Proud To Be A New Zealander?

Hang Ups

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Hang Ups

Yesterday, as our parliament of ‘honorable’ representatives passed into law under urgency a bill which even conservative polls showed that over three quarters of the population had strong opposition to a colleague told me he was ‘ashamed to be a New Zealander today’.

I was pretty taken back by that remark.

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The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

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Remember public service restructuring?

We needed it because the public sector was inefficient and the private sector was super efficient. It was the mantra of the 80’s

Public enterprise = bad – private enterprise = good

The facts, as usual, were different. Some private enterprise whizz kids turned out to be criminals and went to . . . → Read More: The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

Poorer Benefits For All

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I see Paula Benefit is in the news again today. Sadly she has chosen to ignore the word of the people who met her in Waiuku on May 29th.

I’ll repost what I published on my Facebook page from her little meeting there…

Paula and I discussing the Key Regime’s War on the Poor

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Ngati Stewart Gathering, June 2, 2013

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When I was 5 Dad took me to play rugby league with the Otahuhu Rugby League Club. Dad’s mate would come around some weekends and they would drink beer on the front steps of our house while us kids played bullrush. Kurt Sorenson was one of those kids. He was bloody hard to tackle too.

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Let Me Tell You About Bernie

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Bernie

Last night I went to Bernie’s 56th birthday party in Thames.

There were 60 others there.

Let me tell you about Bernie.

Bernie is an old school mate. At school Bernie was one of those pivotal teenager cool guys. He was taller than everyone else, had longer hair than everyone else, he had . . . → Read More: Let Me Tell You About Bernie

The Road Is The Goal

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The Road Is The Goal

Ever since I was a little chap I’ve been encouraged to set goals and pursue them. It took me a lot of years to find this advice isn’t for everybody.

It might suit some people but it’s just not suitable for me. I’m too random, too easily distracted, and . . . → Read More: The Road Is The Goal

Born Again?

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And how appropriate to kick off the reborn website on Mother’s Days?

Mother’s Day

My mother was my hero, and mothers everywhere still are my heros. This is not to denigrate the role of the father, that is important too, but in my case it was a different role that Dad played. Mum was . . . → Read More: Born Again?