The driver of a train that crashed in New Zealand earlier this year was found to have traces of cannabis in his system. He is one of many people involved in transport accidents who are found to be users of the drug. Others serious cases include the dive masters on the ill-fated Fox Glacier plane disaster and the pilot of the hot air balloon that burst into flames killing all on board.
How much of a problem is drug use in New Zealand and should the country come down harder on its cannabis culture to ensure the safety of people using transport systems? It’s not just the passengers that will benefit from increased vigilance, it may also go some way to improving the nation’s collective IQ and mental health, and also prevent it from having so many underachievers. New Zealand is up there at the top of the world’s cannabis use despite growing inferior varieties of the drug.
According to a report by the British BBC, an international study of a cohort of 1,000 residents of Dunedin who’d been using cannabis before the age of 18 showed they had suffered a drop in IQ
…A UK expert said the research might explain why people who use the drug often seem to under-achieve.
For more than 20 years researchers have followed the lives of a group of people from Dunedin in New Zealand.
They assessed them as children – before any of them had started using cannabis – and then re-interviewed them repeatedly, up to the age of 38.
Having taken into account other factors such as alcohol or tobacco dependency or other drug use, as well the number of years spent in education, they found that those who persistently used cannabis – smoking it at least four times a week year after year through their teens, 20s and, in some cases, their 30s – suffered a decline in their IQ.
The more that people smoked, the greater the loss in IQ…
The researchers, writing in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that: “Persistent cannabis use over 20 years was associated with neuropsychological decline, and greater decline was evident for more persistent users.”
“Collectively, these findings are consistent with speculation that cannabis use in adolescence, when the brain is undergoing critical development, may have neurotoxic effects.”
One member of the team, Prof Terrie Moffitt of King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, said this study could have a significant impact on our understanding of the dangers posed by cannabis use.
“This work took an amazing scientific effort. We followed almost 1,000 participants, we tested their mental abilities as kids before they ever tried cannabis, and we tested them again 25 years later after some participants became chronic users.
“Participants were frank about their substance abuse habits because they trust our confidentiality guarantee, and 96% of the original participants stuck with the study from 1972 to today.
“It is such a special study that I’m fairly confident that cannabis is safe for over-18 brains, but risky for under-18 brains.”
Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research, also at the King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry but not involved in the study, said this was an impressive piece of research.
“The Dunedin sample is probably the most intensively studied cohort in the world and therefore the data are very good.
“Although one should never be convinced by a single study, I take the findings very seriously.
“There are a lot of clinical and educational anecdotal reports that cannabis users tend to be less successful in their educational achievement, marriages and occupations.
“It is of course part of folk-lore among young people that some heavy users of cannabis – my daughter calls them stoners – seem to gradually lose their abilities and end up achieving much less than one would have anticipated. This study provides one explanation as to why this might be the case.
“I suspect that the findings are true. If and when they are replicated then it will be very important and public education campaigns should be initiated to let people know the risks.”
Prof Val Curran, from the British Association for Psychopharmacology and University College London, said: “What it shows is if you are a really heavy stoner there are going to be consequences, which I think most people would accept.
“This is not occasional or recreation use.”
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Drugs Battle Fought On School Playgrounds (Nov 2009)
Today’s Dom Post is highlighting the alarming rates of drug abuse in young people, with children as young as 12 being caught with drugs in school playgrounds…
In September we commented on reports that children as young as six were taking drugs to school, some defended themselves by saying they were for “show and tell” but it’s likely that many of the children were being used by their parents to deliver and collect drugs.
In June 2008 police told TVNZ that children taking and dealing drugs in school wasn’t a “new issue” after 5 nine year old boys were caught smoking cannabis at Owhata primary school in Rotorua and that this sort of thing had been going on for 20 years.
At around the same time a quantity of cannabis was seized at Longford Intermediate school in Gore, and Westlake Boys School in Auckland asked 12 students to leave after a dealing ring was uncovered.
Then in July of this year 10 students from Lindisfarne College, Hastings were expelled and another seven suspended after another cannabis dealing ring was busted.
Today’s article was written by Marc Krieger.
New Zealand: Latin American Incompetence at Switzerland Prices
By Marc Krieger
I have seldom encountered a country that so outrageously misrepresents and oversells itself the way New Zealand does. Before the yahoo commentators trolling Stuff launch into their predictable vitriolic attacks, I will note that I base my comparison on having lived in Venezuela, the United States, South Africa, Spain, England, Switzerland, and New Zealand in addition to travelling to dozens of countries.
All the countries of the world have problems and yahoo Kiwis love to cite the real or imagined problems of other countries as a way to deflect attention from New Zealand’s glaring problems. Unfortunately, most Kiwis foolishly believe that New Zealand enjoys most of the advantages of the developed world whilst having few of its disadvantages. In actuality, New Zealand has few of the advantages of the developed world whilst suffering from most of its disadvantages (e.g. high incidence of alcohol and drug abuse, preventable poverty, crime, corruption, etc).
For example, New Zealand houses are exorbitantly priced shacks. Very few houses have double-glazing, insulation, or central heating. Moreover, the houses are cold, damp, mouldy, and rot. The leaky homes syndrome illustrates the appalling incompetence of most New Zealand builders, yet New Zealanders mendaciously have the audacity to praise themselves as an ingenious and practical lot. Clearly, few people in New Zealand understand that building houses correctly in the first place might save money and resources in the long term by reducing heating expenses and electricity consumption. Perhaps more importantly, thousands of people in New Zealand suffer from preventable asthma and respiratory ailments solely due to the rubbish construction. Ultimately, the country’s dwindling tax base and the most vulnerable suffer the most from this ineffable stupidity.
The extortionate cost of living is not due to a “small population” or “desirability” of New Zealand, but rather to the dreadful stupidity and self-centeredness of the “leaders” and the cretins electing them. New Zealand is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, yet property prices are amongst the most expensive solely because New Zealand is a vampire economy where a handful of insiders have transformed the population into serfs, something that unfortunately exists throughout much of the world.
The absolute lack of urban planning, councils more interested in clipping the ticket, the Big Four Australian banks, and the Fletchers building cartel account for much of this. Lamentably, many Kiwis deliriously believe that high property prices are a sign of wealth, yet they do not understand that high property prices percolate throughout the economy resulting in higher prices for necessities. This is precisely why a cup of coffee, a pair of sneakers, or groceries cost as much in New Zealand if not more than in Zurich, London, Oslo, or Tokyo and perhaps even more if one factors the dreadful lack of quality. The crap that Kiwis buy at the Warehouse is junk that people in Europe, North America, and East Asia would never deign themselves to touch. The biggest beneficiaries from the recent commodity boom that has given New Zealand an ephemeral prosperity are the overseas banks rather than the farmers working the land.
I could go on ad infinitum about the problems plaguing New Zealand. I suppose the foregoing are merely symptoms of a bigger problem, which are low quality thinking combined with passivity, jealousy, and tall poppy syndrome. In this respect, living in New Zealand reminded me of living in South America or South Africa. The difference was that in both places the cost of living was low so one received what one paid for. Unfortunately, the cost of living in New Zealand is as high as Switzerland or Scandinavia, but one ends up with appalling public services and work ethic of Latin America.
No event illustrates this better than the shocking response to the Christchurch earthquakes. When the Christchurch earthquakes struck, the response of the country’s government and business leaders was to rig the recovery to enable money to flow to the insiders in the civil service and the building cartel at the expense of the victims. Both Chile and Japan suffered from even more devastating earthquakes, yet the recovery in both countries has progressed much more rapidly than it has in Christchurch. The fact that vulnerable elderly and disabled people continue to live in unliveable houses whilst the insiders milk the system for their own benefit is a travesty worthy of opprobrium. Sadly, New Zealanders are too passive, so they tolerate this type of open thievery.
One must ask the obvious question. If New Zealand is so great, then why is it incapable of retaining its most intelligent, best educated, most ambitious, and its most industrious. One in five New Zealanders resides overseas, the highest percentage of the OECD. The overseas Kiwis are, statistically speaking, much more successful than are those stuck in New Zealand and they have and continue to vote with their feet in droves. These are the very people New Zealand desperately needs to catch up with the rest of the world. Whilst countless Kiwis disingenuously make excuses to justify the country’s failures or pretend the problems do not exist, the best and brightest that can help turn around New Zealand leave to fulfil their dreams elsewhere never to return.
Having lived outside New Zealand I can assure you that my life improved markedly immediately upon leaving. The Kiwis that want to pursue their dreams must fly away to other lands rather than remain on those two backward isles populated by flightless birds that hate the birds that spread their wings and fly.
Streaming TV and movie subscription site Netflix has announced it has plans to launch in New Zealand and Australia in 2015.
Netflix opens chequebook for Oz/NZ rights
[Mon 14/07/2014 11:49 AM]
By Don Groves
Netflix has made firm offers to the US majors for Australian/New Zealand rights to a wide range of first release and library movies and TV content.
Two Netflix acquisition executives who met with distributors in Sydney last week suggested a mid-2015 launch is on the cards but did not give a firm date.
The initial offers on the table were not universally regarded as the most desirable and are subject to further negotiation, IF has been told.
The US streaming giant is expected to retain the rights to Netflix productions including the third series of House of Cards for the Oz/NZ service.
Foxtel’s showcase aired the first two series of the political drama but has not been offered the third series. The show was also available on Foxtel’s on-demand service. Netflix customarily sells its shows to international broadcasters one series at a time, not on a run-of-show basis.
Netflix has a ready-made base of Australian subscribers. In its Australian Entertainment and Media 2014-2018 Outlook, PwC estimates 200,000 Aussies get Netflix and other international content services via a VPN (Virtual Private Network), which circumvents geoblocking.
The monthly fee for unlimited streaming is expected to be $10, around the same price that Nine Entertainment plans to charge for its Subscription VOD service known internally as StreamCo.
The competition from StreamCo and Netflix is expected to prompt Foxtel to revamp and reprice its SVOD service Presto, which streams all seven Foxtel Movies channels and charges $19.95 per month, plus first-release on-demand movies for the usual per-title fee.
Foxtel is looking to add TV content to Presto and to reduce the monthly fee, IF believes.” source
New Zealand IP company Slingshot has also recently removed geoblocking to allow its customers to access content from BBC iplayer and Netflix.
However, doubts still remain about how much New Zealanders will be
ripped off charged for the service and what titles will available. Each country has access to different catalogues. Hang on to your VPNs people, don’t get rid of them yet.
Maggie Barry, and the “Prominent” NZ Sex Offender Released without Conviction and with Name Suppression
New Zealand’s criminal justice system has again attracted ridicule after the Queenstown newspaper Mountain Scene released details of a ‘cover up’ that protected the identity of a sex offender then released him without conviction, presumably because he was a “prominent” member of the community.
Here’s what Rodney Hide wrote about the matter in an article headed Forget Rolf, Maggie. We have our own sexual predator to name and shame
“…Here’s a case from the Queenstown newspaper, the Mountain Scene.
On the morning of November 11, 2011, a “prominent” New Zealander visited a woman he knew to discuss a business venture with her and her husband. She invited him in for a cuppa to await her husband’s return.
The “prominent” New Zealander took the opportunity to grab her, push his tongue down her mouth, paw her, push his hand down her pants, and jam her hand on his “whatsit”.
He only stopped his attack when her teenage daughter returned.
Following his attack the man was completely blase . He carried on like nothing had happened.
His victim is left scared to be in her own home and is no longer the bubbly person she once was.
In August 2012, the man pleaded guilty to a charge of performing an indecent act intended to insult or offend a woman.
He was convicted and ordered to pay $5000 emotional harm reparation and $1500 in counselling costs. But earlier this year Judge David Saunders discharged him without conviction and gave him name suppression. In doing so the judge accepted the attacker had “carried a bit of a cross” in the time since his attack first came before the court.
A “bit of a cross”? And the victim? What does the judge think she’s had to carry? The man should be carrying a cross: he’s the offender.
I know something of this case. I certainly know the attacker. And I know some of our leading politicians know him and know, too, of his attitude and behaviour towards women. It was a topic of conversation when I was in Parliament. There are possibly other victims. I know one but she will never come forward…”
He then went on to plead with MP Maggie Barry (who recently revealed she’d been the victim of an attack by Rolf Harris) to use her parliamentary privilege to name this offender who is known to her.
It it worth noting at this point that if Rolf Harris had been tried in New Zealand rather than the UK his identity would never have been revealed, and he would have been given permanent name suppression to ‘protect his reputation.’
Whether or not Maggie will take the brave step to name and shame the prominent New Zealander remains to be seen. If she did it would go some way towards dismantling New Zealand’s rapidly growing reputation for having a rape culture. One that protects that offender, prevents further complainants from coming forward and casts aside the victims of sexual assaults.
New Zealand has become a place where the victims of sex offences have to forgo their anonymity and brace themselves for the backlash just to enable justice to take place. As in the case of Tania Billingsley.
Rodney finishes his article by giving the victim of ‘prominent man’ the last word
His victim is clear: “He is a dirty b****** and people should know … For me, it’s not over – I want his name out there.” And of him? “There is no remorse there; absolutely no remorse whatsoever.” Sound familiar?
You can read the Mountain Scene report here Prominent Man Accused of Indecency is Discharged
An Australian blog site run by Derryn Hinch has published what it alleges is that man’s name, confirming his age and that he is an ex-All Black star. We must stress we have no idea if this is true or not, if it isn’t then the guilty man should come clean and clear the named person. Time for him to stand up and be a man. Hinch says that a plea bargain was reached with this man - if he pleaded guilty he would be offered diversion or discharge without conviction. nzjudgethejudges.com , NZ family court.com have also published a link to Hinch’s blog and a discussion about it has been held on RadioNZ).
Hinch then goes on to talk about another person, All Black forward Robin Brooke, one of many NZ personalities involved in sex offenses.
…In 2010, former All Black forward Robin Brooke was accused of groping a 15-year-old girl in Fiji on New Year’s Eve and assaulting a 17-year-old male who tried to intervene on her behalf. He was not charged but apologised for his behaviour on New Zealand television.
When his name came out, another woman claimed that when she was 18 she awoke to find Brooke having sex with her after a test match against Australia in Christchurch in 1998.” source
“Alleged diplomat victim criticises John Key” Stuff.co.nz
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@’Swampland’ For the record
- E2NZ.org has never been part of Apartheid Fort NZ. But we checked for you and that site is still running. Here’s the link if anyone wants to sample their alternative point of view http://newzeelend.wordpress.com.
- E2NZ.org has never called New Zealand a shithole, that was Stupid Newbie (he obviously has issues with having to live there).
- Don’t believe everything that comes out of Kaikoura (see 2).
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The Maori King has recently been in the NZ news after his reprobate 19 year old son Korotangi Paki was convicted of a number of criminal offences (one committed whilst out on bail) but escaped without punishment because having a record may affect his ability to be ‘king’ one day.
Cheeky chappie Korotangi Paki, also published a number of obscene comments on his Facebook page, including one of a queue of Asian people at Auckland airport with the caption “all these chingy eyed cunts” and used the “sieg heil” salutation much loved by one of New Zealand’s Maori gangs the Mongrel Mob and Nazi sympathizers everywhere. Which puts Prince Harry’s fancy dress days into perspective somewhat.
This is what the Guardian thinks of his pop refusing to see William and Kate earlier this year. Of course, the British royal household probably knew about his son’s ongoing court cases and criminal record. The true story here may’ve been that the royals decided to not meet with him because of the embarrassment it would cause the British Monarchy. New Zealand spun the story to make out king Tuheitia was the one who did the spurning.
Name: King Tuheitia.
Appearance: Itinerant weightlifting coach.
Is that his real job? No.
What is? Being New Zealand‘s Maori king.
Sounds important. Kind of. He has no executive power and, in purely numerical terms, being Maori king is a bit like being lord mayor of Nottingham, only your subjects have fewer tattoos.
I see. He did have a very important visit coming up next month, though. Prince William and his wife were coming to see him in New Zealand with their new son, Prince George.
A visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be an honour even for the mayor of Birmingham! But why “did have” and “were”? Because he turned them down.
He what? He turned them down. Apparently he wasn’t happy with the 90-minute slot that had been allocated to him.
Oh well, that makes sense. New parents are the dullest people ever. I don’t think I could stomach an hour and a half of: “The reflux seems to be settling down now …” Actually, King Tuheitia wanted more time, not less.
Wow! He must really like babies. Either that or he thinks a longer visit would better befit a person of his stature.
I thought meeting the British royal family was the whole point of being a tribal king? And, vice versa, the whole point of the British royal family? It is, but King Tuheitia has shown himself to be a proud man ever since he was elected in 2006 after the death of his mother. He is “not some carnival act to be rolled out at the beck and call of anyone,” according to his office.
Sorry, “elected”? Yes, the Maori royal family is a sort of modern monarchy that elects its leaders, but people prefer it if they come from the established ruling clan. A bit like India or the United States.
I see. The Maori invented their monarch in 1858 as a way to unite the tribes and give themselves a better chance of resisting the British invaders.
“Resisting the British invaders”, you say? That’s right. You can’t beat royal traditions.
Do say: “Sorry. I’ve got chicken pox. I’m thinking of the baby.”
Don’t say: “Let’s Skype soon, though.”
Best of all, read the comments (there are plenty of them) left on the Gruniard’s page, here’s the link
It’s about time we stopped pussy-footing around this sort of nonsense.
Being a “tribal king” is about as important on the cosmic scale of things as being a pearly king and having your photograph taken with tourists on the underground. There were lots of tribes in what is now the UK, most of them had hereditary leaders and, if you so chose, you could probably track down their descendent. They could sell merchandise: “I met the King of East Anglia and all I got with this tee-shirt”.
So accordingly a “tribal king” a private meeting with touring futures heads of state is quite a thing, wildly out of proportion to their importance. This is not some random private visit by a minor royal, this is the second and third in line to the throne who, although not heirs apparent, cannot normally be displaced from those positions in the order of succession. William will be King upon the death of his father, absent abdication or other exceptional events, and George will be king after him. It would take the repeal of the Act of Settlement to alter that.
So “King” Tuheitia (in the same sense as “Duke” Ellington and “Count” Basie, presumably) is perfectly entitled to pass up the opportunity, and is perfectly entitled to go to the media and spin the story to make out that he’s hard as nails. But the end result is that he looks a bit silly: no real head of state would play these sorts of juvenile games, and therefore he marks himself down as just a bit of a berk.
sadly, this article reveals more about residual cultural imperialist tendencies power is right and status of the writer/compiler than attempting a balanced comparison which interacts with the role of monarchy and cultural identity between what should surely be two equals.
Despite being a card carrying republican – at least the low level titular role the Maori blokes wields has some cultural identity heritage value within wider modern NZ unlike our unelected impositions.
Another classic case of New Zealand’s appallingly ineffective justice system hit the news today.
The Maori King’s 19 year old son has been let-off drink driving (seven times over the legal limit for his age group) and burglary charges, leading to claims that the judge was suffering from cultural hypnotism, because imposing a conviction on the young heir ‘would affect his ability to accede to the throne.’
Furthermore, three other young men who participated in the crimes with Paki were discharged without conviction from the Gisborne District Court. Source Guess having him as a mate paid off?
One would have thought that being a confessed drunk and thief would have made him an unsuitable candidate for King anyway. Should quoting Mongrel Mob slang, making racist remarks about Asian travelers and showing himself binge drinking on his Facebook page (“) raise more than eyebrows? source.
Is this the same cultural hypnotism that also lets off Kiwi entertainers, doctors and sporting celebs and then gives them name suppression to seal the deal?
Here’s what the papers said, note how the judge asks the defendant to prove a negative, how does that work?
A judge who discharged the Maori King’s son without conviction is suffering from “cultural hypnosis”, former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels says.
Korotangi Paki, 19, pleaded guilty in the Auckland District Court yesterday to drink driving, two counts of burglary and one of theft.
Judge Philippa Cunningham discharged Paki without conviction on all charges but imposed a special condition that he provide the court evidence he did not have an alcohol problem or if he did, that he had addressed it with counselling.
Paki’s lawyer, Paul Wicks QC, told the court a conviction would impede his ability to accede to the throne…” source
When this story first broke in May the Maori King made a big thing about not protecting his son, knowing that he should set an example to his contemporaries and front up like a man. However, Maori TV tells its viewers that a charge of drink driving had been suppressed until now.
As well as the charges from the burglary of a holiday park in Gisborne, the media is now able to report on a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol that the Māori royal faces…
Way to go! what was the point of that?
Tuku Morgan, the Maori King’s rep said outside the court yesterday
“the case was a “major turning point in [Paki's] life”.
“He’s an expectant father and you can see he’s brought shame upon his father, his family and Tainui,” Morgan said.
He heralded the court’s decision as a victory for Maori.
“I think that is a recognition of the uniqueness of this country. Maori tikanga, Maori culture has been recognised today by a very senior court,” he said.
Samuels said the uniqueness would have been recognised if Paki had stepped up to his responsibilities and not used his royalty as a cop-out.”
Time to step up Paki, time to be a role model for other young Maori and not an excuse that they can use.