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Archive for June, 2011

On the Te Tai Tokerau result

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – In the wake of his victory in the Te Tai Tokerau by-election, Hone Harawira has run strategic rings around the Maori Party by offering an ostensible olive branch to them to work together for the good of Maori, and having that offer soundly rejected by ...

On the Christchurch deal, and sexist dinosaurs

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Clearly, the deal put on the table for Christchurch yesterday by the government has to be only an opening bid, not a final resolution. Those in the red zone areas will have nine months to consider two options – (a) to sell their house and land back to the government ...

On our alleged Woody Allen syndrome

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Illustration by Tim Denee – You’d think, given the near bankrupt state of the state of California, that a guy who has served on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Council of Economic Advisers would be wanting to keep a very low profile these days. But not Professor Sebastian Edwards. No, instead, Edwards has ...

On the crisis in Syria

Monday, June 20th, 2011

In recent weeks the military crackdown by the Assad regime in Syria has become a refugee problem for neighbouring Turkey, and a media nightmare for everyone else. Because the Assad regime has denied access by foreign journalists, the international media has largely had to rely on opposition, defector and ...

On rebuilding Christchurch – and Rupert Murdoch’s beef with the Rugby World Cup

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

So the long awaited report on land remediation in Christchurch by the consulting engineers Tonkin and Taylor has been delivered to Prime Minister John Key and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee – who incredibly, have chosen not to share the contents of the report with the people of Christchurch. Christchurch ...

On yesterday’s quakes in Christchurch

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In the short term, as CERA chief Roger Sutton claimed yesterday, the collapse of some 50 already-damaged buildings in the Christchurch CBD red zone will speed up the rebuilding process. In similarly upbeat vein at yesterday’s post Cabinet press conference, Prime Minister John Key said that yesterday’s quakes will make ...

On the exchange rate, and faux prudery about politicians

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Given all the other problems facing the New Zealand economy, the exchange rate is among the least likely to engender much sympathy among the ordinary public. And that’s not simply because the latest spike in the exchange rate was entirely self-inflicted – thanks to the Reserve Bank’s signal to global ...

On revelations about government borrowing

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

For years, government borrowing has been treated as a sign of irresponsibility, of a country living beyond its means, of the policies of borrow and hope etc etc. In the case of the current government, the level of borrowing – decried only last month as running at $380 million a ...

On Iran’s increasing paranoia, and its attempts to unplug from the Web

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

YouTube - This Is Not A Film - Teaser 1 A few months ago, Scoop ran several articles about the Iranian film director Jafar Panahi, who was banned last November from making films for 20 years and sentenced to six years in jail. With the help of Bill Gosden of the ...