Some quiz trivia questions

May 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

I ran a quiz night at the CNI National Party conference in Rotorua last night. The local MPs wrote the questions, and there were a few interesting trivia ones in them which I thought I would share. The answers are written in white and are after the break, so you can highlight them to see the answers.

  1. The woman in Jack Marshall’s 1956 remodel of the NZ coat of arms is based on which movie star? 
  2. Which politician is quoted as saying “I was in politics for a purpose – my very life was politics. I suppose this was because I was more manly than most women; that’s why I never married”
  3. What Parliamentary event failed to occur in October 1946?
  4. What event took place at the beginning of each Parliament between 1896 and the early 1960s?
  5. What was the first Bill passed by the first Parliament in Wellington in 1856?
  6. Who was the first Deputy Prime Minister of NZ?
  7. There have been 17 Deputy Prime Ministers. How many also became Prime Minister, and who?
  8. Who was the first MP from the CNI Region to become Prime Minister or Premier of NZ?
  9. How many power stations rely on the Waikato River?
  10. How many escalators are there in the Coromandel electorate?
  11. Who served longest as Prime Minister of New Zealand? Jack Marshall, Norman Kirk, Bill Rowling, Geoffrey Palmer or Jenny Shipley?
  12. How many electorate contests has Sue Moroney MP lost to National candidates in New Zealand’s General Elections?

See how many you know, before looking at the answers


10/10 in 37 seconds

May 11th, 2013 at 10:12 am by David Farrar

NZ Herald quiz is here. Too easy this week. Trevett needs to work harder on them 🙂

UPDATE: It appears Trevett was too busy staking out the Hamner Springs Heritage Hotel to do the quiz this week, so her replacement is obviously not as tough as her!

10/10 in 46 seconds

April 13th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Back on top! NZ Herald quiz here.

9/10 in 40 seconds

April 6th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

NZ Herald quiz here.

9/10 in 38 seconds

March 30th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

NZ Herald quiz here.

10/10 in 41 seconds

March 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

NZ Herald quiz here.

10/10 in 46 seconds

March 16th, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

This week’s quiz is here. No guesses!

9/10 in 44 seconds

March 9th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

NZ Herald quiz here.

9/10 in 39 seconds

March 2nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

NZ Herald quiz is here.

10/10 in 34 seconds

February 23rd, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The quiz is here. I think 10/10 in 34 seconds may be a record. No guesses!

8/10 in 45 seconds

February 16th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The weekly quiz is here. I got 8/10 in 45 seconds.

10/10 in 48 seconds

February 9th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The weekly quiz is here. Guessed one.

The political year ahead

January 29th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post looks at the year ahead with, such as:hat they see as the challenges for each party.


  • Put further distance between it and its former MP Brendan Horan, who looks set to ride out the scandal surrounding money from his dying mother’s estate.
  • Reposition itself as a true cross-bench party by seeking opportunities to work with National as well as Labour.


  • Do a better selling job of its gains in Government – including Whanau Ora and its advocacy on tobacco control.
  • Patch up the tensions between co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples.


  • Use initiatives like Hone Harawira’s food in schools bill to broaden the party’s appeal beyond that of a Maori Party.

  • Cement the Mana Party’s place as a natural partner to Labour and the Green Party in government.

Yep, I like the idea of the natural partner for Labour and Greens being Mana.

They also look at some unfinished business:

The auditor-general’s investigation into Labour MP Shane Jones over a visa granted to a former Chinese national: David Shearer’s likely promotion of Mr Jones back to his front bench suggests he is not expecting any fallout.

Novopay: Fourth-ranked Cabinet minister Steven Joyce has been put in charge of fixing the shambolic school-pay system.

David Bain compensation: It was back to the drawing board after Justice Minister Judith Collins threw out a report suggesting Mr Bain was innocent of murdering his family and deserved compensation.

Constitutional review: Launched at the instigation of the Maori Party, it has disappeared without trace – and could be overshadowed by a parallel Maori-led review.

I must have missed this parallel Maori-led review?

11/11 in 42 seconds

January 26th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Not a bad start to the year. Got 11/11 in the Herald’s first weekly politics quiz in 42 seconds.

No guesses either.


December 15th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald quiz is here. 9/10 in 43 seconds.

9/10 in 38 seconds

November 17th, 2012 at 8:15 am by David Farrar

NZ Herald quiz here. I got one wrong only.


September 30th, 2012 at 2:56 pm by David Farrar

Got 8/10 in 40 secs. Quiz here.

10/10 in 36 seconds

September 8th, 2012 at 10:09 am by David Farrar

I think my fastest time for a 10/10. Quiz is here. No guesses either.


September 1st, 2012 at 11:05 am by David Farrar

8/10 in 52 seconds. Quiz here.


August 26th, 2012 at 10:10 am by David Farrar

Got two wrong that I should have got right – was trying to set a time record. 8/10 in 42 seconds. Quiz here.


August 19th, 2012 at 9:27 am by David Farrar

Yay – got 10/10 in 44 seconds. Quiz is here.


July 22nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm by David Farrar

NZ Herald quiz is here. 9/10 in 42 seconds.


July 14th, 2012 at 12:27 pm by David Farrar

Tough this week. 7/10 in 46 seconds. Quiz here.


July 7th, 2012 at 11:45 am by David Farrar

NZ Herald’s Politics quiz is here. 8/10 in 65 seconds.

Column topics

July 5th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

As it had been a light political week, I asked on Twitter or Facebook if people could think of anything more interesting to write on for my NZ Herald column than the ETS changes. In the end I went with alcohol minimum pricing, but people may be interested to see all the suggestions made which were:

  • you could explain why the taxpayer is picking up the cost for polluters. not so much “market” in that market-based policy
  • list the companies that the melons would shut down if they got into Govt .. might need a biger than normal column
  • Stephen Gale’s appointment?
  • Definitely ETS.
  • how the left somehow blame fracking for last nites earthquake
  • You’re forgetting the big news of the week… NZCS became @IITPnz 🙂
  • Discopants could be a great topic!
  • anything but the speakers tour…
  • Proposed minimum alcohol prices?
  • US Intellectual Property laws as the Manifest Destiny of the 21st Century.
  •  “internal enemies” as ministerial rhetoric.
  •  the rain in Auckland. No seriously, slow week. how about Speaker’s trip flying business class, cost to taxpayer $110 K?
  • welfaredrugtesting – why the politics are easy but the implementation is bloody hard
  • Propensity of the Greens to demand independent enquiries?
  • you could talk about alcohol minimum pricing as well and just do a general drugs related riff.
  • international relations. ETS and asylum seeker issue. NZ helped under the Pacific Solution.
  • How about “How to sprint down 10 floors faster than Usain Bolt”
  • alcohol minimum price-related?
  • plain pack, Navy/Hawaii/nuclear ‘snub’, ETS changes, drug testing proposal or national standards data?
  • the keep it 18 campaign & alcohol law reform?
  • ETS sounds good. Yay, free trade for carbon credits…
  • Polls look like a narrow Obama win, esp marginal states
  • how about Psa?
  • Defn8ly go with ETS mate. Farmers need a break especially with the result of the ladt milk auction
  • Sick of the ETS. Go for the Taxpayer funded parliamentary trip of dubious intent. Fenton / O’Rourke / Hughes et al. And Speaker + wife.
  • How about Lenny baby swanning off on a junket, after his press release of the proposed rate payers petrol head event.
  • the Auckland Transport inner city rail loop plan that has yet to actually get the funding it needs from central govt.
  •  Mr Dotcom sues NZ, and will Mr key personally cough up the money if Mr Dotcom should win?
  • why nz is better than Australia to live
  • Perhaps if Dr Chris Warner will get off the murder charge?
  •  is “Drop, Cover and Hold” really good advice?
  • On the parliamentary security guy who died suddenly. Security have a very important job to do at parliament and sounds like he will be very much missed. (Especially after the earthquake last night – who knows what tomorrow will bring…….).
  •  Alcohol reform and the 4 Maori Party SOPs.
  • Asset sales and post modern feminism, if you dare ?
  • Seriously, a libertarians perspective of minimum alcohol pricing would be interesting
  • Prometheus as a part of the Alien canon… Has Ridley Scott become Michael Bay?
  • How about peak oil and the Monbiot expose – about how Malthusians refuse to die out, no matter how often they are proven wrong?
  • How about: “Not Guilty versus Not Proven – how the lynch mob mentality can drive Justice Policy”?
  • The Higgs Boson. What else is left?
  • Drug testing of beneficiaries
  • Food rescue (kaibosh) and need for good Samaritan legislation
  •  the extradition treaty with the US. I believe NZ needs to stand up on its hind legs over this one. The Dotcom case should have been discarded out-of-hand by our police. It is not our police force’s business to defend Hollywood’s Inte…
  • How TV3 news seems to be dominated by the whining left?
  • Plenty on Auckland politics, especially as we JAFAs are asking the national tax payer for a few billion
  • I think the Aussie super story is one that deserves mores legs over there. Has been pushed pretty heavily here in SYD today.
  • I find it annoying the ETS has escaped as much public pressure as it has – now implemented and forgotten. Making energy more expensive for all of us inaccessible for those on the lowest incomes the greatest travesty of all of it. Nail that f**ker to the wall
  • The Greens and their inquiries into everything would be a good angle.
  • Have a personal interest in ETS but think universal benefit is my new favourite rant. When your kid is diagnosed with a terminal disease you should not have to stand down from benefits…but I was at dinner stop hope you got something sorted
  • How about the need to target health benefits better. I no long work in the sector but the universal subsidies on pharmaceuticals still makes no sense. Tis is an issue of both the fee per item and also the ceiling (or safety net) of 20 scripts. Have a look at what they do in Australia!
  • TAX

I’m never again going to complain about a lack of things to write about!