A statement from John Key

Apologise?  What for? I’m not sorry for anything. I have done nothing wrong. It’s Phil Goff who should be apologising. It’s Phil Goff who should resign.
If you read the report you’ll see that the Inspector General has cleared me and my office completely. In fact, she has gone on to say that I’m a splendid chap who never tells untruths, […]

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Once a suburb…

Paul SmithJust up the road, a 1940s weatherboard home is being carted off its section to live somewhere else. The section remains bare and then suddenly building begins at a quite frantic pace it seems. In weeks, the frameworks for four buildings, cedar board town houses, appear where once there […]

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Let’s go out!

Brian VinerLet’s go out somewhere.
Look, I said, we go through this time after time. We live in a very small, somewhat isolated but of course very nice little township, which like many other similar places in New Zealand is known amongst locals as “Paradise”. And there is not exactly a […]

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Intervention

Chris HoranPresident Obama has a history of submitting to the wishes of his military leaders. Astonishingly, to me at least, one of his generals appeared on television and talked about how many troops (on the ground) would be needed in Syria. This was before the President or any other elected […]

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Along the Silk Road – Part 18

Kate Frost1On this journey between Xian and Urumqi we had travelled almost 2900 kilometres, passing through amazing landscapes and incredible terrain. We had met many wonderful, friendly people and were fairly sure we had been the only Westerners on the train. This was not at all like the more popularly travelled […]

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Kiwiosities

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

The Land of the Long White Cloud
The romantic translation of the Maori expression Aotearoa is popularly given as the Land of The Long White loud. It is said  to refer to the vision of New Zealand rising out of the sea, wreathed in cloud, along the horizon. […]

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This month in History – November

British flag flies for first time in NZ
Hamiora Pere executed for treason
NZ officially becomes British colony
NZ and South Seas International Exhibition opens
Fred Hollows Foundation launched in NZ
Parachuting Santa crashes in Auckland Domain
Mass murder in the Bay of Islands
Civic funeral for 41 Ballantynes fire victims
‘Kiwi Keith’ begins 12-year reign as PM
Liner sunk by German raiders off East Cape
257 killed in Mt […]

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