Archive for February, 2008

Plebiscita

Plebiscita

by / February 29, 2008 / No Comments

A referendum is where an electorate of some description is asked to answer a question on a topic of importance. New Zealand has two types of referenda, Citizens Initiated and Government. Governments have the ability to call for one at anytime. Citizens initiated are ones that percolate from the public upwards. So far there have [...]

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Douglas Returns

Douglas Returns

by / February 28, 2008 / [ 9 Comments ]

Douglas returns! Hide and Douglas have buried the hatchet; Douglas the founder of the ACT party has made up with Hide in election year. It seems that the similarities between the policies of National /Labour and the “state of the country” has driven Douglas to re-enter the ACT party ranks to help campaign. Share on [...]

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Captain Cunliffe Strikes Again

Captain Cunliffe Strikes Again

by / February 27, 2008 / No Comments

David Cunliffe has finally dealt the death blow to the Hawkes Bay District Health Board. In his latest authoritarian move so far, he has sacked the current Hawkes Bay DHB commissioner and instead replaced him with NZ’s Mr Fix-It – Sir John Anderson. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Unedited Nandor Interview

by / February 27, 2008 / [ 3 Comments ]

“Tell me something not many people know about you” “I live in a bus. It’s a 1981 Bedford, it has a fairly new engine, and I just took it to Taranaki, although I am based in Narawhahia”. “What qualifications have you attained?” “I have a Bachelor of Social Science, from Waikato University. A diploma in [...]

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Red Dragoning

Red Dragoning

by / February 26, 2008 / [ 9 Comments ]

Carbon foot prints just went through the roof for NZ. So did the trade deficit. I am not wholly convinced that a free trade agreement with China is the best deal for NZ. Sure we get a huge market for our primary products, but in a time when we should be diversifying our industries, a [...]

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A dirty commie wearing a suit?

by / February 25, 2008 / No Comments

In a world where communist leaders have often dressed in army fatigues and or had ridiculous hair, facial or otherwise, emerges a new communist: Demetris Christofias. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Introspection

Introspection

by / February 25, 2008 / [ 6 Comments ]

She is late. She stands and looks silently out of the large top floor window behind her desk. Monday’s morning meeting is about to start. She’s never been late before. She scrutinizes the waterfront apartment buildings. They loom over the quay. There is a softness in the air, a hint of trepidation. Her office smells [...]

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Drunken Sevens fan brings fireworks back to Stafford House

Drunken Sevens fan brings fireworks back to Stafford House

by / February 25, 2008 / No Comments

Firefighters were called to a fire at an inner-city university hostel during Sevens weekend, just two weeks before new residents were due to move in. According to the Fire Service, crews were called to Stafford House on The Terrace by the building’s smoke detection system at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Twelve trucks were present [...]

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Maoridom on the telly

Maoridom on the telly

by / February 25, 2008 / No Comments

When Judy Bailey first uttered the words “Kia Ora” on live television news the phone lines ran red with complaints. Victoria Universitiy’s own Sue Abel, a top researcher in media representations of Maori, puzzles over the resistance, saying “I don’t know why some Pakeha get so angry” at the thought of Maori language and values [...]

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Babycakes

Babycakes

by / February 25, 2008 / No Comments

If you’re tired of seeing plays which make you feel like you’re not quite getting something, then Babycakes is one for you. Written by the Playmarket Young Playwright of the Year for 2007, Georgina Titheridge, Babycakes is Fringe comedy as it should be. Its lively characters and entertaining script make for an amusing night of [...]

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