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You have one week left to design a flag that meets my brief and have a chance to win $20k – enter at designmyflag.nz. It is time to hear from the designers on our judging panel. Why did they choose to get involved in this competition? What do they think of the current flag? And […]
During Junk Free June Skye kept all the sugary treats she got given by people other than her parents. You’ll be shocked to see what she collected. One in three of our kids are classified as overweight or obese, and we can’t just blame the parents for this problem. Children are bombarded by junk food […]
As we New Zealanders wring our hands, concerned over the loss of sovereignty that the TPP (Trans Pacific Trade and Investment Partnership) might imply for us, we should at least spare a thought for the bigger game of which that agreement is only part. If we appreciate that, it might at least give us a […]
The response from the Left to the Government proposals to trial new ways of delivering social services (such as social impact bonds and social housing) has been disappointing to say the least. Instead of being constructive about possibly useful new tools they have shown us again that they’re stuck in the rut of political point […]
The Government is currently looking at options for reducing child obesity. Over the weekend the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman again ruled out using taxes and regulation, claiming that a sugar tax in particular “wouldn’t work”. This is despite a major study from Mexico released two weeks ago, which shows exactly the opposite. Tax and regulation […]
In our earlier blog on Cancer and Food we discussed the role that specific types of food play in increasing (and decreasing) a person’s risk of developing cancer. We are discussing this because it is estimated that 30% of cancers can be prevented through changes in our lifestyle. In New Zealand this represents around 7000 […]
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released two reports on water quality; the first is her review of the Government’s policy, and the second updates their previous work on land use change in New Zealand. The first report chimes with the findings of our own review from last year, particularly that Government needs to […]
Our motorcycle ride around the Carolinas and the rest of America’s Bible Belt continues during interesting times. This week in America there has been a furore over the racist-inspired murder of members of bible class in the South Carolina city of Charleston. Amongst the belongings of the alleged murderer, 21 year old Dylann Roof, were […]
Gareth Morgan believes any new flag needs to acknowledge the Treaty of Waitangi, in which partners agreed to share this land and ensure that each other’s cultures thrive. Morgan believes NZ needs to embrace this opportunity to change our flag and is offering $20,000 for a flag that best meets his brief. Morgan has no […]
You should never change your flag While change for change’s sake is not desirable as people get an affinity for the familiar and come to love their flag, it is ridiculous to assert that no matter what, changing the flag is not acceptable. Aotearoa New Zealand has changed its flags several times, only those ignorant […]