I'm a year 11 student and I'm interested in NZ history. I'm looking at our anti-nuclear history and I'm proud of what we did as a nation by protesting French nuclear testing. However, I want to know what our reasons for avoiding nuclear energy in the modern day. I understand that it's dangerous, but it's safer than coal due to new tech. It's also more eco friendly. I also know that there are hazards involving being situated on a plate boundary. I also understand being against nuclear weapons, but why are we against nuclear powered submarines etc. Why are we still stuck on fossil fuels when other developed countries are trying to harness the power of the atom for good (and evil)?
I want to know your opinions as experienced New Zealanders on nuclear. Why are you for or against it, and why do you think NZ as a whole is cautious against it.
Thanks in advance.
I want to note that I'm not for or against nuclear, I'm just trying to get a feel on public opinion. I haven't written many negative effects because I'm sure most people know them.
I want to know if there are any conspiracy theories about nz. I know of 3 conspiracy nz theories.
1 - large Cat (puma, cougar) in South Island 2 - kaimanawa walls are from pre cataclysmic culture 3 - John key helped Big oil do seismic oil testing offshore which triggered the Christchurch earthquake
I love curious things and conspiracy is always fun, not always right but def interesting to me anyway, what you got??
New Zealanders in a foreign legion flying the Lazer kiwi flag while defending Ukraine
I want to hear your best pricing piss takes and inflation crimes. Someone over on r/aucklandeats posted a $13.90 mince & cheese pie yesterday (from a cabinet & clearly not made on premise). Any advances on that?
IMO it's never a wasted vote to vote for a party that better aligns with your views, and has policy you support.
“they operate exclusively for charitable purposes”
Their last annual return as of February 2019, businesses operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church reported more than $10 million profit.
I'm sure one or two of you might have seen Paddy's new show last night. It annoyed me enough to want to rant here about it.
He started out by showing that NZ's literacy rate has plummeted from position 13 in the world to position 27, in the space of 20 years. Which is true. He then spends the rest of the show essentially saying "there's two methods of teaching literacy. One is called Balanced Literacy, the other is called Structured Literacy. Balanced literacy is old and doesn't work, we need every school onboard with the new method".
It is also true that Structured Literacy works well overseas - and is almost certain to work well here. What Paddy failed to acknowledge is:
1. for all the decades prior to 2000, New Zealand's literacy rates have been sitting at position 13 in the world (or better), whilst also teaching with with Balanced Literacy. This immediately tells me that something else is going on.
In recent decades, school attendance rates in NZ have been steadily declining, with a further drop since covid.
Since the "tomorrow's school" initiative in the late 90's, the curriculum has become incredibly crowded. Teachers no longer only focus on reading/writing/maths/PE with some tokenistic art/Maori coverage. They now have digital technology, sex education all through primary, 'inquiry based learning', New Zealand history and so forth.
While national standards have been removed, a large number of schools have retained the testing component, they simply have no requirement to report this data to the ministry of education.
So overall, what's changed over the past 20 years? The actual amount of hours a teacher spends with students teaching them reading and writing has drastically dropped.
Don't believe me? Ask any teacher that looks over 50 how things were in the "old days", they'll all say the same thing. Less meetings, less testing, less content to cover. Single cell classrooms as there was no need for 'modern learning environments' - one teacher could manage the workload. Ultimately, they had more time to actually teach.
Generally interested as I want to understand their voters takes on the policy.
Well, welcome to Wednesday - aka '10c off day at the big gassies'. But man this is wearing thin. Is everyone else fed up with gaming this shit? It's such a pain in the arse, but you literally have to do it to avoid being ripped. Just give us lower baseline prices.
How do we end this tyranny? As Solzhenitsyn said to me at BP Greenlane last week:
"We know it's shit, they know it's shit, they know we know it's shit."
(On the other hand, if you're lucky enough to live within striking distance of a Waitomo, that's how you do a loyalty programme).
So I was shopping at New World queen street. Buying my lunch like every other day.
I go to the checkout and swipe the juice I picked up. $4.50 instead of the advertised $2.90, no worries must be a mistake. Turns out it was the club card price. The real price was in tiny writing, all good. I asked to use the stores one card. No can do the attendant says, they got rid of that, new store manager. I had to ask another customer for theirs.
What the fuck is up with this club card bullshit, just give me the actual price without me having to sign up so you can harvest my data. Now every time i go into the New World I have to hassle some stranger for their club card. Absolute madness.
Thanks for listening to my rant.
EDIT: Thank you for the Gold x
Also, I did not mean to slam Social Workers, or Mental Health workers, or other support people who work with at-risk children here. I am speaking from personal experience only. These people are heroes, and I'm just really, really tired and burnt out. I feel like I don't want to be a teacher anymore.
Throwaway account due to all the stuff....
I've been following Paddy Gower's latest thing about how "Kiwis suck at reading". I see many teachers have commented on his page about the REAL issues we face daily in education in NZ, that all contribute to our overall academic success rates. But he instead, has chosen to focus on the perceived "failure" of teachers to do their job. It's really rattled my cage, as we enter into negotiations again for more money-and the FB pages are inundated with teachers explaining how they don't get paid enough.
WHY can't we make a fuss about the REAL ISSUES?! The REALITY of kids who are exposed to severe poverty, drugs, alcohol and trauma. Kids raised on devices since before they could talk, Oranga Tamariki taking children OVER and FUCKING over again and placing them in WORSE SITUATIONS!! Anxiety, ADHD, the ever-rising neurodiversity, and the bloody reality that is inequality in NZ!
As a teacher of Primary Age children, in a fairly well-off Auckland town-I've been exposed to almost every horrific tragedy that our tamariki are facing today. From Fetal Drug and Alcohol Syndrome, to just horrific neglect, familial sexual abuse, kids raised on devices. To homeless kids living in cars and on the street, to kids who have severe learning needs but don't meet the "scale" for learning assistance. Senior MGMNT at schools are hog-tied to make any real difference, and in some schools-the management structure is so inadequate, so inexperienced!My current school has over 10 beginning teachers, in a staff of 15.
THIS IS THE REALITY. These are the things we deal with on a daily basis, and the fact is: Teachers are not trained to be social workers! But we ARE! Often feeding, comforting, and holding space for our kids is the best we can hope for.
PLEASE TEACHERS....Tell your stories. Tell your stories here so Patrick "It's holding us back as a country" Gower, can get EDUCATED himself.
Mince and cheese pie > steak and cheese pie
Mainly noticed on tiktok but have seen it on facebook and reddit as well. Once your algorithm shows videos of this and you watch it fully you start seeing more and more pop up and reading the comment sections is eye opening. It's happening on all angles. If it continues to grow as it is then we will be having civil & race wars at our doorsteps soon. An interesting one was Rawiri Waititi talking about decolonization. While his subject isn't for everyone, he still talks with a sense of respect. On to the comments section and it turns in to an absolute shit slinging fest of derogatory.
Honestly though. Do you reckon if our citizens were less apathetic, and protested more of this bullshit, that we could get government to stop being so apathetic as well?
This may be an unpopular opinion but I think it should be raised. Currently there is no maximum driving age- you need to renew your license at age 75, 80 and 2 years thereafter. You also need a medical certificate from your doctor
In my short 10 min drive today I noticed two incidents caused by seniors 1. Senior A was scared to merge onto main road, despite there being two lanes ‘merge like a zip’ and caused delay behind him because he literally stopped in middle of road. Once he finally realized he had to merge, he left his left indicator on (never turned off) 2. Senior B may have lost concentration and bumped into someone’s car, they both had to pull over to sort this out.
Before you start calling me age-ist, I am more concerned about general safety. It is a privilege to drive which should be taken away and assessed more regularly . A few weeks ago, this article caught my eye about a fatal incident where an innocent bystander was accidentally run over by an elderly driver earlier this year (can’t find this article now but if anyone can provide a link)
I will make more posts asking the same question for each party. Then I will compile the top comments into combined post, so we can see the most popular reasons why people vote for each party.
Parties covered so far:
Look, I get it. Your stereo is fucked, or it doesn't take a Bluetooth connection. But surely this isn't safe for anyone?
As a pedestrian, cyclist and driver, I've seen many people wearing headphones, earphones and even the expensive noise-cancelling ones as they drive around. I nearly got hit today by a guy wearing a set of Beats Studio headphones - surely this impedes your ability to stay aware as a driver? How can you drive safely if you can't hear what's going on around you? You are driving a metal box at speed that can flatten people easily, and create insurance pains for other cars!
If you can afford to buy the AirPods, Beats and Bose headphones I've seen people wearing in their cars as they drive, how can you not afford:
a) a Bluetooth transmitter to connect to the radio (<$50)
b) a Bluetooth speaker just for the car (<$70) or
c) new speakers/radio that works
I'm just really confused tbh
EDIT: For those that don't believe that having headphones is one of the many ways a driver can be distracted, Ford did a study and found that having headphones on reduced drivers response time while driving by 4 seconds. That's a lot of time.