MH17

No words can begin to express my anger, and grief for what appears to have been a “mistake”. The downing of Flight MH17 won’t be very far from my memory in future. Parliament endorsed Prime Minister Key’s  motion to send strong messages to the UN for swift and timely rebuke and action. While Hon. Peter […]

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Multiculturalism smells so good!

The other weekend I was at the local night market under Glenfield mall. For those who haven’t experienced it, it’s hard to describe. There are dozens of food stalls from a massive array of ethnic and cultural groups – Chinese, Japanese, Hungarian, French, kiwi BBQ, American hot dogs and donuts, Spanish churros are the ones I […]

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United Future Policies for Auckland

United Future Policies for Auckland 2014 1. Rail Link to Airport from Papatoetoe is the first Auckland Public Transport Priority. Central government should provide 50% of the funding, as half of those using the airport live outside Auckland Region. Total Cost is about $500 Million, a fraction of the cost of the Central Rail Loop […]

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Highway 29

There has been some interesting, low volume noise over a proposed plan to link Hamilton with Tauranga using a 4-lane highway, via a tunnel through the Kaimai Ranges. Immediately I thought this is an excellent idea, because Tainui Holdings have recently sought Resource Consent for their Inland Port project at Ruakura  Put that project in mind […]

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EVO II

My coined acronym, EVO, Evolutionary Voting Option, asks two questions: How do you want New Zealand to evolve as a nation, over the next twenty years to 2035?   What do you want New Zealand to look like, through this evolution? The first asks for directions and the second question seeks to know how New Zealand […]

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Red – EVO I

Red is the colour we use to describe Mars – and Mars is known in Mythology as the ‘god of war’. Interestingly, red is also the colour we use to describe the colour of blood. Some say that red is the colour we use to describe anger. Red is the colour we use to describe […]

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How to speak depends on how one thinks

It’s true when they said “think before you speak”. The recent sabre rattling over “sorry for being a man” and thinking this or that Minister should step down reminds me why I like the foreign policy field. This is because as a Foreign Policy Analyst I must always “read between the lines” and determine quietly […]

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