Bookmarks for August 30, 2014

Bookmarks for August 29, 2014


New Zealand statistics to be released in September 2014

Here are the releases Statistics NZ has planned for September (2014) – in case you want to diary anything of interest.

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  • 1 Sep 14

    Overseas Trade Indexes (Prices): June 2014 quarter (provisional) – M

  • 1 Sep 14

    Overseas Trade Indexes (Volumes): June 2014 quarter (provisional) – M

  • 2 Sep 14


  • 3 Sep 14

    Value of Building Work Put in Place: June 2014 quarter – M

  • 4 Sep 14


  • 5 Sep 14

    Wholesale Trade Survey: June 2014 quarter

  • 8 Sep 14

    Economic Survey of Manufacturing: June 2014 quarter – M

  • 9 Sep 14

    Electronic Card Transactions: August 2014 – M

  • 9 Sep 14

    2013 Census QuickStats about income

  • 10 Sep 14

    Accommodation Survey: July 2014

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  • 12 Sep 14

    Food Price Index: August 2014

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  • 16 Sep 14

    Local Authority Statistics: June 2014 quarter – tables

  • 17 Sep 14

    Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: June 2014 quarter – M

  • 18 Sep 14

    Gross Domestic Product: June 2014 quarter – M

  • 19 Sep 14

    International Travel and Migration: August 2014 – M

  • 22 Sep 14

    Christchurch Retail Trade Indicator: June 2014 quarter

  • 23 Sep 14

    International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand: August 2014 – report

  • 23 Sep 14

    Child and youth prosecution statistics: Year ended June 2014 – tables

  • 23 Sep 14

    Criminal conviction and sentencing statistics: Year ended June 2014 – tables

  • 24 Sep 14

    Overseas Merchandise Trade: August 2014 – M

  • 25 Sep 14

    Balance of Payments and International Investment Position: Year ended 31 March 2014

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  • 30 Sep 14

    Building Consents Issued: August 2014 – M

– M means there’s a media conference

There are 19 registered political parties in NZ, 15 are contesting election 2014

1. There are 19 registered political parties in New Zealand (as at Tuesday August 26, 2014)

Yep, 19 (Mana and Internet are in there twice – once for each individual party and once for combined Internet Mana Party). The full Register of Political Parties is on In no particular order (and with links to policies pages), they are:

Maori, National, Green, Labour, NZ First, Act, Internet Mana, Internet, Mana Movement, Alliance, Conservative, United Future, Democrats for Social Credit, Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis, Focus NZ, NZ Independent Coalition, The Civilian, Ban1080, 1Law4All.

15 of these parties are contesting the election this year (September 20, 2014). They are:

  1. ACT New Zealand
  2. Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
  3. Ban1080
  4. Conservative
  5. Democrats for Social Credit
  6. Focus New Zealand
  7. Green Party
  8. Internet MANA
  9. Labour Party
  10. Māori Party
  11. National Party
  12. New Zealand First Party
  13. NZ Independent Coalition
  14. The Civilian Party
  15. United Future

Electoral Commission releases party and candidate lists for 2014 election (August 27, 2014)

♣ What’s involved in registering a political party

2. The election is on Saturday September 20, 2014; polling booths will be open from 9am to 7pm

Don’t forget! ♣ Add it to iCal  ♣ View it on a calendar and grab link to Google Calendar

You can see who’s standing in your electorate and where your nearest polling stations are on

3. You can enrol to vote any time between now and September 19 (September 18 if you want to use Telephone Dictation Voting)

If you haven’t enrolled to vote yet, or can’t remember, you can check/enrol fairly painlessly on

Vote by telephone dictation

If you are blind, partially blind or have another physical disability that prevents you from marking your ballot paper without assistance, you are eligible to vote by telephone dictation. You can register by calling 0800 028 028.

When you call, you will be asked to choose a secret question and answer that only you know. You will then be given a personal registration number. Your registration number and secret question are used to confirm that you’re already registered when you call back to vote.  It means you do not have to give your name to the electoral official.

♣ More information on telephone dictation voting

This video explains how telephone dictation voting is designed to let people who are blind or partially blind vote in private (ie without having to ask a friend to mark their ballot paper for them). Key points start kicking in at 2:50 but the whole video is worth a watch.

Be on the unpublished electoral roll

If you don’t want your personal address published on the electoral roll, you can request to go on the unpublished roll.

You will need to give your full name, address, date of birth, contact telephone number and produce evidence of your personal circumstances, such as:

  • a copy of a protection order that is in force under the Domestic Violence Act 1995, or
  • a copy of a restraining order that is in force under the Harassment Act 1997, or
  • a statutory declaration from a constable to the effect that he or she believes that your personal safety, or that of your families, could be prejudiced by the publication of your name and details, or a letter from either a Barrister or Solicitor, your employer, a Justice of the Peace, or the like, supporting your application on the grounds that your personal safety, or that of your families, could be prejudiced by the publication of your name and details.

Everything you need to know about the unpublished roll (+ application form)

4. Timeline of key election dates published by

Monday 25 August, Noon Bulk Nominations Deadline for registered political parties to bulk nominate their electorate candidates to the Electoral Commission.
Tuesday 26 August, Noon Nominations close Deadline for political parties to submit list candidates to the Electoral Commission.Deadline for individual nominations of electorate candidates to Returning Officers.
Wednesday 3 September Advance and Overseas Voting starts
Friday 19 September Advance Voting ends Last day to enrol for the election.
Friday 19 September Midnight Regulated period ends All election advertising must end and election signs must be taken down
Saturday 20 September Election Day Polling places open from 9.00am to 7.00pm. Election Night Preliminary results released progressively from 7.00pm on
Saturday 4 October Official results for general election declared (including special declaration votes)

5. What happens if disaster interrupts voting on election day

From the: Electoral Commission Plans for Managing Adjournment of Polling in an Emergency

3. Under the Electoral Act 1993 (“the Act”) where polling is affected by an emergency of any kind, the range of options is:

a)   If the area affected is local, the Commission can revoke and amend particular polling places and continue with the conduct of the general election in the rest of the affected electorate and nationwide;

b)   If the event has wider effect, the Commission can adjourn polling in particular polling places, continue with the conduct of the general election elsewhere in the country and either:

(i) publish the preliminary results in the usual way despite voters in the adjourned poll knowing the preliminary results in the general election when they vote; or

(ii) not publish the preliminary results in the general election until the adjourned poll can occur.

4. Under MMP, if polling has to be adjourned in even a single polling place, the election of all members of Parliament and, therefore, the formation of Government is delayed for the period of the adjournment. For this reason, wherever possible the Commission will revoke and amend polling places and make alternative arrangements for voters rather than adjourning polling.


Bookmarks for August 14, 2014

The growing pay gap between journalism and public relations | Pew Research Center The salary gap between public relations specialists and news reporters has widened over the past decade – to almost $20,000 a year, according to 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by the Pew Research Center.

All the myths that are fit to print: Why your news feels familiar | Jack Shafer Few readers would confess to myth-seeking in their media choices, yet Lule makes the undeniable case that audiences prefer news when it is fashioned into something more eternal than pure information.

“Statue Selfies” Are the Next Great Internet Art Trend The “Statue Selfies” trend began on Reddit, where a user posted images of statues that appeared to be taking photos of themselves.

Seeing Like a Network — The Message — Medium  Nice Plain-English piece about how to understand the networks we are using and where the threats lie.

Loan scheme to knock out ‘loan sharks’ – National – NZ Herald News Almost 1 million families will be eligible for low- and no-interest loans under a new Government-backed scheme aimed at saving low-income families from loan sharks. – New Zealand Herald

At-risk persons flown to NZ, figures reveal – National – NZ Herald News  International airlines flew more than 1000 at-risk or ineligible people into New Zealand in a year, Immigration New Zealand figures reveal. – New Zealand Herald

An alternate reality for America’s struggling newspapers exists, but it’s in South Africa – Quartz Naspers paid just $34 million for a 46.5% stake in Tencent, which owns, among other properties, the highly successful WeChat messaging platform. Today its stake in the business is worth more than $50 billion.

World’s oldest eel dies in Swedish well – The Local The world’s oldest European eel just died in its home, a well in a southern Swedish fishing town, aged 155.

NZ-based equity crowdfunding platform set to go live – Computerworld New Zealand Snowball Effect, an online equity crowdfunding platform, will go live to the public on Wednesday after being granted its licence by the Financial Markets Authority.

Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength – health – 04 August 2014 – New Scientist Workers building the world’s biggest ships could soon don robotic exoskeletons to lug around 100-kilogram hunks of metal as if they’re nothing

Student eye checks after shock tests – Education – NZ Herald News A global charity will test children’s eyes in 16 low-income parts of New Zealand after an initial test found that 63 per cent of children at a West Auckland primary school needed full – New Zealand HeraldThe free-range egg scam: 2.47m eggs really from caged hens – National – NZ Herald News An egg farmer who admitted duping consumers by passing off 2.47 million eggs from caged hens as free-range has claimed the practice is widespread. – New Zealand Herald

Russian Hackers Amass over a Billion Internet Passwords | The hacked records, discovered by a Milwaukee-based security firm, include username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

Climate change will leave wine lovers drunker and poorer – Quartz This post has been corrected. On Jul. 17, Australia scrapped its carbon tax—hardly a surprising move given that the country’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, once called evidence of climate change “absolute…

Q&A: Can Airlifting Rhinos Out of South Africa Save the Species? Conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert are taking drastic steps in the face of rampant rhino poaching in South Africa.

IoT World – Duane Benson – The IOT Meets the Endangered Species Act  Monitoring wildlife can help protect them without imposing undue inconvenience on human visitors to the wild.

Bookmarks for March 11, 2014

Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers – The Washington Post
Head of the intelligence panel says agency appears to have violated the Constitution and federal laws.

What People Say At Work Vs. What They Mean
99 office cliches, translated.

Ninety-five per cent of world’s fish hide in mesopelagic zone
An international team of marine biologists has found mesopelagic fish in the earth’s oceans constitute 10 to 30 times more biomass than previously thought.

How much of the human body is made up of stardust?
Did you ever wonder where you came from? That is the stuff that’s inside your body like your bones, organs, muscles…etc. All of these things are made of various molecules and atoms. But where did…

Let’s Pull the Plug on Power Cords | Motherboard
The electronics industry is finally putting wireless charging technology to good use.

Facebook Looking Into Buying Drone Maker Titan Aerospace | TechCrunch
Facebook, one of the primary backers of the initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who..

App-pocalypse Now
I’m getting pretty sick of being nagged to install your damn apps.

Debunking Fukushima’s radiation myths – Features – Al Jazeera English
Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster is scary enough, but some rumours and hoaxes linked to it are alarming and persistent.

UK spies stealing webcam images – report – Story – World – 3 News
Yahoo has called reports the GCHQ stole webcam images of millions of users as a “whole new level of violation”.

A Frog’s Escape
A short picture-story about helping a little frog climb out of a deep, dark, plastic bin. Save the frogs!

Responsive or native app? A few tips on how to decide

This list of 10 questions to ask when choosing between responsive design and native app looks sensible.

Here are two questions from the list, posted by Mark Rickmeier on Table XI (they do tech services):

7) Will you have difficulty getting App Store approval?

Apple asks developers to follow stringent guidelines when submitting to the App Store, and the approval process can take anywhere from a week to several months. There are certain areas that are regulated more strictly than others, such as in-app purchases and in-app subscriptions.

Moreover, other kinds of features easily achieved through HTML5 are banned in native iOS applications. For example, Apple regulations forbid iOS applications that take donations, a fairly commonplace transaction in responsive web designs. This is a serious drawback for nonprofits looking to reach potential customers and donors through mobile apps.

Advantage: Responsive

5) Are you trying to monetize content and encourage purchasing?If you have a product that offers potential for ongoing micro-purchases, then a native application is the way to go. A shopping cart on your website can facilitate this, but the in-app purchasing system is so simple and tied into all the rest of a user’s purchases on the platform that it is second to none.

Advantage: Native

You can read the rest of Mark’s post here.