This is the second of three Briefing Papers written by Professor Anne Salmond of the University of Auckland in response to what she describes as the Slippery Slope of Democracy in New Zealand. The first was written in the wake of Dirty Politics, the book released [...]
Leadership and integrity go hand in hand. When we see evidence of a lack of integrity whether it is in our political, business, community or family leaders, we feel dismayed, disappointment, disbelief – and even outrage.
Given the current events involving our political leaders, I [...]
Luddite – the word has become synonymous with ridiculous. Who but a fool would protest against labour-saving machinery? Of course, we should now be aware that the term labour-saving carries with it a considerable amount of political spin. One could with equal logic use [...]
I remember being young. It was a long time ago. I made so many stupid mistakes, and I said and did things I regret.
Most of all I regret the voting decisions I made. Back then I really had no idea about politics and politicians, but I felt compelled to cast my vote. People would tell me I was truly blessed [...]
The real Moment of Truth?
What was the real Moment of Truth at this week’s memorable Auckland Town Hall meeting of the same name?
For starters there were always going to be some moments from the two overseas panellists, Pulitzer Price winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, and Canadian advocacy lawyer, Robert Amsterdam. The first used wit to mock the Prime Minister’s pre-emptive, ad [...]
Anybody else out there think that media – apart from outstanding exceptions like John Campbell, and Radio New Zealand’s editorial teams – have it in for Labour leader David Cunliffe?
Any notions of editorial balance so necessary to good reporting, seem to have disappeared. Cunliffe slips on [...]
The special live Roy Morgan Scoop NZ Election Debate Reactor gave a narrow victory to Opposition Leader, David Cunliffe in this week’s third leaders’ debate.
The Reactor showed men were clearly more impressed by Cunliffe’s defence of his handling of Labour’s capital gains tax proposal than women.
Cunliffe’s pledges about child poverty were also generally well received as was his hand waving [...]
New findings on napping will come as a bit of a yawn to Latins, accustomed as they are to the Siesta. The much maligned nap has been getting renewed support from medical researchers who are exploring its refreshing qualities – while also warning that daytime sleepiness, and napping to relieve it, can also be a sign of a health problem.
The Takalamakan Desert and the Lop Desert which is the remains of a huge inland sea, together make up the Tarim Basin which had been a huge obstacle for travellers on the Silk Route. Besides a lack of water and the terrible heat, sudden [...]
Reaching a century used to be a rare event but is now a growing phenomenon. People over 90 are the fastest growing population group in the country but we know very little about them. An ongoing study of more than 200 Sydney centenarians by the Centre for Health Brain Ageing at the University of New South Wales has found very [...]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’.
Dog ears and eyes
On the complex subject of a dog’s hearing, it is safe to say the [...]
* The Battle of Britain begins
* ‘Originals’ kick off All Black tradition
* Death penalty abolished
* First state house
* Women’s suffrage day
* Mazengarb report
* Domestic workers call for 68-hour week
* NZ’s first grape vines planted?
* NZ’s first professional opera performance
* New Zealand’s first Ombudsman
Names and dates, people and places, they vanish in the slipstream of daily life. But in this section [...]