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to my friend Mike Smith who, on 28th October 1994, the anniversary of the 1835 Declaration of Independence, took a
chainsaw to the one lone pine tree atop One-tree Hill (known to the Maori as Maungakiekie).
It's one of those extraordinary sun-drenched Fridays that we love in the capital. We did meeting in the sun on the
waterfront. We completed projects. We received lots of nice feedback about our latest issue.
The economy seems to be stagnating. Real GDP (gross domestic product) for the three months to June 30 is, on a
seasonally adjusted basis, 0.7 percent down on the previous three months. Yet, if we look a bit deeper, we find that
real GDP for the June quarter ...
Strange speculations (and some out-right fantasising) have caused upton-on-line to disclose the forthcoming
transmorgrification of this publication. By a process of neural re-engineering that is still awaiting FDA approval (and
could yet be stopped ...
The Rt Hon Winston Peters MP, Leader of New Zealand First, today said that assurances by the Prime Minister and Minister
of Health that there will be no preferential health treatment given to Maori have been seriously undermined by the
Associate Health Minister ...
For some months now, New Zealand has been wracked by one of its periodic bouts of national self-doubt. We have begun,
once again, to question whether we’re viable as a nation. It’s not the first time we’ve been through this sort of crisis
of confidence. ...
Auckland City has today announced that the ailing Monterey pine on One Tree Hill is to be taken down.
The death of Samoan/NZ baritone Iosefa Enari at the Pacific Arts Festival has been a huge blow to the people here from
Aotearoa – and of course for his family; an unbelievable tragedy.
Education Minister Trevor Mallard and Health Minister Annette King
"Ruth Dyson should be consistent in her whinging wowserish statements," National's Murray McCully said today.
Our flagging currency and sagging share market indicate that New Zealand is not an attractive place to invest. The
effect is that our net worth in world terms is being eroded. Writes Rob Drury.
The Prime Minister’s claim on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Treaty clause in the Health and Disability
Bill intends no racial preference is either deceptive or ignorant, according to ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks.
Associate Minister for Accident Insurance Ruth Dyson said today that Norm Hewitt's decision to play with a broken arm
during Saturday night's NPC final was foolish and short-sighted.
"Any suggestion that the Treaty clause will give Maori preferential treatment is false. The clause is to ensure that
Maori can get equal access.
Cheerleaders do lion-dancing. Fans farewell Alama. A young fan becomes a Lion... for a minute.
None of the cliches rang true. This wasn’t a game of two halves and Wellington, not rugby was the winner on the day.
A year ago the Alliance was erecting election campaign hoardings. Some of them promised Our Bank…Opening Soon.
The Race Relations Conciliator has delivered a sobering and concerning warning that the Government’s health reform
legislation could result in resentment, anger and division among New Zealanders, National’s Health spokesperson Wyatt
Creech said today.
McDonald's Political Cartoon from http://www.political-cartoons.co.nz
Breaking down the silo mentality within the public service is essential if the Government is to seriously tackle social
exclusion, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey.