On tonight’s The Vote, the team were discussing whether New Zealand is racist.

Except a few of the people were pronouncing the word “racist” in a funny way: ray-schist (as opposed to ray-cyst).

The online MacMillian dictionary has the ‘cyst’ sound.

But then this random site with different country’s pronounciations has a New Zealander with a definite ‘schist’ twang.

Can anyone explain? Why the rocky sound? Where did it come from?


DOC boss silences staff

Today is Love DOC Day, a day to celebrate our wonderful Department of Conservation in light of the recent cuts to funding and staff made by DOC’s Director General and the National Government.

A comment on Nicola Toki’s In our Nature blog points towards Senior DOC management not being very happy about this.

Thanks Nic, great explanation of what is going on and I love the quote from Don Merton. Thanks to Forest and Bird for all their support.
From a DOC worker.

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DOC workers have been explicitly told by Al Morrison at Head Office NOT to respond, comment or endorse anything to do with Forest & Bird’s “political campaign” today. Which is why this person called themselves “a DOC worker”. The real political agenda emanates from Al Morrison and his spin doctor cronies who have clearly taken over the asylum.

So has Mr Morrison tried to silence his staff?

Looks like it.

This email was sent out on Monday to L\ALL S&T Terrestrial Ecosystems Managers and forwarded down the chain a few times.

Sent: Monday, 8 April 2013 4:29 p.m.
To: L\All
Subject: FW: Love Doc Day

Please advise your staff that we should not be involved in this event other than to be polite if apprehended. We will know who normally wears a green ribbon or arm band.

That last part sounds rather ominous.

Mr Morrison was in this week’s Listener banging on and on about how conservationists do not understand how DOC and business can work together.

Bullshit. That is a tired old line. Today’s activities highlight how tired and how out of touch Mr Morisson is. Despite business, despite cashing in on our natural resources (which we’re fucking up), despite all that, real New Zealanders LOVE DOC and expect them to be able to do their job because it is bloody important.

Why can DOC staff not be allowed to love the place they work? I thought Mr Morrison would be encouraging that, given that they’re not doing it for the money.

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