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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.  

Brash Blueprint

Brash Blueprint

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

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.  

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.  

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.  

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?  

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.  

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…

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…

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…

Election Blues

Election Blues

American academics laud MMP: “When New Zealand had its first PR election in 1996, the first Asian citizen was elected, and Pacific Islanders and indigenous Maoris tripled their representation.”

Miracle Flightless

Miracle Flightless

Since 1984, New Zealand has undergone “the most comprehensive economic reform programme undertaken by any OECD country in recent decades”. Not all the results have been bright: “Looking back over the past 15 years, you would have…

That’s Not a Camera Flash

That’s Not a Camera Flash

PM Clark ventured on a guided tour of the Sydney Harbour Bridge super-structure. Was that an admirer taking a picture? Was it an apparition of Roger Kerr? No, the sudden illumination was lightening striking the bridge, narrowly…

NZ Economy Surged

NZ Economy Surged

New Zealand’s economy surged two percent for the June quarter, Statistics New Zealand has revealed.

Murderball 2

Murderball 2

Cage fights? Question time in the New Zealand Parliament is being broadcast live on the net.  

McKinnon Calls for Debt Relief

McKinnon Calls for Debt Relief

Commonwealth Sec-Gen Don McKinnon has called on G-7 countries, the World Bank and the IMF to “just do it” on the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative which would write off debts owed by some of the…

Entrepreneurial Drive

Entrepreneurial Drive

The Waikato Management School has launched an innovative scheme to counter the supposed Brain Drain.

Dollar for Dollar

Dollar for Dollar

Ian MacFarlane, Governor of the Australia Reserve bank, has been positive about the idea of currency union with New Zealand, but has left the initiative firmly on the Kiwi side of the ditch. Earlier this month…

Better, But Not Good Enough

Better, But Not Good Enough

Helen Clark addressed a UN meeting of world leaders, stating: “We recently announced that our next governor-general will be a woman, our prime minister is a woman, the leader of the opposition is a woman, the cabinet…

Keep Our Yurts Nuke Free!

Keep Our Yurts Nuke Free!

Mongolia, inspired by New Zealand, is asking to be declared a Nuclear-Free Zone. No more American warships for them!  

Malaysia and New Zealand: Becoming Closer Neighbours All the Time

Malaysia and New Zealand: Becoming Closer Neighbours All the Time

Trade between New Zealand and Malaysia totalled over NZ$1 billion for the year ended June. As well, there are major cultural and social links between the two countries. “Over the years, tens of thousands of Malaysians…

Kiwi on Panel to Improve UN’S Peace-keeping Ability

Kiwi on Panel to Improve UN’S Peace-keeping Ability

Dame Ann Hercus represented New Zealand on a special panel formed to examine the UN’s peace-keeping resources. “While stopping short of calling for a permanent U.N. army, the panel appealed to United Nations members to prepare…

New Zealand Urges Japan to Halt Whaling

New Zealand Urges Japan to Halt Whaling

Representatives of 15 countries have urged Japan, the world’s largest consumer of whale meat, to halt its research whaling. New Zealand and Australia, along with anti-whaling groups and conservationists have been at the forefront of efforts to…

Secret History

Secret History

An Italian monk’s stinging criticism of British mistreatment of Maori has been published in New Zealand for the first time – more than 100 years after it was written. Written by Benedictine monk Dom Felice Vaggioli,…

The Gould Standard

The Gould Standard

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato and former British Labour spokesman Bryan Gould offers his perspective on one of the most heated debates in British politics – the integration of European currency and urges Blair’s government to…

All Black Diplomacy

All Black Diplomacy

Kiwi Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Don McKinnon, is “a New Zealander in the traditional mould … he’s a refreshing antidote to the blandness of his three predecessors, who knew that if they stopped being boring they were…

A Leftist Free-trader: Oxymoore-onic?

A Leftist Free-trader: Oxymoore-onic?

Kiwi WTO chief Mike Moore, speaking to an audience of young socialists in Sweden responds to criticism of the World Trade Organisation “It is odd that some on the left have sometimes opposed free trade. If…

Satellite Spies: Big Brother is Watching.

Satellite Spies: Big Brother is Watching.

‘Echelon’, a mysterious spy network between the United States, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, has come under fire from the European Union, as well as defenders of civil liberty. The station at Wahopai, in the South…

Sheep Joke

Sheep Joke

Alliance MP Grant Gillon faces being baa-ed from parliament after making a wise-crack (more commonly used by Australians) about the relationship between sheep and opposition politicians. The remark was made during a debate on the experimental use…

New Zealand Seeks New Relationship with Korea

New Zealand Seeks New Relationship with Korea

New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Phil Goff said his country will seek to support the process for peace on the Korean peninsula “through a developing dialogue and new relationship” with the Democratic People’s Republic…

The Edge Beckons

The Edge Beckons

The Financial Times ponders years of reform, New Zealand’s loss of confidence in its ability to survive in an era of globalisation and evaluates the context: what is the role of a small western economy on the…

War and Peace: Kiwi UN Official Warns of Half-job Solutions

War and Peace: Kiwi UN Official Warns of Half-job Solutions

As the United Nations administration in Kosovo prepares to shut down, its job of emergency relief deemed to be over, Kiwi UN special envoy Dennis McNamara has some advice for the next great international mission to rebuild…