METTLE Weekly Newsletter


Volume 3

Issue 45




Hippolite Musings


Thought for the Day

A friend asked me about National pulling the same tactics as Labour in bringing the 90 Days bill to Parliament under urgency. The concept, apparently, is very practical overseas.  A lot of employers and employees do well under similar systems.  However (and this is only his opinion) he can only see the rush job creating so many gaps in the legislation that it will be abused and manipulated to control workers, instead of creating a fair economic state.  He was also surprised that National sees this as a priority, contrary to their “concerns” while they were in opposition about high power prices, economic mismanagement by Labour and the financial sector woes.  In short, why are we heading down the track of employment reform, at a time of economic and employment fears?

I Responded

David Farrar’s blog (very pro-National) has been expressing some of the same concerns. I think National are using some quick wins (like Herceptin) to also ram through some ideological wins (like probation). I guess it could be argued either way that the economic situation warrants employment reform. But seriously guys, for those of us in permanent, full-time employment, with kids and without shares (I personally see kids vs. shares as mutually exclusive), then what real impact has the “credit crunch” had? I see petrol prices coming down. This is a bad thing?!? I think not. When I was self-employed, I got driven out of business by Labour’s excessive compliance costs. So any reduction in that (e.g. probation) must also be a good thing.

Sunday Service

Things you need to know

  • Don’t know, I wasn’t there.  I was on Children’s Church.


  • If you’re really desperate for one on-line, go here.  Alternatively, Elim should have their own summary up on the web soon, here.

Praise Reports

James teaches


  • I’m safely back from:
    • a weekend Microsoft SQL Server Code Camp in Porirua
    • a 3-day Microsoft training conference in Sydney
    • watching a local production of Oliver
    • watching my sister’s maiden speech at Parliament
    • attending a 50-th surprise birthday party
    • attending the Elim Church Philippino Group End-Of-Year Christmas lunch


  • Bill Ralston writes: National is doing exactly what it pledged to do – a 90-day probationary trial for new employees of small businesses, tax cuts, changes to KiwiSaver, amending bail laws, toughening sentences for violent offenders, new numeracy and literacy standards for schools, and reinstating the wrongly sacked Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. Can it please stop? It is ruining my carefully cultivated cynicism about politics. For decades I have watched governments come and go, promising much, delivering little, usually managing to find some lame excuse for never doing what it promised to do during the election campaign.


  • Israel Briefly Opens Gaza to Aid – It is the fifth time in a month Israel has allowed aid into Gaza, which the UN says is facing a humanitarian crisis. Israel tightened its blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory in November after rocket attacks by militants. (Note: Ariel Sharon’s pulling Jewish settlers out of the Gaza Strip in 2005 did not lead to greater peace with the Palestinians.)

Prayer Requests


  • Last night I received a text from Jo. Roger has gone back into Palmerston North hospital. He started to shiver uncontrollably and didn’t stop for 45 minutes. He had a temperature and has an infection somewhere. Please pray that what the hospital does to get rid of the infection, works. On Thursday he was having trouble breathing and his lungs sounded very crackly. Roger’s next chemo is scheduled for 15th i.e. Monday. His white blood cells are very low and his platletts have been dropping. Today is Jo and Roger’s oldest daughter’s birthday. Please pray for Natasha too that today will be special. As at 1st January Roger’s employee will cease making any payments. Please pray for provision for the family and for Jo as explores what options she has financially. Thanks, Jo really appreciates your prayers. Fiona


  • None?


  • JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Robert Mugabe’s mother told him when he was a child that he had been chosen by God to be a great leader. No wonder he thinks only divine power — not elections, not foreign critics, not a crumbling economy or a much younger opposition leader — can unseat him. In the mind of Zimbabwe’s leader of nearly three decades, reality is summed up by a massive banner hanging in the entrance to the presidential offices: Mugabe is Right.

Other News


  • Waterfront Changes Aim to Clarify Design Standards – Wellingtonians will get two months next year to comment on proposed District Plan changes which are designed to give greater clarity about what can be built on the area of the waterfront north of Queens Wharf.


  • Iron DBA – New Zealand – 2008 – I got back from New Zealand last night after attending the PASS Community Connection event in Porirua (near Wellington) in New Zealand… Adam Cogan and I got to present the keynote and decided to have a bit of fun by creating an "Iron DBA" competition, inspired obviously by Iron Chef television program from Japan. Chairman Cogan and Chairman Low then asked the audience a series of SQL Server questions (dispelling many common myths) until we had six Iron DBA finalists…(read more)


Humour by Clinton

One sunny day in 2009 an old man approached Premier House from where he’d been sitting on a park bench.  He spoke to the security officer guard and said, ‘I would like to go in and meet with Prime Minister Helen Clark.’The security officer looked at the man and said, ‘Sir, Ms Clark is no longer Prime Minister and no longer resides here.’

The old man said, ‘Okay’ and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached Premier House and said to the security officer ‘I would like to go in and meet with Prime Minister Helen Clark.’

The security man again told the man, ‘Sir, as I said yesterday, Ms Clark is no longer Prime Minister and no longer resides here.’

The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man approached Premier House and spoke to the same guard, saying ‘I would like to go in and meet with Prime Minister Helen Clark.’

The guard, understandably fed up, looked at the man and said, ‘Sir, this is the third day in a row you have come here asking to speak to Ms Clark.  I’ve told you already that Ms Clark is no longer the Prime Minister and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?’

The old man looked at the guard and said, ‘Oh, I understand…

‘I just love hearing it.’

The security officer snapped to attention, saluted, and said, ‘See you tomorrow.’

Book Review

Book Cover


23 Minutes in Hell


One man’s story about what he saw, heard, and felt in that place of torment


Bill Wiese


Charisma House, A Strang Company, 2006






Bill Wiese saw the searing flames of hell, felt total isolation, and experienced the putrid and rotting stench, deafening screams of agony, terrorizing demons, and finally, the strong hand of God lifting him out of the pit.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword by Holly McClure
  • Introduction: A Word of Warning
  • Part I – My Experience in Hell
    1. The Cell
    2. The Pit
    3. The Gateway
    4. The Return
    5. Confirmations
    6. Can "Good" People Go to Hell?
  • Part II – Research After The Return: Questions And Answers About Hell
    1. What You Believe Is Important
    2. Important Facts About Hell
    3. Understanding What Happens In Hell
    4. Dealing With the Demons of Hell
  • Appendix A: Scripture Index
  • Appendix B: Comments on Hell From the "Hall of Fame"
  • Bibliography


This simple little book is a shocker.  It is designed to knock the complacency out of each one of us, believer and unbeliever alike.  Whether or not you believe Bill (and he makes no bones about how unbelievable he sounds) his subsequent scholarly research into his experience leaves us no wriggle room in interpreting the implications of the Bible’s many references to Hell.

On a personal note, as someone who has toyed with the idea of someday writing a book, this is a fabulous example of a man taking a unique experience or perspective, doing some original research, and presenting a clear message.  Quite inspirational, I find.


Situations Vacant

Microsoft Computer Whiz

  • An exciting career opportunity has arisen with Ashburton’s leading IT Support Company.
  • We require a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator or someone with similar experience. Applicants must have A+ Certification, network + certification or similar industry standard qualifications.
  • Applicants please send your CV to
  • Or: Vacancy, Computing Solutions, P O Box 6014, ASHBURTON, Telephone 03 3085077.

Information Specialist — Data warehousing – BUS020DB

  • Plug the Holes!
  • Never have the same day twice as you ensure customers get what they pay for and pay for what they get. Immerse yourself in our technology as you help develop a new incident management system while using your SAS and Data warehousing expertise to bring out the best of other revenue assurance systems. Support the technical and data needs of the wider team as we support you.
  • Plan, scope and analyse as you support the development and maintenance of some of our key revenue assurance tools and processes. Identify process improvements and provide reporting to ensure revenue leakage is minimised. Address queries from numerous sources, giving the answers through complex data analysis. Be the technical guru and provide guidance on how to ensure a robust system is delivered.
  • You are a SAS expert that utilises PL/SQL with ease as you play with database structures and data warehouse technologies. Your solid application development background will likely include Oracle databases and tools. You are able to translate complex data for any audience and won’t shy away from the odd presentation to decision makers. Your patience and flexibility will allow you to balance the challenges and rewards of working on old and new technologies.
  • Our Revenue Assurance team is responsible for measuring, reporting, and improving the performance of Telecom’s revenue systems in translating services provided to revenue received. We develop and enhance automated monitoring systems that sit along-side the revenue systems. With a great morale across the wider team we hold a high regard for the importance of developing and training for our team.
  • Make a Difference… Apply today!
  • Refer: James Hippolite

Creation Syllabus

So here’s the draft agenda.  Look forward to your input:

  • What does the Bible say?
    • 10 minutes.  Read Genesis 1
    • What does it mean?  Hebrew for "day" means "day"
    • Satan attacks the beginning, in order to undermine the rest.
  • How can that be true?
    • 40 minutes.  Read Genesis 7
    • Noah’s Ark?  What about Dinosaurs?  What about fossils?  What about carbon dating?
    • Proofs for: numbers of species would easily fit on the Ark; fossils prove rapid burial; carbon dating inaccurate; young Earth; Starlight and Time
  • Wrap up
    • 10 minutes.  Read Romans 5
    • Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ


What does your mobile say about you?

What age do you think a child should have their first mobile phone? Has your mobile ever helped you during an emergency situation? Have you sent a text by mistake to the wrong person? In five years what would you like your mobile phone to do?

Telecom is about to find the answers to these interesting questions, and lots more besides. Together with MyMobile magazine, Telecom is running an online survey to find out how Kiwis feel about their mobile phones.

The 26 questions have been grouped into three categories: personal relationships and the role the mobile phone has in human interaction; the value we place on the mobile phone versus other important things in our lives; and phone usage and etiquette.

"Through this survey we hope to gain interesting and quirky insights into mobile phone usage through the answers we receive," says Rebecca Earl, who is sure the survey will also provoke some interesting dinner conversation.

The full results will be published in the March issue of MyMobile.

End Notes

  • METTLE is an acronym for Men’s Elim Team Together for Learning Experiences. We are primarily (but not exclusively) businessmen from Wellington Elim Church, who meet occasionally in the CBD to encourage each other in our daily walk with Jesus. This Weekly Collaborative Blog is our primary means of communication.  If you know of anyone who may benefit from this WCB, you are welcome to forward them along. Similarly, if your circumstances are such that membership in this distribution list is no longer relevant, then hit reply and type UNSUBSCRIBE to have it removed.
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  • Published by The Voice of Reason, New Zealand, copyright (C) 2008


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