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Landcorp Shouldn’t Exist

After the downfall of Solid Energy, we have seen increased scrutiny of Landcorp – another State Owned Enterprise (SOE) that has recently taken on more debt. This debt has been taken on to fund large scale conversions of pine to pasture. We commented earlier this week on the environmental and treaty implications of these conversions […]

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Being Pakeha

  Last week’s comment from Susan Guthrie highlighted one of the differences between Pakeha and Maori culture – Pakeha struggling with discussions that don’t stick to a strict meeting schedule. This week’s from Dave Armstrong highlights one of commonalities that have emerged over the 175 years of our cohabitation. In this video, Dave points out that […]

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Sweet Home Aotearoa

This billboard on Auckland’s Nelson Street depicts the winner of the Morgan Foundation’s flag competition “Wā kāinga / Home”, designed by Auckland based Studio Alexander. In addition to $20,000, the prize included having the winning design on a prominent billboard. This design won our competition for two reasons. Firstly it met the specifications of good flag […]

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Who Needs Landcorp & its dairy conversions – economically shaky, environmentally disastrous & treaty breaching?

Should Landcorp continue with its planned conversions in the central north island? Over the weekend the Government admitted it was watching the issue closely in light of the downfall of Solid Energy, while Landcorp insists that the long-term prospects of dairy remain rosy. The economics of the conversions may be finely balanced, but when the […]

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The New Zealand flag should be more than a brand

The flag discussion is coming down to the wire. Unless the Flag Consideration Committee can get some innovative and intelligent flag alternatives into its final four, the rest of their routine will be a dead rubber – there will simply be no reason to change. The current flag is an anachronism, tells a story about […]

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Susan Guthrie

Welcome to our world

Last week we had the formal launch of our Talktreaty project – a video exhibition and online video collection about the Treaty of Waitangi. For a year now I have been leading this project for the Morgan Foundation. It followed an earlier assignment which involved researching and co-writing the book ‘Are we there yet? the […]

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A Flag, a logo or a tea towel?

The Flag Consideration Panel has published its “long list” of 40 entries from the 10,000 plus it has sifted through. And an overview of all 40 tells us in no uncertain terms what the dominant preference of the panel is for – it’s for the southern cross, the silver fern and the koru. Only two […]

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