The Labour Party needs to come closer to the communities it claims to represent.
You could see from the moment you walked into the room that they were in love. Not just in love, but smitten. He sat on the edge of her bed, his mottled head covered by a cap, and ever so delicately stroked her hands while her eyes returned the love.
For anybody watching, their love-locked embrace transcended everything else: The woman [...]
In the early ’90s Auckland University economics professor Susan St John spoke about the ongoing impacts of Rogernomics and its even more extreme version, Ruthanasia, with its smug and deeply insensitive branding, ‘Mother of All Budgets’. Just over 20 years later, a fragment of what she said remains as a concern.
St John worried that if Governments with free market policies [...]
(Part one of a two part series which examines the impacts of mass tourism overseas and at home).
“The vault is filled by heavy human breath,” wrote Italian literary critic, Pietro Citati, in Italy’s prestigious paper, Corriere della Sera in 2012. He was lamenting the [...]
* GST Act comes into force
* ‘Slice of Heaven’ hits No 1
* First Maori team plays UK
* The Jandal comes on the scene
* Young Nick sights land
* Von Luckner – ‘Sea Devil’
* Stan Graham runs amok
* The end of the ‘six o’clock swill’
* Waitangi Tribunal created
* First Cobb and Co coach service
* Flu pandemic 1918
* Maori land march
* ‘Mr Asia’ [...]
Dear Labour Party caucus members,
This is a coup. Please move away from your desks and tables with your hands in the air. No sudden movements please.
I’m sorry it’s had to come to this, but you can no longer be trusted to get things right. Many of you are good people, talented people. I even like quite a few of you. [...]
I belong to that group of addicts who equate election night with a major test match. Rubbing my hands in anticipation of a rare evening of tense stimulation, I settled myself in front of the television by 7 O:clock. Obviously no score yet, they [...]
John Key got his best result: a majority on his own or with young David Seymour if National’s vote drops on the special votes as much as the half per cent it dropped in 2011. He didn’t need the Conservatives to keep him safe from Winston Peters.
In fact the Conservatives helped him by boosting the “wasted vote”, with Internet Mana [...]
Have you experienced an ending lately?
Endings are a natural, inevitable part of life.
Whether these endings come about in our jobs and careers, love and family life or other aspects of our social, recreational and community life, there is an inevitable emotional response.
Change and endings can be subtle – sometimes we don’t even realise that we are going through an internal [...]
Soon after we left Hami, the attendants came through the carriage with clean bedding consisting of huge rolled up bundles of sheets, blankets and a heavy quilt. Our bundles had been left on the top two bunks and as Len and I couldn’t be [...]
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 [...]