We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life savings to come to. Democratic, free of corruption; compassionate. That’s our reputation. Except we’re not free of corruption, and our politics is losing its label of democratic, and those in charge seem entirely without compassion for the people whose ranks they have risen through to govern.Read More →
This week, electric trains were all the rage. It was embarrassing, really. Politicians rode them around with what seemed like pleasure but was probably just bewildered relief.Read More →
Guy Williams is a funny sort. He’s on telly and billboards and all sorts of things these days, but given his comedic timing, charm, and goofy-dork grin in person, he’s almost wasted on the screen.Read More →
Make no mistake: powerful extremists are the people controlling the pro-life lobby. And they’re not taken as lightly as you might think in a secular country like New Zealand.Read More →
When we lose somebody to tragedy here in our own country, it is awful enough. But when death comes for one of ours in a tragedy overseas, we feel a different shade of raw.Read More →
On my search for my own giggles, I read something else very odd that Jamie Whyte said. And it was actually much more alarming than siblings should be allowed to do sex.Read More →
Tenant comfort and health doesn’t seem to be the first and foremost motivation in many professional landlords’ lives, whether that landlord is a private owner or the state.Read More →
A very small number of people can’t get the vaccination. But if you have no medical issues preventing you, it is well worth it. You may not get the flu this year. You probably won’t. But if you do, assuming you don’t die from influenza, for 7-10 days, you are utterly incapacitated. And 10 days is twice the normal amount of paid sick leave most NZ workers are allowed.Read More →
The first time I nearly drowned, it was in a large spa pool, at a BBQ, in the 1980s. Nobody saw me trip and fall in as I played around the edges. Drowning is silent. Nobody heard. But a friend of my parents noticed a child’s figure floating at the bottom, and pulled me out.Read More →
This morning there was a meeting with the Auckland Council. Len Brown has volunteered to be the one to apologise to both Fukuoka and Auckland.Read More →
When I was at intermediate school, sex education was mostly pads and a little bit of tampons.Read More →
Every time I think I have a nice country, Colin Craig. Ugh.
He’s ruining everything for everybody now, and he’s ruining everything for everybody later.
Though I’m not all that busy on Twitter, I enjoy it. I link to this blog once a week. The rest of the time I sit alone in the chattering void, leaning on my elbows in the electronic grass under the clouds, making occasional remarks, but mostly reading other people’s.Read More →
I subsequently spent a day chatting with various religious officials (and an atheist one), and it was fascinating. Here is the transcript of what they had to say (minus hellos and goodbyes, repetition, and a few odds and ends that were where the often delightful conversations went but which weren’t relevant).Read More →
Paula Bennett actually said out loud that it was too difficult because children moved in and out of poverty on a daily or weekly basis.
Too many kids are too poor too often for us to figure out just how poor they are. What she means to say is this: The National Party don’t have or want a strategy to deal with poverty.