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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…

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.

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…

Murderball 2

Murderball 2

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Piecing Together the WTO After Seattle

Piecing Together the WTO After Seattle

Kiwi World Trade Organisation head Mike Moore urges resolve and ponders the failure to launch a new round of trade talks in protest-ridden Seattle. “The WTO is at the heart of a passionate debate about the defining…

Bryan Gould: Best Belletrist on the Left

Bryan Gould: Best Belletrist on the Left

The New Statesman’s literary editor uses his position to weigh up the relative literary merits of the Tory MPs compared to their Labour counterparts, and finds that the Tories are up at halftime, “with the exception…

Helen Clark: Good Bloke

Helen Clark: Good Bloke

“Good bloke” politics is playing well in “reform-fatigued” Australian electorates. The new model is not gender-specific. Prime Minister Helen Clark in New Zealand may like to imply that it is, but she has profited from the same…

ANZACS Cautious in South Pacific

ANZACS Cautious in South Pacific

New Zealand and Australia in recent years have turned their attention away from the South Pacific, and increasingly cast it towards Asia. Two coups in as many weeks, in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, have re-focused attention,…

Mike Moore Wants to Give Globalisation a Human Face

Mike Moore Wants to Give Globalisation a Human Face

The cherubic WTO head Moore, readily likened to a panda in caricutures, admitted that the free-traders were losing the PR battle after the “Seattle Debacle” and failed consensus, but vowed to do what it takes to convince…

Oui Fumer

Oui Fumer

A political party in New zealand is to hand out free cigarettes in protest at the countires recent increase in tobacco taxes. The Libertarianz Party will hand out free cigarette’s in the city of Roturua, a geothermal…

McKinnon and the End of the World

McKinnon and the End of the World

“No sooner had former New Zealand foreign minister Don McKinnon stepped across the threshold of London’s Marlborough House to take over as Secretary-General than all hell broke loose across the Commonwealth. It was a coincidence, of course…

Kiwi Commonwealth Leader Gets Pacific About the Pacific

Kiwi Commonwealth Leader Gets Pacific About the Pacific

The Commonwealth Secretary General, New Zealander Don McKinnon, working towards peace in Fiji, admitted yesterday that it would be hard to find an effective way of pressing Fiji to abandon its newly re-imposed race-based constitution.  

Helen Clark on the Edge of World Power Summit

Helen Clark on the Edge of World Power Summit

Kiwi PM attends Conference on Modern Governance in the 21st Century in Berlin. The Conference, chaired by Gerhard Schroeder and attended by Bill Clinton, was a meeting of the world’s “third way” governments. Clark was the only female amongst the…

Kiwi ‘Ghost of 68’ Asks if Secret Service Intelligence is an Oxymoron

Kiwi ‘Ghost of 68’ Asks if Secret Service Intelligence is an Oxymoron

Victoria University’s “frightenly radical” David Robinson gets accused of being ‘a red under the bed’ in a British Secret Service intelligence report, but questions whether a secret intelligence report means that the report is secret or that…

WTO Promises Moore Action

WTO Promises Moore Action

Ex-New Zealand Prime Minister Mike Moore needs to enlist all his skills of diplomacy in taking steps towards launching a round of global trade talks this year if he is to get the World Trade Organisation…

The Cold War is Over, but Rogue Kiwi Spy Wants to Sell Secrets to the Russians

The Cold War is Over, but Rogue Kiwi Spy Wants to Sell Secrets to the Russians

Richard Tomlinson, whose ‘licence to spy’ was revoked by MI6 in 1995 is negotiating with a Russian publisher to disclose details of his experiences as an agent. He claims he was unfairly dismissed. MI6 said he was regarded…

Apology Not Black and White for Aussie PM

Apology Not Black and White for Aussie PM

The Kiwi way puts pressure on John Howard to formally apologise to the aboriginal people. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said: “This is a global issue … he pointed to leaders in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and…

Nuclear Free New Zealand Adds Weight to New Agenda Coalition

Nuclear Free New Zealand Adds Weight to New Agenda Coalition

United Nations, New York: After pressure from the New Agenda Coalition, weeks of intense negotiation and decades of international pressure, the five original nuclear powers have agreed for the first time to the “unequivocal” elimination of nuclear…

GST Fringe Not so Taxing

GST Fringe Not so Taxing

“New Zealand’s goods and services tax is relatively foolproof because it makes few exceptions, but it hasn’t stopped those with a touch of entrepreneurial flair making the odd killing, especially on the land.”

‘Red Ken’ Appoints Blue-chip Kiwi as His Business Advisor

51-year-old New Zealander Judith Mayhew has joined London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s cabinet as his business advisor. Announcing the appointment on Thursday, Mr Livingstone said he was “delighted.”  The appointment of Tory Mayhew gives new meaning to socialist Ken’s…

Tomlinson, Richard Tomlinson, MI6

Tomlinson, Richard Tomlinson, MI6

Richard Tomlinson, New Zealand born Cambridge educated British spy, faces prosecution under the Official Secrets Act for revelations about his past work for M16. Tomlinson, claiming wrongful dismissal and already sentenced to prison for…

New Zealand Under the World’s Microscope

New Zealand Under the World’s Microscope

South Africa: while New Zealanders have mixed feelings about the manner in which their economy was overhauled, few in business have argued with the results and each year hundreds of public and private sector players visit…

Not the Third Way, But the Kiwi Way: Clark Impresses in the Uk

Not the Third Way, But the Kiwi Way: Clark Impresses in the Uk

John Monks, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, marvels at NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark’s golden ride in government, “That’s a government that knows what it’s doing, that is business-friendly, but insists on some rules too”. …

New Zealand Spreads No-nukes Message

New Zealand Spreads No-nukes Message

In a letter to the editor of the Financial Times spokesperson for the New Agenda Coalition, Mexican Ambassador Antonio de Icaza, expressed concern at current developments “whereby nuclear weapons are being re-rationalised for the foreseeable future; indeed…