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Ambassador Goes Nutty

Ambassador Goes Nutty

“I love New Zealand and New Zealand has been a warm and just an extraordinary experience,” says former US ambassador Carol Mosley-Braun, returning to the States to take up pecan farming.

Edge Unity

Edge Unity

“There are no two countries in the world that are closer historically, culturally and economically than Australia and New Zealand,” stated Australian PM John Howard on a friendship visit, claiming a “relationship that has substance and durability…

Judgement in Paradise

Judgement in Paradise

Retired New Zealand  Appeal Court judges Sir Maurice Casey and Sir Ian Barker lead the judicial charge for democracy in Fiji.  

Protest Flotilla

Protest Flotilla

“The people who live around the Japanese reactor that the plutonium is destined for don’t want it, Australians and New Zealanders don’t want their seas being used to transport it and Pacific Islanders are vehemently opposed,” says…

She’s Right

She’s Right

New Zealand business confidence hits two-year high.  

Making Waves

Making Waves

“Where once New Zealand seemed bent on shrinking the public sector to anorexic proportions, it is now pumping it full of new blood. New Zealand has a long record of setting global trends. It was first…

Bank On It

Bank On It

Here it comes – the People’s Bank. Lower fees, more branches, but there is a risk.  

Into the Black

Into the Black

New Zealand leads the pack in debt reduction, cutting government debt from 65% of GDP in 1993 to 31% in 1999.  

Seats of Power

Seats of Power

New Zealand backpackers unwittingly helped end apartheid, acting as bus-filling decoys for safari-organising gun-runners.  

Former Gov-Gen Dies

Former Gov-Gen Dies

Sir David Beattie, former Governor-General and Supreme Court Judge, died suddenly in his home, aged 76.  

Spy on Top

Spy on Top

Of the bestseller lists that is. New Zealander Richard Tomlinson’s account of his time with MI6, The Big Breach, proves popular despite legal wrangling over publishing and copyright.

Alas, No Elias

Alas, No Elias

It’s time Britain had a female judge a la New Zealand Chief Justice Sian Elias, the conspicuous lone woman on the Privy Council.

Earthquake Aid

Earthquake Aid

The New Zealand government has pledged $500,000 in earthquake aid for Gujerat, home state of many of New Zealand’s Indian immigrants.

Anti-nuke Action

Anti-nuke Action

Rainbow Warrior survivor Chris Robinson and New Zealand-based Henk Haazen and his family form part of the flotilla prostesting the shipping of nuclear waste through the Tasman sea. Australian shipments also raise ire.  

Big Breach

Big Breach

Kiwi ex-MI6 operative Richard Tomlinson’s memoirs, The Big Breach hits Russian bookshops and are serialised in the Sunday Times, to the dismay of the secret service establishment in Britain.

Bonded Money

Bonded Money

A province of Ontario 2008 bond in New Zealand dollars creates a flurry among savvy Canadian investors.

Over the Back Fence

Over the Back Fence

“I think we should say this is not small-town New Zealand, it’s big town America. Whether we meet as neighbours is something for the future,” says Jim Bolger, asked about Bill and Hill, his ex-Presidential neighbours.

Different Age

Different Age

Queen Victoria reigned over an age of adventure and conquest, innovation and development. She was Empress of the Empire on which the sun never set, including New Zealand, her furthest-flung domain.

Evidence Compelling

Evidence Compelling

“The economic evidence to support broadened and deepened negotiations is compelling,” states former New Zealand Prime Minister Mike Moore, now trying to kick-start free-trade talks in his role as WTO chief.

Human Rights for All

Human Rights for All

New Zealand-born and educated John Fisher is Canada’s leading gay rights activist. “Human rights, for me, are universal and transcend national boundaries,” says Fisher. “Everyone knows someone who is gay or lesbian, and a society that affirms…

Big Job for McKinnon

Big Job for McKinnon

“Turbulence in Zimbabwe, civil war in Sierra Leone, the violent overthrow of prime ministers in Fiji and the Solomons; the Commonwealth’s programme of improving the quality of democracy ran into political setbacks in 2000. On the other…

Tax Miles

Tax Miles

Is the New Zealand system of an odometer-based tax on diesel vehicles the best option for funding roads?  

Youth Voice

Youth Voice

Wellington’s youth council is part of the international phenomenon of youth engagement, pushing youngsters into leadershipand decision making roles.  

Anzacs?

Anzacs?

New Zealand voice in Sydney Bernard Lagan dissects the question of Federation with Australia: “It is unlikely that what modern New Zealanders most define themselves as – a nation of Pacific peoples – could have come…

Never Say Die

Never Say Die

One of Briton’s most popular MPs before being expelled from the Labour party for communist sympathies, New Zealand-born John Platt-Mills is still a practicing lawyer at 94. “Is there anything else he wants to achieve? ‘Yes, I’d…

Federate or Die?

Federate or Die?

“It is likely that the New Zealand situation will become so critical in the early years of this century that support for political union will rise rapidly.”  

Royal Kiss-off?

Royal Kiss-off?

47% of New Zealanders, including 63% of Maori, believe the monarchy should go.  

NAFTA Pacific

NAFTA Pacific

New Zealand and Australia as part of NAFTA? It could happen under Bush.  

Bombs Away

Bombs Away

Foreign Minister Phil Goff has ruled out allowing high-level nuclear waste to travel through New Zealand waters.  

Growth Healthy

Growth Healthy

Statistics New Zealand figures show GDP growth of 4.5% in the year to September.

Privy Decision

Privy Decision

Attorney-General Margaret Wilson flags the government’s intention to abolish the right of appeal to the British Privy Council, instead creating a highest right of appeal based in New Zealand.  

Right to Protest

Right to Protest

The actions of New Zealand police, removing protesters during the visit of the Chinese President Jiang Zemin last year were “unjustifiable and outside the law”.  

Torture Campaigner

Torture Campaigner

Nations that try to bury painful episodes in their history are destined to remain dysfunctional until the past is confronted, says New Zealand-born anti-apartheid activist Michael Lapsley.  

Brash Blueprint

Brash Blueprint

New Zealand’s Reserve Bank is a model for a proposed independent committee of economic advisors in Britain.  

Figuring It

Figuring It

Britain’s Chief Statistician, New Zealander Len Cook is “in the hot seat” over the accuracy of official figures.

Benefits Suspended

Benefits Suspended

New Zealanders, the group with the highest rate of employment in Australia, will lose the right to benefits under new immigration restrictions.  

A Plague on Both Your Houses

A Plague on Both Your Houses

“All the studies that have been done in New Zealand show that the sentiment ‘a plague on both your houses’ motivated the majority who voted in New Zealand’s 1993 referendum … in practice, MMP in New…

Can the Kiwi Economy Fly?

Can the Kiwi Economy Fly?

A contrary view: “recent claims that New Zealand’s economic experiment has failed, and that it therefore needs to change course, do not stand up”.

Centrist Thinking

Centrist Thinking

Geographical isolation meant New Zealand’s “great experiment” with “radically liberal economic ideas” was bound to fail…  

Troubled Tainui

Troubled Tainui

A brief look at the finances and politics of Tainui since the $170m settlement.

John Bull (& Kiwi)

John Bull (& Kiwi)

Michael Wills’ mother was a New Zealander, and his father an Austrian. Today he is charged with putting British patriotism on New Labour’s agenda.  

Edge of Menace

Edge of Menace

New Zealand-born lawyer Denise Kingsmill, new deputy chairwoman of the UK’s Competition Commission, relishes her title as “the most feared woman in Britain”.

Thatcher Revisited

Thatcher Revisited

Ten years after the fall of the Iron Lady, her policies still reverberate around the globe: “More than £4bn of assets have been privatised in countries as diverse as the Czech republic and New Zealand.” …

Hardie-Boys’ China Adventure

Hardie-Boys’ China Adventure

NZ Gov-Gen Michael Hardie-Boys will wrestle alligators and leap from speeding sampans as the guest of President Jiang Zemin.

The Porn’s on You

The Porn’s on You

“New Zealand Member of Parliament Winston Peters lashed out at Wellington’s National Library of New Zealand, painting its provision of free Internet access as an invitation for unrestricted surfing of porn sites and for foreigners to check…

Nuke Free

Nuke Free

New Zealand continues to play a key role in the call for a New Agenda,  successfully co-sponsoring wider acceptance of Non-Proliferation Treaty commitments at the UN.  

Lazarus

Lazarus

New Zealand First’s annual conference saw leader Winston Peters returning to traditional themes of nationalism, battling on behalf of the battler, equal rights for all New Zealanders and anti-political correctness. He also mentioned that NZF is still…

Godzone/Godawful?

Godzone/Godawful?

Australian-based Kiwi Bernard Lagan trashes New Zealand’s health, wealth and spirit. Helen Clark exercises the right of reply.  

Green-edged Canada

Green-edged Canada

“The Green Party is part of an international movement of environment-centred parties that began in New Zealand in 1972.” – Values Party perhaps?  

Burmese Campaign

Burmese Campaign

From New Zealand to Burma, and then into prison for playing pro-democracy songs. Londoner James Mawdsley used his OE to fight SLORC.  

Security or Spying?

Security or Spying?

Activist Nicky Hager sees proposed anti-hacking laws as spying – Minister Paul Swain defends them as essential cyber-security.

Democracy Deal

Democracy Deal

PM Helen Clark was at the forefront of the push to make the Pacific Island Leaders Forum a defender of democracy in the region.  

Lamb-blasted

Lamb-blasted

The WTO ruled in favour of New Zealand in the appeal against US tariffs on our lamb. The Prime Minister was pleased with the result, but said “ideally, you don’t want to be taking your best…

No Tree Hill

No Tree Hill

One Tree Hill of U2 fame lost its signature pine, removed due to safety considerations after attacks over six years to highlight indigenous land claims. The exotic Monterey pine replaced a native Totara cut down by a…

Say Fish

Say Fish

Mi’kmaq Indians look to New Zealand’s lead on fishery settlement deals. “Strong, tradeable property rights in fishing can be powerful economic and environmental force,” argues this article.  

Eco Edge

Eco Edge

“Politicians have got used to being told by their clever advisers and focus groups that the environment isn’t sexy. It doesn’t lead to votes. But that’s where the leadership thing comes in. If politics is merely about…