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Is the political relationship between National and the Maori Party a match made in heaven, or is it simply a marriage of convenience? Salient feature writer Paul Comrie-Thomson investigates. The coalition between National and the Maori Party, which has endured now almost two years, is an odd relationship to say the least. The coalition deal [...]


There is something about Phil Goff which makes him entirely unlikeable. It could be his weak attempts to appear down-to-earth in interviews, where his smarmy character exudes insincerity. Or it might be the holier-than-thou struts up and down the halls of parliament as presented on the evening news, which resonate a distinct distance from voters. [...]


Monday 19 July’s edition of The Washington Post saw the publication of the first of a three-part series looking at what investigative journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin refer to as “Top Secret America”. While the size of America’s intelligence industry has clearly ballooned following the 9/11 attacks, the results of this two-year investigation focus [...]


Salient feature writer Paul Comrie-Thomson takes a look at the relief efforts and aid failures in Haiti, six months after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck. The Caribbean nation of Haiti was rocked on Tuesday 12 January this year by a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake, centred just 25 kilometres west of the impoverished nation’s capital [...]


Having spent the past three weeks wandering around Japan, I have been bombarded by loudspeakers spouting what is interpretable only as incessant gibberish to the uni-lingual perspectives of most of us who rely on the English language. Thus, it took a while, and the aid of the few English language newspapers, to work out that [...]


Kevin Rudd was elected in 2007 on the back of a brilliant campaign where he out-maneuvered the long-serving incumbent John Howard to become Australia’s 26th Prime Minister. Having enjoyed spectacular success for the most part, and high levels of popular support—with voter satisfaction peaking at 67 per cent in September last year—Rudd’s downfall was swift. [...]


Blame for the 26 March attack on the South Korean navy ship Cheonan, which sunk with a loss of 48 lives, has finally been placed squarely with the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). This follows investigations by the South Korean government, and three independent experts, which found indisputable evidence of a torpedo attack. This [...]


Salient writer Paul Comrie-Thomson takes a closer look at the recently announced Budget, and some of the meanings behind all the jargon used by politicians and what effect of the much-lauded tax cuts may have on Kiwis. The actual contents and impact of the government’s annual Budget are often difficult for the average Joe to [...]


While I would like nothing more than to use this week’s column to critique the government’s 2010 Budget, unfortunately due to the fact you are reading this in the future, and I am writing well in the past in line with deadlines et cetera, I would like to instead share some thoughts arising out of [...]