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Anything Could Happen | Sep 16, 2005 10:06

Russell Brown's Hard News

New Zealand has been a good place these past six years. There are the hard numbers: the lowest unemployment in the OECD and, for part of that time, the highest economic growth. The New Zealand stock market has boomed while others have gone south...

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You may say I'm a dreamer | Sep 16, 2005 02:17

Living the invasion with Tze Ming Mok

In 1975 my parents witnessed their first real election. Drunk on the exciting freedoms of multi-party democracy, they cast their vote according to conscience not strategy, and as the results came in, they discovered that they were the only two people in Mt Roskill who had voted for ...

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Number One with a Bullet | Sep 15, 2005 12:37

Damian Christie - Cracker With Attitude

I went to the APRA Silver Scroll Awards the other night. The lamb was great, in case you're wondering, but I couldn't help but wonder about how much money the event cost compared with the average income of the kiwi musician...

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All your seat are belong to National | Sep 15, 2005 11:47

David Slack on his own account

Bob Jones was on Nine to Noon this morning saying he could smell a National Party landslide. If I were the trembling type, I might take a lesson from history. Successive days' headlines in a Paris gazette carried the news of Napoleon's escape from Elba...

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Rongo vs Brashie | Sep 15, 2005 09:28

Fiona Rae from the couch

Holy crap, I've got a blog! I, like, totally forgot. Sorry. But on to more pressing matters, the question on everyone's lips: how the hell does Rongo keep getting through on NZ Idol? I think we know why Keshia got the boot - it's the girls that vote and they...

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The Opposite of Cold Showers | Sep 15, 2005 09:10

GUEST David Haywood on Energy policies

Being an energy engineer has given me some insight into the complaints of my ex-girlfriend. "I just don't understand you," I find myself saying. "You never listen." Such is the unhappy relationship between the energy engineer and the energy-consuming public...

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Coughed up the Lolly | Sep 15, 2005 08:24

Che Tibby's view from Wellington

Well, there you have it. Two days out, and they went and dropped the ball. Tightest run election in years and a key 'balloon' promise is likely to turn a 'millstone'. Nice one team, nice one...

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...they makes an ass of you and me. | Sep 15, 2005 00:00

Keith Ng on the election trail

Will the real costing of Labour's interest-free student loan policy affect my vote? Well, I guess it shouldn't, since this merely confirms my analysis from July/August. (In fact, the $16.5b debt by 2015 falls handsomely within my $15-20b estimate.)...

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On Treaty and Race | Sep 14, 2005 08:50

GUEST Politics Lecturer Dr Jon Johansson weighs in

"Playing the race card may help us win - then come Monday how do we run the country?" - Jim Bolger (1990) - In a few days New Zealanders will go to the polls with our eclectic mix of motivations...

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Leavin' on a jet plane | Sep 09, 2005 09:44

Graham Reid's many things

Well, Europe beckons and after the weekend we leave for two months traipsing around France and Italy. And it can't come soon enough. If I hear Winston Peters tell me one more time just what bad shape this country is in I'll go spare...

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A Modest Proposal | Sep 07, 2005 09:14

GUEST David Haywood

The debate over parental corporal punishment of children has got me thinking. As I understand it, the two sides of the argument go something like this. People like Sue Bradford and the Plunket Society are concerned that Section 59 of the Crimes Act currently...

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Information Entrepreneurs | Sep 06, 2005 08:39

RUSSELL BROWN, National Library, Sept 2, 2005

The following is the text of a paper presented to the Research, Libraries, Collections, Creating Knowledge conference at the National Library, Wellington, on September 2, 2005. A recording of the address, with a few more jokes in it, is available at

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Gurgle, again | Aug 12, 2005 12:14

Jolisa Gracewood in New Haven

There we were again, all over the leaders' debate on TV3 last night. The lost generation, the brain drain, the flying New Zealander: simultaneously cultural bogeyman and utterly bribe-worthy. Peter Dunne was out of the gate first, offering to "fix the brain drain" by reducing student loan principal by ten...

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That's all folks | Sep 12, 2004 23:50

Rob O'Neill live in Sydney

In this life you get out what you put in, son. That's what I tell today's insolent youth when I bail them up on the bus with their butt-crack showing above belt-less balloon pants. Son, pull yourself together, I say...

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