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Archive for February, 2008

February 29, 2008

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 […]

February 28, 2008

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.

February 27, 2008

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.

February 27, 2008

“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 […]

February 26, 2008

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 […]

February 25, 2008

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.

February 25, 2008

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 […]

February 25, 2008

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 […]

February 25, 2008

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 […]