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2020.12.03 13:27 olliestarkeyfanclub just binged my way through base game & first two DLCs

Originally was interested in the game because I'm a hardline Bioshock devotee and the early day comparisons to Bioshock naturally drew my eye. So I'll say before anyone jumps on me that it is nothing like Bioshock (and that is a compliment) - it is a very, very good game that I would happily replay. I find people who were critical of this game/hated it because they wanted a AAA game can't really appreciate that it very much feels like an indie game and that's really what I love about it. If I'm going to draw a comparison again to Bioshock, the world of Rapture and the world of Wellington Wells are nothing alike - I mean, for one, I can count on one hand the amount of times the former might have made me kind of laugh but WHF is genuinely a really, really funny game. Especially if you have a gallows sense of humour (I got stuck in the butcher's and whilst I was pretty grossed out playing it, I did see the funny side when I finally got out and had stopped... you know... seeing the whole thing). Yes, it is still quite buggy for me (I'm on PS4) so I had to save often on the base game but I was more likely to forgive that because I was actually having fun. I think if I had just been concentrating on completing missions and hadn't been entertained, the game crashing would have made me switch it off. The thing I like about WHF is that it has the feeling of being a developer's baby so to speak, you can tell that there is time, love and real effort put into the little things and those are the things I love about indie games.

I'm not sure if this would be an unpopular take or opinion but for me WHF feels like a beautiful cult game (ironic choice of words I know). People who come to it wanting a AAA game a la Fallout and aren't willing to open their minds are obviously going to be disappointed but it is very much their loss. It is, at heart, an indie game and that is what makes it beautiful and a joy (no pun intended) to play. If you get the world of Wellington Wells then you tend to fall in love with it a little bit, I suppose much the way some of us did fall in love with Rapture - but again you are comparing two very different worlds and expecting them to function the same way. It is very rare that I even bother with DLCs but I absolutely adore the first two that I have played; I am saving the last one as a gift to myself for after my exams :)

The difference is with these people is there is no real big reveal like there is in Bioshock. Yes there are shock twists but, unlike Andrew Ryan (who is meant to be obsessed with capitalism at all costs to the point he can't control his city), these people are just... lost in regret at heart and running away from it all. At least to me. Even the ever omnipresent Uncle Jack. There's a bleakness under the rainbows. There's no would you kindly, there's just the sense that "fake it til you make it" is sometimes a lot of shit. Maybe those are the people WHF speaks to. Maybe WHF just makes people uncomfortable if you get it and for a minute you go off your own Joy. Maybe I'll post this and go back to posting pictures of cats and wow it's snowed where I am, lovely day for it and - you get my point.

Edit: I also wanted to add that I thought it was an intriguing touch to have the live action of Uncle Jack. Reading this back and again, drawing the comparison to other dystopian games like Bioshock, it really hit home to me that whilst I would run around Rapture hearing Andrew Ryan or Sophia Lamb blasted over tannoys or taunting me over a radio, they never felt omnipresent. Even though you never meet Uncle Jack and he serves as effectual background noise (in the grand scale of things to the story missions), the addition of the live action role is a unique twist in gaming that makes the character feel omnipresent to the lives of those who exist in the world. It is something I've never encountered in a AAA game and Compulsion - and Julian Casey - should be acknowledged for their work on that. If Uncle Jack had simply been another computer animation, I don't think I personally would have got the same sense that Uncle Jack was this overbearing aspect of these people's lives and realistically the only thing they watch, see and listen to. He is a propaganda machine but one that I actually found chilling at parts in a game.

On a final note - my partner hates video games. The golden rule in the house is if she's watching football then I'm going to be in another room playing a video game because I can't stand football. It is rare to have a Scottish character in a video game but Ollie Starkey, when you're Scottish yourself, legitimately made me have to pause the game laughing out loud a few times. I think everyone knows an Ollie or is related to an Ollie here. She got confused hearing a Scottish man shouting and swearing in the spare bedroom and came in - so even she found Ollie entertaining. I found it hilarious that he actually does say things people say here ("away and fling shite at the moon") but they had no idea what to do with the subtitles. Oh dear Olllie. Hours of entertainment. The drunk in every pub in Scotland we have all known and smile at hoping he will go away. Thank you for this game!
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2020.12.02 09:23 x6tance Visiting Adelaide for a week!

Tl;dr: Coming for a week with my partner, staying around Mile End area, have a car. Look at the bullet points below for a quick feel plus open to food options (brunch/cafe and inexpensive dinner places)
Hey guys, I had some lovely feedback and comments on /Canberra last month and figured I'd try my luck here. I know these kinds of posts are downvoted to oblivion in some Geo subs but I was really hoping to gather some local insights. Just like /Canberra, I can assure you that I did some searching first and did check the sidebar (bit outdated, unfortunately). Promise!
A bit about me: I moved to Australia a year or so ago and finally planning to visit Adelaide for a week later this month with my partner! I'm excited cause Mediterranean climate is my favourite and Adelaide is one of the few places that offers it. Hope to make the most of the outdoors.
Preferences: I don't drink and not really into nightlife/pubs and live music. I know it's a bummer since the wine industry is big in SA.
I prioritise views, nature/trails (especially near cities that offer a view like Mount Eden in Auckland or Mount Ainslee in Canberra), and (unique) experiences. I do enjoy artsy and 'hipstery' (think Flinders Lane in Melbourne...okay, I know. Terrible example but I hope it paints a picture) stuff as well.
Logistics Info: Planning to arrive on a Thursday late afternoon, staying in the Mile End /Torrensville area and will have a car handy. So far, I've got the following:
Does anyone have any recommendations that we can squeeze into our trip? Here's where I need the most help with:
Food Options: Open for places to eat but that's secondary versus locking in my itinerary. Admittedly, I haven't had the chance to look into this much but plan to do so once I'm done sorting my travel. Still happy to get some suggestions. Generally, my partner and I enjoy a good brunch/cafe spot and inexpensive dinner options. A good example of what I mean for dinner are places like 1154 Pastaria in Wellington, NZ. My partner really enjoys places like that over fast food and fine dining.
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2020.12.01 01:15 lolpolice88 Kia ora Sinead Boucher & Stuff News team, who stun us by publishing apologies for 160y intergenerational racist reporting on Māori. We instinctively wonder what the catch is? All colonial institutions and individuals behind them must come clean on racist narratives leading to endless racist attacks.

"Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono: We inflamed race relations in Aotearoa
​Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono is a Stuff project investigating the history of racism. Part one has focused on Stuff and its newspapers, and how we have portrayed Māori. Katarina Williams and Mandy Te looked at The Dominion Post and its coverage of Treaty of Waitangi rights for Māori.
For 79 days in 1995, mana whenua occupied Pākaitore, disputed Māori land in the centre of Whanganui.
It was generally known as Moutoa Gardens, a park of colonial statues, war memorials and roses.
The occupation became a flashpoint in New Zealand’s race relations, inflamed by relentless, one-sided news coverage from The Dominion Post's predecessors, The Dominion and The Evening Post.
Our truth title The truth about Stuff Our day of reckoning Our racist history Tame Iti and 50 years of newsmaking Watch: How Māori view the media Stuff's brave new era Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono: In full Whanganui iwi representatives claimed the gardens, established on Pākaitore pā, had been excluded from land sales to the Crown in 1848. The Whanganui District Council did not agree.
While Whanganui’s mayor at the time, Chas Poynter, was quoted day in, day out, readers of our papers barely saw any words uttered from iwi leaders including Ken Mair.
Ken Mair announces the intentions of Pākaitore occupiers to remain at the Whānganui park in 1995. When he was quoted, Mair’s comments were often relegated to the bottom of the story. We never fully explored the grievance claims made by Mair and his people.
A quarter of a century on, Mair says the media was biased in its reporting.
"Let's say it as it is, and it is racist." KEN MAIR There was never any chance his side would be represented in a fair and balanced way, Mair says, because of the “white and anaemic” leaders of our newspapers.
“They come from a particular background,” says Mair.
“That background, in a sense, was always going to clash with our values, with our world view and anything that undermined or challenged that was never going to get reported.”
Ken Mair says the one-sided reporting should not come as a surprise. MONIQUE FORD/STUFF Ken Mair says the one-sided reporting should not come as a surprise. The Evening Post, Wellington's first newspaper, was published in 1865. It hoped “the inhabitants of Wellington will hail with pleasure the appearance of a journal devoted to their interests”.
“We feel assured the people of Wellington will kindly give us their support,” the paper said.
Launched in 1907, The Dominion advocated for a White New Zealand Immigration policy.
“It is concerned, not with the past, but with the present and the future,” it said. “There is no profit but only heat and waste of time, in re-fighting the battles of an older period, in readjusting old rights and wrongs that are only closed controversies today.”
Both papers merged in 2002, to become The Dominion Post of today.
Our investigation of those Wellington papers has revealed we prioritised Pākehā views and authority figures, through a Eurocentric lens, at the expense of Māori.
We have not always practised good journalism. We failed to give Māori a voice to provide balance and fairness.
These findings form part of the national Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono project, which found Stuff and its newspapers have been racist, contributing to stigma, marginalisation and stereotypes against Māori.
We have apologised to Māori and plans are in place to better represent all communities in Aotearoa. Stuff has released its new charter that includes Treaty of Waitangi principles and a commitment to build relationships with Māori.
Dame Tariana Turia has been face to face with the news media for more than a quarter of a century. She says the media is “another organ of the state”.
“You’re never on our side, so why wouldn’t I think that you’re on their side,” Turia says.
When she walked away from Labour in protest over its proposed seabed and foreshore legislation in 2004, The Dominion Post got stuck in.
“Short, round and enigmatic, dissident Labour MP Tariana Turia has been likened to a Russian babushka doll,” we said in April 2004.
“No one, least of all her colleagues, is sure what she is capable of.”

Dame Tariana Turia reflects and shares her thoughts on the media industry. Turia believes she and Mair are disliked because they stand up for Māori and challenge Pākehā, upsetting the status quo.
“That’s how they denigrate us, by telling us that we’re acting inappropriately, acting against the will of the people,” she says.
“It’s interesting that they see all the rest of the people as part of the state but not us.”
Turia has one simple request of the media: to report things “exactly as they are” for Māori.
“I don’t think it’s a big thing to ask you to be pono (truthful) and tika (just). To be honest. To do the right thing at the right time – that’s all I ask,” Turia says.
Stuff’s Wellington mastheads played a part in framing a narrative of racial discord festering between Māori and Pākehā, while giving prominence to Pākehā points of view.
Words like “tensions”, “civil war”, “factions” and “anger” made consistent appearances in Foreshore and Seabed reporting, stoking this concept of division.
A foreshore and seabed hīkoi [march] in Whanganui. BARBARA CHARUK/SUPPLIED A foreshore and seabed hīkoi [march] in Whanganui. An editorial from The Dominion published in March 1999 under the headline “Honour the Law” minimised the legitimacy of Māori Treaty claims.
“The tactics of Maori groups who want to take action over real or imagined grievances outside the Treaty of Waitangi process are becoming irksome as they are boring,” said the editorial, the voice of the paper.
“Many people have had enough of certain Maori groups who seem to take the view that if they want something, they must be given it.”
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In June 2000, an Evening Post columnist publicly questioned Mair’s cultural identity.
“Ken Mair, for instance, looks more white than Maori,” he wrote.
“I find this intriguing, because it means he’s descended from white immigrants along with the Maori whose cause he champions.”
Former Dominion reporter Jon Morgan won an award for his coverage of Pākaitore, but admits the news was told, at the time, “very much from a white, male perspective”.
Covering the occupation thrust him into uncharted territory.
“I felt a bit at a loss at first because I had no training [in tikanga Māori],” he said.
“I’m not Māori. I had never been on a marae … I was certain there were finer points of Māori protocol that were lost on me.
“When I look back on it, there were story angles there that completely escaped me at first and it took me a while to catch up,” Morgan said.
Ken Mair says the media were biased when it came to the reporting of Pākaitore/Moutoa Gardens because “they come from a particular background and that background in a sense was always going to clash with our values”. MONIQUE FORD/STUFF Ken Mair says the media were biased when it came to the reporting of Pākaitore/Moutoa Gardens because “they come from a particular background and that background in a sense was always going to clash with our values”. Who gets voice? is a Victoria University study published in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology in June 2003. It analysed how The Dominion and New Zealand Herald represented the voices of different groups in their coverage of Pākaitore throughout the occupation.
It found the volume of voice afforded to Māori “to be more consistent with status as a minority under multiculturalism, than with their status as equal partners under the Treaty of Waitangi (and biculturalism)”.
Non-Māori MPs were twice as likely to be quoted than any other group, including Māori MPs, it said.
“While Māori interests were given a similar amount of voice to any other group, the collective voice of official interest groups outweighed the voice of the occupiers,” the paper continued.
A memorial to Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui, also known as Major Kemp, at Moutoa Gardens. MONIQUE FORD/STUFF A memorial to Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui, also known as Major Kemp, at Moutoa Gardens. For Mair, the Pākaitore occupation could be distilled down to one thing: “It was our land. We were fighting for the health and wellbeing of the [Whānganui] river.”
On March 14, 1995, the day the Pākaitore sit-in began, the Evening Post offered a dramatically different take.
“The Māori squatters who have taken possession of this public park are making a laughing stock of the police, the Government and the Wanganui District Council … the law is the foundation of an ordered society,” the paper wrote in an editorial.
“When one group is permitted to act with total contempt for the law and the rights of others, the whole basis of civilised society is undermined.
“That is precisely what is happening at Moutoa Gardens … authorities should realise by now that humouring these arrogant bullies only encourages them. It is time to end this scandalous occupation.”
Pākaitore protesters cross a bridge over the Whānganui River as they leave the site of the occupation. DAVE HANSFORD/STUFF Pākaitore protesters cross a bridge over the Whānganui River as they leave the site of the occupation. The next day, The Dominion published a similar sentiment.
“The illegal Māori occupation of Wanganui’s Moutoa Gardens is an explosion waiting to happen. It must be defused before damage is done,” it wrote.
Reflecting on the reporting at the time, Mair’s chief concern revolves around “the lack of understanding, research and analysis” by reporters on why the protesters were there. They also failed to understand the “fiscal envelope” – the Government limit on Māori land claims under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
“I don’t know if much has really changed,” Mair says.
"I know there are genuine attempts to change, but until you deal with the institution [of media], the systemic power and who decides and who controls, then we'll continue to have that oppression, racism and racist behaviour." KEN MAIR “Real change only comes when the system is either tipped upside down, or we begin to see things from our lens, a Māori lens.
“I’m not seeing that shift in any way whatsoever with the pace it should be happening.”
Professor Whatarangi Winiata, with former Prime Minister Sir John Key, pushed hard against the letter ‘‘s’’ being added to pluralise the word ‘‘Māori’’. KAY BLUNDELL/STUFF Professor Whatarangi Winiata, with former Prime Minister Sir John Key, pushed hard against the letter ‘‘s’’ being added to pluralise the word ‘‘Māori’’. An obvious, and provocative, example of The Dominion’s refusal to consider Māori perspectives was in its insistence in pluralising Māori by adding the letter ‘‘s’’.
Repeated pleas from Māori, including from Professor Whatarangi Winiata of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, to abandon the practice were often dismissed because it was the paper’s official style to pluralise words assimilated into English from other languages.
Richard Long, the editor of The Dominion from 1991 and the inaugural editor of The Dominion Post in 2002, says these plurals “took a bit of sorting out”.
“Stylistically, we would’ve been worried about what our readers would’ve thought – and that’s non-Māori readers – would’ve thought not using the plural for the word,” Long says.
“Initially, we would’ve probably run the ‘s’ because that was sort of accepted form, then I think we probably mellowed and moved with the times on the Māori issue and Māori correctness.”
Long says he doesn’t recall the precise details regarding Pākaitore coverage at the time, but can’t immediately think of anything he would have done differently.
Dame Tariana Turia says the media should be pono (truthful) and tika (just). MONIQUE FORD/STUFF Dame Tariana Turia says the media should be pono (truthful) and tika (just). Jon Morgan has a different view.
He says there is quite a bit he would do differently now “but that’s because I know the issue pretty thoroughly now”.
Covering Moutoa Gardens made him “conscious and sympathetic” towards Māori and Māori issues in stories he wrote in the months and years to follow.
“My appreciation for a Māori point of view just broadened completely. It didn’t exist before and then it did. I became very sympathetic and it is reflected in my stories,” he says.
“There’s a hell of a lot of wrong things that were done to Māori and I didn’t feel the need to try and be balanced in any way. I just thought, ‘s…, people need to know about this’.”
Morgan said that in 2020, Moutoa Gardens would be framed in the context of all the other Māori issues being reported on.
“We know more about [these issues] and I know more about them.”
The Dominion Post’s new editor, Anna Fifield, is still settling into her role but already recognises the need to better represent Māori voices. She acknowledges the paper doesn’t have an exemplary record.
Dominion Post editor Anna Fifield says the Our Truth project is about reckoning with Stuff’s past and the role it had in perpetuating division in New Zealand society. JOHN COWPLAND/STUFF Dominion Post editor Anna Fifield says the Our Truth project is about reckoning with Stuff’s past and the role it had in perpetuating division in New Zealand society. This includes ensuring editorial staff are armed with knowledge of Māori tikanga and language, instilling a commitment to diversity, and “walking the talk” to ensure Our Truth doesn't become a box-checking exercise.
“I think this is an extremely important project for us to do to reckon with our past and our role in creating or perpetuating some of the divisions in New Zealand society,” Fifield says.
“I dismiss the idea that this is just being woke. It is not that at all. It is not about virtue signalling, it’s not about tokenism ... this is part of a broader effort to look, from an institutional perspective, at how New Zealand has dealt with its biculturalism over decades.”
MORE FROM KATARINA WILLIAMS • SENIOR REPORTER [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) As a mouthpiece for society, the newspaper has a strong part to play in shaping today’s narrative.
“It is absolutely right that now we are paying attention to all sides of a story and all perspectives, and that we try to reflect our community as a whole, and that we are not just catering for one part of our readership,” Fifield says.
Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono is a Stuff project investigating the history of racism. In 2021, part two of the series will focus on Aotearoa and how our racist past has made us who we are today."

'"Ka whapāha mātou ki te Maori."
With those unprecedented kupu, New Zealand's largest news company, known as Stuff, today apologised for not always fairly representing tangata whenua. It said after an internal investigation it had found it had been racist, contributing to stigma, marginalization and stereotypes against Maōri.
Stuff, formerly owned by Nine (previously Fairfax) and recently bought out by chief executive Sinead Bouchier, resulted from mergers of regional newspapers over the past 160 years, with its news website now presenting much of its news coverage.
Today that included the apology to Māori, which it presented in both English and Māori.
Stuff said its findings unearthed numerous examples of journalism practices denying Māori an equitable voice in Aotearoa.
Now Stuff is introducing a Treaty of Waitangi based charter, looking to take on more Māori journalists and highlighting changes it's already established such as a Māori reporting portal and media partnership with Māori Television.
The new charter lays out Stuff’s commitment to “redressing wrongs and to doing better in future ways that will help foster trust in our work, deeper relationships with Māori and better representation of contemporary Aotearoa.”
Under the headline "Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono: For three centuries we've failed to represent Māori fairly," Stuff shows the result of its internal investigation of its coverage historically and to this day of Māōri.

Historic racism

Stuff's investigation cites: "What a fine thing it is to be a Maori,” the Waikato Times wrote in 1872, two months after the paper was founded.
“The natives are habitually idle, drunken, and improvident, and consequently they are at some seasons of the year not too well off for food. What does the Government do?
“Why it steps in, gives them flour and sugar and feeds them; gives them wheat to sow their lands with, ploughs to till the soil, and horses to drag their ploughs.”
Stuff says that like many newspapers of the era, the Waikato Times was founded by settlers. It went a step further than most: In its first editorial, the paper declared it would “watch over the interests of the Waikato settlers”.
Stuff says over much of this period, newspapers functioned as political instruments, for example, the Taranaki Herald, which covered one of the most significant events in New Zealand history, the siege on Parihaka.
"We now understand this event as a sickening atrocity: peaceful Māori were beaten, raped and imprisoned, their homes and taonga destroyed by government forces. The Crown formally apologised in 2017."

'Māori activist' label

Coming closer to modern day , Stuff noted that as one of the most significant land marches in New Zealand history thundered into Auckland on September 23, 1975, led by kuia
Led by Te Rārawa leader Whina Cooper (who was later knighted in 1981), thousands of people walked across the Harbour Bridge on their hīkoi to Parliament in Wellington. But the Auckland Star, was not interested, the Stuff investigation says. It published two stories about the march, one on its front page.
“Falls, fright as marchers sway bridge,” the headline read.
Stuff notes that, rather than explore the structural issues that inspired the hīkoi, the paper explored the structural integrity of a bridge.
The investigation also details how words such as “activist” and “radical” have been predominantly used to describe Māori, a stereotype of Māori as angry and in revolt.
"Since the mid-1990s, the term “Māori activist” has appeared in our coverage almost 2000 times. The phrase “Maori radical” has appeared around 500 times.
"We have used activist or radical to describe a range of leaders including Dame Tariana Turia, Moana Jackson, Professor Ranginui Walker, Dr Pita Sharples, Te Ururoa Flavell, Dame Whina Cooper, Willie Jackson, and Marama Davidson, among others."
A search for “Pākehā activist” returned 14 results, only one of which is a news story. The only person Stuff has ever described this way is former Green MP Sue Bradford.
"We have, among other things, perpetuated stereotypes and filtered our view of the world through a monocultural lens, reflecting the views of a predominantly Pākehā newsroom and readership."'
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2020.11.30 11:57 Ostoni LGVW // Butterfly Network – Room for a Bullish Case

LGVW // Butterfly Network – Room for a Bullish Case
Ok gents, lil has been written about the LGVW-Butterfly deal. Between nurses/docs super excited about the product and the “t’s goooooing to moooon” hype, I thought to write a sound DD based on available facts as I did for Microvast and AvePoint. You may be sick of hearing about SPACs in 2020, but do keep an open mind about em bc solid companies are entering the mkt as well. Let’s dive in
30 secs elevator pitch: on November 19, 2020, Longview (LGVW) entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Butterfly Network (thereafter “The Company”), valuing the latter at an Enterprise Value of $1.5Bn, after a Letter of Intent signed in Oct20. The proposed business combination is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, with the combined company’s Class A common stock trading on the NYSE under the ticker BFLY. The Company makes ultrasound proprietary technology more universally accessible and affordable and it’s backed by The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation
Investment Case Intro: Butterfly attacks a large, $8 billion addressable market and expands it materially by meaningfully growing each of the following: points of care, geographic reach and use cases. Moreover, Butterfly has many attractive investment attributes: strong balance sheet and liquidity, low manufacturing costs, rapid growth, high recurring revenue, a discounted relative valuation and high-return reinvestment ops
// What the heck is Butterfly Network and why should I care?
Butterfly Network is an innovative digital health company that is working to enable universal access to superior medical imaging. Key takeaway:
  • In short: founded by Dr. Jonathan Rothberg (winner of Presidential Medal of Tech & Innovation) in 2011 and led by CEO Laurent Faracci, Butterfly has created the world’s first handheld, single-probe whole-body ultrasound system, Butterfly iQ, to make ultrasound technology more universally accessible and affordable
Company Footprint
  • Addressing an unmet need: Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) represents the biggest paradigm shift since x-ray. Historically, the global ultrasound market has been dominated by traditional cart-based devices that are accessible only to highly specialized technicians and are located predominantly in hospitals, imaging centres, and physicians’ offices. POCUS usage today has been constrained by high upfront system cost, limited access, and suboptimal convenience. Notably 2/3 of the world has no access to medical imaging and 2/3 of diagnostic dilemmas can be addressed through simple imaging. The addressable market is represented by $6Bn of equipment market and $2Bn of service market, with an addressable population of 40M+ Global Healthcare Practitioners. Ultrasound uses sound waves instead of radiation and it’s pushed by several macrotrends: (i) aging population, (ii) chronic disease proliferation, (iii) move from hospital to home settings and (iv) wellness monitoring
Product Roadmap
  • What about R&D? While smartphone-based ultrasound devices have existed for years, Butterfly is the first to completely re-engineer the technology behind acquiring images. The goal? Increase quality and efficiency while decreasing costs. To accomplish this, Butterfly engineers had to figure out how to replace the very core element of the ultrasound probe – the piezoelectric crystals. Using sophisticated physics and fancy math, these piezoelectric crystals are used to ‘transduce’ sound energy into electrical energy and vice versa. Butterfly’s new smartphone-based ultrasound device replaces expensive transducer crystals with computer chip technology, resulting in a device that costs less than $2,000, while currently emergency departments spend $25,000 to $250,000 to purchase and maintain sophisticated and cumbersome ‘portable’ ultrasound machines
  • Relative analysis: there are arguably three other major competitors to Butterfly iQ in the handheld ultrasound market: GE Vscan Extend, Philips Lumify, and the Clarius Wireless Scanner. Each of these devices are FDA approved for most of the major uses of POC (Point- of-Care) ultrasound. No other device on the market has a 3-in-1 transducer, which leads to doubling and tripling of cost for each additional probe. Additionally, only the Philips Lumify and Clarius are smartphone based. From a cost perspective, there is no comparison. Butterfly iQ drastically reduces the upfront cost, and there is no extra charge for their cloud computing and storage. Not to mention, the iQ is the only probe pushing the limits of AI and deep learning. In case you like CNBC, they listed Butterfly as one of the 50 2020 disruptors companies
Comment of a Reseller, take it or leave it: “I literally sell ultrasound for living. Butterfly is going to have a subscription service and this is seriously in high demand. 25% of my leads are currently asking for this tech. My starting price of Phillips is between 4.5-5k, Chinese brands start at 2500”
Competitors' Positioning
  • Expected & Current Financials: Butterfly has Substantial Growth Potential Across Multiple End-Markets with 65% revenue CAGR from 2019-2024E. Currently the company holds $500 million of cash to drive it through its investment phase and to expected positive cash flow. Significant discount to comparables, with 10.6x 2022E revenues with 70+% growth versus comparables at 13-20x+ 2022E revenues, with meaningfully slower growth. Total investment of over $400 million with first product introduced in 2018, 700+ patents and 2020E revenue of $44 million, projected to grow to $138 million in 2022E
Robust Roadmap
Competitors' Valuation
  • Who’s managing my tendies? Founder Dr. Jonathan Rothberg to become Chairman of the combined company and will be Butterfly’s largest controlling shareholder. 100% of the equity of existing Butterfly Network investors, including Baillie Gifford, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Fosun Industrial Co., Limited, will convert into shares of the combined company. There will be no selling stockholders in the transaction
Zero-Selling Shareholders
// Ok so what am I buying here? LGVW
  • Longview Acquisition Corp. is a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation brought public as an affiliate of Glenview Capital Management. Glenview was founded in 2000 by Larry Robbins and is currently in its 20th year of active public markets investing with a focus on the healthcare market. Initially capitalized with $414 million in cash in May 2020 trading under the ticker LGVW
  • The transaction is expected to deliver up to $589 million of gross proceeds, including up to $414 million of cash held in Longview’s trust account (assuming no redemptions are effected). The transaction is further supported by a $175 million PIPE at $10.00 per share, led by Eldridge, Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, Glenview, Ridgeback, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, UPMC Enterprises, the innovation, commercialization and venture capital arm of leading Pittsburgh-based health system UPMC, and Wellington Management. The company is projected to have approximately $584 million in cash on the balance sheet after closing
  • The Ropes & Gray team that represented Longview Acquisition Corp. was led by mergers & acquisitions partner Carl Marcellino (New York), and included securities partners Paul Tropp and Rachel Phillips (both of New York), mergers & acquisitions partner Regina Sam Penti, employment, executive compensation & benefits partner Loretta Richard, tax partner Elaine Murphy (all of Boston), and life sciences, regulatory & compliance partner Kellie Combs (Washington D.C.)., and mergers & acquisitions associates Victoria McGuire (New York) and Lisa Folkerth (Boston)
Valuation Details
SEC Dets
// Advisors, let’s spit out the big names
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as financial advisor to Butterfly Network. UBS Investment Bank acted as financial advisor to Longview as well as the exclusive placement agent for the PIPE
// Sources
// I don’t’ know how to read all this, bottom line? TL;DR
  • Butterfly Network is an innovative digital health company addressing the $8bn Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS), which represents the biggest paradigm shift since X-ray. Butterfly's early investors include Baillie Gifford, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Fosun Industrial Co., Limited. Butterfly's aim is to make superior medical imaging at more affordable prices, led by a robust team and characterized by strong financials (2020E revenue of $44 million, projected to grow to $138 million in 2022E)
  • On November 19, 2020, Longview (LGVW) entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Butterfly Network, valuing the latter at an Enterprise Value of $1.5Bn. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2021
  • LGVW closed @ $16.55 the most recent trading session. At the very opening of the session, the stock price was $17.59 and reached a high price of $17.60, with a 52W high of $17.98. Today’s level may be a renewed good entry point to position and hold all the way through further rumors and deal completition
Disclaimer: all images should be credited to Butterfly Network, LGVW or the above- mentioned sources. This does not constitute and has not to be intended as financial advice of any kind, always do your own research. I do not currently hold any long or short position in commons or warrants of LGVW (I will edit if that’s the case)
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2020.11.30 11:54 Ostoni LGVW // Butterfly Network – Room for a Bullish Case

Ok gents, little has been written about the LGVW-Butterfly deal. Between nurses/docs super excited about the product and the usual hype, I thought to write a sound DD based on available facts as I did for Microvast and AvePoint. You may be sick of hearing about SPACs in 2020, but do keep an open mind about em bc solid companies are entering the mkt as well. Let’s dive in
30 secs elevator pitch: on November 19, 2020, Longview (LGVW) entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Butterfly Network (thereafter “The Company”), valuing the latter at an Enterprise Value of $1.5Bn, after a Letter of Intent signed in Oct20. The proposed business combination is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, with the combined company’s Class A common stock trading on the NYSE under the ticker BFLY. The Company makes ultrasound proprietary technology more universally accessible and affordable and it’s backed by The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation
Investment Case Intro: Butterfly attacks a large, $8 billion addressable market and expands it materially by meaningfully growing each of the following: points of care, geographic reach and use cases. Moreover, Butterfly has many attractive investment attributes: strong balance sheet and liquidity, low manufacturing costs, rapid growth, high recurring revenue, a discounted relative valuation and high-return reinvestment ops
// What is Butterfly Network and why should I care?
Butterfly Network is an innovative digital health company that is working to enable universal access to superior medical imaging. Key takeaway:
Comment of a Reseller, take it or leave it: “I literally sell ultrasound for living. Butterfly is going to have a subscription service and this is seriously in high demand. 25% of my leads are currently asking for this tech. My starting price of Phillips is between 4.5-5k, Chinese brands start at 2500”
// Ok so what am I buying here? LGVW
// Advisors, let’s spit out the big names
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as financial advisor to Butterfly Network. UBS Investment Bank acted as financial advisor to Longview as well as the exclusive placement agent for the PIPE
// Sources
// I don’t’ know how to read all this, bottom line?
Disclaimer: all images should be credited to Butterfly Network, LGVW or the above- mentioned sources. This does not constitute and has not to be intended as financial advice of any kind, always do your own research. I do not currently hold any long or short position in commons or warrants of LGVW (I will edit if that’s the case)
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2020.11.27 11:41 bolin_clack help with online shopping ideas?

hey folks sorry if this is a bit off topic but my sister lives in Wellington and this Christmas i really wanted to try to find some nice local kiwi businesses that have online shopping options that i could use from where I am in Scotland to do my shopping for her and her partner as i'm sick of using amazon like i have in previous years and would love to support small businesses instead!
*EDIT * so i'd be looking to probably spend about $200 as probably my maximum, she loves like small decorative nick nack type things if that makes sense, or jewellery or something, ideally would be looking for a local maker or business that supports local rather than an international company if possible with the year we've all just had its important to me to help wherever i can this year so trying to boycot big business if possible

If anyone could link me any recommendations it'd be really appreciated!
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2020.11.25 23:24 CatEyes420 How the Rothschilds took over the World (long but informative)

Amschel Moses Rothschild was born in about 1710. He was a German Jewish silk trader and money changer in the Judengasse (Jewstreet) in Frankfurt. Around 1743 he placed a red hexagram sign (which numerically and geometrically convert into the number 666) above the entrance of his door. His house was also red in color.
Within two centuries, the Rothschild, instructed this hexagram sign to be made part of the Israeli flag 🇮🇱. He had 8 children with Schönche Lechnich, one of his sons, Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), is the founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty. He marries Guttle SchnappeSchönche Lechnich (Rothschild) in 1770, and they have 10 children together.
Around 1760, Mayer Amschel Bauer worked for a bank owned by the Oppenheimer (are part of Rothschild family/married, had children together..). Mayer was very successful and became a junior partner, where he meets General von Estorff.
After Mayer Amschel Bauer’s father Moses Amschel Bauer died, Mayer changed his name from Bauer to Rothschild (Rot = red / Schild = sign).
Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his sons establish what was known as the Five Arrows of Banking. These golden arrows can be seen on the eagle’s talons visible on the coat of arms city from Frankfurt, Germany. It represented the 5 sons who managed the global banking Houses of the Rothschild which included:
• Frankfurt • London • Paris • Vienna • Napl 
Mayer discovers that General von Estorff is aquatinted with the court of Prince William IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Hanau (known today as Hesse-Kassel) (married?). The royal house of William obtained its’ wealth by the hiring out or exporting their soldiers to foreign countries for major profit.
Mayer began selling William IX rare trinkets, treasures, and coins at extra low prices. Eventually, as planned, Mayer is introduced to the Prince himself, who is delighted with the modified prices. Mayer even offers the prince a perk for any new business opportunities, William could direct his way. As a result, Mayer Amschel Rothschild and Prince William join forces and become business accomplices.
In 1769, Prince William grants Mayer approval to hang a sign on his business storefront declaring that he is, “M. A. Rothschild, by appointment court factor to his serene highness, Prince William of Hanau.”
In 1773, Amschel Mayer Rothschild is born, eventually he would take over the Frankfurt bank. He is the first of Mayer’s sons who will all eventually enter the family business at 12 years of age. He is followed by Salomon Mayer Rothschild, in 1774.
In 1776, Mayer Amschel Rothschild creates the Illuminati and hands over the organizations development to Adam Weishaupt. Weishaupt sneaks in the Continental Order of Freemasons with this Illuminati doctrine. This doctrine claims a new order for the human race under the dictatorship of Satan and his supporters. This view is accepted and spread like a wildfire and is pursued in Masonic Lodges worldwide to this day.
In 1777, Nathan Mayer Rothschild is born, who is followed by Kalmann (Carl) Mayer Rothschild/Carl Mayer Freiherr von Rothschild in 1788. Carl is the founder of the Rothschild banking family of Naples. He had child named Adolf Carl....
In 1791, Alexander Hamilton, (a Rothschild representative in George Washington’s cabinet) and the Rothschilds, infiltrated a central bank in the newly established United States colonies. This bank was know as the Bank of the United States and was organized with a 20 year charter.
“Jacob” or “James” Mayer de Rothschild or Baron de Rothschild is born in 1792. Originally named Jakob Mayer Rothschild. He is the youngest child of Mayer. He was a German-French banker and is the founder of the French banking branch of the Rothschild family. He had 5 children.
Amschel Mayer Rothschild marries Eva Hanau in 1796.
In 1798, Mayer, grants his son, Nathan Mayer Rothschild, a major sum of money, and sends him to England, to advance the family interests in importing textile. This allowed him to establish a bank in the City of London known as N. M. Rothschild & Sons.
In 1806, Prince William, escapes Germany and assigns his $3,000,000 fortune over to Mayer Amschel Rothschild for guardianship, because Napoleon made it his objective to abolish the rulership and influence of the house of Hess-Cassel.
Nathan Mayer also marries Rothschild Hannah Barent Cohen during this time.
In 1808, Nathan Mayer Rothschild has his first child, Lionel Nathan de Rothschild.
In 1810, Mayer entered into a formal partnership agreement with his three eldest sons. Abraham Goldsmid and Sir Francis Baring die, leaving Nathan Mayer Rothschild as the last major remaining banker in England.
Salomon Mayer Rothschild launches the bank, M. von Rothschild und Söhne in Vienna, Austria. And Calmann ("Carl") established the branch in Naples, Italy.
The youngest son Jacob, was sent to Paris in 1811, strengthening the family's ability to operate across Europe by opening the bank “de Rothschild Frères. This allowed them to profit by funding the Wellington's armies in Portugal, which required them to secure large quantities of gold in favor of the British government.
The charter established between the Rothschild and the Bank of the United States in 1791 runs out in 1811 and Congress decided to vote against its renewal.
Andrew Jackson (7th President of the U.S. from 1829 to 1837) stated, “If Congress has a right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use by themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.”
Nathan Mayer Rothschild replied, “Either the application for renewal of the charter is granted, or the United States will find itself involved in a most disastrous war.”
In 1812, Britain, which was supported by the Rothschild empire, declared war on the United States. The Rothschilds systematically arranged this war to cause the United States to build up a major debt due to them defending themselves. Eventually, they would have to surrender which forced them to renew the charter for the Rothschild owned Bank of the United States.
Mayer Amschel Rothschild perishes. In his will, he establishes very specific rules that the Rothschild must obey:
• All major positions in the family business may only be held by family members; specifically only male members, which included a rumored sixth bastard son. (Mayer Amschel also had five daughters. Their Zionist empire also included mixed offspring of Jewish decent.) • In order to preserve their fortune they had to intermarry with their first and second cousins (16 of the 18 marriages between Mayers’ grandchildren were between first cousins). • No publication of their estates or inventory • no legal action was to be taken with respect to the value of their fortune • The oldest son of the oldest son was to become the head of the family, but this could be reversed if the bulk of the family decided otherwise. 
The $3,000,000 entrusted to Mayer by Prince William is accounted for in the Jewish Encyclopaedia, 1905 edition, Volume 10, page 494, which states, “According to legend this money was hidden away in wine casks, and, escaping the search of Napoleon’s soldiers when they entered Frankfurt, was restored intact in the same casks in 1814, when the elector (Prince William IX of Hesse-Hanau) returned to the electorate (Germany). The facts are somewhat less romantic, and more businesslike.”
The money was never truly “returned” by Rothschild to Prince William, instead their families married each other for business purposes, to keep the money hidden and allowing both families to gain and grow the empire. The encyclopaedia also states, “Nathan Mayer Rothschild invested this $3,000,000 in, gold from the East India Company knowing that it would be needed for Wellington’s peninsula campaign.” The Rothschilds made, “no less than four profits: 1. i) On the sale of Wellington’s paper which he bought at 50 cents on the dollar and collected at par; 2. ii) on the sale of gold to Wellington; 3. iii) on its repurchase; and 4. iv) on forwarding it to Portugal.”
In 1815, the Rothschild brothers started their policy of financing both sides of the wars by the suppling them with gold Wellington’s army (Nathan in England) and Napoleon’s army (Jacob in France).
Since these brothers had banks spread out across Europe, it allowed them to set up an unmatched postal service grid of secret routes and couriers allowing them to be one step ahead of the crowd.
These couriers were the only ones allowed to pass through the French and English blockades, which then reported back to Nathan and kept him up to date with how the war was going allowing him to buy/sell stock successfully.
When the war ended and the British defeated Napoleon, Nathan, through past strategic planning made a return of 20:1 on his investments, which gave the Rothschilds complete control over the British economy forcing England to establish a different Bank of England, which Nathan controlled. He would later state,
“I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply.”
The newly established Bank of England controlled by the Rothschilds changed their approach of shipping gold to different countries by using their five banks across Europe to set up a banking system of paper credits and, which is still used today.
In 1816, the Rothschild’s charter for the Bank of the United States was renewed for twenty more years giving the Rothschilds full control of the American money supply once again.
After the French’s defeat at Waterloo, the French attained major loans in 1817 to rebuild themselves.
In 1818, the Rothschilds, bought large amounts of French government bonds allowing them to take control of the French money supply. They also loaned the Prussian government £5,000,000.
In the year 1821, Kalmann (Carl Mayer Rothschild), was sent to Naples, Italy. There he conducted many business deals with Pope Gregory XVI and the Vatican, eventually coming up with the Order of St. George.
By 1823, the Rothschild empire has gained complete financial control over the Catholic Church operations, globally.
In 1827, Sir Walter Scott, published a nine volume set book series. In volume two he writes that the French Revolution was prepared by Adam Weishaipt’s Illuminati and funded by the Rothschilds’ European banking empire.
In 1835, the 7th president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, began placing the federal funds into banks managed by democratic bankers instead of the Rothschild governed Bank of the United States.
This lead to an assassination attempt being made on President Jackson, who would later declare that he knew the Rothschilds were at fault for the assassination attempt.
The Rothschilds gained ownership over the Almadén quicksilver mines in Spain. This was important, because quicksilver was a critical factor in the refining of gold or silver. This established a basic world monopoly for the Rothschild banking empire.
Nathan Mayer Rothschild dies in 1836. and his bank, N. M. Rothschild & Sons is taken over by his younger brother, James Mayer Rothschild.
In the year 1837, President Andrew Jackson succeeds in overthrowing the Rothschild controlled Bank of America. It wouldn’t be until the year 1913 that the Rothschilds could reestablish their third central bank in America, the (illegal) Federal Reserve.
In 1838, Amschel Mayer Rothschild declares, “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”
In 1840, the Rothschilds become stock brokers of the Bank of England. This allows them to set up agencies in Australia and California.
In 1844, Salomon Mayer Rothschild, buys the United Coal Mines of Vítkovice and a Hungarian Blast Furnace Company.
Jacob (James) Mayer Rothschild/Baron James de Rothschild, married his niece, Betty, who is the daughter of his brother Salomon Mayer Rothschild. James wins a deal allowing him to assemble the first major railroad line called the Chemin De Fer Du Nord, which ran from Paris to Valenciennes. Eventually this railway would join together with the Austrian rail-system built by his brother Salomon Mayer Rothschild.
In 1858, Lionel De Rothschild takes his seat in the British parliament making him the first Jewish member.
In 1861, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln (1860-1865) secures loans through the Rothschilds to fund the American civil war via Charters, but these loans came at high interest rates (between 24% -36%).
So, Lincoln decided to print his own money, which was debt free and could be legally used in private and public debts/affairs. By April 1862, $449,338,902 of the debt free money Lincoln created was distributed.
In 1863, Italy, unifies causing the (Carl) Rothschild bank in Naples, Italy, to close. So the Rothschilds decided they would use their American assistant, John D. Rockefeller, to help establish an oil business also known as Standard Oil, who became the leader in the industry.
Alexander II (1855 – 1881), Tsar of Russia, also had issues with the Rothschilds, because he refused to let them set up a central bank in Russia. In 1864, Abraham Lincoln discovers this feud and request Tsar to help fund the Civil War. Tsar agrees and sends part of his navy to the coast of New York and California. Allowing Lincoln to win the Civil War.
In 1865, President Lincoln states in a statement to Congress, “I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me, and the financial institution in the rear. Of the two, the one in my rear is my greatest foe.”
President Lincoln is assassinated later that year (1865).
Otto von Bismarck states in 1876, “The division of the United States into two federations of equal force was decided long before the civil war by the high financial power of Europe.These bankers were afraid that the United States, if they remained in one block and as one nation, would attain economical and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world. The voice of the Rothschilds predominated. They foresaw the tremendous booty if they could substitute two feeble democracies, indebted to the financiers, to the vigorous Republic, confident and self-providing. Therefore they started their emissaries in order to exploit the question of slavery and thus dig an abyss between the two parts of the Republic.”
The 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield (lasted only 100 Days) stated two weeks before he was assassinated in 1881, “Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce…and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.”
Edmond James de Rothschild has a son named Maurice de Rothschild. (Adolf Hitler is really Maurice de Rothschild with fake beard and hair piece and carries out his father’s (Baron Abraham Edmond Benjamin James de Rothschild 1845 –1934) work. Since the war caused a sugar shortage, Maurice would have also been the candy man aka Willy Wanka and his top hat 🎩 and cain in his photos match the part).
In 1886, The French Rothschild bank, de Rothschild Frères, gains the Russian oil fields and establishes the Caspian and Black Sea Petroleum Company, which eventually becomes second largest global oil producer.
The Rothschilds become the biggest shareholder of the De Beers company in 1887, which included mining valuable stones in India and Africa. They achieved this by financing the South Africa’s Kimberley diamond mines.
Maurice de Rothschild’s future wife, Noémie Halphen, is born in 1888.
Around 1891, the Rothschilds they purchased the Reuters news agency, to gain control of the media.
In 1895, Edmond James de Rothschild visits Palestine and begins helping fund the first Jewish colonies located there.
In 1897, The Rothschilds organize their first meeting with the Zionist Congress in Munich. However, this meeting was re-arranged to take place in Basle, Switzerland on Aug. 29th, due to Jewish resistance. This meeting is supervised by Theodor Herzl, who would declare in his diaries, “It is essential that the sufferings of Jews….become worse….this will assist in realization of our plans….I have an excellent idea….I shall induce anti-Semites to liquidate Jewish wealth….The anti-Semites will assist us thereby in that they will strengthen the persecution and oppression of Jews. The anti-Semites shall be our best friends.”
Herzl was elected to be the President of the Zionist Organization. The Zionist society adopted the Red Rothschild Hexagram Sign that Amschel Moses Rothschild placed on his house on Judengasse (Jewstreet), on their Zionist flag. This hexagram sign would end up on the flag of Israel 🇮🇱 51 years later.
The Rothschilds help fund Edward Henry Harriman. This allowed him to become the director of the Union Pacific Railroad which would eventually also gain control of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
In 1901 the Jewish colonies established by Edmond James de Rothschild in Palestine. They send him a delegation which states, “If you wish to save the Yishuv (The Jewish colonies) first take your hands from it, and…for once permit the colonists to have the possibility of correcting for themselves what needs correcting.”
Edmond James de Rothschild does not react very well to these news and states, “I created the Yishuv, I alone. Therefore no men, neither colonists nor organisations have the right to interfere in my plans.”
The M. A. von Rothschild und Söhne banking house in Frankfurt, Deutschland 🇩🇪, closes because there was no male Rothschild heir to take over the bank.
The Jewish Encyclopaedia (Vol. 2, p.497) states, “It is a somewhat curious sequel to the attempt to set up a Catholic competitor to the Rothschilds that at the present time the latter are the guardians of the papal treasure.”
In 1906, the Rothschilds insisted that the land was experiencing increased instability, while the Rockefellers were simultaneously becoming a rising competition. This was a lie, because in reality, the Rockefellers were the offspring of the Rothschilds through a female lineage. They owned Standard Oil, which is why they sold their Caspian Black Sea and Caspian Petroleum to Shell and Royal Dutch.
John F. Hylan, then mayor of New York, states in 1911, “The real menace of our republic is the invisible government which, like a giant octopus, sprawls its slimy length over our city, state and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses, generally referred to as international bankers.”
George R. Conroy talks about the Rothschild banker Jacob Schiff in the December 1912 issue of, “Truth,” magazine, and states, “Mr Schiff is head of the great private banking house of Kuhn, Loeb, and co, which represents the Rothschilds interests on this side of the Atlantic. He has been described as financial strategist and has been for years the financial minister of the great impersonal power known as Standard Oil. He was hand in glove with the Harrimans, the Goulds, and the Rockefellers in all their railroad enterprises and has become the dominant power in the railroad and financial power of America.”
The Anti Defamation League (ADL) is established in the United States by the Rothschilds in 1913, which labeled anyone who challenged the Global Elite as “anti-Semitic.” This is also the year that they founded their last central bank which still exists today, the Federal Reserve.
After the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was passed/singed into law on December 23, by the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, which created the Federal Reserve Banking System, Congressman Charles Lindbergh, stated, “The Act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this Bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized…….The greatest crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill.”
The Federal Reserve System is a private Organization also known as a charity and is Illegal!!! They also do not publish their accounts*
By the year 1914 the Rothschilds have gained control of multiple European media agencies, which included, Havas (est. 1835) in France, Wolff (est. 1849) in Germany, and Reuters (est. 1851) in England. Wolff News company was used to systematically shape German individuals into believing war the way to go. Since the Rothschilds owned the media now, they were seldomly reported on.
Since, Tsar Alexander II choose to side with President Lincoln in the Cvil War in 1864, he and his whole family in Russia were executed in 1917 by an order of the Rothschilds. They kill the entire family to show the world what happens when you try to cross them.
In 1919, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, the boss, hosted the Versailles peace convention, which meets after the end of World War I to determine what must be repaid by the Germans to the victors. In this conference, it is also officially declared that Israel would be considered a Jewish homeland. Control of Palestine was handed to Britain, which the Rothschilds ruled.
The Times of London report on March 29th on the Bolsheviks in Russia stating, “One of the curious features of the Bolshevist movement is the high percentage of non Russian elements among its leaders. Of the twenty or thirty commissaries, or leaders, who provide the central machinery of the Bolshevist movement, not less than 75% were Jews.”
The Rothschilds were not happy with the Russians because they did not want them to establish their own central bank within their community. So they hired Jewish agents to spy on Russia and plant seeds in the heads of the Russian community about a revolution that would assist the common man by promoting rebellion through riots. The Rothschilds strategically set this up to conquer Russia, so they could establish their own bank there.
The International Edition of the Jewish Post (January 1991)verifies that Vladimir Lenin was Jewish and was caught on record declaring, “The establishment of a central bank is 90% of communizing a nation.”
These Jewish Bolsheviks, funded by the Rothschild would end up would end up slaughtering 60 million Non-Jews and Christians in a Soviet controlled region.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, an author, confirms in his writings, “Gulag Archipelago, Vol 2,” that the Zionist Jews planned and executed the Soviet concentration camp structure. Where millions of Non-Jews and Christians died. On page 79 of his book he mentions the names of the leaders who were behind these camps. This included the Zionist Jews, Yakov Rappoport, Aron Solts, Naftaly Frenkel, Lazar Kogan, Genrikh Yagoda, and Matvei Berman.
The role of adjusting the daily global gold prices is permanently handed over to M. Rothschild & Sons’. Every day around 1100 hours this change took place in the City of London offices, in the same room, until 2004.
N. M. Rothschild & Sons banking house invests in the Underground Electric Railways Company of London Ltd in 1926 giving them total control of the London railway transport system.
Maurice de Rothschild son, Edmond de Rothschild is also born in 1926.
By 1933, the Rothschilds controlled the supply machines of IBM, which produced punch cards (used to input data into the first computers), which allowed the Nazis to organize and identify the Jewish individuals and kept track of their confiscated property and eventual extermination.
The Swiss bank secrecy laws are altered in 1934, making it a violation for any bank employee to breach the bank secrecy. This was arranged by the Rothschilds to prepare for World War II, where again, they would back both sides.
The Austrian bank in Vienna, S. M. von Rothschild und Söhne, closed in 1938 after the Nazi settlement of Austria.
The biggest producer of steel Germany and preeminent manufacturer of chemicals for the world was a company called, I.G. Farben, who in 1939, suddenly ramped up its production in order to equip Germany for World War II. The Rothschilds controlled I.G. Farben, who also produced the Zyklon B gas used to exterminate the Jewish population. The Rothschilds also used the Jews and other people in the concentration camps for slave labor.
World War II begins in 1939.
The book, “Inside The Gestapo,” written by Hansjurgen Koehler in 1940, mentions Adolf Hitler’s grandmother, Maria Anna Schicklgruber, and states, “A little servant girl…….came to Vienna and became a domestic servant…….at the Rothschild mansion…….and Hitler’s unknown grandfather must be probably looked for in this magnificent house.”
In Walter Langer book, “The Mind Of Hitler,” he supports this statement by writing, “Adolf’s father, Alois Hitler, was the illegitimate son of Maria Anna Schicklgruber…….Maria Anna Schicklgruber was living in Vienna at the time she conceived. At that time she was employed as a servant in the home of Baron Rothschild. As soon as the family discovered her pregnancy she was sent back home…….where Alois was born.”
Prescott Bush was the father of George Herbert Walker Bush and the grandfather of George W. Bush, both future presidents. He helped finance Hitler from America. Due to his funding, his organization was seized in the, “Trading With The Enemy Act of 1942.”
World War II ends in 1945. It is also noted that the I.G. Farben companies only sustained 15% damage, concluding that they were not a target in the bombing of Germany. Any information connecting Western aid to Hitler is censored through the Nazi War Crimes investigation held at the end of World War II by the tribunals.
In Spring of 1948, the 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman (1945 – 1953) is bribed with $2,000,000 by the Rothschilds to acknowledge Israel (Rothschild owned) as a Jewish sovereign state in Palestine. The United States is the first nation to recognize it and the new flag is soon revealed. The new Israel flag depicted a blue hexagram on it, which was exactly like the red Rothschild hexagram, found on Amschel Moses Rothschild’s doorstep.
The Jewish knew the hexagram represented the “Moloch,” which was the biblical name of a Canaanite god relating to child sacrifice, by means of fire or war. The stone owl located at the Bohemian Grove worshipped by the elite is also named Moloch and Astaroth (Lord Treasurer of Hell). The hexagram also symbolized Saturn, which has been identified as the mystical name for “Satan.” This would mean that anyone murdered in the name of Israel was in reality an offering to Satan.
In 1953, the British Newfoundland Corporation Ltd was founded by N. M. Rothschild & Sons of London. They build a power plant to harness the electricity of the Hamilton (renamed Churchill) Falls (waterfall) on 60,000 square miles of terrain in Newfoundland, Canada.
Edmond de Rothschild established Compagnie Financiere, Paris, in 1955.
In the year 1962, the French banking house, de Rothschild Frères, founded Imétal, a shade company for all their mineral excavating shares.
A book called, “The Rothschilds”, written by Frederic Morton writes, “Though they control scores of industrial, commercial, mining and tourist corporations, not one bears the name Rothschild. Being private partnerships, the family houses never need to, and never do, publish a single public balance sheet, or any other report of their financial condition.”
This statement showcases the true mission of the Rothschilds. It was their objective to eradicate all competition and establish their own global monopoly.
On July 4th 1962, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, held a speech at Independence Hall, in which he mocked the Declaration of Independence and states that the Constitution, “stressed not Independence but Interdependence.”
On June 4th 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, issues the Executive Order 11110, which returned the power to distribute currency back to the U.S. government, without having to go through the Federal Reserve possessed by the Rothschilds.
On November 22nd 1963, Kennedy was shot by the Rothschilds. Kennedy’s motive was to distribute and print American currency for the American people. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated for the same reason in 1865 by the Rothschilds.
The 37th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, declares the Executive Order 11110 as void, the same day that Kennedy was killed.
La Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild (LCF), in Switzerland, an investment bank with many associates is established by Edmond de Rothschild. Today, this bank is known as the Swiss Bank. Edmond marries Nadine and have a son together named, Benjamin de Rothschild.
In 1973, Gary Allen, wrote a book called, None Dare Call It Conspiracy, which states, “One major reason for the historical blackout on the role of the international bankers in political history is the Rothschilds were Jewish… ….The Jewish members of the conspiracy have used an organisation called The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as an instrument to try and convince everyone that any mention of the Rothschilds and their allies is an attack on all Jews. In this way they have stifled almost all honest scholarship on international bankers and made the subject taboo within universities. Any individual or book exploring this subject is immediately attacked by hundreds of ADL communities all over the country. The ADL has never let the truth or logic interfere with its highly professional smear jobs… ….Actually, nobody has a right to be more angry at the Rothschild clique than their fellow Jews… ….The Rothschild empire helped finance Adolf Hitler.”
IBM was controlled by the Rothschilds through their employee, George J. Laurer. IBM creates the UPC (Universal Product Code) barcode, which is placed upon every product traded worldwide. IBM’s UPC barcode bears the mark of the beast, 666. Everything bought or sold is therefore the mark of the beast.
The Book of Revelation 13:17 says, “No man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
The Churchill Falls power plant in Newfoundland, Canada, is finished. N. M. Rothschild & Sons of London, adds an asset management company, called the Rothschild Private Management Limited, which traded globally. Today this company is know as Rothschild & Co.
In 1980, global privatization starts due to the Rothschilds plan to eventually seize power of all publicly held assets.
In 1981, a new bank called, Compagnie Européenne de Banque is established in France. The successor to this bank is Rothschild & Cie Banque (RCB), which eventually becomes a leading French investment company.
Eustace Mullins writes in 1985, “Who Owns The TV Networks,“ where he discloses that the Rothschilds control of the three dominant U.S. Networks at the time: NBC; CBS; and ABC.
Edmond de Rothschild sets up the World Conservation Bank in 1987, which transferred debts from third world countries into his bank. This allowed the Rothschilds to gain land as a return from these countries. The Rothschilds systematically designed this system to gain control of the third world countries, which were about 30% of the land on Earth.
The French and British Rothschilds declare in 1989, the launch of a new branch called, Rothschild GmbH, located in Frankfurt, Germany.
Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Paul A. Volker becomes the new Chairman of the banking firm, J. Rothschild, Wolfensohn and Co. in Europe in March 1992.
In 1995, Dr Kitty Little, a past atomic energy scientist, stated that the Rothschilds now possessed 80% of the uranium supplies globally, creating their nuclear power monopoly.
The European Central Bank is established in 1998 and is located in Frankfurt, Germany.
George W. Bush, becomes the 43rd President of the United States in the year 2000. Bush and his family declare they are the ancestors of the House of Plantagenet, whose linage stems from the Royal House of Judah.
The September 11th attack of the Twin Towers was arranged by the United States, Britain, and Israel, through an order received from the Rothschilds. It was their goal to gain security and control over the world, while simultaneously eliminating the liberty of people globally. The Rothschild’s terrorist attack allowed them to gain power over nations who refused to build a central Rothschild bank. One of these 7 nations was Afghanistan, (at the time a nation without R. Bank, but 9/11 changed this.)
They also will use the attacks to gain control of the few nations in the world who don’t allow Rothschild central banks and so less than one month after these attacks, US forces attack Afghanistan, one of only 7 nations in the world who don’t have a Rothschild controlled central bank.
A week before the twin tower attack, the Zim Shipping Company, located in the World Trade Centers, break their lease and leave behind their work station. No explanation has been given, but it is know that the Zim Shipping Company is half owned by the State of Israel, which is owned by The Rothschilds.
In the year 2003, Iraq (Ancient Babylon), is one of the last six nations left that who don’t have a central bank owned by the Rothschilds. The war in Iraq was mostly about robbing their water sources for Israel. Israel has always struggled for water. Water is rare in Israel, so to them water is far more valuable than the oil reserves, which happen to be the second largest oil reserves on the globe.
In 2006, the Edmond De Rothschild Banque a secondary branch of the Edmond De Rothschild bank in France, is the first foreign bank to acquire authorization of the China to enter China’s economic market.
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2020.11.25 09:01 autotldr Runaway emu in Ōpōtiki escorted home by police

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Witnesses told Local Democracy Reporting the emu got into a flap, running up and down Nelson, Wellington and Union streets.
The scene played out in a video posted to Facebook, where a police officer can be seen walking beside the emu, followed by a police vehicle, which in turn is followed by children on bicycles who are filming the wacky encounter.
P?tiki District Council planning and regulatory group manager Gerard McCormack said the emu was a well-known feature of the town, having lived there for the past 15 years.
McCormack said the emu used to be part of a "Lovely" pair, but its partner was sadly killed by dogs some years ago.
"The animal control team keep an eye on the emu as part of the regular patrols and the owner always takes care to ensure the emu is fenced and secure and we've not had any issues," he said.
Many people said their children enjoyed feeding the emu and expressed concern for its safety.
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2020.11.25 02:37 Foxtrot4 How much is too much really? Need help buying my future home

Hi Everyone,
I've received some great tips off this sub so thank you to those reading that that are regular contributors. I really appreciate it.
My partner and I are first home buyers in Wellington. Late twenties, 190K annual gross income, 145K saved for a deposit. No debts or dependents.
After months of searching (and a few failed offers) we've found what we think might be our long-term home. If successful, it'll cost around 870K and over 30 years at 3%, repayments equate to around $700 per week/$3,050 per month (plus rates, insurance, and on-going maintenance).
I'm aware that, due to having below 20% deposit, the interest rates available to me will include a premium until I can make the 20% threshold.
I'm comfortable we can make the repayments and maintain our day-to-day living while generally keeping in line with the 50/30/20 approach (50% on expenses, 30% on spending, 20% on savings). I am also comfortable that should interest rates rise a little bit (~1%), then we'd still be able to move things around to meet the repayments and save close to 20%.
The thing that alarms me however is that the house price is 4.6x our gross annual income which I understand to be high. IMO it's better the money sits in property given the circumstances and compared to other savings options - but I'm unsure whether this is a good judgement.
Has anyone else been in a similar situation that could offer some advice? Is 4.6x your annual gross income considered too high in the greater scheme of things? Is it better to go with something cheaper and potentially less risky in case interest rates go up in the future?
Thank you.
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2020.11.24 11:58 lolpolice88 Gassed in their cells, ‘begging’ for food at Auckland Women’s prison

"An asthmatic woman is repeatedly pepper sprayed and has to show her used sanitary products to male guards, while her seriously depressed girlfriend is left in isolation until she attempts suicide. Guyon Espiner reveals what's going on at Auckland Women's prison.
Warning: This story discusses rape, violence, depression and suicide.
It wasn't the first time Karma Cripps had been bombed in her prison cell, but it was definitely the worst time.
Six guards were outside her door, dressed like they were going to war, with masks, shields and helmets to protect them from the fallout of what they were about to do.
A silver hose, about the width of a pen, attached to a black canister, was slipped under her door.
Then the guards were yelling: "Spray A1!" The first canister of pepper spray went off and an orange, hazy gas, thick like chilli sauce, filled Cripps' small cell.
Her body felt like it was on fire, but she was not down.
"Spray A2!"
Cripps could hear the women down the corridor yelling. "She's got asthma, she's got asthma! She can't breathe!" But the guards at Auckland Region Women's Correctional Facility, known as Auckland Women's Prison, knew that already.
"Spray A3!" There was nowhere to hide.
"I'm trying to cover my face, I'm trying to cover my body," Cripps recalls later. "I even put my head down the toilet bowl just because I know that's a little bit of air."
But they kept going, deploying four canisters in all and placing towels under the door to stop the gas escaping.
After about 20 minutes the prison guards had completed what they call a 'cell buster extraction' and what the women call being bombed. The objective is to incapacitate the prisoner so guards can remove them from the cell without fear of resistance.
At least three other women at the prison were bombed multiple times too.
In fact, what happened to Mihi Bassett at the prison was worse. Bassett is Cripps' partner. They have been together three years. Cripps says she is the strong one and Bassett is more vulnerable. Bassett was the one who asked the Māori chaplain to come when things got really dark.
Bassett had many dark days in the prison's segregation unit, which the guards call D-Wing and the prisoners call the pound.
She had to perform humiliating rituals just to get food. She missed many meals, had to change in front of male guards and plead for basic hygiene products.
The worst day for Bassett was the worst day for Cripps too. It was 21 January, 2020, more than three months into their four-month stint in the pound. (Prisoners seen as a security risk are normally sent to segregation in D-wing for 14 days. But Bassett and Kripps were kept in the pound from October 2019 to February 2020. Four months with nothing to do. No TV. No activities. Nothing.)
Later, Cripps told the story of that day in court, after police prosecuted Bassett and two other inmates for burning Corrections property. How women are treated at Auckland Women's Prison, all came out in front of a judge.
"That day I could hear this ripping sound. I thought it was a sheet or a blanket but it ended up being a towel," Cripps said. Her cell was opposite Bassett's, so she knew her partner had gone into the shower cubicle, but there was no sound of running water.
"So I'm already coming up with my own scenario in my head and I just know something is going to happen."
She hit the emergency button and yelled for the guards to come. The cell is right next to the staff base, but it seemed to take minutes for them to arrive.
"Then I'm just screaming, banging, screaming, banging."
Then the staff were screaming too. "Break! Break! Code Blue!"
Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility in WiriAuckland Women's Prison has a "punitive culture" and staff are too quick to resort to force, an internal review found
This is the story of Karma Cripps and Mihi Bassett; partners in life and partners in crime and punishment.
It's also the story of Auckland Women's Prison, which, according to an internal review this year, has a "punitive culture," where staff are too quick to resort to force.
Hannah Kim, the lawyer acting for Cripps and Bassett, puts it this way: "Like prisoners being zoo animals and officers being like zookeepers," she says, in her cramped office in Manukau, about a ten-minute drive from the prison itself. "Just degrading and inhumane."
But this is also the story of a number. A banal percentage. The number is 68 and inside its curves hides a nation's shame. Sixty-eight percent of the women at Auckland Women's Prison are Māori, making them the most incarcerated group of indigenous women on earth.
These are women that Tracey McIntosh, a professor of Indigenous Studies at Auckland University, knows well, as a scholar of criminology and a frequent visitor to Auckland Women's Prison.
"They have had to speak around landscapes of devastation that are hard to imagine and one of the things that comes out very strong in them is they don't want to repeat it," she says. "Many of them have given up on themselves but they don't want that for those that are to come."
Mihi Bassett is Tūhoe. The best times in prison for her are when the kapa haka festival Te Matatini is on TV. She loves kapa haka and she's pretty good at it. Her reo isn't bad either, although without books or TV in the pound it was hard to keep it up.
Bassett, who is 27 now, has been in and out of prison since she was 18.
But it wasn't always going to be like this.
Mihi Bassett lost her brother and grandfather around the same time. When she was a girl growing up in Ōpōtiki in the eastern Bay of Plenty, she wanted to be like John, the eldest of her three brothers. She describes her parents as hard working. Her dad worked in a kiwifruit orchard, although he was also a gang member. Her mum was one of the first women in the area to work as a beekeeper.
But it was John she was close to and today, she has tattoos of him on her body. John was in the army and so Mihi joined the cadets as a young girl. Things were good. Then, according to her psychiatric report, life began to darken.
John died in an army training accident, aged 18. Bassett lost her grandfather around the same time, but John's loss hurt the most. Much later she told the psychiatrist that in the depths of D-wing she was "determined to join her brother John".
Bassett began to drink alcohol and smoke cannabis at the age of nine.
She has a rap sheet stretching to 75 offences now, but at first the crimes weren't too serious. At 16 she was in front of the Ōpōtiki Youth Court for unlawfully entering a building. There were three burglaries by her 17th birthday.
Around that time, in 2010, she was raped by a gang member. He broke down the toilet door at a gang party to get to her.
The rape was an "extremely traumatic incident," her pychiatric report says. She recalls it "at least twice a week" and has frequent flashbacks. "She described herself as broken and gross."
Bassett's family meted out their own kind of justice, beating up the rapist.
Later, it was vigilante justice that put Bassett where she is now - in jail for 10 years for a violent home invasion in June 2014.
Bassett's girlfriend at the time (not Cripps) had a nephew who they believed was being sexually abused. Bassett and her mates "decided to do a hit on a paedophile", according to court records.
They took a double barrel shotgun, hammers and a knife to the man's home and attacked him and his family. There were broken bones, lacerations and a stab wound. It was a devastating and frightening home invasion which left indelible scars on five people.
Initially, Bassett wasn't a suspect. It wasn't until three months after the attack, when she called the police in an attempt to clear her girlfriend's name, that the police realised she had even been at the crime scene.
At sentencing, the judge noted that, while Bassett had a rap sheet as long as her arm, violent offending like this was out of character.
But Bassett got 10 years and is not due out until 2026. And that was before she lit the fire in Auckland Women's Prison last year. For that, the police prosecutor wanted to add two more years to her sentence.
She ended up in court over the arson, because Corrections pursued Bassett and two others over the $20,000 of damaged property. But in doing so it put itself on trial too. We know how the fire started; it's on CCTV. But why did it start? What was really going on in that prison?
Tracey McIntosh, a professor of Indigenous Studies at Auckland UniversityProfessor Tracey McIntosh says keeping inmates in isolation generates conditions where harm is "more likely to be produced and reproduced" Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly On Monday 14 October, 2019, just after 10.30pm, Bassett was fishing with her cousin Paris Reed and another inmate, Tarina McClutchie.
Fishing is what prisoners call attaching items to a line, made of blankets or sheets, so they can pass them between cells. But on that night they were playing with fire.
Bassett lit one end of the fishing line, her cousin pulled the line in front of her cell and set fire to clothes, bedding and documents and McClutchie manoeuvred the line so the fire would burn in the unit's foyer, according to police charge sheets.
Why did they do it? At that point, the women were in the maximum security unit that the prison calls C Wing and the prisoners call 'maxi'.
Maxi is better than the pound, but women are still locked in their cells 23 hours a day, which meets the definition of solitary confinement under the Mandela Rules set down by the United Nations.
These conditions are dangerous for prisoners and staff, according to Professor Tracey McIntosh, who was a member of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora, the government's 2019 Justice Advisory Group tasked with shaping a less punitive justice system.
"My concern would not only be for people who are kept in isolation under these types of conditions. but also those that are working with them," McIntosh says. "It generates the conditions where harm is more likely to be produced and reproduced."
Action and reaction. And so it was with the fire. No one was injured and it was extinguished in less than two minutes, but the chain of cause and effect stretched a long way in both directions.
In the weeks before the fire, McClutchie had been bombed in her cell and had used a bin liner to cover her face from the pepper spray. So the guards took away the bin liners. The prisoners started to push their rubbish under the doors. So the fire had fuel to burn.
A few days after the arson, Bassett and her cousin Paris Reed were sent to the pound. About two weeks later, Karma Cripps and Tarina McClutchie followed.
Reed, who grew up with Bassett in Ōpōtiki, spent a month in D-Wing. At the arson trial, she recounted her life in the pound.
Stills from Wiri Women's Prison during a job expo.Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly By law all prisoners are entitled to at least one hour out of their cells each day for exercise. In D-Wing that means time in the yard. But the yard is just a caged cubicle six steps wide, attached to the prison cell by a door mechanically controlled by the guards.
Prisoners are handcuffed at all times when outside their cells.
Meals are served through a hatch in the cell door but the prison wanted an extra layer of security. At court, Reed recalled what guards would instruct her to do before they would give her food. "Place your forehead on the ground, lock your arms and your legs in the back and lie your face down on the concrete right next to the toilet."
She recalled her reaction too. "Animals don't even get fed like that. I'm not going to lie down and put my head down on the floor right next to the toilet just to be fed."
Lawyer Hannah Kim says the prisoners felt like they were having to beg for food. If they were too proud to beg they went hungry, until one of them relented and used the fishing technique to drag a sandwich across the ground and share it with the others.
They also had to repeatedly ask for toilet paper, cleaning products, personal hygiene products and towels, the women said.
"Karma said in evidence that she had to show used sanitary products to be given a new one," Kim said. "And that came from both female and male prison guards."
Hannah Kim, the lawyer acting for Cripps and Bassett.Lawyer Hannah Kim was shocked to find Auckland Women's Prison bombed inmates with pepper spray Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly It looks like you've opened a Pandora's box, a lawyer colleague told Hannah Kim as she began to discover how her clients were treated in prison.
What shocked Kim most were the pepper spray bombings.
The tactic, now the subject of separate court action by another lawyer and a Human Rights Commission complaint, has been used multiple times on women at the prison, including on Cripps, who has asthma.
"Luckily nobody died," Kim says. "How many canisters does it take to really harm a prisoner? I doubt they know that."
Professor McIntosh says the pepper spray bombing "would not meet the standards of humane or appropriate treatment" and she points out what she sees as an important distinction in the justice system.
"The punishment is prison. The prison itself should not be a place where you are punished."
But the public doesn't always see it that way. "The idea that people go to prison, and are subjected to harsh conditions, is not only tolerated in New Zealand society, there is often quite an enthusiasm for it."
Kim asked for video footage of Cripps being bombed in her cell but Corrections only ever showed her the aftermath, which she describes as a shambles.
"You could see other prisoners yelling from their rooms. 'Go inside. Get her. She can't breathe. Just go inside and take her out of the room'. And officers would just stand there not knowing what to do. It felt like people, you know, just outside a lion's cage."
But the prison staff certainly knew the impact the cell buster extractions were having on the women, including on Mihi Bassett, well before she attempted suicide in January 2020.
Notes from a Maximum Security prison staff meeting on 21 November, 2019 say that the CNR (control and restraint techniques) and pepper spray "may have impacted on the wellbeing of the women".
One of the action points listed in the memo is that "the health centre will be contacted to enquire about trauma counselling support" for Bassett.
Bassett's mental health was already starting to go down hill by then and she feared other inmates were suffering too. One had "faeces smeared on a plate near her door".
Bassett and Cripps said the lack of privacy made things worse.
"There were male officers and I felt violated whenever they looked at me through the window," Cripps said. "If I need to get clean clothes I need to undress in front of the officers, kneel down and they slip in a new set of clothes. When this went on for months and months even I was about to lose it."
Mihi Bassett at the Manukau District CourtMihi Bassett told the court that after months in the pound, she felt like dying Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Bassett said she didn't eat for four days after refusing to humiliate herself to be fed. Corrections says it doesn't know how long she went without food because records are not kept.
"I just felt like dying," Bassett said in court. "I was just waking up, dark, going to sleep, dark, waking up crying, going to sleep crying, it was just, nah, it was pretty hard out."
The prison staff knew this, Bassett told the court. "I told the staff. Like they were asking me, 'How are you?' and I was like, 'Bro I just wanna die'."
She called on the Māori chaplain, but by January 2020 things were critical. On 20 January she could not sleep. The next day she had made up her mind.
No captionThe Intensive Support Unit, where Mihi Bassett was briefly moved to after her suicide attempt. She was sent back to the pound the next day Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Bassett said sorry for trying to kill herself, according to a prison report from 22 January.
"Bassett M apologised to the unit staff that found her in her cell and she was very embarrassed that staff had to find her that way."
The file note, with the title Right Track, said in the 10 years Bassett had been in prison she'd never felt suicidal, but now felt she had nothing to live for.
"She is frustrated with not having anything to do each day. She feels that no matter how much they comply with the rules nothing changes for them and it feels like nobody cares about her and her partner."
Bassett was examined by a nurse after the suicide attempt and moved to the Intensive Support Unit. But she was moved back to the pound the next day and left there for several more weeks.
Cripps was placed in Bassett's old cell, a move which appalled their lawyer Hannah Kim. "They put Karma into Mihi's old room, which is where Mihi tried to kill herself," she says. "That to me is unnecessarily cruel."
The Intervention & Support Unit at Auckland Region Women’s Correctional Facility (ARWCF)A corridor at Auckland Women's Prison Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly There is plenty of cruelty in prison. But it often comes from good people working in bad systems, Professor McIntosh says from her office at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, the School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies at Auckland University.
McIntosh has spent a lot of time in prisons and is not naive about the reality faced by Corrections Officers. "You and I don't go to work with the thought that there is a possibility that we'll be assaulted that day."
She is not naive about the impact offenders have on their victims. "I've worked with young people whose actions have had a devastating effect that will go beyond this generation."
But she says we shouldn't be naive about what we think we are achieving with prisons as they are. "The idea that you can just lock people up and that's the problem solved forever is obviously a fallacy. It's a fantasy."
McIntosh says the fact that 68 percent of the inmates at Auckland Women's prison are Māori illustrates the "gross disproportionality" in the justice system. "It speaks to real mamae, real pain."
We spend more money on Corrections in one year - $2.4 billion - than has been paid out in all the Treaty of Waitangi settlements, but we don't seem to worry about what comes out the other end, she says.
"Why do we have such low expectations for a system where there's been significant investment?"
She reads a poem she came across while teaching a creative writing course in prison. It was written by Maia who is 27 now, but was locked up for murder at 14 years old.
Maybe chances were never chanced and life never breathed me
Maybe everyone gave up on me and the devil came and claimed me
Maybe failure was inevitable and the inevitable never failed me
Maybe love hated me and hate really loved me
Maybe family were associates and associates were my family
Maybe the dark seemed to bring me light and the light brought me under Maybe captivity captured me and my life really eluded me
Maybe I can't give up as that means I'm letting the system win
Maybe time and time again I fail and fail time and time again
Maybe chances were never chanced and life never breathed me
Mihi Barrett sits waiting to give evidence at Manukau District Court infront of judge David McNaughtonPhoto: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Outside the Manukau District Court court at 8.40am on a stunning Friday morning the justice production line grinds on. Three Corrections vans queue up to ferry prisoners into cells beneath the building.
In the sprawling reception area a huge screen scrolls over like an airport destination board, listing the courtrooms the defendants are to appear in. Māori name after Māori name.
From the back of courtroom one you can just glimpse the rollercoaster through a window that looks out to the Rainbow's End fun park next door.
The ride whirls into view in the window above the judge as Bassett takes the stand in a grey prison jumper to take questions from a young police prosecutor in a smart blue suit.
Very little of what happened to Bassett, Cripps, Reed and McClutchie is contested by Corrections. The bombing with pepper spray, making women lie on the ground to get food, being refused meals, getting changed in front of male guards - none of it is disputed.
But why did it happen? Corrections makes the point that Bassett was hostile. Action and reaction. Bassett doesn't deny this.
"It was like going to war. They were hostile, we were hostile so it was just a never ending repetitive cycle of ugly. Every day," Bassett says.
The police prosecutor wants to show just how ugly it was for Corrections. Was Bassett verbally aggressive to staff? "Umm. Most times. Yup," she says. Did she threaten to kick a staff member's head in? "Can't remember but possibly something like that, yup."
Before being pepper sprayed for a second day running, did she refuse to relocate peacefully? "Nah I didn't refuse to relocate peacefully. Just was scared. Knowing what happened the day before. Was hiding beneath the bed."
By the police prosecutor's count, Bassett was violent or threatened violence to Corrections staff 65 times and had 42 disciplinary hearings.
Again there is little dispute about what happened but the events are seen from wildly different perspectives. It's the same stunning south Auckland morning but one person sees it from the courtroom and another sees it from the rollercoaster next door.
Alison Fowlie, deputy prison director at Auckland Women's Prison, takes the stand in her Corrections uniform, but she wasn't in her role when the events took place so can only talk about how the prison is supposed to work.
Alison Fowlie, deputy prison director at ARWCFAuckland Women's Prison deputy prison director Alison Fowlie Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly If the women set off a sprinkler they have to get out of the cell because it floods and becomes unsafe, she says. If they don't get out, they know they could get bombed with pepper spray.
The women say they set off the sprinklers to get attention because their basic needs aren't being met.
Fowlie says the women have to lie on the ground to get food because they have been pushing their hands through the feeding hatch and that presents a danger.
The women say they were just desperate to be seen and heard.
Mihi Bassett being questioned by the police prosecutor at Manukau District Court"There is no excuse for it," Mihi Bassett says of some of her behaviour in prison Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Manukau District Court judge David McNaughton has to try to make sense of these different perspectives. Why, the silver haired judge wants to know, would Bassett stay in her cell after activating a sprinkler, when she knows she'll be bombed for refusing?
In protest, Bassett explains. "There is no excuse for it, your honour. I was just refusing full stop."
I get it, Judge McNaughton says.
He turns his gaze on Corrections boss Alison Fowlie. Why does the prison make women lie face down on the ground to get food? "It looks pretty extreme as a security measure. Can't you just be asked to stand back against the wall while the food is delivered through the hatch?"
Fowlie says it's justified on security grounds.
Why use six guards in riot gear for the cell busting extractions? "That looks like an overwhelming use of force against one single prisoner," Judge McNaughton says.
"The review has been completed and it's been assessed as being justified," Fowlie responds.
The judge won't decide on Bassett's sentence for the prison arson until February, but it's clear he is taking the mitigating circumstances seriously and is deeply concerned about how she was treated in prison.
When a psychiatrist examined Bassett in September - nearly a year after she was sent to the pound - he found she had PTSD from being raped in 2010 and had tried to suppress the incident with drugs and alcohol.
"The punitive approach from the custodial officers had a detrimental effect and exacerbated her PTSD symptoms," the psychiatrist wrote.
"It was evident that the ongoing management isolation, basic facilities with no proper clothing and bedding, lack of social stimulation and treatment as a caged animal has worsened her depressive symptoms."
The report says Bassett wants to start a family and concludes by saying she can become a fully functioning citizen one day if allowed to. "Rather than a punitive approach it is relevant to note that Ms Bassett is a young woman with significant potential ... determined to have a fresh start".
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2020.11.23 20:30 Zfungi148 The Walking Dead: As Blood Dries. Chapter 18: "Trust the Unknown" - Part One

(Zee here, sorry for the delay on this chapter. I got a lot of things happing right around now. I hope you enjoy the chapter. - Zee Everett)
Chapter 18: Trust The Unknown
[Kenneth looked at Sally, stunned by her words.]
Kenneth: “Pregnant?!”
Sally: “Hey, keep quiet…”
Kenneth: “S-Sorry… B-But are you sure? Have you taken a test? Sally?”
Sally: “Not yet… but I’m already sure…”
Kenneth: “How?!”
Sally: “The contractions… the cramps… me puking… it’s all the same form before I had Brittney…”
Kenneth: “Oh god…”
Sally: “...”
Kenneth: “What… what do we do…”
Sally: “What do you mean?”
Kenneth: “Sally… we… we don’t have the medicine for a baby… or, or food… hell, I… I don’t even think Jeneva knows how to deliver a baby… like… fuck, man…”
Sally: “I know… I know…”
Kenneth: “We should tell the others… about this…”
Sally: “I don’t know…”
Kenneth: “We have no other choice, keeping this hidden will only cause problems…”
Sally: “...”
Kenneth: “Sally?”
Sally: “F-Fine…”
Kenneth: “I’m sorry, but we don’t have a choice…”
Sally: “I know, okay…”
Kenneth: “...”
Sally: “Sorry…”
[Both fall silent. After a long awkward minute, Kenneth gets up.]
Kenneth: “We... we should tell them… sooner the better…”
[Kenneth looked down at Sally who sat on the ground, staring at her own feet.]
Kenneth: “What’s wrong?”
Sally: “I’m scared, Kenneth…”
Kenneth: “Huh?”
Sally: “I already lost a child in this hellhole… Brittney… Fuck… I… I don’t want it to happen again… not again…”
Kenneth: “I won’t let that happen… I promise…”
Sally: “You better not…”
[Kenneth hugs Sally.]
Kenneth: “It’s gonna be okay…”
[Sally holds onto him and closes her eyes. She sees flashes. Flashes of her past. Her daughter getting overwhelmed by the sound of guns and running in the wrong direction. Her daughter falling into a ditch near the side of the road. The dead falling in right behind. The dead pulling her daughters guts out, them biting into her neck. She remembers seeing Rodney and Chester firing into the dead. She remembers her daughter calling for her mother one last time.
Brittney: “Mom! Ah! Mommy?! Urahh--”
[She remembers jumping into the hole and stabbing a walker that was chewing on her leg. Remembers holding her in her arms as she finally passed. And when her undead eyes opened only seconds later. Sally remembers Chester yelling about more dead coming as she held her undead daughter to the ground. Rodney voulterned to put the girl down but Sally denied him. She remembers pulling out her knife and looking away as she stabbed her only light in the world. She remembers being pulled away by Rodney, leaving Brittney’s body behind. Sally reopens her eyes.]
Kenneth: “Come on… we should tell the others…”
Sally: “Y-Yeah…”
[Kenneth gets up. Sally stays down until Kenneth reaches his hand down.]
Kenneth: “Let’s go…”
[Kenneth pulls Sally up and they walk out of the restroom and towards the candy shop. They enter to find almost the entire group there.]
Tavia: “Where’s Aubrey, Void and Dean?”
Ryan: “Dean said he had something to do… I think he’s burying Horence…”
Kenneth: “Wait? Horence? What the hell happened?”
Markus: “Walkers got him…”
Kenneth: “Fuck…”
Wyatt: “Are you guys okay?”
Sally: “Um… well--”
Christa: “Anybody see Aubrey? Or Void?”
Nolan: “Yeah. I saw them climbing up that tall roller coaster.”
Samuel: “Climbing?!”
Nolan: “Uh… yeah…”
Cynthia: “Why didn’t you say something?!”
Nolan: “Well… uh… I…”
Lucas: “Did they fall?!”
Nolan: “No! Last I saw they were just chilling up there…”
Samuel: “Nolan…”
Nolan: “What?!”
Cynthia: “You should’ve said something!”
Nolan: “S-Sorry…”
Lucas: “You moron!”
Nolan: “Shut up!”
Wyatt: “Hey, we’re trying to chat here!”
Lucas: “Sorry…”
Wyatt: “Sally, you okay?”
Sally: “Well… uh... I’m p--”
[Suddenly, Enid bursts into the room, sweat and panting.]
Samuel: “Void?!”
Nolan: “Where’s Aubrey?! Did she fall?”
Enid: “What, no…”
Samuel: “Did you really climb up a roller coaster?!”
Enid: “That’s not important right now!”
Samuel: “The hell it isn’t!”
Enid: “Samuel… there’s a man…”
Samuel: “Wait, what…”
Bonnie: “Man? What man?”
Enid: “Some guy… he says he’s from a community up north… he’s asking to speak with Samuel…”
Samuel: “Community?”
Enid: “I don’t know… he didn’t say much… Aubrey’s with him now… they’re at Millennium Force’s station…”
[Samuel looks back at the group.]
Samuel: “I’ll check it out… Lead the way…”
Enid: “This way….”
[Enid leaves the store.]
Jacob: “Shouldn’t we all come? To see what he has to say about this community…”
Samuel: “No, too dangerous… I’ll bring him back here if he’s safe… stay put…”
[Samuel leaves the store and finds Enid waiting for him.]
Enid: “Come on, it’s this way…”
Samuel: “I know…”
[Samuel follows Enid. In the Hotel, Dean holds up his hands as the mysterious girl aims a gun at him, her hands shaking.]
Girl: “W-Who.... Who are you?!”
Dean: “I can ask the same question…”
Girl: “Are… are you military?!”
Dean: “Military?”
Girl: “Here to c-clear the dead?!”
Dean: “I don’t know how long you’ve been cooped up in here but most members of the military are dead…”
Girl: “T-Then who are y-you?!”
Dean: “Just a traveler… here with my group… we were looking to settle here…”
Girl: “A group? Settle?”
Dean: “Uh… yeah… kid… are you alone here…”
Girl: “I got the g-gun here… I’m a-asking the questions…”
Dean: “Come on… I don’t wanna hurt ya…”
Girl: “...”
Dean: “I ain't…”
Girl: “What are you d-doing in this building?
Dean: “We were clearing it… one of my friends opened a door back there and was attacked by bunch of--”
Girl: “Room 19?!”
Dean: “I don’t know the number… wait, you know about that room…”
Girl: “Y-Your friend… is he dead?”
Dean: “Yeah…”
Girl: “S-Shit…”
Dean: “You put the dead in that room?”
Girl: “Yeah… I did…”
Dean: “How’d you put the dead in there? Couldn’t have put one in without the rest spilling out that door?”
Girl: “There’s a h-hole in the ceiling… I-I lured them to the room above and p-pushed them down into the r-room…”
Dean: “Why not just kill ‘em?”
Girl: “I knew them… f-from before…”
Dean: “I see… kid, I ain't here to hurt… I didn’t know you were in here… I was just putting down my friend… please… lower the gun…”
[The girl lowers the gun.]
Girl: “D-Don’t come near m-me…”
Dean: “Deal… What’s your name?”
Girl: “Maxine Dallas… b-but I just prefer Max… you?”
Dean: “Dean…”
Max: “Dean… okay… h-how big is your group, D-Dean…”
Dean: “Twenty-one… well… twenty now…”
Max: “You hiding here… i-in the park…”
Dean: “That’s the plan… I’m assuming you and your group tried the same but it didn’t work… you the only survivor?”
Max: “...Yeah…”
Dean: “What happened?”
Max: “...”
Dean: “If you don’t wanna tell me it’s fine…”
Max: “We lasted fine for the f-first couple months… but one day… a r-runner went out into town… Gene was his n-name I think… he got bit on the ankle… he h-hid it… went back in and died a day later… then it all went b-bad… my dad pushed Gene’s wisp d-down an elevator shaft…”
Dean: “Wisp?”
Max: “What I call t-the dead…”
Dean: “Ah…”
Max: “So… everyone died… t-that was it…”
Dean: “You mentioned your dad…”
Max: “H-He died too… Gene bit him on the a-arm before he was pushed…”
Dean: “Was your dad in that room?”
Max: “No… h-he’s somewhere else…”
Dean: “In the Hotel?”
Max: “Yeah… why?”
Dean: “We’re clearing all the dead, kid…”
Max: “Did you guys go into the basement?!”
Dean: “‘No… not yet… I didn’t even know that there was a basement…”
Max: “T-Thank god…”
Dean: “You’ve been stuttering a lot…”
Max: “I have a stutter…. o-okay…”
Dean: “Sorry…”
[Max bends down and picks up her spilled car on beans.]
Dean: “You got food?”
Max: “You h-hungry?”
Dean: “No, no, I was asking if you needed food?”
Max: “Nah, I’m fine… I got like s-seventeen cans of beans left…”
Dean: “You’re like completely alone, right?”
Max: “Does it l-look like there’s anybody else in h-here…”
[The room fell quiet and Dean stood by the door, awkwardly, as Max sat finishing her beans.]
Dean: “So… uh… Max…”
Max: “W-What?”
Dean: “You wanna meet my group?”
[Elsewhere, Enid leads Samuel towards Millennium Force’s queue line.]
Enid: “Come on, slowpoke…”
Samuel: “Just shut it…”
[They enter the line and walk into the ride’s station. Samuel sees Aubrey aiming a gun at Damien.]
Damien: “Hello, there…”
[Samuel pulls out his gun.]
Samuel: “Aubrey, move…”
[Samuel makes Aubrey back up and aims at Damien.]
Samuel: “Who the hell are you?!”
Damien: “My name is Damien Kruger.”
Samuel: “You alone?!”
Damien: “Currently, yes…”
Samuel: “What do you mean by ‘currently’...”
Damien: “I have a partner… but he’s not in the park…”
Samuel: “What do you want?”
Damien: “Like I said to these girls, I don’t want anything from any of you people... I’m here to invite you… I’m assuming that… uh… Void, here… told you that I’m from a community…”
Aubrey: “He said he’s from some community called Sylvania…”
Damien: “Sylvania Safe-Zone, yeah…”
Samuel: “You have any weapons on you?”
Damien: “No, I surrendered them all…”
Aubrey: “I have his weapons…”
Damien: “See?”
Samuel: “Turn around and put your hands behind your back…”
Damien: “Sure thing…”
[Damien does as Samuel says and Samuel pulls out zip ties, which he took from Robert’s pack when he died, and ties up Damien.]
Damien: “Ow! Could you be a little less aggressive please…”
Samuel: “Just shut it…”
[Samuel finishes tying up Damien.]
Samuel: “I’m taking you back to my people… you try anything, I won’t hesitate to put an arrow in your eye…”
Damien: “Yeah… understood… the girl here said something similar…”
Aubrey: “It’s Aubrey…”
Damien: “Sorry, Aubrey here said something similar…”
[Samuel sees the burn on Damien’s face.]
Samuel: “How’d that happen? Your burn that is?”
Damien: “Don’t worry about it… it’s… from before…”
Samuel: “Sure it is… get moving…”
Damien: “I’m tellin’ the truth about that… it’s from before…”
[Samuel takes Damien by his arm and drags him away. Aubrey and Enid follow right behind.]
Samuel: “You said you have a partner? Where are they?”
Damien: “Well… I ain't tellin’ ya where he’s hiding… he’s the only defense I got if you people turn about be some crazy group cannabiels or something…”
Samuel: “Phff… fine then…”
Damien: “Look, I’d love to tell you all I can but that’s one of the few things I literally can’t… it’s for my own shake…”
Samuel: “Shut the yapping, do more walking…”
Damien: “You’re the one who brought it up…”
Samuel: “Aubrey, Void, I got a question for you two!”
Enid: “Here we go…”
Samuel: “What the hell were you two to doing on top of that roller coaster?! Nolan spotted you guys claiming it!”
Aubrey: “Damnit Nolan…”
Samuel: “Answers! Now!”
Aubrey: “Since when were you caring for my safety… or my family’s?”
Samuel: “Excuse me?’
Aubrey: “I recall you voting to try to kill my mother…”
Samuel: “...”
Enid: “Aubrey, don’t--”
[Enid grabs Aubrey’s shoulder trying to calm her down.]
Aubrey: “Don’t touch be, Enid!”
[Enid’s face falls still. Samuel stops in his tracks. Aubrey quickly puts her hands on mouth.]
Samuel: “Enid?”
Damien: “Huh? You don’t even know her real name?”
Aubrey: “Uh… uh… i-it’s nothing! Nothing at all--”
[Enid slaps Aubrey in the face.]
Aubrey: “Ah!”
Samuel: “Hey! Hey! Don’t!”
Enid: “You bitch!”
Aubrey: “I-I’m sorry… I d-didn’t mean to!”
Enid: “Yeah… right…”
[Enid runs off deeper into the park.]
Damien: “Uh…”
Samuel: “Shut it… keep moving…”
[Samuel pulls Damien along. Aubrey slumbs against a nearby wall and puts her face in hands. Samuels notices.
Samuel: “Aubrey?”
Aubrey: “Just… leave me alone…”
[Samuel does as she saids and takes Damien to the candy store and gives him a word of warning before entering.]
Samuel: “Don’t try anything… don’t attack us, don’t threaten us, don’t even say the girl’s real name… got it…”
Damien: “Got it…”
[Samuel knocks on the door and Kenneth unlocks it, sees Damien and notices Aubrey and Enid’s abestnce.]
Kenneth: “Where’s Aubrey and Void?”
Samuel: “Their fine… they’re… uh… dealing with personal matters, you could say…”
Kenneth: “And him?”
Samuel: “He’s all tied up and clear of weapons… let him in…”
Kenneth: “Okay… but there’s something me and Sally need to tell the rest of you guys--”
Samuel: “That can wait until after we talk with him…”
Kenneth: “It’s serious…”
Samuel: “What is it?”
Kenneth: “It will be easier to tell you all at once…”
Samuel: “Then it can wait… we’re dealing with this guy first…”
Damien: “I hope dealing doesn’t mean getting a bullet to the head?”
Samuel: “Keep talking and it might just.”
Damien: “Shit, sorry…”
Samuel: “Let us in, please…”
Kenneth: “Okay…”
[Kenneth moves away from the door and Samuel pushes Damien into the store. The group sees him and they all put their hands on their weapons, ready to draw.]
Damien: “Uh… hello…”
[Samuel slams the door shut behind them.]
Samuel: “Alright… let’s--”
Russell: “Where’s Aubrey and Void?”
Samuel: “Their fine… they’re doing something else at the moment, don’t worry about it…”
Russell: “Not like I’m doing much worrying for Void…”
Nolan: “Not now… please…”
Russell: “Sorry…”
Samuel: “Anyway… let’s begin… introduce yourself will ya…”
Damien: “Sure thing… I’m Damien Kruger…”
Samuel: “Enlighten us about this community you’re from…”
Damien: “I’m getting there… I’m from a community up north called Sylvania Safe-Zone.”
Christa: “Up north? Where up north?”
Damien: “In Michigan…”
Jeneva: “Hand mitten Michigan or Superior Michigan?”
Damien: “Both… kind of…”
Samuel: “How can that be both?”
Damien: “Mackinac Bridge… we have complete control over it… and in case you haven’t heard of that bridge before, it’s the bridge that connects upper Michigan with bottom Michigan… The gate to our community is at the start of the bridge and the bulk of the community is on the other side, in St. Ignace… so both… in a sense...”
Ryan: “Why’s it called Sylvania?”
Damien: “I don’t know, I didn’t name it, Adam did…”
Samuel: “Who’s Adam?”
Damien: “Adam Yerbury… he’s the leader of our community… he was the mayor of St. Ignace before the dead started to walk… so he’s got the skills to lead…”
Christa: “Why are you this far down in Ohio? You had to travel across all of Michigan just to get here?”
Myles: “Did you have transport?’
Damien: “We caught wind via radio that a nearby community here called Wellington wasn’t letting survivors in anymore… Adam sent us here to find as many as we could and bring 'em back… and we were traveling with a bus but… it, uh, kinda caught fire half way through Michigan…”
Samuel: “Is that what the burn is from?”
Damien: “No, I already told you, it’s from before the dead started walking…”
Samuel: “What happened?”
Damien: “It’s not a story I feel comfortable telling to strangers…”
Markus: “Rewind a couple seconds… you were saying us and we… you’re not alone aren't you?”
Damien: “I’m not… but he isn’t in the park… he’s on stand by if my life gets endangered by you guys…”
Ryan: “So he’s here to kill us?”
Damien: “Only if he has too… he doesn’t enjoy killing people… neither do I…”
Tavia: “Is that radio for him?”
Damien: “Yeah… and I’d kindly request you guys don’t touch it… if he hears a voice that isn’t mine, he’ll come in ready to attack…”
Samuel: “What did I say about threats?”
Damien: “I’m not threatening you guys, we don’t wanna attack you… we wanna invite you… to our community… where you’ll all be safe… feed… we have endless food supply… we have farms… When's the last time any of you had a shower?! We have running water… endless showers for days!”
Kenneth: “What about doctors?”
[Sally looks at Kenneth. Wyatt looks over at them.]
Wyatt: “Doctors? Why are you asking about doctors?’
Sally: “Ken…”
Kenneth: “We need to tell you all something…”
Samuel: “What is it?”
Wyatt: “Are you two okay?”
Sally: “...”
Kenneth: “Sally’s pregnant…”
Jacob: “Um… what?”
Sally: “Sigh…”
Jeneva: “Pregnant?!”
Wyatt: “What the actual fuck…”
Lucas: “Um… congrats?”
Becca: “Wait, what?!”
Christa: “The hell…”
Nolan: “For how long?! Do we even have the meds for that?!”
Cynthia: “Shit…”
Markus: “Well… that ain't good…”
Ryan: “Nolan… stop shouting…”
Nolan: “Huh?”
Damien: “Uh…”
Tavia: “I had my suspicions…”
Sally: “Was it that obvious?”
Wyatt: “Jeneva?! Can you even deliver a baby?!”
Jeneva: “Nooooooooo…”
Wyatt: “Man… fuck…”
Samuel: “Have you taken a test? Are you sure?”
Sally: “No… I just… it’s the same feeling I had when I had Brittney…”
Samuel: “So you’re not hundred percent sure?”
Sally: “I’m ninety-five percent sure…”
Kenneth: “So… I’ll ask again… does your community have doctors…”
Damien: “Of course… we have one of the best surgeons from Michiagan in our walls… and lotta nurses who I bet have delivered a baby before… and we got the medication for it… and as I said… we have food… so you’ll be in good hands…”
Kenneth: “Like a famous doctor or random local doctor…”
Damien: “Local… but he’s still one of the best… and he’s alive so that's on the up and up…”
Sally: “An alive doctor is better than a dead doctor…”
Damien: “I’d think it would be in the best interest for you and your unborn child to come with me to my community… and that goes for you guys as well…”
Kenneth: “We don’t have much of a choice on this matter… Me and Sally are going…”
Samuel: “I ain’t hundred percent just so hold your--”
Kenneth: “Even if you guys aren't… sorry… but it’s like he said… it’s in her best interest…”
Damien: “That’s correct…”
Sally: “I’ll go…”
Damien: “Great!”
Samuel: “Hold your horses just for a moment, okay… I wanna know a fews things before we all make a decision…”
Damien: “Then ask away, my friend… I’ll be happy to answer…”
Samuel: “How many people are in your community?”
Damien: “Two-hundred-eighty-six people… it could be a little higher or lower depending on what’s happened while we’ve been gone but when we left that was what the number was at…”
Samuel: “How long have you been away from your community?”
Damien: “About… maybe two weeks…”
Samuel: “How are you sure it hasn’t been burnt to the ground while you’ve gone?”
Damien: “I’m… not?”
Samuel: “Can we meet this partner of yours?”
Damien: “Not unless you agree to come back to our community…”
Samuel: “That ain’t gonna work here… I want full transparency here… nothing held back…”
Damien: “You’d have to promise not to try to harm me or him?”
Samuel: “If I wanted you dead, you’d be dead… trust me… I don’t wanna kill you…”
Damien: “Fair…”
Samuel: “I’ll send people to meet him at the gate of the park…”
Damien: “Okay… can you untie me so I can contact him?”
Samuel: “Sure…”
[Samuel pulls out his knife and cuts the zip ties. Damien rubs his hands.]
Damien: “Freedom at least…”
Christa: “What’s this guys name?”
Damien: “Hayato Takagi.”
[Damien grabbed his radio and turned it on.]
Damien: “Takagi? You there?”
Hayato: “Yep. Have you made contact yet?”
Damien: “I have… but they aren’t agreeing to anything unless they meet you first… something about full transparency…”
Hayato: “Ugh… fine… I’ll start heading down the road…”
Damien: “Thanks…”
Samuel: “Jacob, Nolan… go meet up with this guy…”
Nolan: “Me?”
Kenneth: “I’ll go…”
Samuel: “Wouldn’t it be better if you stayed with Sally?”
Kenneth: “I need to take a walk… clear my mind… I’ll do it…”
Samuel: “Fine then… Nolan, stay here…”
Nolan: “Phew…”
Damien: “Who’s going?’
Jacob: “Me and him.”
[Jacob points to Kenneth.]
Damien: “No, what’s your names? I’m telling Takagi…”
Kenneth: “Kenneth Miller and Jacob Hemlock…”
Damien: “Takagi, you’ll meet up with two men at the gate named Kenneth and Jacob, okay?”
Hayato: “Got it…”
Damien: “See you in a bit…”
[Jacob and Kenneth leave the building.]
Hayato: “Back at ya…”
[Elsewhere, back in the Hotel, Max stands in the hallway and looks at the dead Dean’s group killed.]
Max: “How m-many are in your group a-again?”
Dean: “Twenty…”
Max: “Are they n-nice?”
Dean: “For the most part…”
Max: “Anybody at my a-age?”
Dean: “How old are you?”
Max: “I’m fourteen…”
Dean: “Well… Becca’s like twelve… Aubrey and Void’s like sixteen… uh… Nolan’s seventeen…”
Max: “Hmm…”
Dean: “So… you wanna meet my group or not?”
Max: “M-Maybe…”
Dean: “Maybe doesn’t cut…”
Max: “I wanna d-do something f-first…”
[Max walks past the bodies of walkers and goes to a nearby elevator shaft that was wide open.]
Dean: “What are you doing?”
Max: “Going down…”
Dean: “Down?!”
[Dean passes Horence’s corpse.]
Max: “Y-Yeah, that’s what I-I said…”
Dean: “Is that safe kid?”
Max: “If you g-got a good grip…”
[Max reaches in and grabs an old cable. She jumps into the shaft and descends with the cable.]
Dean: “Are you crazy?!”
Max: “I’ve b-been alone for over an entire y-year… so yes… I-I am…”
Dean: “My god…”
[Max continues to descend the cable. Dean opens his backpack and pulls out a flashlight. He turns it on and flashes it down the shaft.]
Max: “Hey! Don’t shine t-that in my eyes!”
Dean: “Sorry!”
[Dean shined the light away from Max and deeper into the shaft. At the bottom, Dean saw something moving very slowly. It was a walker, stuck to the ground, moving it’s arms.]
Dean: “Is that Gene?”
Max: “Yeah… t-that’s him…”
Gene: “Ahrha!”
[Dean heard the moans of Gene echoing up the shaft.]
Dean: “We're going down there for him?”
Max: “No.”
Dean: “You’re father?”
Max: “...”
Dean: “Here we go…”
[Dean reached out and grabbed the cable. He jumped into the shaft and started to descend. Max reached the bottom and entered a hallway. Dean reached the bottom and followed her in. Dean entered what looked like a storage room, and in the back, chained to a wall was the reanimated corpse of Max’s father. Max stood in front of it, completely still.]
Dean: “That your dad?”
Max: “Yeah…”
Max’s Father: “Urahh!”
Dean: “Just your father’s down here? What about your mother?’
Max: “She died giving b-birth to me… I’m named after h-her too…”
Dean: “Ah…”
Max: “...”
Dean: ‘What was your father’s name?”
Max: “Franklin…”
Franklin: “Arahh… Urah!”
Dean: “Was Franklin a good father?”
Max: “Yeah… h-he was the best… he was all I h-had… all I still h-have…”
Dean: “You can’t kill him, can you…”
Max: “H-He’s all I have left… even if he’s already gone…”
Dean: “Kid, I’m sorry but… that’s not your father--”
Max: “I know that!”
Dean: “...”
Franklin: “Urahh…”
Max: “Sorry… T-That was uncalled for…”
Dean: “It’s fine…”
Max: “My dad was a-all I had… even before the dead started t-to walk… my m-mother was dead… my grandparents lived in d-different states… I was a single c-child… and I homeschooled… b-but my dad did his best… to try t-to give me a good l-lllllife… he’d work so many s-shifts at a fucking gas depos… for e-endless hours just for me... I-I couldn’t… I c-couldn’t kill him… even when he a-asked me to do it…”
Franklin: “Ahha…”
Max: “I couldn’t k-kill him… I n-needed him…”
Dean: “…”
Max: “Sorry… f-for rambling…”
Dean: “It’s okay…”
Max: “Y-Yeah…”
[Max looked back at her dad, as he snapped his teeth, eager to try to eat Max.]
Franklin: “Arugh!”
[Elsewhere, Aubrey sat alone, slumped against an abandoned game stand. She sat there alone, as the sun rose above her. Aubrey started to sweat. Suddenly, Aubrey heard a familiar voice.]
Voice: “What are you doing on the ground?”
[Aubrey looked to her right and her eyes widened. She saw her mother, Jessica standing near her, looking down at her.]
Aubrey: “Mom?”
Jessica: “What are you doing slacking around on the ground for…”
Voice: “Get up…”
[Aubrey turned to her right and saw her father, Mychal.]
Mychal: “You shouldn’t be down there…”
Aubrey: “You’re… you’re dead… both of you…”
Jessica: “Do we look dead to you?”
Mychal: “I’m pretty intact… no bites on me…”
Jessica: “You’re the one who’s looking dead…”
Aubrey: “You’re not real…”
Mychal: “We’re real… real as we can be…”
Jessica: “Why are you on the ground…”
Aubrey: “Because… because…”
Mychal: “Because you fucked it up with Enid… you know her secret for a hour and already split it… such a fool…”
Aubrey: “I am…”
Jessica: “She probably hates you… hell, despises you now…”
Mychal: “Of all the people to slip her name to… the leader and the new guy… you really are a fool… what happens if Seth finds the group… who do you think he’ll talk with first… Samuel… what if he finds this Sylvania place… most likey this new guy… you are the biggest fool in my family… can’t even kill a deer without whining to me about it…”
Aubrey: “No…”
Jessica: “Why’d I even take that bullet for you… Arvo should’ve killed you… not me…”
Aubrey: “Killed… you are dead… you… y-you ain’t real… neither of you you…”
Jessica: “You think killing Arvo avenged me?! You’re the one who killed me!”
Aubrey: “That’s… not true…”
Jessica: “It is…”
Aubrey: “No…”
Mychal: “Be ready child…”
Aubrey: “You’re not real! Just…”
Jessica: “Just, what?!”
Aubrey: “...”
Mychal: “Why’d this even happened?”
Jessica: “Because some bottled feelings blew out?! Out of the blue for no reason?! Samuel was just concerned for you… Yeah… he did try to kill me… but so what… it was in the heat of the moment… Jimmy was yelling… Samuel had to act fast… he didn’t want me dead… he just didn’t want more dead if he came back... you should’ve told Samuel about how you felt… but you kept it in and it blew out… and now you’ve slipped Enid’s name… as my husband said… you really are the biggest fool of this family… my family…”
Aubrey: “...”
Mychal: “Be ready to die… nobody wants you now… nobody needs you… hell… you killed us both you know… I would still be here… in charge… if you’d just climbed that fence right… the dead wouldn’t have killed me…”
Aubrey: “K-Kill… you aren’t real… go away…”
Mychal: “We are real…”
Aubrey: “You’re just… just…”
Jessica: “Just, what?! Spit it out, girl!”
Aubrey: “You’re just hallucinations!”
[Aubrey opened her eyes and Jessica and Mychal were gone. Aubrey got to her feet and wiped the sweat away from her face.]
Aubrey: “Ugh…”
[Aubrey looked around.]
Aubrey: “I need to find her…”
[Aubrey hears something move to her right and looks over expecting to see one of her parents but sees a walker instead.]
Walker: “Arahh!”
[The walker tackles her to the ground.]
Aubrey: “Shit!”
[Aubrey pushes the walker away from her. It lands on the ground and moans.]
Walker: “Urahh… ahha…”
[Aubrey sees the game stand that she was slumped against, inside was a game of milk jars. Aubrey hopped over the counter and jumped into the game. The walker got to its feet. Aubrey grabbed a milk jar and smashed it into the counter, breaking it. The walker walks up against the counter, reaching out to Aubrey.]
Aubrey: “Fucker!”
[Aubrey stabs the milk jar into the walkers head. Its head drops to the counter and Aubrey continues to smash the jar into the walkers head. Blood sweeps down the counter. Aubrey stops and drops the remaining shards. She jumps over the counter.]
Aubrey: “Enid…”
[Aubrey walks away from the stand. Back at the candy store. Damien learns the names of the group.]
Damien: “Tavia, right?”
Tavia: “That’s correct…”
Damien: “I hope you don’t mind me asking… but… uh… how’d you lose your arm?”
Tavia: “Walker bite… simple as that…”
Damien: “That’s what I thought… There was this one time where me and Hayato found this guy bitten in the arm. He asked us to help amputate his arm and well… it was bloody…”
Tavia: “Did he make it?”
Damien: “He did… made it back to the community… Doc Ginther saved his life… but… he… he died a month before we left… he had a heart attack… of all things… he was one of the nicest people we’d ever found… and we’ve found a lot of people… good people… bad people…”
Tavia: “I used to do something very similar to you too.”
Damien: “Huh?”
Tavia: “Me and a few folks here were a part of a community down in Tennessee… an old hardware store... was led by a guy named Carver… or Bill, some called him… he normally sent me out to find people and bring ‘em back. So, I had the same job as you… I’m the one who found Russell, Bonnie, Wyatt, and Becca here and brought them to Howe’s… they had a few with them that aren't here anymore… well… Bill was searching for these people who’d run away from the community, not favoring his leadership… one of those people were pregnant with his kid… or so he thought… the woman had a husband too… could have been either one of them… it was a mess… they found them and brought them back… shit happened and that group led a herd into the community, killed Bill and I was bitten… that’s when Samuel’s group came and saved my life…”
Damien: “Sounds like hell…”
Russell: “It was hell… we lost a lotta friends that night…”
Bonnie: “Sorry…”
Russell: “It’s fine…”
Tavia: “So… yeah…”
Damien: “Why’d Samuel’s group save ya?”
Christa: “We were chasing someone down… someone who was a part of the group Carver kidnapped… didn’t find them there so we kept moving… chased them down and found Bonnie, who helped them escape and kill Carver… she told us that Clem was heading to Wellington… and that’s why we are up here… of course we didn’t find her…”
Damien: “Was this Clem your daughter?”
Christa: “No… but I promised someone I’d look after her… but we got separated... haven’t seen her since…”
Damien: “Sorry to hear that…”
Tavia: “Well… I’m sure Clementine’s fine… she was one badass girl…”
Christa: “Yeah…”
Damien: “Sounds like you folks went through actual hell…”
Markus: “That’s only the beginning of it… Me, Ryan and Myles here were kidnapped by slavers… and so was the rest of these folks…”
Damien: “Slavers?!”
Myles: “It’s a long story… for short… we’re lucky to be alive and free…”
Tavia: “We lost a lotta good people to that group…”
Nolan: “Leo…”
Sally: “That man saved my life…”
[Sally puts her hands on her stomach.]
Sally: “And theirs…”
Tavia: “So what kind of hell have your group been through?”
Damien: “Not much… we’ve been pretty lucky, I guess…”
Tavia: “Have you lost people?”
Damien: “Yeah… but not really after the dead… I wasn’t close with my family… and my girlfriend is back at Sylvania.”
Tavia: “What does she do? In the community?”
Damien: “She’s one of the gate guards.”
Tavia: “Does everyone in your community have jobs?”
Damien: “For the most part, yeah… you pull your weight unless you’re old, very young, or have a major disability… not like yours… I’m sure we can find something you can do… all of you…”
Tavia: “Can’t be out looking for survivors… my days doing that are done…”
Damien: “Ha!... Sorry…”
Tavia: “It’s fine…”
[Samuel watches as Damien interacts with the group.]
Samuel: “Hmm…”
[End of Part One.]
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2020.11.22 03:56 condescendingcanuck Canadian considering the move from UK to New Zealand

I'm an IT professional from Toronto and my partner is looking at doing a Masters program in Education.
We're seriously looking at moving to New Zealand and are wondering if there is anything we need to be aware of.
Of course we're not going to be allowed in for now, but planning ahead is helpful!
I have a few questions and any sort of feedback would be appreciated:
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2020.11.17 00:10 healthyhomesnz Healthy Homes NZ

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2020.11.16 22:45 automate_life First home buyers experiences in the past couple of months

Hi there,
Just wondering how any first home buyers have got on in the past couple of months with obtaining a mortgage?
My partner and I went through a broker and finally (after 6 weeks because the ANZ worker who was handling our application went on Annual leave and didn't hand it off to anyone else) received a pre-approval letter from ANZ for a woeful 460k. Been an ANZ customer from back in the National Bank days too.
We have no debts, no dependents, reasonable incomes, stable jobs (2 years+ in each) and a bit over 10% deposit for the purchase price we're aiming for. (Wellington Region)
The broker could not understand why the offer was so low as his calculator was much higher and ANZ would not give a reason.
I spoke with a "mortgage coach" from ANZ directly this morning who also couldn't explain why their calculator was giving her these numbers.
The broker has told me that BNZ will be able to give about 250k more than ANZ said so we just need to put offers in and apply for finance without pre approval.
Just not sure what else we can do to have a bit more confidence in our situation.
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2020.11.16 22:21 automate_life First home buyers bank experiences

Hi there,
Just wondering how any first home buyers have got on in the past couple of months with obtaining a mortgage?
My partner and I went through a broker and finally (after 6 weeks because the ANZ worker who was handling our application went on Annual leave and didn't hand it off to anyone else) received a pre-approval letter from ANZ for a woeful 460k. Been an ANZ customer from back in the National Bank days too.
We have no debts, no dependents, reasonable incomes, stable jobs (2 years+ in each) and a bit over 10% deposit for the purchase price we're aiming for. (Wellington Region)

The broker could not understand why the offer was so low as his calculator was much higher and ANZ would not give a reason.
I spoke with a "mortgage coach" from ANZ directly this morning who also couldn't explain why their calculator was giving her these numbers.

The broker has told me that BNZ will be able to give about 250k more than ANZ said so we just need to put offers in and apply for finance without pre approval.

Just not sure what else we can do to have a bit more confidence in our situation.
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2020.11.14 02:02 GotTheDagga How are families on minimum wage in the big cities expected to support themselves let alone get ahead?

I'm a teacher in Wellington and it kills me to see kids coming to school without the basics. These are kids with two working parents, who often have to get dropped at their grandparent's in the morning or come to school with friends because of their parents work. The parents aren't dole bludgers sitting on their chuff all day they are working their asses off for peanuts. I'm on way more than minimum wage and my partner works 20hrs while studying, but after rent etc, even we don't have much leftover and we don't even have any kids!
Every day there's an article about house prices or some other rising cost of living and I just can't help thinking about how our families on minimum wage are supposed to cope with this. This isn't meant to be a rant or a whinge, I'm just genuinely baffled.
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2020.11.11 04:38 Copilot16 Long distance move with 10 week old

Soooo, we are moving in four weeks from Auckland to Christchurch (New Zealand), it's going to be about 13 hours travel in total including a three hour ferry ride. The first day we're planning to get from Auckland to Wellington, me and baby in a hire car and partner and our cat in our car. It's roughly seven hours of driving and I'm really not looking forward to it. I did consider leaving a day before my partner and breaking it up but I don't want to leave him to load the cat as she prefers me and behaves better for me. Partner can't take baby in our car due to being on a restricted license and he can only take a passenger with a full license holder also in the car (we were planning to take turns on having the baby).
Anyone done a long drive with a young baby? I'm worried about her screaming and about being tired. I've been taking baby out in the car for drives every other day to get her used to it and most the time she likes to look out the window and falls asleep. Also, I know it's recommended to have the baby on the back seat but I kinda want her next to me (airbags turned off of course) so that I can easily check on her. I do have a baby mirror I can attach to the seat so I can see her in the back but it's not brilliant.
Appreciate any advice!
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2020.11.10 19:45 myjeepgoskrrt 22M in Wellington - Suggestions?

Hi all, just wanted to give a rundown of a person hoping to save towards a house in a few years. Not necessarily locked into the idea of it being in Wellington either. Grateful for any advice or suggestions!
My current job pays 50k salary before tax (IT Service desk). Been there 2 years, first job out of Uni. I Also have a student loan debt of around 40k which am paying off slowly but surely.
A few changes am hoping to make;
Also worth mentioning is my long term partner has just landed a job of around 65k so we're thinking to purchase together when the time comes.
Incredibly grateful for anyone that's taken time out of their day to read this and/or respond. Thanks heaps!
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2020.11.10 04:07 x6tance First time visitor coming for a weekend

Hey guys, I moved to Australia a year ago and finally planning to visit Canberra over the weekend later this month. With that said, apologies for making this kind of post. I know it's usually downvoted to oblivion in some Geo subs but I was really hoping to gather insights. I swear I did some due diligence before posting here!
Just for some info: Arriving on a Friday evening, staying in the Forrest/Barton area and will have a car handy. For touristy stuff, I've got the following: APH, Mt. Ainslee, stroll along Burley, NGA, NPG, War Memorial, Carillon, Telstra Tower. Questacon would be on the list but I think they're open only for a limited experience.
Does anyone have any recommendations that we can squeeze into our trip? I don't drink and not really into nightlife/pubs and live music. I prioritise views, nature/trails, and (unique) experiences. I do like artsy and 'hipstery' (think Flinders Lane in Melbourne...okay, I know. Terrible example but I hope it paints a picture) stuff as well.
Also open to places to eat though I do have a working list. Especially a nice cafe/brunch spot around where I'm staying (Have a bunch saved around Canberra but is Maple & Clove any good?) and anything else for around dinner time (vegetarian menu options ideal). A good example of what I'm most interested in are places like 1154 Pastaria in Wellington, NZ. My partner really enjoys places like that over fast food and fine dining.
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2020.11.08 19:55 Pickup_your_nuts Charles Adnam Mountfort: 1854–1941. Surveyor.

This biography, written by Dirk R. Rinckes, was first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography in 1993. It was updated in February, 2006.
Charles Adnam Mountfort was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 9 February 1854. He was the eldest of six children of Charles Wheeler Mountfort, a farmer and civil engineer, and his wife, Mary Eliza Adnam. Charles's parents, together with his father's sister and brother, Susanna Wale Mountfort and Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort, and his wife, Emily Newman, had arrived at Lyttelton, New Zealand, on 16 December 1850 on board the first of the Canterbury Association's ships, the Charlotte Jane.
After farming for five or six years at Opawa, Charles senior and Benjamin returned to their professions. Benjamin practised architecture in Christchurch while Charles took up an appointment in 1856 as surveyor under John Turnbull Thomson, chief surveyor for Otago. Susanna Mountfort married Benjamin's business partner, Isaac Luck.
Charles senior worked in many parts of Otago and Southland on large settlement surveys of the Lindhurst and Waimumu blocks, the Southland and Otago section of the first telegraph line in New Zealand, and developments in Central Otago. He left the Otago survey department and returned to Canterbury in 1868. By this time Charles Adnam Mountfort had started training with his father. After being licensed as a surveyor, in 1874 he began work on the settlement surveys in thick bush country on the Manchester block near Feilding. He was later joined by his father and younger brother, Alfred John Mountfort, whom he trained as a surveyor. Charles Wheeler Mountfort went on to work in Wairarapa and Manawatu. He joined the Survey Department in 1878 and retired in 1883 to Napier, where he died aged 91 on 18 April 1918.
Charles Adnam Mountfort qualified as an authorised surveyor in May 1880. In the early 1880s he and his brother went to Taranaki, where they worked for the West Coast Royal Commission and the Public Works Department on location surveys for part of the Stratford–Ongarue railway. After assisting Charles with further surveys in Apiti, Alfred was engaged by the chief surveyor for Wellington, J. W. A. Marchant, to locate roads in the Pohangina district. He then joined the Survey Department and became district surveyor at Taupo and Kawhia. After returning to Canterbury he was transferred in 1917 to Mangonui, North Auckland, where he died on 17 August 1927.
Charles Adnam Mountfort joined the Survey Department in 1884. His ability was well recognised and he eventually rose to become a district surveyor. In 1888 he was a founder member of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors. During the latter part of his career he was engaged on urban standard control surveys in Wanganui, Nelson, Napier, Feilding, Marton and Palmerston North, and on rural standard control surveys. He retired on 31 March 1923 regarded as 'a conscientious, hardworking, and efficient officer, possessed of good practical knowledge of the higher branches of geodesical survey'. His accurate work was also acknowledged. Over a 67-year period three members of one family had made a significant contribution to the survey record in New Zealand.
On 22 December 1879 at St Stephen's Church, Marton, Charles Adnam Mountfort had married Ann Barry Vaughan, a teacher who had set up a girls' school in Gisborne. They settled in Feilding and had five daughters and two sons. Ann Mountfort painted landscape scenes when accompanying her husband on his surveying trips. Because of his field work Charles was unable to take part in public life, but when at home he enjoyed entertaining. Ann Mountfort died on 21 February 1938 and Charles died at Feilding on 11 May 1941.
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2020.11.06 02:40 AutoNewspaperAdmin [NZ] - Wellington man sentenced for 'campaign' of blackmail against ex partner NZ Herald

[NZ] - Wellington man sentenced for 'campaign' of blackmail against ex partner NZ Herald submitted by AutoNewspaperAdmin to AutoNewspaper [link] [comments]