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Susan Guthrie Online slug fest

Why we’re talking about online slog-fests.

Talktreaty and I are in trouble again. We can’t seem to help ourselves. This time we’re the inadvertent cause of a communications policy meltdown – and yes, in case you’re wondering, that is bad news.   The problem is this – the Talk Treaty project is about encouraging people to talk about – well – […]

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Morgan Congratulates the Shortlist Winners

Congratulations to the designers of the 4 flags on the shortlist – it’s great to be getting down to the final stages of the campaign to change the flag. It is clear the consideration panel have tried to find a design that aligns with popular sentiment and that’s really important for getting the required numbers […]

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The State is a Bad Parent. Literally.

Last week the Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills made the rather startling statement that “it is doubtful children are better off in state care”.   In the first report investigating the service Child Youth and Family (CYFs) provides to our most vulnerable children, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) conclusion is: WOW. So the […]

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Geoff Simmons climate-change-crims

Why we are Global Warming Criminals

Given the natural assets we have – a small population with plenty of natural resources at our disposal, and plenty of scope for renewable energy – New Zealand should really be doing better at dealing with climate change. Instead we are laggards. New Zealand enjoys over 75% of its electricity being generated from renewable sources. […]

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Gareth Morgan

How can we build Heartland New Zealand’s understanding of the Treaty?

Continuing our series for discussion from the c.200 video clips we assembled from interviews of 60 New Zealanders, this week we hear from Andrew London, musician. He talks about the differences between attitudes toward the treaty and race relations in provincial towns as opposed to Wellington; the home of government which has driven the modernisation of the treaty’s […]

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PM’s flag preference is underwhelming

Prime Minister John Key contextualised his decision to invoke the flag change process with an update of his thinking published in the national dailies last Saturday. Much of what he says I endorse totally. Our current flag is not only passed its used-by date, as a 19th Century defaced British naval ensign it was never […]

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