Democracy is for everyone

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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 [...]

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I am a Luddite

Chris HoranLuddite – 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 [...]

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A plea to the nation’s young…

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 [...]

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Miscellany mid September

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 [...]

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Roy Morgan reactor poll

If a National Election were held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows that the result would be too close to call, with NZ First likely to choose New Zealand’s next Government.
The latest NZ Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating has fallen to 136pts (down 3pts) with 61% (down 2.5%) of New Zealanders saying New Zealand is ‘heading in [...]

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Media bias?

Paul SmithAnybody 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 [...]

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Cunliffe waves Key aside in narrow Election Debate lead

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 [...]

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How to take a good nap

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.
Harvard [...]

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In Praise of Ageing – Part 4

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 [...]

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