What’s it Like in Paradise?

“Even this self-consciously egalitarian society, which was first to give women the vote in 1893, is not immune to social and economic inequality,” writes Michael White for the Guardian. “What’s it like in paradise these days?” White asks. “There’s a row over the exemption of charter schools from freedom of information requests, another over perceived weakening of the country’s ‘clean, green’ environmental standards, so important to Hobbit-seeking tourists. The rising dollar – NZ is another of those elusive ‘safe havens’ for foreign savings – hurts exports and investment. ‘We can’t grow more agricultural land,’ one farmer reminded said. Overall … New Zealand is a much more outward-looking and sophisticated place than it was.”


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Stephen Hall Celebrates Manglish with New Book

Stephen Hall Celebrates Manglish with New Book

New Zealand-born linguist Dr Stephen Hall and his English language specialist wife Dr Lee Su Kim have teamed up to record a very unique number of colloquialisms in their latest book…