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Aorere Takes out Inaugural Riverprize

Last night the International RiverFoundation announced the winner of the inaugural Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize. The Riverprize honours projects that protect and restore our rivers through integrated basin management – in other words they must manage the issues across the catchment. And the winner is: Aorere River in the Tasman District The Aorere catchment […]

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We need to start thinking quickly about the effects on New Zealand of China’s economy

Last week I gave a presentation about the ‘big picture’ to a gathering of government officials in Wellington. I talked about China’s economy and financial market volatility, rather on-the-money topics given this week’s global stock-market meltdown! Here is a potted-version of that presentation.   Global outlook When anybody says ‘global economy’ they’re really talking about […]

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Ban junk food marketing to kids

One in three Kiwi kids are overweight or obese. They face a life where they are 3-10 times more likely to be obese, and this weight will be harder for them to shift than it is for others. Long term, diabetes, heart disease and an early death beckons. Junk food advertising aimed at kids plays […]

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One-sided tribunal process recipe for ongoing tension

Yesterday we saw how progress has been made on matters where both language versions of the Treaty say the same thing. Those areas are predominantly natural resources and cultural treasures. However, an impasse arises over constitutional issues where either the two language versions of the Treaty conflict, or there’s no consensus on any modern reinterpretation. […]

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Flavell is right in calling for a review of racism in our justice system, but wrong to overlook progress

Earlier this week Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell hung out his flag as the newly appointed Minister of Maori Development. He did so by quite rightly calling time on National’s smug response to news that fewer young people are heading to court. While overall numbers are down, the over-representation of Maori among youth in […]

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