Category Archives: Society

100 years after Gallipoli New Zealand’s ‘freedom and democracy’ will be decided in Northland

100 ago New Zealanders fought at Gallipoli for ‘freedom and democracy’ so we are told. Now our freedom and democracy hang in the balance depending on the result of the Northland by-election. Stuff reports that John Key is warning voters there is no “free … Continue reading

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Do we want to live in a free society or in a Stasi style surveillance state ?

Call me naive but I am disappointed that the latest spying revelations hardly raised an eyebrow in so many people. All our communication be it via the internet, mobile phones, use of credit or other plastic cards and any other digital … Continue reading

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Who lacks guts and why do balls matter ?

When I first arrived in New Zealand over 30 years ago I was surprised to find a cenotaph in every little settlement and war memorial halls large and small all over the place. Coming from a country, which suffered much more … Continue reading

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What is wrong with us ? Are we morally bankrupt ?

By Middle Eastern standards we would on the harsh punishment scale rank between Islamic State (ISIS) and Saudi Arabia. Why is it that the David Bain saga Saga brings out the worst in us ? Let’s briefly remind ourselves of … Continue reading

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Sky City / TPPA – A lesson in Capitalism

The Sky City Casino / Convention Centre government back-paddle  seems to get us back to the position of “no cost to the tax – or ratepayers”. Don’t bet on it ! For starters it was never and still is not … Continue reading

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Sky City and the magic potion, which lets JK get away with it

The “free” Sky City Convention Centre has always been a bum deal. The old casino rule applies : The house always wins. That how the roulette wheel or the poky machines are programmed. The initial deal was packaged as “We … Continue reading

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Drought, Flood, Fire – You voted for it !

We are in a drought earlier than in previous years. As stuff reported with large areas of the country drying out alarmingly quickly, weather forecasts are offering little hope of significant rainfall anytime soon. (as of the end of January) This … Continue reading

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No prophet is accepted in her own country

Booker Price winner Eleanor Catton has done us all a favour with her criticism of New Zealand’s “neoliberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture. They care about short-term gains. They would destroy the planet in order to … Continue reading

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History is knocking on our door

Today I have woken to the best news for ages, the Greek election win for the anti-austerity Syriza party. This is not only good news for Greece but Europe and the planet. This is a defeat of the criminal austerity … Continue reading

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Capitalism is winning: We are cooked.

It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. According to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the year 2014 was the hottest ever measured, based on records going back to the year 1880, The Washington Post reported … Continue reading

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