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Mon, Aug 18, 14 | 1 comment
WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK - HOLY Cow, I spend a few months laid up and return to find myself apparently living in Wowserville, USA! . . .
Whangaia te iwi — feed the people I AM writing in response to a Gisborne Herald article regarding my confirmation as NZ First’s East Coast candidate. I would like to clarify that I . . .
Airline economics impact here MY role as Air New Zealand’s regional affairs manager sees me spend a lot of time on the road visiting the 25 domestic destinations the airline . . .
Review of district sports parks WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK - THE hearings committee meet on Wednesday at 9am to consider the Sports Parks Management Plan submissions. Sports . . .
Land debate is politics of envy I CONGRATULATE the Mayor on having the courage to tell us about his family’s struggles to get ahead. He is simply trying to add some balance to this . . .
Our story of land ownership LAND sales to foreigners, especially Chinese, have been in the news and political debate . . .
Israel killing ‘snakes’ and self “Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood . . .
Look at electoral and plan issues WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK - THERE is a full council meeting this week and we will see new city ward councillor Josh Wharehinga take his oath and . . .
Location, location, location IT seems to me to be a clear case of Damned if you do, Damned if you do. This week saw the council hearing on an acceptable location for the sale of . . .
Roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict THE roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict lie in the political settlement following World War 1. Turkey’s Ottoman Empire was divided up between the . . .
Pros, cons of CBD vs subdivision WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK - A HEARINGS committee meeting on Wednesday, from 10am, will hear submissions on the Draft Psychoactive Substances . . .
Pros, cons of CBD vs subdivision WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK - A HEARINGS committee meeting on Wednesday, from 10am, will hear submissions on the Draft Psychoactive Substances . . .
Treaty settlements are lawless NGATI Porou runanganui applaud themselves once again via your newspaper for upholding the breaches to the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, signed by six Te . . .
History updated: A rchaeologists map the Battle of Little Bighorn ONE of the ironies of historical study is the fact that the more events recede into the distant past, the more we seem to know about what happened . . .
If you have drunk, don’t drive! Chairwoman, Tairawhiti Community Voice . . .
Turning the tide, or a blind eye? POLICE Superintendent Wally Haumaha announced last week that 12 new Maori inspectors will be at the heart of police regional decision-taking, as part . . .
Water and wastewater on agenda WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK - MY , how scary — the seventh month of the year is almost over. The good thing about that is summer is coming! . . .
War and its origins by Gwynne Dyer . . .
Oil, gas and a lot of hot air by Gavin Maclean, East Coast Green Party candidate . . .
Important to have facts on table by Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources . . .
Let’s focus on the real issues by Jon Reeves . . .
A little pre-poll positioning . . . IN New Zealand we watch elections as if they were horse races. The big question is not “Who will win?” but “Who will form the government after the . . .
Some real rail facts? Really Jon? I HOPE by replying to Jon Reeves that I don’t encourage him to keep poking his city-slicker nose into our business. He and a few others were my . . .
Hung out to dry by system I’D like to respond to your article on the passing of Dr Michael Bottrill, to set the record straight about his legacy. In so doing, I in no way wish . . .
Oil and gas issues on agenda WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK . . .
Putting victims of violence first DOMESTIC violence is happening too often in our homes and neighbourhoods. While the crime rate in New Zealand is the lowest it has been in 35 years . . .
The Ukraine end game? A prediction AS the Russian-backed rebels abandoned almost all their positions in eastern Ukraine apart from the two regional capital cities, Donetsk and Luhansk . . .
‘Privilege’ leading federation Final opinion by Bruce Wills, who ended his term as president of Federated Farmers on July 4. Mr Wills is also 2014 Landcorp Agricultural . . .
Freedom of speech isn’t abstract MY son and I went to the French Film Festival in Wellington this year. What is it about French cinema that knocks the film industries of other . . .
Judgement hard to explain Chairman, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou . . .
Network spend is $9m a year EASTLAND Network recently received a warning from the Commerce Commission about its part-breach of “quality thresholds” in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The . . .
Costs small — benefits large FEDERATED Farmers’ incoming president William Rolleston recently wrote in this paper about the Green Party’s “Climate Tax Cut”. He got a few things . . .
Fortunate to live in democracy WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK - CONGRATULATIONS to newly-elected councillor Josh Wharehinga and commiserations to all other candidates keen to serve . . .
The Islamic Caliphate returns . . . by Gwynne Dyer . . .
Carbon efficiency v carbon tax by Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers vice-president . . .
Collapse already baked in cake by Peter Jones . . .
Thanks for your support Turanga I ACTUALLY wrote a letter congratulating someone else because I didn’t think I won it. I really didn’t. Any time anyone would ask, I would say: “I . . .
Govt ignores regional priorities IT is always interesting what political parties will do leading up to an election to sweeten the deal for getting voters to choose them. In recent . . .
Rail versus Ferris Wheels . . . MURRAY Ferris is part of the boy-racer economy, hurtling gleefully towards oblivion. Or is it the Ferris-wheel economy, going round and round and . . .
Camping, cycling, roading . . . WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK - IT is committee week this week, with formal activity of council all day Wednesday and Thursday . . .
Lives loved, lived and lost . . .Nicky Solomon Recently, my life has lost two people. Neither of them were people that I saw particularly often. Both of these people were people that I really . . .
NZ should stay non-aligned by Garth Hibbert . . .
Moving beyond a fear of Islam by John Giffin, Tairawhiti Multicultural Council . . .
Hearing views on alcohol policy WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL THIS WEEK - THERE is much more formal activity in the council this week. A hearing panel chaired by Alan Davidson will listen to . . .
Pakistan’s decline and the ISI ABBOTTABAD is a small hill station in north-western Pakistan, home to Pakistan’s Military Academy at Kakul, and headquarters for three military . . .
Musings on the Gisborne rail HE was adjusting his tie and thinking about his regular Monday radio presentation. On the dresser in front of him was the copy of the media briefing . . .
No imaginary privilege here MANY times over the years I have been made to feel that I was born with an advantage tag around my neck . . .
Council, community updates WHAT’S ON IN COUNCIL NEXT WEEK - THERE are no council meetings this week . . .
Forestry’s good, bad and ugly by Henry Koia . . .
From inauspicious beginnings . . . LESS than a mile from where I sit writing this column is one of the nation’s finest beaches, a semicircle of sand that stretches for miles . . .