We don’t know how lucky we are

New Zealand, 2006

New Zealand, 2006

New Zealand remains at the top of the world when it comes to travel destinations, according to the British Telegraph’s readers.

About 75,000 of the paper’s readers have ranked Godzone as their favourite country to visit for the fourth year in a row.

New Zealand came in ahead of the Maldives in second place and South Africa in third.

Isn’t that nice?  So apart from the obvious, our landscapes, what was the main reason 75,000 Guardian readers ranked New Zealand above all other countries? 

In a piece arguing why Aotearoa was “the world’s best country”, the newspaper cited the landscape, ties to Britain and the kakapo.


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wears the New Zealand flag after Ricky Ponting pulls the New Zealand flag out on the first tee during the ANZ Challenge and round 4 at The Hills during 2016 BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open. Sunday 13 March 2016. Arrowtown, New Zealand. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz


Oh… I guess that could have a gone wrong if we’d changed the flag, eh?

From the Guardian

New Zealand keeps current flag

So, that’s it. After a 10 month, $26m process, New Zealand has decided to keep its current flag with 1.2m votes in favour – an outcome indicated in polling for some months.

Kyle Lockwood’s preferred alternative received 915,000 votes, though prime minister John Key has said this will crack 1m once the official result had been counted.

Key admitted to being “a bit disappointed” but said he’ll back the result, and encouraged New Zealanders to get out there and fly their (Union Jack) flag, affirmed by the knowledge that it has the support of the majority of voters.

Like it or not, but those Brits still think of us Colonials fondly.


– The Guardian, NZN via Yahoo!

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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.