan, the 1385-strong Samoa Advance Party of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force landed at Apia on 29 August. There was no resistance from German officials or the general population. Next day a proclamation by Logan established a New Zealand-run British Military Occupation of Samoa.
The relative quiet of New Zealand's wartime administration was shattered by a devastating influenza pandemic in November 1918, which killed approximately 8500 Samoans, or about 22% of the total population. For survivors, the disaster, and especially the administration's bumbling response to it, was seared into memory. It became the foundation upon which other grievances against the New Zealand administration would be built. The League of Nations formally allocated New Zealand the Class C mandate of Western Samoa in December 1920. Samoan leaders were not consulted as other nations decided the islands' future.
Legislation was already in place to support the mandate. On 1 May 1920, the Samoa Constitution Order had replaced the military occupation with a civil administration. The Samoa Act 1921 provided the foundations of government until Western Samoa's independence 40 years later.
The Samoa Act established the British colonial model as the basis for civil administration. New Zealand's Governor-General appointed an Administrator to hold executive power. The position, based in Apia, reported to the Minister of External Affairs in Wellington.
Law-making power was held by the Administrator and a local Legislative Council, although Wellington had final authority. Most Council members were administration officials, with local Europeans given a small minority of seats. Samoans initially had no role in government. The Fono of Faipule, an advisory body of Samoan leaders established by the German administration and retained during New Zealand's military occupation, was not given legal recognition until 1923. Samoans first sat on the Legislative Council in 1928.
New Zealand was ill-equipped to cope with the Samoa mandate. It had no formal foreign service, so officials were seconded to Samoa from New Zealand's public service. Few stayed on for more than one three-year term, or took the time to learn the language or fully understand the culture.
Between 1914 and 1935, New Zealand appointed Administrators from military backgrounds who tended to take an autocratic approach to governance. They lacked experience of Pacific Island cultures, and were often ignorant of or unsympathetic towards Samoan customs and practices.
Like most colonial powers, New Zealand developed paternalistic policies towards Samoans. In the words of one Administrator, they were 'a splendid but backward Native race', with 'no thought for to-morrow, and no vision as to the future of these islands'. It was an attitude deeply resented by Samoans.
Officials felt a duty to control and civilise Samoans for their own good, believing they could not adequately provide for themselves in the modern world. Health, education, and economic development were immediate priorities. Building programmes focused on district hospitals, nursing stations and schools, while attempts were made to promote community order, cleanliness and productivity.
Of the early Administrators, Major-General George Richardson (1923-28) was the most passionate in his attempts to modernise Samoans. Richardson was initially well-received because he tried to learn the language and listen to local opinion. But, supported by the newly empowered Faipule, he began to impose regulations in a tactless and authoritarian manner without the agreement or understanding of the people.
Richardson's attempts to increase productivity intruded into daily life and custom. He proposed to individualise land holdings and remodel villages to make more effective use of the available land. ‘Time-wasting’ customs such as malaga - travelling parties for the distribution of fine mats - were prohibited, and the popular pastime of village cricket was restricted.
Most of all, Samoans objected to interference with traditional authority and rights over titles. The 1922 Samoan Offenders Ordinance caused particular resentment. It gave the Administrator powers to banish chiefs and remove their titles, powers previously reserved for matai. By 1926, the legislation had been used against more than 50 matai for offences that often seemed trivial.
Local Europeans and 'half-castes' such as Olaf Nelson had their own grievances. They objected to their poor representation on the Legislative Council and their exclusion from the New Zealand Parliament. Many were related to Samoans by birth or marriage, and they resented suggestions that they placed their own interests before those of Samoans. A ban on importing alcohol, and a proposal for its complete prohibition, further roused European anger.
By 1926, anti-New Zealand feeling was strong throughout Samoa. Despite very different aims, a shared sense of dissatisfaction reinforced by memories of the 1918 influenza pandemic united local Europeans and Samoans against the administration.
Samoa has a history of opposition to European rule. Formal resistance had occurred on two occasions during the German colonial era, and several petitions had already challenged New Zealand's administration. But the opposition that emerged in the late 1920s was organised and widespread.
This new opposition had its origins in two public meetings held in Apia in October and November 1926. These provided a forum for local Europeans and Samoans to document their collective grievances and prepare formal submissions to the New Zealand government.
Richardson blocked a Citizens' Committee plan to meet New Zealand's Minister of External Affairs. He believed that Samoans were being stirred up by a handful of local European agitators.
In March 1927, the Citizens' Committee confirmed the principles of an organisation called the League of Samoa. It became known as O le Mau a Samoa - ‘the firm opinion of Samoa’ - the Mau. Its slogan, Samoa Mo Samoa – ‘Samoa for Samoans’ – envisaged a Samoa without New Zealand.
Support for the Mau grew rapidly. The Samoan Guardian, established with assistance from Olaf Nelson in May, promoted the cause in direct opposition to the pro-government newspaper, The Samoan Times. The Mau were soon represented in all but two of Samoa's districts. The central committee established its headquarters at Vaimoso under the leadership of Tupua Tamasese Leolofi III. While the administration estimated that about two-thirds of Samoa's population supported the Mau, the Mau themselves put the figure at closer to 90%.
A much-anticipated visit by New Zealand's Minister of External Affairs in June 1927 inflamed matters. It prompted Richardson to issue a proclamation ordering the Mau to disband and promising to deport non-Samoans who continued to interfere in 'native affairs'. With Europeans now less willing to play a public role in the Mau, Samoans assumed greater control of the movement.
The Mau began a systematic campaign of passive resistance to the administration. District councils, village committees and women's welfare committees stopped meeting. Villages ignored visiting officials and children were withdrawn from government schools, some of which were forced to close. Coconuts were left to rot rather than be made into copra, and banana plantations were neglected. Births and deaths went unregistered. Instead of paying taxes, Samoans raised money for the Mau.
In September 1927, New Zealand appointed a Royal Commission to hear grievances against its Samoa administration. Despite hearing evidence from more than 150 witnesses, the Commission reported three months later in support of Administrator George Richardson's actions and policies. It also upheld his view that the Mau was inspired by a small group of local Europeans and their Samoan accomplices.
Key Europeans and 'half-castes', including Olaf Nelson, were deported to New Zealand in early 1928. Nelson continued resistance activities from Auckland. He petitioned the New Zealand government, and received support from the opposition Labour Party. In 1928 he published The Truth about Samoa. The Samoa Guardian newspaper, banned in Samoa, was re-established as the New Zealand Samoa Guardian.
That year Nelson presented a petition to the League of Nations in Geneva that outlined Samoan objections to New Zealand's administration. Of the 9300 adult Samoan men, 8000 had signed the petition. The Permanent Mandates Commission denied Nelson a hearing.
Meanwhile, the Mau intensified its campaign. In January 1928 Mau policemen, dressed in a uniform of a purple lavalava with a white stripe, began enforcing a sā - ban - on European stores in Apia. An observer described them as 'a genial smiling lot ... fraternising and laughing with the khaki clad police of the Administration.' Richardson too stepped up measures. His request for two New Zealand-based Royal Navy warships to be sent to Samoa was granted in February 1928. Marines from HMS Dunedin and Diomede helped to enforce laws prohibiting Mau activities and made arrests.
The Mau remained ‘cheekily defiant'. When the arrest of some 400 Mau filled detention centres to breaking point, hundreds more gave themselves up. In a deeply humiliating experience for Richardson, the facilities were unable to cope and the prisoners were released. Richardson left Samoa in April 1928.
The new Administrator, Colonel Stephen Allen, believed that the Mau would gradually decline. In his view, it could be eradicated through firm police action. There were two violent clashes between police and Mau in 1928. The second, in November, saw Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III arrested and jailed in New Zealand for six months. Throughout 1929, Allen believed the Mau was 'slowly dying', yet tensions simmered beneath the surface. They would erupt in violence on 'Black Saturday'.
The worst incident in New Zealand’s relationship with Samoa occurred on Saturday 28 December 1929. It was precipitated by a fracas that erupted during a Mau parade along Apia’s waterfront to welcome home two members who had been exiled in New Zealand. The incident culminated in police opening fire on the crowd, leaving at least eight dead.
The fracas was caused by an attempt by the police to arrest the Mau’s secretary, who, provocatively, was marching in the parade. The Mau had earlier been warned that such action would be taken if any wanted men marched, and the administration feared for its authority if it failed to carry through on its threat. The marchers vigorously opposed the arrest attempt, and additional police arrived. As the situation deteriorated, some of the police fired their revolvers at the crowd, and then began retreating towards the police station in a side street, pursued by Samoans. During this movement Constable Abraham was caught and clubbed to death.
As the mob approached the station, a police sergeant fired a Lewis machine gun from the balcony in an effort to deter them. An experienced machine gunner, he directed the fire over the heads of the crowd. But three other policemen, panicking at the thought that the rioters might get under the balcony and burn the building down with them in it, fired at the crowd with their rifles. Tragically, this fire mortally wounded the prominent Samoan leader Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III. It also killed Migao, Leota Anese, Tapu, Ainoa, Faumuina of Savai’i, Vele and Tu’ia.
To the New Zealanders, this traumatic event had been caused by the Samoans’ resistance to the arresting party. The coroner, New Zealander John Luxford, concluded that the use of firearms had, in the circumstances, been justified. Naturally, Samoans took a very different view. To them the police had made an outrageous attack on an innocent crowd. The Mau made much of the machine-gun fire, claiming it had been directed at the crowd – and were angered when the coroner ruled this out (a verdict that was seemingly borne out by the limited number of casualties). The killing of Tamasese, who was apparently trying to restrain the crowd at the moment he was shot, left a deep sense of grievance among many Samoans. This was exacerbated by the administration’s actions in the following weeks.
Convinced that the Mau had lost heart, Administrator Stephen Allen adopted aggressive measures to ensure its complete collapse. On 13 January 1930, after the Mau refused to give up its headquarters and surrender wanted men, he declared the organisation seditious and the wearing of the Mau uniform illegal.
As many as 1500 Mau men took to the bush. They were pursued by an armed force of 150 marines and seamen from HMS Dunedin, recently arrived from New Zealand, and 50 military police. A seaplane supported military excursions into the bush to hunt down the fugitives.
Samoa’s inhabitants supported the Mau by supplying them with food and shelter, and providing reports on New Zealand operations. Marines attempted to prevent such activities by raiding villages, often at night and with fixed bayonets.
The Mau eluded the marines, but by mid-February both sides were showing signs of fatigue. In March, with the assistance of local Europeans and missionaries, Mau leaders met New Zealand’s Minister of Defence and agreed to disperse.
Brigadier-General Herbert Hart (1931–35) replaced Allan as Administrator in April 1931 and an uneasy stalemate ensued. Men were arrested for showing support for the Mau, so women rallied supporters and staged demonstrations. A surge in support when Olaf Nelson returned from exile in 1933 was quickly suppressed with his re-arrest and deportation the following year. The Mau appeared finished.
The Labour Party victory in New Zealand's 1935 general election broke the political stalemate in Samoa. A 'goodwill mission' to Apia in June 1936 recognised the Mau as a legitimate political organisation, the Samoan Offenders Ordinance was repealed, and Olaf Nelson's exile was revoked. The Mau held majorities in both a newly elected Fono of Faipule and the legislative assembly.
But dissatisfaction remained. Samoan self-government was slow to emerge, due in part to the Great Depression and the Second World War. A worldwide trend towards decolonisation after the Second World War and increased pressure from the newly formed United Nations led New Zealand to prepare for Samoan independence.
Western Samoa achieved independence on 1 January 1962. Tupua Tamasese Maeole, son of Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III, became joint head of state with Malietoa Tanumafili II, the son of New Zealand Administrator George Richardson's fatua (adviser), Malietoa Tanumafili I.
On 4 June 2002, nearly 90 years after New Zealand's Samoa Advance Party first stepped ashore at Apia, the New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, returned to Samoa. Speaking to delegates assembled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Samoa's independence, she offered 'a formal apology' that brought some degree of closure to an uncomfortable chapter of New Zealand history:
On behalf of the New Zealand Government, I wish to offer today a formal apology to the people of Samoa for the injustices arising from New Zealand’s administration of Samoa in its earlier years, and to express sorrow and regret for those injustices. - Helen Clark, speech at State Luncheon, Apia, Samoa, 4 June 2002
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2017.01.04 19:29 lukemarchand NO bond paid, unsure how to deal with landlord

I need some advice as to what to do. I rent in NZ from this ass hole landlord. I started renting from word of mouth from a friend so I didn't pay any bond or deposit. I would leave in a heart beat except it's hard to find a place in rotorua, NZ for less than 160/week. I'm strapped for cash so this is a lot to me and I want to know if I have any options to maybe stick it to this ass hole or legally save myself from him kicking me to the curb some random Sunday morning?
So this landlord has some outlandish expectations for my girlfriend and myself. First off, he wants us to tend to the yard...but he doesn't want us to touch his lawn, he just wants us to offer to help.
Check 1 - Offer to help around the house...Done!
We use too much data, our landlord made this known so we happily agreed to pay the extra difference if we upgraded WiFi packages. For some reason he only upgraded to the next package up, even though we were happy to pay for unlimited data. We are told too stay below 60gb/month.
Check 2 - Monitor and regulate our data
I could go on...Laundry is in a common space, not clean enough, he fabricates stories about us playing music at night...
He lives upstairs and I'm scared to confront him with any of my own problems for fear of being kicked out since we don't have a contract.
Please help!
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2017.01.04 19:19 lukemarchand NZ renters, no bond paid, not sure how to handle landlord

I need some advice as to what to do. I rent in NZ from this ass hole landlord. I started renting from word of mouth from a friend so I didn't pay any bond or deposit. I would leave in a heart beat except it's hard to find a place in rotorua, NZ for less than 160/week. I'm strapped for cash so this is a lot to me and I want to know if I have any options to maybe stick it to this ass hole or legally save myself from him kicking me to the curb some random Sunday morning?
So this landlord has some outlandish expectations for my girlfriend and myself. First off, he wants us to tend to the yard...but he doesn't want us to touch his lawn, he just wants us to offer to help.
Check 1 - Offer to help around the house...Done!
We use too much data, our landlord made this known so we happily agreed to pay the extra difference if we upgraded WiFi packages. For some reason he only upgraded to the next package up, even though we were happy to pay for unlimited data. We are told too stay below 60gb/month.
Check 2 - Monitor and regulate our data
I could go on...Laundry is in a common space, not clean enough, he fabricates stories about us playing music at night...
He lives upstairs and I'm scared to confront him with any of my own problems for fear of being kicked out since we don't have a contract.
Please help!
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2016.08.16 22:29 88vapor Bill Godshall - Executive Director of Smokefree PA - THR Update - 8/16/16

Blll G Update 8/16/16:
Blog post if you would prefer to share outside of reddit
 
New study of 9,000+ US vapers finds implementation of FDA deeming rule could create black market for vaping products and drive users back to cigarettes, finds: - 69% of vapers would buy black market vapor products, - 66% of vapers would buy vapor products online from those not subject to deeming rule, - 65% of vapers would make their own e-liquids at home, - 72% of vapers would buy bulk quantities of vapor products, and - 15% of vapers would switch back to smoking cigarettes
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-study-of-e-cigarette-users-finds-implementation-of-fda-deeming-rule-could-create-a-black-market-for-vaping-products-and-drive-users-back-to-tobacco-300313440.html
 
UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology issues briefing on e-cigarettes
http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0533
http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0533#fullreport citing four key points:
 
New Farsalinos study of 7,000+ Malaysians finds two thirds of Malaysian vapers have quit smoking cigarettes http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/08/07/using-ecigs-to-quit-smoking/
 
NJOY to conduct clinical trial comparing short term effects of a Research ENDS product to those of cigarettes and Nicotrol
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02792426?term=NJOY&rank=6
 
THR Advocacy and Education
 
“A Billion Lives” global vaping doc makes US premiere in Milwaukee
http://onmilwaukee.com/movies/articles/abillionlives.html
 
"A Billion Lives" Director Aaron Biebert on The Herman Cain Radio Show https://youtu.be/q6XmoJyue3Q
 
Aaron Biebert Interviewed on NPR: Milwaukee Filmmaker Fights for "A Billion Lives" http://wuwm.com/post/milwaukee-filmmaker-fights-billion-lives#stream/0
 
Dave Sweanor: E-cigarettes a public health breakthrough http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/2016/08/11/e-cigarettes-a-public-health-breakthrough
 
Colin Mendelsohn: If teens are going to smoke, better it be an e-cigarette http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/if-teens-are-going-to-smoke-better-it-be-an-ecigarette/news-story/51027cb35a4f1f4e7b63144834f56722
 
Brad Rodu: A Smokelesss History Lesson for Vaping Advocates http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2016/08/a-smokeless-history-lesson-for-vaping.html
 
Dr. Edward Anselm reviews the evidence on e-cigarettes http://www.edwardanselmmd.com/ecigarettes/
 
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the Child Accident Prevention Trust, London Fire and the Chief Fire Officers Association publish “Use of e-cigarettes (vaping) in the home: advice for parents” (UK) http://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/home-safety/vaping-in-the-home-advice-for-parents.pdf
 
 
THR Business
 
Electronic Marlboro sucks Japanese smokers away from Japan Tobacco http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL3N1AT1YY?sp=true
 
FDA’s Cigarette Protecting Vapor Deeming Ban
 
Wells Fargo tobacco analyst Bonnie Herzog “Good for the Goose, Less for the Gander” http://vaping.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Good-For-the-Goose-Less-For-the-Gander-6.pdf “While the final deeming e-cig regulation brings much needed structure and oversight to the e-cig/vapor category, there is little doubt that the cost and complexity of compliance overwhelmingly favor big tobacco (the goose) at the expense of smaller, less well funded players (the gander).” “Both MO & RAI appear well prepared to comply with the FDA’s deeming regs, if not benefit from potential category consolidation.” “We expect to see a continued shift in consumption of e-cigs/vapor back to combustible cigs as e-cig choices become more limited -- a net ‘win’ for big tobacco. This has continued to baffle us given the FDA’s public health priorities.” “As Is, Deeming Regs Are A Clear ‘Win’ For Big Tobacco, Not Necessarily Public Health – Our main concern remains that the final deeming e-cig regs will realistically stifle innovation, which could dramatically slow industry growth by dis-incentivizing consumer conversion from combustible cigs to e-cigs. This ultimately has a net negative impact on public health, which is clearly in direct opposition to the FDA’s goal.” "Bottom line – Whether intended to or not, we believe the FDA has effectively (even if inadvertently) engaged in a form of protectionism that favors big tobacco/combustible cigs, shielding the top players from incursions by smaller players and thereby stifling much-needed competition. "
 
Clive Bates: FDA shoots itself in foot, cigarette trade celebrates, public health loses – a summary in two quotes http://www.clivebates.com/?p=4278
 
Jacob Sullum: FDA e-cigarette regulations give smoking a boost http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/15/fda-e-cigarette-regulations-give-smoking
 
Holman Jenkins – The FDA’s Misguided Nicotine Crusade: Why is the agency trying to ban companies that have no role in smoking-related health problems? http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fdas-misguided-nicotine-crusade-1471040037
 
Joel Nitzkin: FDA’s e-cigarette rules are a public health hazard http://www.realclearpolicy.com/blog/2016/08/11/fdas_e-cigarette_rules_are_a_public-health_hazard.html
 
Mike Siegel: FDA bans safety improvements in e-cigarettes and American Lung Association supports this unprecedented regulatory blunder http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/08/fda-bans-safety-improvements-in-e.html
 
Log Cabin Republicans Gregory Angelo: FDA’s cognitive dissonance on smoking http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/290523-fdas-cognitive-dissonance-on-smoking
 
Jacob Sullum: FDA assigns zero value to smokers who die because of its e-cigarette regulations http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2016/08/11/fda-assigns-zero-value-to-smokers-who-die-because-of-its-e-cigarette-regulations/#29bb6b4e913a
 
Michelle Minton: FDA’s asinine vaping rule costs lives https://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/aug/14/fdas-asinine-vaping-rule-costs-lives/
 
Caroline Kitchens: New FDA vaping regulations will harm public health http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/290920-new-fda-vaping-regulations-will-harm-public-health
 
SFATA issues statement on August 8, 2016 FDA Deeming Rule going into effect http://sfata.org/sfata-issues-statement-august-8-2016-fda-deeming-rule-going-effect/
 
Eric Boehm: The FDA’s new rules for e-cigarettes are already hurting vape shops http://reason.com/blog/2016/08/09/the-fdas-new-rules-for-e-cigarettes-are
 
Federal regulation of e-cigarettes already affecting local stores (CT) (article author repeats many false and misleading fear mongering claims about vaping) http://wtnh.com/2016/08/08/nationwide-ban-on-selling-e-cigarettes-begins-monday/
 
Sen. Johnson says FDA ‘Threatens to Crush’ E-cig Industry with New Rules https://morningconsult.com/alert/johnson-fda-threatens-crush-e-cig-industry-new-rules/
 
Senator Ron Johnson seeks answers on new e-cigarette regulations http://www.wrn.com/2016/08/johnson-seeks-answers-on-new-e-cigarette-regulations/
 
Clive Bates and 15 others (including Godshall) file amicus curiae brief in support of Nicopure Labs lawsuit challenging FDA vapor deeming ban that exposes FDA failure to quantify (or even acknowledge) >99% of the costs imposed by the rule, and failure to quantify any health or economic benefits of the rule (as none exist). http://www.clivebates.com/documents/THRamicibriefpublic.pdf
 
Clive Bates posts lawsuits and court filings challenging FDA Deeming Rule at http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3857#Nicopure
 
National Center for Public Policy Research and TechFreedom file amicus curiae brief in support of Nicopure Labs lawsuit challenging FDA vapor deeming ban http://www.nationalcenter.org/PR-E-Cigarettes-Amicus_080516.html http://www.nationalcenter.org/Nicopure_Labs_v_FDA_amicus_0816.pdf http://secure.campaigner.com/csb/Public/show/c0j16--99hkp-uu5aam3
 
Kristen Frasch: Supporters of vaping, e-cigarettes fight back http://blog.hreonline.com/2016/08/08/supporters-of-vaping-e-cigarettes-fight-back/
 
American Vaping Association: August 8, 2016 – What does it mean for vaping? http://vaping.org/august-8-2016-mean-vaping/
 
CASAA: Make a call to stop FDA’s prohibition of vapor products http://cqrcengage.com/casaa/app/make-a-call?0&engagementId=234933
 
JAMA article quotes many DHHS funded vapor prohibitionists (who advocated FDA’s vapor deeming ban since 2011 despite being repeatedly informed it would ban all vapor products) now claiming they oppose a ban on vapor products. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2535261
 
E-cigarette makers rush new products to market ahead of US rules http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-ecigarettes-idUSKCN10J14H
 
Give that man a cigar, but quick before the regulations kick in: To dodge regulation, producers rolled out hundreds of new smokes http://www.wsj.com/articles/to-dodge-rules-frenzied-cigar-makers-rolled-out-hundreds-of-new-varietiesincluding-green-ones-1471015448
 
Charlie Manato – Five Things: What the Aug. 8, 2016 FDA Date Means (Cigars) http://halfwheel.com/five-things-what-the-aug-8-2016-fda-date-means/127351
 
Cigar (and Vapor) Imports Met With New FDA Filing Requirement http://halfwheel.com/cigar-imports-met-with-new-fda-filing-requirement/127536 http://www.fda.gov/forindustry/importprogram/entryprocess/entrysubmissionprocess/default.htm
 
New FDA rules target Tampa’s cigar industry http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/186923845-story
 
FDA’s Mitch Zeller (who lobbied to ban all new smokefree alternatives as a GSK lobbyist) falsely touts the Deeming Regulation (that bans vapor product sales to US adults) as: Protecting the Public and Especially Kids from the Dangers of Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Hookah Tobacco http://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2016/08/protecting-the-public-and-especially-kids-from-the-dangers-of-tobacco-products-including-e-cigarettes-cigars-and-hookah-tobacco/
 
FDA lists 30 different Guidances that apply to newly deemed products, to purportedly help businesses comply (but actually encourage vapor companies to go out of business) http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm281147.htm
 
FDA makes public 10 Webinars that apply to newly deemed products, to purportedly help businesses comply (but actually encourage vapor companies to go out of business) http://www.fda.gov/tobaccoproducts/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/ucm220111.htm
 
FDA begins CTPConnect to further promote FDA tobacco policy goals http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm516259.htm
 
Big Pharma shill CTFK’s Matt Myers praises FDA’s vapor sales ban to adults (that is likely to kill millions of vapers and tens of millions of smokers unless struck down by the courts or by Congress), lies about Cole bill (HR 2058) to keep vapor products legal for adults, urges FDA to impose more draconian rules that will kill more vapers and smokers. http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press_releases/post/2016_08_08_fda
 
USA Today headline falsely states “Its about to get a lot harder for minors to vape” (as 48 states already ban e-cig sales to minors), but accurately quotes AVA’s Greg Conley “The bad news is that August 8th … marks the beginning of a two-year countdown to FDA prohibition of 99.9%+ of vapor products on the market.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/07/e-cigarette-regulations-set-go-into-effect/88362926/
 
CS Monitor article on FDA deeming repeats false claims by DHHS and other vapor prohibitionists as facts, but includes truthful statements by Mike Siegel and SFATA http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0809/FDA-bans-e-cigarette-sales-to-minors-Why-now
 
Article on FDA vapor deeming ban falsely claims East Tennessee State vapor opponent Hadii Mamudu is a “world-wide recognized expert” on vaping (TN) http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Health-Care/2016/08/09/Area-vape-shop-owners-and-tobacco-experts-at-odds-over-FDA-e-cigarette-regulations
 
 
Other FDA
 
FDA to conduct Risk Assessment – A Public Workshop on November 15/16, 2016 FDA seeks presenters and panelists (until Sept 30), speakers for the public comment period and registrants (until Oct 21). http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm515442.htm
 
FDA Supports Greater Access to Naloxone to Help Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths, but bans lifesaving vapor products that help reduce cigarette diseases and deaths http://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2016/08/fda-supports-greater-access-to-naloxone-to-help-reduce-opioid-overdose-deaths/
 
FDA issues final rule “Refusals to Accept Procedures for Premarket Tobacco Product Submissions”: Public Comments accepted until October 24, 2016 http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm515155.htm https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/08/2016-18534/refuse-to-accept-procedures-for-premarket-tobacco-product-submissions
 
FDA tightening tobacco review process http://thehill.com/regulation/healthcare/290544-fda-tightening-tobacco-review-process
 
FDA announces DHHS Appeals Board upholds FDA’s Interpretation of How to Count Tobacco Retailer Violations http://www.hhs.gov/dab/decisions/dabdecisions/2016/dab2717.pdf
 
Single tobacco sale can yield multiple violations – HHS appeals board http://www.reuters.com/article/products-tobacco-penalty-idUSL1N1AS0E9
 
FDA’s CTP wins latest ruling in tobacco violations challenge http://www.csnews.com/product-categories/tobacco/fdas-ctp-wins-latest-ruling-tobacco-violations-challenge
 
22nd Century reports $6 million loss in 2nd quarter (very low nicotine cigarette maker relies on FDA for its past, present and future cigarette sales, as smokers won’t buy them) http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/nd-century-reports-larger-loss-in-second-quartearticle_8a000515-5f94-5ea3-85c2-6ba06a6cb025.html
 
US DOT
 
CEI/CASAA v DOT: Corrected Opening Brief of Plaintiffs lawsuit challenging DOT’s vaping ban on US airlines https://dlbjbjzgnk95t.cloudfront.net/0826000/826617/cei%20casaa%20brief.pdf
 
DC Circ. asked to undo DOT’s ban of e-cigs on flights https://www.law360.com/articles/826617/dc-circ-asked-to-undo-dot-s-ban-of-e-cigs-on-flights
 
Cannabis Harm Reduction (and lack thereof)
 
Obama’s DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg rejects Governors’ request to remove marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, claims “This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine," he said, "and it's not."
http://www.npr.org/2016/08/10/489509471/dea-rejects-attempt-to-loosen-federal-restrictions-on-marijuana http://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=3010607-AA-Rosenberg-Marijuana-Petition-Ltr-08-11-2016
Note that many of the same Big Pharma funded vapor prohibitionists (e.g. ACS, AHA, ALA, AAP) similarly claim there’s no scientific evidence marijuana is safe or effective.
 
New York Times editorial: Stop treating marijuana like heroin http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/opinion/a-small-victory-for-more-sensible-marijuana-policies.html
 
Gallup poll finds 13% of US adults admit to smoking marijuana (up from 7% in 2013) http://www.gallup.com/poll/194195/adults-say-smoke-marijuana.aspx
 
Marijuana use set to overtake tobacco use in US http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0809/Marijuana-use-set-to-overtake-tobacco-use-in-US
 
Eight state, including California, will vote to legalize weed either for recreational or medicinal purposes in November http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/29/news/california-marijuana-legalization/
 
ObamaCare
 
14 US Senate Democrats (including most US Senators who urged FDA to ban lifesaving vapor products) urge DHHS, Labor and Treasury Departments to ensure all healthcare insurers include coverage for (i.e. subsidize the costs of) ineffective FDA approved nicotine, gums, lozenges and less-than-safe psychoactive tobacco cessation drugs. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2542612 https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/media/minority-media/murray-carper-senate-dems-more-to-do-to-fully-implement-aca-tobacco-cessation-benefits-offer-tobacco-users-tools-to-quit-
 
Sally Satel: Obamacare is hazardous to smoker’s health http://www.forbes.com/sites/sallysatel/2016/08/09/obamacare-is-hazardous-to-smokers-health/#5952d59611d9 https://healthaffairs.espstores.com/Articles/HA/July_2016/2015.1540.pdf
 
Ali Meyer: Obamacare costs incentivized smokers to forego coverage, smoke more http://freebeacon.com/issues/obamacare-costs-incentivized-smokers-forego-coverage-smoke/
 
Chantix
 
‘The stop smoking pill made me do it’: Man found not criminally responsible for shooting wife https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/08/09/the-stop-smoking-pill-made-me-do-it-man-found-not-criminally-responsible-for-shooting-wife/
 
Litigation
 
RJ Reynolds hit with $5 million verdict over veteran’s cancer death https://www.law360.com/articles/828680/rj-reynolds-hit-with-5m-verdict-over-veteran-s-cancer-death
 
Taxation
 
PA vape shop owners say 40 percent tax will cause closures http://triblive.com/news/valleynewsdispatch/10934728-74/tax-state-vape
 
The money is starting to roll in on California’s 17 ballot propositions. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-money-raised-november-california-propositions-20160811-snap-htmlstory.html
 
Colorado Proposed Initiative #143 would increase cigarette tax from $.84 to $2.59/pack, increase OTP tax from 40% to 62% of manufacturer price http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/titleBoard/results/2015-2016/143Results.html
 
Colorado voters could increase cigar tax http://halfwheel.com/colorado-voters-could-increase-cigar-tax/127473
 
Missouri Sec of State approves two ballot initiatives to increase the cigarette tax by $.60/pack (phased in over four years) and to increase the cigarette tax by $.23/pack http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article94561952.html http://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/Elections/Petitions/2016-152.pdf ($.60/pack tax hike) http://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/Elections/Petitions/2016-080.pdf ($.23/pack tax hike)
 
Legal fight still looms for RYH4K IP despite making ballot (MO) http://themissouritimes.com/32676/legal-fight-still-looms-ryh4k-ip-despite-making-ballot/
 
Irish Dept of Finance advocates taxing vapor products http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-urged-to-introduce-e-cigarette-liquid-levy-1.2749517
 
E-cigarette levy would punish ex-smokers (Ireland) http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/e-cigarette-levy-would-punish-ex-smokers-1.2750599
 
IVVA: Government data reveals an e-cigarette tax poses risks to public health in Ireland http://www.ivva.ie/latest-news/study-reveals-health-harms-of-ecig-tax/
 
Irish Vape Vendors Association’s Gillian Golden and Pat Doorley of ASH Ireland debate vapor product taxation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFP16Dku6Tg&feature=youtu.be
 
Vaping Bans
 
E-cig ban on Allegheny County Health Department radar (PA) http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2016/08/15/E-cig-ban-on-Allegheny-County-Health-department-radastories/201608150026
 
Bill Godshall: Smokefree Pennsylvania again urges Allegheny County Board of Health to reject proposed vaping ban (PA) https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/threads/smokefree-pennsylvania-again-urges-allegheny-county-boh-to-reject-proposed-vaping-ban.760009/
 
Opinions divided on banning of e-cigarettes in public places (PA) http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2016/08/16/Opinions-divided-on-banning-of-e-cigarettes-in-public-places/stories/201608160057
 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial nonsensically claims vaping has “known health risks and dangers from chemical byproducts still to be determined,” repeats ACHD director Karen Hacker’s lie that vaping “renormalizes” smoking, endorses proposed cigarette protecting vaping ban http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2016/08/16/Vapers-as-smokers-Approve-the-county-regulations-for-public-use/stories/201608310054
 
Hermosa Beach (CA) bans smoking and vaping on sidewalks, streets, parking lots, beaches, parks, plazas and other outdoor locations
http://www.dailybreeze.com/social-affairs/20160727/want-to-smoke-in-hermosa-beach-starting-next-month-good-luck
http://halfwheel.com/hermosa-beach-calif-expands-smoking-ban/127169
 
Minimum Age
 
Ann Arbor (MI) City Council raises legal minimum age for tobacco and vapor sales to 21 (but MI’s tobacco tax law may preempt the local law, and MI has not yet banned vapor product sales to minors under 18 because Big Pharma shills ACS, AHA, ALA and other public health frauds convinced Gov. Snyder to veto bills that would have done so) http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arboindex.ssf/2016/08/ann_arbor_is_first_city_in_mic.html http://halfwheel.com/ann-arbor-mich-increase-tobacco-purchase-age-to-21/127029
 
Schenectedy County (NY) Legislature increases minimum age for sales of deadly cigarette, low risk OTP and lifesaving vapor products to 21 http://halfwheel.com/schenectady-county-n-y-increase-tobacco-purchase-age-to-21/127624
 
Local Laws
 
NATO establishes new website focusing on local tobacco restrictions http://www.cspdailynews.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/new-total-website-focuses-local-tobacco-restrictions
 
Legalizing Nicotine Vapor Products
 
Colin Mendelsohn: Nicotine vaping should be legal (Australia / New Zealand) http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/tobacco-treatment-specialist-nicotine-vaping-should-be-legal-20160815-gqsktg.html
 
New Nicotine Alliance: Call to Legalise Nicotine for Electronic Cigarettes (Australia) http://nnalliance.org.au/48-application-to-make-e-cigarettes-with-nicotine-legally-available-in-australia
 
Australian Consultation: Proposed amendments to the Poison Standards (until 9/1/2016) https://www.tga.gov.au/consultation-invitation/consultation-proposed-amendments-poisons-standard-acms-meeting-november-2016
 
Hostility to harm reduction in smoking: expert (Australian THR advocate Wayne Hall) https://ajp.com.au/news/nicotine-vaping-reschedule-unlikely-expert/
 
E-cigarettes could reduce smoking, says GP (New Zealand) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11686626
 
More on Australia and New Zealand proposals to legalize nicotine vapor products https://nicotinepolicy.net/n-s-p/6460-consultations-australia
 
Vapor Prohibition
 
World’s vaping industry under thick cloud as HK moves to complete ban http://harbourtimes.com/2016/08/10/worlds-vaping-industry-under-thick-cloud-as-hk-moves-to-complete-ban/
 
Vapers claim e-cigarette ban not based on any study, cite RTI reply (India) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Vapers-claim-e-cigarette-ban-not-based-on-any-study-cite-RTI-reply/articleshow/53609261.cms
 
Rustam Singh: India’s got a vape problem http://motherboard.vice.com/read/india-sentences-man-to-jail-for-having-a-vape-even-though-its-not-illegal
 
Vaping Hungary exposes dozens of false claims about vaping, vapor products and vapor companies in a cigarette protecting Hungarian public health institutes report that calls for banning vape shops and online sales, and by banning vaping where smoking is banned. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8vdHyhpFCy5N3Jpby1scFAwZ2M/view?pref=2&pli=1
 
Vaping Hungary request for expert opinions https://vapinghungary.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/request-for-expert-opinions.html
 
WHO FCTC
 
UN Anti-tobacco meeting seeks to ban high-ranking government officials (and THR supporters) http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/yael-ossowski/un-antitobacco-meeting-se_b_11421470.html
 
Junk Science, Propaganda and Lies
 
NIDA funded Yale anti-vapor activists find 20% of teen smokers who vaped in 2013 no longer smoked cigarettes six months later, and teen smokers who first used e-cigs to “quit smoking” in 2013 were 20 times more likely (than those using e-cigs for other reasons) to report continued vaping six months later. But abstract and press releases fail to report those findings, and instead advocate cost increases for e-cigs, banning vaping, and other measures to prevent smokers from switching to vaping.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27503349
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/08/04/peds.2016-0895
http://news.yale.edu/2016/08/08/low-cost-and-desire-quit-smoking-spur-prolonged-e-cigarette-use-among-youth
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pediatrics/GeneralPediatrics/59570?xid=NL_breakingnews_2016-08-08&eun=g220600d0r
https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/electronic-cigarettes-970/why-teens-keep-using-e-cigarettes-713639.html
 
Clive Bates debunks NIDA funded Yale junk science anti-vaping propaganda and policy advocacy disguised as research (that was issued and hyped to news media by Big Pharma funded AAP, which has lied about e-cigs and urged FDA to ban them since 2009) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27503349
 
SFATA statement regarding study on reasons for teens trying e-cigs http://sfata.org/statement-smoke-free-alternatives-trade-association-regarding-study-reasons-teens-trying-e-cigs/
 
Reuter’s article by Jilian Mincer further misrepresents findings by NIDA funded vapor prohibitionists at Yale (and published/hyped to news media by Big Pharma shill AAP) without any fact checking http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-vaping-study-idUSKCN10J0BN
 
Press release by vapor prohibitionist O’Neill Institute repeats DHHS funded lies about vapor products and teens to confuse, scare and advocate FDA vapor deeming ban. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809095819.htm
 
Clive Bates and Zvi Herzog detail incompetence and many false claims in Pisinger & Dosing study entitled “A systemic review of health effects of electronic cigarettes” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25456810
 
FDA/NCI funded OSU vapor prohibitionists deceitfully say American smokers are “encountering a lot of unproven claims that the new products are safer and can help smokers quit,” falsely accused vapor companies of violating the MRTP section of FDA’s Deeming Rule (before it went into effect), outrageously insinuate that nothing can be true unless FDA says so, and that FDA trumps the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution. https://www.osu.edu/features/2016/unproven-claims.html Clive Bates replies to FDA/NCI funded OSH vapor prohibitionist’s allegations http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27446984
 
Extremists claim vapor ads urge exsmokers to resume smoking, want vapor ads banned: Can e-cigarettes undermine former smokers? An experimental study http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/trsg/trs/2016/00000002/00000003/art00006?token=005b1cdbd141c024a3f567232d45232b4224416a4d574963563e773568293c6c567e504f58762f46a6748b0e9ed
 
CDC bemoans racial disparities among cigarette smokers, but refuses to tell smokers vapor products have helped millions of smokers quit, are far less harmful alternatives. http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0804-ethnic-groups-smoking.html http://www.cdc.gov/mmwvolumes/65/wmm6530a1.htm?s_cid=mm6530a1_e
 
Big Pharma funded American Cancer Society report criticizes state legislatures, fails to ethically disclose Big Pharma funding, falsely and selfishly claims: - “states can save lives, reduce healthcare costs” by taxing very low risk vapor and smokeless tobacco products at same rate as deadly cigarettes, - raising minimum age for vapor products to 21 does “not benefit the tobacco industry”, - businesses owners cannot distinguish vapor products from cigarettes and allowing vaping in businesses makes it difficult to enforce smoking bans, and - cancers and cancer deaths have been reduced by State tobacco control programs and by mandatory government subsidization of Big Pharma drugs for tobacco users. http://www.acscan.org/content/media-centenew-report-shows-states-are-making-progress-implementing-policies-to-reduce-toll-of-cance http://www.acscan.org/content/report-cards/2016/ http://www.acscan.org/content/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/HDYMU-2016.pdf
 
Mississippi State Health Officer Mary Currier falsely claims “studies show that e-cigarette use leads to cigarette consumption,” repeats other false and misleading fear mongering claims about lifesaving vapor products. http://www.wtva.com/news/Report_Use_of_devices_such_as_e-cigarettes_increase_nicotine_exposure.html
 
South African Health MinisterAaron Motsoaledi falsely claims: “Some e-cigarettes have nicotine, which means they are just as bad as cigarettes,” and “There is also a belief that those that don’t have nicotine, are introducing youngsters to smoking. When they start catching it, the next level is to go to real cigarettes.” http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/is-south-africas-strong-stance-on-smoking-set-to-cover-e-cigarettes-too-20160811
 
FDA/NIH funded UNC activists find most teen e-cig users were smokers in 2011 and 2013, criticize dual use (which occurs when most smokers switch to vaping), cite fraudulent studies claiming e-cig use leads to cigarette smoking, conclude that adolescents need to be educated about the “risks of using any nicotine-containing products” https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2016/15_0564.htm http://www.medpagetoday.com/pulmonology/smoking/59524 http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/unc-study-finds-more-youths-experimenting-with-e-cigs/article_d406ecd3-7fb9-57ff-affd-fa08778d1635.html
 
FDA/NIH funded UNC activists falsely claim vaping not an effective way to quit smoking, urge ineffective and less than safe FDA approved drugs instead. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article95759247.html
 
Kevin Urich conflates lifesaving vaping with deadly cigarette smoking (CA) http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/?id=16256
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2016.08.05 09:19 Syad200 A Detailed Budget Allocation of my backpacking trip in New Zealand for 31 Days (NZ$3261)

I’ve always dreamt of taking a whole month off in another country, and recently I found the perfect opportunity to do so.
Prior to the trip, I did some research to find the best itinerary that would allow me to appreciate the best of what this beautiful country could offer, while sticking to a budget that is arguably reasonable. While many would agree that New Zealand isn’t exactly a cheap travel destination, it isn’t very costly either if you are disciplined enough to curb and prioritize your spending.
1. Getting There/Around
The deciding factor that would affect your whole expenditure for the trip. Needless to say, start planning early and get your flight tickets once the dates are confirmed. Here’s how my flight expenditure looked like:
Singapore -> Sydney: $263.40 (Scoot)
Sydney -> Christchurch: $209.14 (Jetstar)
Auckland -> Singapore: $279.90 (Jetstar) *Transit in Melbourne
Total spent on flights: S$753 or NZ$780
Prices for air tickets are always changing. It is best to book a ticket six to eight weeks before your flight, or twelve to sixteen weeks ahead if you are booking during the peak season. Many of you may think that if you book way in advance, you stand a better chance at securing the cheapest tickets. While this may seem logical, it is often not true, as airlines are going to wait as long as possible to release cheaper fares. Also, please don’t risk getting a ticket at the very last second. Airlines would realise that if you are booking so close to the departure date, you probably really need the flight, and we all know what would happen to the fare prices when the demand for it increases.
In case you are wondering, I got my tickets about 2 months earlier. As mentioned above, the prices are relative, so do yourself a favour and spend some time comparing prices between airlines and whatnot. The best case scenario is to spend less than a third of your total expenditure on your flight tickets. Remember, the less you spend on your flights, the more you get to spend at your destination!
The next concern is your mode of transport in the country itself. Various options include car rental, campervan rental, travel buses, and of course good ol’ hitchhiking. I suggest going for cacampervan rental ONLY if you are travelling in a group so you could have your rental cost split. If you are travelling alone/with a buddy, travel buses would be the best option. There are several coach services (Intercity, NakedBus and Stray to name a few) that offer both independent and pre-planned passes to travel around New Zealand. For myself, I decided to go for Intercity’s Flexipass, which is based on the number of hours of travel you’ll need. I figured that it would definitely be cheaper than buying separate tickets for every single trip, so I got myself the 45h bus pass.
Intercity 45 hours Flexipass: NZ$349
Intercity operates the largest passenger transport network in the nation, so it is best to have a rough idea of where you’ll be travelling for the whole month because you may need to book the individual bus rides a couple of days in advance.
2. Accommodation
It is probably commonsensical to find the cheapest accommodation around if you intend to curb your overall spending. Options include backpacker hostels, holiday parks, or rented homes/apartments. My biggest regret is not giving CouchSurfing a go, mainly due to my tight schedule. Instead, I stayed mostly in backpacker hostels and holiday parks. Here’s a list of the places I stayed in while I was in New Zealand:
  1. Ashburton Holiday Park (Backpackers Dorm - NZ$20/night)
  2. Lake Tekapo Holiday Park (Non-powered Tent Site - NZ$18/night)*
  3. Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park (Basic Cabin - NZ$25/night)*
  4. Sir Cedric’s Tahuna Pod Hostel (6 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$34/night)
  5. Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park (6 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$29/night)
  6. Central Backpackers Dunedin (6 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$31/night)
  7. Vagabond Backpackers (4 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$28/night)
  8. Base Wellington (6 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$30/night)
  9. YHA Ohakune (4 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$28/night)
  10. Rock Solid Backpackers (6 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$19/night)
  11. Haka Lodge (4 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$28/night)
  12. Central Backpackers Hamilton (6 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$27/night)
  13. YHA Auckland International (8 Bed Share Backpackers Dorm - NZ$28/night)
Accommodation and cost split between me and my buddy Total spent on accommodation: NZ$679 (for 25 nights)
Note: The sum calculated above DOES NOT include the amount we spent on huts/campsites that we stayed in during our multi-day treks. Those will be included in the later section under “Activities”.
Most of the hostels I stayed in were booked through Booking.com (or their own websites). If you are travelling during the peak season (summeautumn), always book your rooms in advance. Backpacker dorms tend to be sold out much faster than other types of accommodation. Also, you may want to read reviews by other travelers who have stayed in the hostels previously, before making a booking. This is especially so if you are looking for specific facilities such as free Wi-Fi or breakfasts.
Generally, the facilities (lounge, kitchen, bathroom etc) that these backpacker hostels provide are clean and well taken care of. The staffs are often friendly and welcoming, and are more than willing to lend you a helping hand in anything you may need help for. Feel free to ask me for feedback on the hostels I’ve stayed in!
3. Activities
New Zealand is that one country where you can never run out of things to do. Bungy jumping, caving, rafting, zip-lining, skydiving, jet-boating, kayaking, surfing – you name it. The only thing that is in your way are your funds, and since I was backpacking on a budget, I had to prioritize.
As New Zealand is a country that is blessed with breathtaking landscapes and vast wilderness areas, we decided to make the most out of it by doing as many hikes and walks as we could while we were there. Here I’ve categorized them into two sections, hikes and short walks, which are based on the estimated amount of time needed to complete. Hikes:
  1. Mueller Hut Route in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park (2 days, 1 night)
  2. Ben Lomond in Queenstown (8 hours)
  3. Routeburn Track in Fiordland National Park (3 days, 2 nights)
  4. Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park (3 days, 2 nights)
  5. Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park (7 hours)
Short walks:
  1. Mount John in Tekapo (1.5 hours)
  2. Mount Iron in Wanaka (1.5 hours)
  3. Tunnel Beach in Dunedin (30 mins)
  4. Mount Victoria in Wellington (45 mins)
  5. Rotorua Redwoods in Rotorua (3 hours)
  6. Huka Falls in Taupo (1 hour)
  7. Mount Eden in Auckland (1 hour)
The number of walks (or tramping, as they call it there) in New Zealand are endless. Whether you intend to do a short walk or an overnight hike, there is a suitable track for everyone. You just have to take your pick and get started! The more popular ones are the Great Walks, which are premier tracks that pass through diverse and spectacular scenery. I would highly recommend you to go for at least one of them, to have a taste of the best hiking experience in New Zealand.
Most of the hikes and short walks that can be completed in a day are free. However, you’ll have to pay for the ones that would require you to rest for the night, before continuing the next morning. On top of that, some of the Great Walks are located within National Parks, which would require transport services to get you there and back. Here’s how my expenditure for the hikes looked like:
  1. Mueller Hut: NZ$36
  2. Routeburn Track: NZ$72 (Routeburn Flats Hut, Lake Mackenzie Campsite) & NZ$86 (transport)
  3. Kepler Track: NZ$108 (Luxmore Hut, Iris Burn Hut) & NZ$16 (transport)
  4. Tongariro Alpine Crossing: NZ$45 (transport)
Total spent on hikes: NZ$363
Of course, hiking wasn’t the only activity that we did in New Zealand. While hopping from town to town, we also spent our money on other thrilling activities such as skydiving, which was easily the best thing I’ve done in my entire life. Some of the activities can be booked through bookme.co.nz, which offers awesome discounts if you book early. Our expenditure on other activities looked like this:
  1. Puzzling World in Wanaka: NZ$16
  2. Biking in Queenstown: NZ$18
  3. White Water Rafting in Rotorua: NZ$66.50
  4. Skydiving (12000ft) in Taupo: NZ$249
Total spent on other activities: NZ$349.50
On top of all the activities mentioned, we also spent our days strolling around towns and cities, visiting museums (most of them are free), and simply relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.
4. Daily Spending/Miscellaneous
I’ve always felt that it is hardest to control your spending when it comes to food, especially for picky eaters like myself. To keep our spending to the minimum, we ate out for lunch and cooked our own dinner. Honestly, I lost track of how many times I had fish and chips for lunch and instant noodles for dinner, but well, those were the cheapest options we had. If you are shopping for groceries in New Zealand, avoid Four Square at all costs. Instead, go for Pak n Save or Fresh Choice. As for dining out, asian food courts/restaurants tend to be slightly cheaper. Last of all, take advantage of free breakfasts if the hostel you are staying in provides them. Granted it’s not much, but it’s always better than nothing, huh?
Besides our expenditure on food and groceries, our daily spending also consisted of little souvenirs for our friends/family back home, lockers, laundries and Internet (data SIM cards, Wi-Fi). This is how our expenditure for our daily spending looked like:
  1. Groceries: NZ$287
  2. Eating Out: NZ$319
  3. Souvenirs: NZ$70
  4. Misc: NZ$64.50 (Data/Wi-Fi, Lockers, Laundry)
Total spent on daily spendings: NZ$740.50
5. To conclude..
If you’ve been reading up until now, you’ll realise that you don’t have to break your bank for a backpacking trip to New Zealand. All it takes is a little planning and self-control. Here’s how my expenditure for the whole trip looked like after adding them all up:
  1. Transport (Flights + Buses): NZ$1129
  2. Accommodation: NZ$679
  3. Activities: NZ$712.50
  4. Daily Spending (Food + Misc): NZ$740.50
Grand Total: NZ$3261
Honestly, it could be a lot less if I had done some things differently. For instance, hitchhiking from one city to another could have definitely saved me some bucks. And instead of paying NZ$28-30 a night sleeping in a hostel, I could be sleeping in a Couchsurfing host’s apartment for free.
So for all you aspiring travellers out there, don’t be deterred by the cost of travelling. You don’t have to be rich to travel well. Money should never be an excuse for not being able to embark on adventures abroad. Instead, start saving up, and you too can experience what I’ve experienced, be it in New Zealand or anywhere else in this amazing planet of ours.
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2014.12.14 11:47 belikralj So I went on a short ride the other day...

I took the bike down to a conference last week. On the way down I had a friend to go with and we broke it into two parts. But on the way back I was sure I could do it in one go. The route. Should be ok, I can probably make up a little time because, bike. So I left at 10:30 a.m. after final touches to the plan. Boy was I wrong... It's the first time I took such a long ride and I don't recommend that many hours on a bike like the Hyosung GT250R... Also, as a giant fuck-up I had decided to go via the SH38 which I later discovered is mostly gravel, and before the daylight faded I took a few pics. The sunken cost fallacy kicked in and I pushed on... Now, I have to look forward to thoroughly cleaning my chain, brake calipers and everything else under the sun and hope that I didn't get any punctures during my night ride over gravel in pouring rain...
I intend to plan my route more carefully next time...
Edit 1: Included pics
Edit 2: There seems to be some confusion. The whole way wasn't gravel, it was just through this part, but it did take 2 hours or so.
Edit 3: Here's an extra pic from earlier in the trip.
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  1. BrakeAce and Suspension Data from EWS Racer/Singlespeed World Champ on Rotorua Downhill Track
  2. Piorun / GPS data / Enduro Trails Sopot / muddy day / after work on Wednesday
  3. ICS New Zealand, Looking for Data Entry Operators, work from home, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh
  4. BRAKING DOWN Riding Rotorua NZ NEW Tuteata with the Brake Power Meter
  5. What’s Hidden Under the Sand of Sahara? - YouTube
  6. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology: Rotorua Graduation 2019 - Ceremony 2
  7. 90 seconds @ 9am : Some good bounceback data balances some awful core data
  8. MTB PhD - YouTube
  9. Dame Diane Robertson – TacklingPovertyNZ Rotorua – 19 August 2016
  10. Data-AL Markenfilm

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