Miscellany – July

Whatever happened to the cut and thrust of electioneering? Goodness it’s just so full of sleaze – no wit to be found anywhere – except perhaps in that most unlikely place, trademe. There the new book on John Key has been written by NZ Herald columnist John Roughan. Sounds like a love-in and the irony is that it’s as if [...]

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The media’s even-handed role in politics?

Bryan Gould looks over New Zealand media coverage of politics.

‘The leader of the British Labour Party, Ed Miliband, is undoubtedly competent, and he enjoys the support of his party, but his poll ratings are abysmal – and that is welcome relief to a Conservative-led Coalition government, whose performance in office has been less than stellar and for whom Ed Miliband’s [...]

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John Key cometh

The early years
And the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of New Zealand named Auckland, to a woman espoused to a man whose name was George, of the house of Key; and the woman’s name was Ruth.
And the angel came unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art [...]

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Seven years said the Egyptian judge…

“I am nervous as I write this. I am in my cold prison cell after my first official exercise session – four glorious hours in the grass yard behind our block and I don’t want that right to be snatched away.
“I’ve been locked in my cell 24 hours a day for the past 10 days, allowed out only for visits [...]

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This month in History – July

*  1988 Bastion Point land returned
*  Poll tax imposed on Chinese
*  ‘Tom Watson’ wins bronze for New Zealand
*  NZ Labour Party founded
*  Homosexual Law Reform Bill passed
*  Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour
*  NZ adopts decimal currency
*  Kate Edger becomes NZ’s first woman graduate
*  Walsh becomes first NZer to obtain pilot’s certificate
*  NZ’s first general election begins
*  Death of [...]

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An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)

The Ulster Plantation
Bay of Plenty  settlements of  Ulstermen  were organised by  George Vesey Stewart, (1832-1920). The expression Ulster Plantation  was applied to the Katikati   Settlement that  began with  Northern Irish  aboard the  Carisbrook Castle, which sailed from  Belfast in 1875. A second expedition  sailed aboard the  Lady [...]

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Critics slam Labour list selections – again

The Labour Party is due to release its party list today, to much derision from the right. There will be too many gays, not enough red-blooded men, too many unionists and teachers, not enough people with “real world experience”, and a few too many non-white faces.
I wrote this post back in 2011. It still seems relevant.
The release of the Labour [...]

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