Thursday, December 18, 2008

Listener of the Year

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Bruce Emery

This is the timeline as I understand it, it's taken from media sources in the last 48 hours painting the picture of the death of Pihema Cameron.

Pihema Cameron and a friend were tagging Bruce Emery's fence late one night. Mr. Emery heard or saw what was going on and called out, he then went inside his house spoke to his wife, went down the internal stairs and left the property with a knife. He then took off after Pihema Cameron and his friend and at around 300 meters from Mr. Emery's house there was an altercation.

Mr. Emery claims he was defending himself and Cameron 'stepped into the knife', the crown claims Bruce Emery went after the taggers with the intent to harm them. One has to assume that the jury believed that Pihema Cameron stepped into the knife, making this death have 'no intent'.

I have long said that we need to trust our justice system, it's the only one we have and if we don't then it's time to move off shore.

In saying that I have two questions...
When was the last time we blamed somebody who has died at the hand of another for their own death, especially when the accused left his property and chased after the deceased with a weapon?

And, if we reverse this situation. A Caucasian teenager is breaking a minor property law and a South Auckland Pacific Islander 50 year old man comes out with a knife, chases him and and a friend up the road for 300 meters, and the teenager ends up dead...would it be the same result?

One would hope the answer is 'Yes!', if we believe...and I'm trying...that we are all equal under the law...but would it?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fox News - Fair and Balanced???

Sean Hannity from Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes faces an interrogation expert, Matthew Alexander, who had success with integration of the team of the most dangerous man in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, turning them and getting information that no one else could get. This information led to the elimination of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

He used non-violent, gentle, respectful techniques, he apologised to the terrorists for what America had done at the start of the conflict and he used humour to befriend them. Sean Hannity, facing this expert, basically told him he was wrong…Fair and Balanced???

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Angel Priscilla

I had a call from a nurse who in the 1960’s, at 19, gave 5 years of her life to attend to people with Leprosy in India. She speaks of working with Paul Brand, if you’d like to know more about him click here

Her name is Priscilla and I don’t think there is any person more qualified to tell us about Leprosy and why we should do what we can.

After she called there was an incredible reaction to her, including these texts and emails:

“You were in the presence of an angel this morning. Absolutely astonishing. Stuart”

“Priscilla is rite-unconditional love transcends language and other barriers”

“Well done Pat, I think u were talking to a saint.”

Click below to hear a truncated version of the conversation...

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

2008 Leprosy Appeal

TOTAL AS AT 21:30, Thursday 18th December - $12,457.50

People cured from Leprosy: 39

12 months ago, at a whim I started an on-air appeal to get some money for The Leprosy Mission. I must admit to being ignorant of the issue of leprosy around the world, until I had just purchased an i-pod, the next day across my desk comes a pamphlet that says about what I had spent, could cure someone of leprosy forever...I kind of thought that maybe there was a better cause for that money than making my musical choice easier and more portable.

After 3 weekends we raised around $5,500 which meant we helped cure around 14 people.

If you want to get involved this year there are three ways you can do it:

Option One - Cheques
Send a cheque, made out to The Leprosy Mission, to...
Pat Brittenden,
Private Bag 92-198,

Literally $1 would be worth it. If every listener to Newstalk ZB gave $1, we could cure over 1500 people.

Option Two - Instant Text Donation
The other option is to text the word PAT to 469, this will instantly donate $3 to the appeal.

Option Three - Credit Card
Phone 0800 862 873 and tell them you want to make a donation with a credit card.

Option Four - Internet Banking
Leprosy Mission Bank Account 02-0264-0029018-003
Make the reference 'NEWSTALK ZB'

Check back here to see how our total grows, and see how many people we can get cured this year.


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