Taranaki iwi Ngāti Maru begins Crown settlement process Sir Maui Pomare was the last Crown Minister to be hosted on Te Upoko o Te Whenua marae and the Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson's first interaction with Ngāti Maru today in Taranaki symbolises the initial steps towards a treaty settlement package.
That's the fork-tongued question posed by an academic who used to support the punitive taxes imposed by the New Zealand government on tobacco, but is now wracked with qualms in the wake of the latest hike that will raise the cost of cigarettes to over $20 a packet.
I’m not sure why a
Christmas message on forgiveness and the negative impacts of anger from
columnist Colin James is deemed by him to be more relevant during the festive
season than any other time of the year. James writes of the need for trust and
even forgiveness of gross harm as the way out of the depressive emotion of
anger. He (James) implies that only through
learning to trust again and by being willing to rely on the actions of others
and their institutions can society change for the better.
I suspect very few
today would agree with James of the need to perpetuate a failing system based
on delegated authority. What however was entirely correct and even more
relevant was the response to his article from Gil Elliot - (Otago Daily Times
January 6) - father of
murder victim Sophie Elliot.
Every American ought to have had high hopes for Barack Obama’s presidency. An unsuccessful administration is bad for the country and, given America’s global status, it’s bad for the world too. That’s not to say you should have supported his entire agenda. Rather, as with Bill Clinton, you might have hoped the realities of governing would set in and to succeed he’d be forced to adjust accordingly. The sad reality, though, is that whether you supported Obama’s policies or not, you’re justified in being disappointed with the results of his presidency.
Canada’s Fraser Institute
is investigating the world’s education systems to identify and analyse the
qualities and characteristics that can be used to strengthen and improve the
nation’s province-based education systems.
As Australia and Canada
are both federal systems with two levels of government, it makes sense to look
at Australia and learn from our experience, especially given the similarities
in our history, economy and the multicultural nature of our societies.
The more the wind blows, the bigger the losses and the higher the hit to consumers. You may be surprised to learn that electricity is now cheaper to generate in Ontario than it has been for decades. The wholesale price, called the Hourly Ontario Electricity Price or HOEP, used to bounce around between five and eight cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), but over the last decade, thanks in large part to the shale gas revolution, it has trended down to below three cents, and on a typical day is now as low as two cents per kWh. Good news, right?
A month ago, I retracted a piece I wrote in 2015 looking at the first five years of the three strikes sentencing regime for serious violent crime, attempting to see how the first five years after three strikes compared to the five years before three strikes. As detailed in that retraction, the comparisons I then made were invalid. The two sets of data I was comparing were not comparable. I now have this data, following contact by the Ministry of Justice after my retraction (and Nikki Macdonald’s excellent work in the Dominion Post) was published, and the Ministry apologised for falling short of the high standard they set for themselves, and offered to provide comparable data if I still wanted it.
Two books published recently on the armed conflict in Waikato from 1863 to 1864 are poles apart in their viewpoint, with one trying to analyse events within the context of their time and the other seeking to reconcile you and I with “terrible” events that took place close to where we live.
The Kingite Rebellion by John Robinson looks at the “complex and messy way” in which settler and Maori culture collided from 1800 through the 1860s wars. Robinson views the emergence of the Kingitanga as a response to excessive caution by the British government which left Maori communities alone when many Maori were calling for governance, law and order.
Happy New Year! And may you enjoy many more. Many of us should, for the
average life expectancy in many of the more developed Western countries
(including NZ) has now exceeded 80. So most of us can now expect to outlive
But Methuselah lived to a thousand, or so some claim.
The Italian referendum and close-shave Austrian election are symptoms of a continent that may be teetering on the brink of political disintegration. It’s just possible that an empire may be collapsing before our eyes, as the Habsburg and Ottoman empires did before it, in or around the same neighbourhood.
With the rise of nationalist parties in Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Britain, the possibility that the Brussels union has fomented, rather than suppressed, nationalism can no longer be dismissed.
A couple of weeks ago, I took part in a flagrant act of cultural appropriation. So did several thousand other people.
We watched a Christmas parade. Santa Claus was in it, complete with mock reindeer. Most of the floats were decorated with Christmas symbols: fake snow, tinsel, stuff like that. A brass band played traditional English carols.
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