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My first memory of Sue Bradford is of the feisty speech she gave to the 1984 Economic Summit Conference pleading that a greater commitment be given to the people she worked with – those on the margins of society: the unemployed, the poor, the mentally and physically disabled. As frustration builds over the way our new government is being built - amidst casual abuse, secrecy and over-reach - we really only have ourselves to blame, for the way this administration is being born in darkness, at least.
It was so impressive that some businessmen offered Sue a job. It has been 21 years since the first Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) election. It is an unfortunate feature of the 2017 coalition negotiations that the country seems to be a mad rush to form a government.
The intuition seems commonsense; specialise in what you (or the country) do well and exchange the surplus for what you are not as good at.
Hearing the use of the Maori language on mainstream media during Maori Language Week provoked Don Brash to again demand that we be "one people" united in our Britishness. But is the tide of history leading to a more diverse society and is Maori language and culture becoming part of all of our lives? In his (in)famous Orewa Rotary speech he argued that there was too much Maori "privilege" and everyone should be treated equally.
That certainly did not happen in 1911, 1928, 1978 or 1981 when the party with most votes ended up in opposition. Most scientists work within the existing paradigm – the framework of the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology commonly accepted by the discipline.
The better ones keep an eye out for anomalies which require some adaptation of the paradigm.
Jim Anderton's final victory comes in the words of tribute from the leaders of the party that once famously "left" him and the sincerity with which they have claimed him as one of their own; a face once more on the Labour totem pole.
A time when little is said and those few words that escape are picked over with elaborate pontification and freighted with meaning they are too slender to bear.The intensity of the distress and suffering was such that more than 2,500 people were convicted of cannibalism.Over forty years ago, researchers identified that children and their families were bulk of the poor It was not possible to do this earlier because there was not the data.If it had been presented on its own, journalists would have been scratching around to find something of interest. That's the sort of advice often offered on talkback radio, yet Mike Hosking seems to have missed that memo with his ill-advised Herald column this morning on a Broadcasting Standards Authority ruling against him.
I saw a human snake crawling its way across a stage in this past week and it could have been anywhere in the world. Once upon a time, say 80 years ago back in the days of the First Labour government, ‘social investment’ referred to the government spending, including on education, health and children, which in the long run would add to the wellbeing of the nation.The issue of Green MP Golriz Ghahraman's past actions on international criminal tribunals is a pretty weird one.