Tonga – Round 8

The farce of Lord Mayor for life, He who must be obeyed, Sir Barry Curtis’s little Tongan promise is being sheeted home by the Howick and Pakuranga Times.

They have discovered that government has so far pledged $500,000 to relief and reconstruction efforts in Tonga’s devastated capital Nuku’alofa and reveals the amount will increase soon and significantly, as the government is due to release details of a full assistance package once approved by Cabinet ministers.

One has to ask why SDir Barry is trying to carry out NZ foreign policy off of his own bat?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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