NZ Celebrities engage in the Marriage Equality debate

A list of pretty high profile New Zealanders have lent their names, faces and opinions to a campaign supporting marriage equality.

In the 90 seconds you see…
Tamati Coffey (TV Presenter) and his partner Tim Smith
Anika Moa, Hollie Smith, Boh Runga (Musicians)
Rachel Hunter (NZ’s Got Talent Judge/Supermodel)
Brooke Howard Smith (TV Presenter) his partner Amber Peebles (Radio DJ)
Nigel Latta (Psychologist)
Danyon Loader (Olympian)
Jason Kerrison (Musician)
Jason Fa’afoi (TV Presenter) and his partner Anna and their son Charlie
Pearl McGlashan (Actress)
Ali Campbell (Musician)
Alison Mau (TV Presenter)
Orene Ai’I (Rugby Player)
Dame Cath Tizard (Former Governor General)
Mike King (Talkback host/Comedian)
Oliver Driver (Actor/Presenter)
Richie Hardcore (DJ)
Turumakina Duley (Tattoo Artist)
Amy Usherwood (Actress)
Nick Dwyer (Radio DJ)

But the person I want to mention is Nigel Latta, this is what he says near the beginning of the video.

“See I thought we lived in a free country, I thought my kids were growing up in a place where everyone has the same rights.”

I’d be interested in your thoughts on this, please feel free to respectfully engage in this conversation in the comments below.

The ‘stink’ coming out of Australia at the moment

Holy heck, what people think they can away with saying. From Fairfax…

The head of Australia’s peak migrant body has hit back at Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro’s comments that migrants should be taught to use deodorant and to queue, saying the statement had no place in modern Australia.

“Teresa Gambaro comes from the same background as mine and we grew up being called dirty wogs,” said Pino Migliorino, chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils, who has Italian heritage.

Migliorino said the comments would make Australia “look like a joke” to the international community and damage efforts by employers to fill skills shortages by attracting overseas workers.

“This is no longer the 1960s, temporary migrants are people coming from a university background. To say ‘you smell’ is ridiculous,” he said.

He said Gambaro’s statement also undermined the federal Coalition’s policy stance on encouraging skilled migration.

“The Liberal opposition are on record as saying they want all of our migration to be skills-based. Australia is courting for temporary labour in a competitive international market,” Migliorino said.

Gambaro told The Australian newspaper new migrants on temporary work visas were not integrating into the community because they were not being taught about Australian health, hygiene and lifestyle.

“Without trying to be offensive, we are talking about hygiene and what is an acceptable norm in this country when you are working closely with other co-workers,” she was quoted as saying.

Pigliorino responded: “Those comments are so silly and ridiculous.”

Labor MP Michelle Rowland called for Gambaro to apologise for insulting skilled migrants.

”Her comments are insulting and insensitive to the many doctors, nurses, accountants and engineers who have come to Australia on a skilled migration visa,” said Rowland.

”Skilled migrants come to Australia to work in hospitals, care for our elderly, and fill gaps in regional and remote areas.”

Rowland said she was proud to respresent an electorate, Greenway, with a large number of migrants including Filipinos, Indians and Tamils.

“The comments are unbecoming and irresponsible and Mr Abbott should come clean on whether he supports Ms Gambaro’s views,” she said.

I remember a teacher I had who smelt so bad that the corridor outside his or her (neutral ah?) office smelt even when they were not there. Just as an aside 😉

Every had a ‘smelly’ in your life?

General Debate: Free money – what would you do?

So here is the question for y’all.

From Stuff.co.nz

Accidental Millionaire in Court

The man known as the “accidental millionaire” has appeared briefly in Rotorua District Court this morning but will remain behind bars for now.

Leo Gao, 31, faces 16 charges of theft and 11 of money laundering after Westpac accidentally loaded a $10 million overdraft on his account in April 2009 rather than the $100,000 he had applied for.

The overdraft was to keep his struggling business, a Rotorua service station, afloat.

When he realised the bank’s error he allegedly skipped the country with his partner Kara Mary-Jo Hurring and the bulk of their windfall.

Gao had intended to apply for electronically-monitored bail today but instead that application will be lodged on January 23.

The delay is so a report can be prepared on the suitability of his listed bail address.

If the court determines the address to be suitable, then bail may be granted.

Honestly, what would you do if somehow there was $8 million in your bank account accidently?

What would you do?

 

 

Man, I feel like a woman…until the Libra come out

From Stuff.co.nz

Tampon maker Libra has been branded “outrageously transphobic” over its new ad implying transgender people are not real women because they do not menstruate.

The television commercial depicts a drag queen character and a blonde woman standing side by side in a nightclub restroom putting on mascara and lip gloss, and adjusting their bras competitively.

The blonde woman then pulls out her Libra tampon, leaving the drag queen to storm out of the toilets in a huff.

The ad, which wraps with the catch phrase “Libra gets girls”, has faced a storm of criticism, with dozens posting harsh comments on the company’s Facebook page.

One woman, Gabeh Lissette Gutierrez, posted: “I’m not sure what is more disgusting, the blatant transphobia or the inclination that a period is what defines a woman’s femininity.

“Seriously, what were you thinking?”

 

So here is the question for conversation. What ‘defines a real woman’s femininity’?

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