Local government, central government, democracy, Parliament, legislation

State Of The Nation

February 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Ladies and gentlemen, members of the press. It is often very important to stage political State of the Nations at appropriate venues. Ones that chime [...]


December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some things are super. Superman for example. The league of 15 rugby union teams in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Discovering $5 in your pocket when you’ve an [...]

A Change Of Key

December 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

I first arrived in New Zealand back in April, this year. At the time, the Oravida story was just beginning to emerge and instantly curdle and I was struck by a few things, [...]

Unwelcome prayer

November 20, 2014 // 7 Comments

Parliament’s speaker has proposed a new prayer to open each sitting day in our House of Representatives. You might be reasonably surprised at that sentence – why, [...]