One burnt former National Party candidate calls them a rogue element that needs to be cleaned out. But what is it that drives Slater, Lusk, Farrar and Graeme, among others who make up the rogue element? In Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, this group [...]
How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand’s political environment
by Nicky Hager
(Published by Craig Potton Publishing. Reviewed by Paul Smith)
This book flew off the bookstore shelves in its first week and the second print run did the same. Most of us had heard a [...]
Judith Collins’ resignation has, it is suggested in some quarters, allowed a line to be drawn under the whole dirty politics saga. We can, it seems, get on with the “real issues” of the election. Such optimism, however, seems entirely misplaced.
First, there can surely be no more important issue than the fitness to govern of some of these pretending to [...]
Can you fit “Collins” and “justice” comfortably in the same sentence? Will John Key want to if he gets to form the cabinet after September 20?
The Minister of Justice’s behaviour has been unbecoming of her portfolio and of a minister. Key is standing by her — for now. There is an election campaign on.
Key’s problem is public relations. He is [...]
Ah, paprika! When she was young and arrived in a new country, above all, she wanted to please. She wore the socks everybody wore, carried the bags everyone carried, abandoned handkerchiefs in favour of paper tissues.
Anything to fit in.
She enrolled in a class to polish [...]
On stage they looked like an odd couple. At the podium an elderly man in an everyday suit and tie. To his right the speaker, in jersey and jeans, looking shy as if he didn’t really belong in the spotlight, didn’t deserve the thunderous [...]
Before we arrived at Hami the carriage attendants had collected the heavier bedding and piled it into one or two empty compartments. When the train stopped the bedding was passed out the windows straight into trucks parked on the platform. Also on the platform, one allotted [...]
Successful elders maintain belief in themselves and remain motivated to contribute to society. It is not easy to do this if the see no evidence that they are valued as individuals, and for the old this is often the case. The bad press the elderly receive is evidence of pervasive ageism and its effects are as sinister as racism or [...]
Day 1: Slightly lost. Ask an old derro if the 277 bus goes past here.
“No Sevens here!” he shouts and I move away just a little. “No mate, not here. Only Sixes come past here” he yells.
He unfolded himself from the footpath, his shaggy [...]
* New Zealander sentenced to death in Malaysia
* Golden day for Kiwi runners in Rome 1960
* First open-heart surgery in NZ – Brian Barrett-Boyes
* New Zealand citizenship established
* Wanganui Computer legislation passed
* Te Maori exhibition opens in New York
* First trans-Tasman flight 1928
* Flour-bomb test’ ends Springbok tour
* NZ’s first woman MP elected
* Social Security Act passed
Names and dates, people [...]
Extracts from Max Cryer’s new book ‘Every dog has its day’.
Hair of the dog that bit you…
is an expression meaning that a small repeat dose of whatever [...]
An A-Z of New Zealand traditions & Folklore by Gordon Ell
(Published by New Holland)
The Main Drag
Most of New Zealand’s smaller towns grew up by an anchorage, around a crossroads, or by a river crossing. As roads linked these towns, settlement spread along the main artery. The main road became known as the main drag, possibly because of its potential for [...]