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The Flag Process – Do You Feel Duped Yet?

The public has won a victory of sorts by finally getting genuine choice into the first flag referendum. However, with such a tight timeframe and by stacking the deck so obscenely with fern variants, it is unlikely that Red Peak or the “Hypnoflag” koru entry, have a hope of winning. How the vote works The […]

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At least Foreigners See the Maori In Us All

A couple of weeks ago we discussed “the Maori in us all”. We made the point that when we New Zealanders are overseas looking back at New Zealand we value Maori culture, but struggle to do the same at home. When others look at us from afar, they clearly see that value too. Last week’s […]

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Capital’s Cutest Chicks

Thanks to the fenced predator free sanctuary Zealandia, Wellingtonians have enjoyed the return of kaka to the Capital. Over the past decade we have watched their numbers grow to over 200, and sightings of them have spread over the city. As numbers grow they are increasingly forced to leave the safety of Zealandia and find […]

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Can we find consensus over Climate Change policy?

Recent revelations from Carbon News have shown that almost everyone – officials, business groups, advocacy groups – wants a cross party consensus on climate change. Everyone that is, apart from the ruling National Party who are blinded by their perception of horrendous economic costs and ideologically are destined to stay that way. This sudden consensus […]

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Neighbours & Segregation in New Zealand

The academics call it “social connectedness” – the ability of people who belong to diverse groups, especially ethnic groups to “connect” with those who belong to other groups. Film industry icon, Danny Mulheron describes it as “knowing your neighbour”. It is seen as a vital element of a cohesive society, one where people don’t live […]

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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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Mangled flag process has lost the public

The latest poll on the flag indicates a significant rise in the numbers opposed to change. This is the first poll since the final four were chosen and that event has had a significant impact on the public’s perception as to what this campaign is all about. When the flag change campaign was first announced […]

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