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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Posted by:taniwhanui.
Time:10:40 pm.
Mood: surprised.
New Zealand poet Hone Tuwhare died aged 86 today.
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Friday, January 11th, 2008

Posted by:taniwhanui.
Time:12:04 pm.
Mood: surprised.
Sir Edmund Hilary died this morning, aged 88.
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Friday, October 26th, 2007

Subject:Should NZ change its flag?
Posted by:lctrc_gtr_dde.
Time:8:16 pm.
NZ has so far had four official flags. There has been some suggestions from people (republicans and monarchists alike) that it should be changed. What do you think? Does a defaced British ensign represent New Zealand adequately?
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Friday, March 30th, 2007

Subject:Greetings ...
Posted by:taniwhanui.
Time:12:38 am.
Mood:working.
Crossposted.

I am trying to come up with some arguments and statistics that support the argument that NZ is an Information Society for an assigment (Diploma in Library and Information Studies) which is due at 5 pm today.

Your ideas and/or input are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Taniwha
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Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Subject:Whales
Posted by:disturbed_kiwi.
Time:10:16 pm.
Mood: interested.

What a waste


So, the Japanese look to be getting more support at the IWC. On the whole it seems NZ is opposed to this, because they don't want to see any hunting of whales. Is it a falt ban we prefer or, should conditions actually reach the right levels, would limited hunting be acceptable? The IWC was originally set up to monitor exactly that.

What can NZ do that could actually make any difference in all this? The market for whale is nearly non-existant but it continues, so how can a small group like us tip the balance?
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Monday, June 19th, 2006

Posted by:lctrc_gtr_dde.
Time:6:47 am.
"New Zealand has the third highest rate of child murder among 27 OECD countries. "
~ NZ Herald

Any thoughts on why this may be the case?

--edit: The study that the NZ Herald quoted was a UNICEF study in 2003. It shows that in New Zealand, for every 100,000 deaths of persons under the age of 15, 1.2 die due to maltreatment. The United States and Mexico have higher rates.
Here is a link to the UNICEF report.
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Saturday, April 8th, 2006

Subject:China?
Posted by:disturbed_kiwi.
Time:11:39 pm.
Mood: curious.
Any thoughts on the whole China / Free trade / Closer relationship thing going on recently?

I'm all confuzzled, wondering whther it's cool to be the first Western country to get involved with them, worrying that that huge economy will sudenly have a stronger influence on ours, appalled at being their friends with the way they treat their citizens, hopeful that we could change how they treat their citizens.

So. Anyone else got thoughts?
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Friday, February 10th, 2006

Subject:international press attention we could probably do without!
Posted by:metatherian.
Time:11:39 am.
From Russell Brown's Hard News: Apparently our local imams have called for amputations and executions of errant cartoonists and publishers. Well, that's what it says in the New York Times anyway: "From Gaza to Auckland, imams have demanded execution or amputations for the cartoonists and their publishers." Guess it must be true, then …
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Friday, January 13th, 2006

Subject:making up ethnicities
Posted by:matariki.
Time:8:55 pm.
I'm interested in people's opinion on this:

People who describe their ethnicity as "New Zealander" or "Kiwi" will have their answers recorded in the main Census for the first time this year. Statistics New Zealand chief demographer Mansoor Khawaja says he is ready to bow to public opinion and stop classifying people who give these answers to the Census ethnicity question under the official category "New Zealand European".

And if you're one of the 86,900 people who have previously listed their ethnicity as a New Zealander or Kiwi would you care to tell us why?
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Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Subject:Almost-Kiwi here
Posted by:sitakali.
Time:10:43 pm.
Mood: Chipper.
Hey, I'll be moving to Auckland with my family next December. I'm getting a BA in Ecology and Peace Studies and hope to continue with a MA in Environmental Studies in NZ.
There are several reasons we are moving to NZ from the US. We are unhappy with our government, we are afraid of Peak Oil, and we are worried about the coming water shortages caused by global warming. Please do not try to debate me on the accuracies of global warming; I've had my share of arguments this month. We are also concerned with the fact that our medical coverage is getting more and more expensive, and the retirement benefits in the US may not be enough.
Anyway, we found this wonderful cohousing ecovillage in Auckland called EarthSong, and the people there (and everywhere else in NZ, it seems) are very kind, real and community-oriented. This is a breath of fresh air from the each-man-for-himself attitude I've been struggling from all my life.
I can't wait to move to New Zealand; it seems like life there will be a lot better. But I'll try not to jinx it too much.
I just hope that other countries can follow New Zealand's example of better health care, compensation for abuse victims, shelter for runaways, well-educated law enforcement, human rights, etc.
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Subject:FYI: New Zealand easiest country to do business in
Posted by:lctrc_gtr_dde.
Time:11:35 am.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/13/politics/13rankings.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3409380a13,00.html
http://busrep.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=565&fArticleId=2219199
(Google News)
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Monday, August 15th, 2005

Posted by:labellementeuse.
Time:1:04 pm.
Hi folks, I just dropped in to post on the late David Lange, because he's all over the paper and I was talking to a friend in class today and she didn't know who he was, and I find that horrifying, that any young New Zealander, that any New Zealander who wishes to call themselves that does not know who David Lange. Because, you know, he did things wrong and he made mistakes but ultimately what we will remember about him was the greatest thing right that he ever did, that maybe any Prime Minister of New Zealand ever did, which was his speech at Oxford University, 1985, where he argued on the international stage that nuclear weapons were morally indefensible. I wasn't even born then, but I am still... I still feel this sense of pride, that this New Zealander was able to stand on the world stage and make a difference, and he really did.

So: Here Russell Brown says a bit about the speech and New Zealanders. Public Address also holds the transcript of his speech at Oxford, which I reccomend that you all read- the second page is the better one, by the way, so read the whole thing. It's a skilled piece of rhetoric, if nothing else, and fascinating in light of today's politics but also, it's so iconic, it's so much a part of New Zealand. And I believe in it, and I think if more New Zealanders had read this speech, if more people worldwide had read this speech... well. Anyway, I truly think this is a huge part of New Zealand's history in the world, and hence appropriate for this community.
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Friday, July 15th, 2005

Subject:NZ Government vs. Zimbabwe Cricket Union
Posted by:lctrc_gtr_dde.
Time:8:37 am.
What do the members of this community think about the scheduled tour to Zimbabwe by the New Zealand Cricket team, and the reciprocal Zimbabwe tour of New Zealand?


The issue that has dominated New Zealand's cricket headlines recently is of course whether the national team should go ahead with the tour in light of reports of human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. The NZ government is if the opinion that the team should not go, but stops short of disallowing the team to tour. However the government has said that it is unlikely that Zimbabwean players will receive visas to tour New Zealand.

This issue was raised by the Greens political party after reports of the demolition of illegal structures (homes to many citizens) in Zimbabwe by President Robert Mugabe's government. President Mugabe defends his actions.

President Mugabe is a patron of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union.


Relevant links from CricInfo.com:
Andrew McLean explores the other side of the debate
Comment - NZ in Zimbabwe - is it about morals or money-
New Zealand in Zimbabwe 2005
NZ government stops short of new legislation
New Zealand in Zimbabwe 2005

Relevant news links:
Zimbabwe crackdown leads to 'inhumane' conditions
Zimbabwe's Mugabe defends demolition policy

Olonga joins call for Zimbabwe cricket boycott
Oram backs stand on Zimbabwe
Wait and see for New Zealand Cricket
Black Caps should go - novelist
Cricket- Myths of Zimbabwe tour
Stumped By Manoeuvrings to Abuse Cricket
Proteas not to support boycott of Zimbabwe cricket
White men don't rule cricket any more
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Monday, July 4th, 2005

Subject:Hello again ...
Posted by:taniwhanui.
Time:4:07 pm.
Mood:accomplished.
I would just like to mention the fact that I have created two additional New Zealand based communities, art_nz (named after the magazine) for the discussion of New Zealand art, artists, and exhibitions and art history, and nz_artists, for posting personal works of art by kiwis.

Taniwha
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Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Posted by:apostrophe_love.
Time:11:06 am.
It looks like nobody really is posting in here, but maybe I can start something (I like to think I have that much power!)

Is anyone else freaked out by the fact that National is doing so well in the polls? Has the entire country forgotten Brash's comments about getting rid of our nuclear-free legislation "by lunchtime", or the fact that we'd be Bush's little dancing monkeys under a National government?

As for the Tamaki crowd voting on "moral issues"... is the war not a moral issue? Is the environment not a moral issue? How about welfare and race relations? Morality is about so much more than regulating peoples' sexuality.

And I don't even want to think about what will happen if Winston Peters gets enough of the vote to decide who is in power. It's the stuff of nightmares, isn't it?
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Friday, July 1st, 2005

Subject:Greetings!
Posted by:taniwhanui.
Time:8:30 pm.
Mood:accomplished.
Just a quick note to say that I have created a community for discussing the works of New Zealand authors, nz_literature, in case anyone is interested.

Taniwha
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Sunday, November 21st, 2004

Subject:Foreshore and Seabed
Posted by:sixth_light.
Time:2:53 pm.
Mood: curious.
So, finally, the loathed and dreaded Foreshore and Seabed bill has been passed. Cue much weeping, wailing, axes in the PM's electorate office window, threats, Winston Peters being smug...just another week in politics, really.

But what do you all think about this? Good, bad, terrible, don't care as long as you can still sunbathe this Christmas?

I had to debate both for and against the bill (in its original version, admittedly) for the national school debating comp in August. Having read it, studied it, screamed about it, lied about it, praised it to the skies and slandered it as the most horrific piece of legislation ever to darken this nation's doorstep, I got quite sick of it.

Three months later, I still feel that it's all a storm in a teacup. On the one hand - Maori being denied their day in court was out of line. On the other - the chances of anyone, under the most generous circumstances, proving customary title are fairly slim. This means continuous use, back 'till 1840, and does NOT include fisheries or mineral rights (even this government wouldn't tamper with the current systems for those!) Pretty difficult to prove, but unavoidable, because that's the definition of customary rights. So it seems to me that this bill is more about form than substance - more about people's perceptions of what they will or will not have and what they could or could not have had. And I seriously doubt, this summer, that I will be unable to lie on the beach.

Thoughts?
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Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Subject:Introduction
Posted by:sixth_light.
Time:2:52 pm.
Kia ora koutou!
I'm a seventeen-almost-eighteen-year-old college student from Wellington, currently in the middle of my exams.

As a debater I have a keen interest in current affairs and joined this community because it looked like a good place to discuss them - most people with ljs are American, and they don't have quite the same view of the world. I am especially interested in international affairs and scientific issues, e.g. the war in Iraq and global warming.

Politically, I'm sort of non-decided. National are too conservative, the Greens are anti-GE, ACT are too right-wing, NZ First is NZ First, Labour is the Government, and United Future campaign against the Civil Unions bill. So someone is going to have to campaign very hard to get my vote next election.

As I mentioned, I'm just finishing my last year at school. I'm moving down to Christchurch next year to start a BA/BSc in microbiology and Russian at UC. In my spare time I fence, debate, write fanfic, and play the 'cello.

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Subject:Introduction
Posted by:disturbed_kiwi.
Time:4:45 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
Hi there, my name is Aaron and I live in Woodville, near Palmerston North.

I followed the U.S. Elections with interest and a strong desire to see Bush defeated and have started looking at various webcomics and webarticles that disscuss politics. However most have been form the point of view of the U.S.'s involvement in the World. I look forward to talking about what New Zealand's place is in all that.

I voted for Labour (party) and the Green's (Electorate) last election but have become quite dissapointed by the legalising of Prostitution. I can see the logic etc, but with a one year old daughter the prospect of her choosing that career (or having it suggested!) really worries me.

Other than politics, I enjoy loud, heavy and hard music, and am studying for a BA (Classics/English) and hope to become a teacher or an author.

I'm 22 and married.
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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

Subject:The decolonisation of Tokelau
Posted by:matariki.
Time:12:38 pm.
There's an interesting article in this week's listener that says Tokelauans aren't seeking the independence that the NZ government is forcing on them. I was a little surprised at first but it makes perfect sense; if Tokelau became an independent state it would have the second smallest population in the world (although the smallest, the Vatican, isn't really comparable), and the third smallest land mass (after the Vatican and Monaco).
If you look at the list of UN listed colonies you'll see that NZ has the dubious distinction of being one of only four colonising powers. I don't know how this list was concocted since Tibet and many other 'colonies' aren't on it, but this list seems to have a lot more power than it deserves.
What do you think the NZ government should do about Tokelau?
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