International

International

Foreign observations

Foreign observations

So I’m in Europe as I’ve been bragging and I thought I’d do a brief post just so you didn’t worry about me.

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International

Ruminator on Ruminatour

Ruminator on Ruminatour

Hello friends, I’m off to Europe for a month because New Zealand’s winter upsets me.

by × July 12, 2014 × 0 comments

International

MURICA

Half cocked

We asked for new writers and we got INUNDATED by people wanting to write for us. Which is great! First off today is Hilary Cameron.

by × June 19, 2014 × 1 comment

International, Rights

Honey, You Can’t Seriously Have Five Children

Honey, You Can’t Seriously Have Five Children

  When the lady at the Post Office looked at me a bit funny, it was probably fair enough. I’d just told her I was sending Christmas presents to my five children.

by × April 16, 2014 × 0 comments

International, Politics

Everyone loves a Royal Tour (even if they don’t much like Royalty).

Everyone loves a Royal Tour (even if they don’t much like Royalty).

This Royal tour is a funny thing. Latest polling seems to suggest that as a country, we want to move on from the Monarchy. Republic NZ’s polling shows that only 46% of those polled wanted the Next British monarch to become King of New Zealand.

by × April 14, 2014 × 2 comments

International, Politics

Georgeous baby your highness

Georgeous baby your highness

We are in the midst of a highly publicised visit from the Duke, Duchess and George of Cambridge, and despite the growing number of people joining the camp of “who-gives-a-royal-fuck”, the handsome duke and his gorgeous family are leaving in their wake a herd of screaming fans trying to catch a glimpse of them.

by × April 11, 2014 × 0 comments

Humour, International

Thinkpiece about Lorde

Thinkpiece about Lorde

By Jonny Potts Hi, I saw all the debate about Kiwi songstress Lorde, and I thought I’d wade in.

by × January 31, 2014 × 2 comments

International

I stand up to the US with my MASSIVE cojones. Of which this is the by-product.

You down with TPP?

You won’t believe how the NZ Government will sign your rights away with this one simple trade agreement.

by × December 3, 2013 × 10 comments

Humour, International

Bring it back: Interesting tourists

Bring it back: Interesting tourists

New Zealand’s tourist department used to attract all kinds of people to our shores.

by × December 2, 2013 × 0 comments

International, Rights

The Spy Who Didn’t Love Me

The Spy Who Didn’t Love Me

The following text was delivered as an address at the Muslim World Forum, Aotea Centre, 23 November, 2013. The forum marked eight years of relationship building between the Office of Ethnic Affairs and New Zealand’s Muslims.

by × November 26, 2013 × 0 comments

International

Russell Brand, Revolution and the “Real” world

Russell Brand, Revolution and the “Real” world

Russell Brand is the only person who has suggested to me that the material world is an illusion. Given that he did so between service at Peter Gordon’s Dine, I was inclined to agree.

by × November 5, 2013 × 2 comments

International, Politics

Ain’t no party like a black is white, up is down, wrong is right tea party

Ain’t no party like a black is white, up is down, wrong is right tea party

Some of you may share my frustration at what’s going on in the US. I’m hugely disturbed that the country that serves as the anchor for the world economy can be brought to its knees by a handful of loons.

by × October 18, 2013 × 0 comments

International

All of the “Back in my London Days” whining (out of the way in one easy post).

All of the “Back in my London Days” whining (out of the way in one easy post).

The time has come for me to return from Blighty to the land of my birth. I’m excited – I love green more than I love grey. I love the fresh smell of Wellington harbour more than I love the open-sewer smell of the Thames.

by × October 11, 2013 × 0 comments

International

Why so, Syria?

Why so, Syria?

Syria, we still talking about Syria? A lot of ink has been spilled over which course of action should be taken following the use of chemical weapons a month ago.

by × September 23, 2013 × 0 comments

International

Hello children

None so blind

Our history is littered with them: 1 February 1981, 23 July 1994, 24 June 1995… days when despite our inimitable spirit, never-say-die attitude, fair-play mentality and ability to string together clichés, we were struck down by the forces of evil

by × September 17, 2013 × 1 comment

International, Rights

Making a difference

Making a difference

Some people are just good people. They do their part to make the world a better part and help ease suffering. Morgue Davie has found just such a soul: Karen from makeadifference.org.nz.

by × July 30, 2013 × 2 comments

International

Ain’t none so black and white

Ain’t none so black and white

Right verdict, wrong outcome.

by × July 19, 2013 × 2 comments

International, Rights

Is Richard Dawkins a dick?

Is Richard Dawkins a dick?

So here’s my quandary. I think Richard Dawkins has a lot of good stuff  to say, and I think his message is an important one

by × July 3, 2013 × 18 comments