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Soper on keeping the budget alive

via ZDNet


The Budget debate will continue to dominate this week and it’s certainly more about point-scoring than making meaningful change – that’s the Government’s business.

In fairness, it’ll give Labour’s leader Andrew Little a bit more time to be measured than his first response to the Joyce recipe, given that Labour gets the Budget document just an hour before it’s delivered in Parliament (whereas journalists and analysts paw over the documents in a lockup for four hours).

They say knowledge is power – which means when the Labour leader stood to deliver his opening shot he must have felt powerless. Read more »

She’s Baaaaaack

I am delighted that one of my first public acts on returning to New Zealand from my role in the United Nations Development Programme is to become patron of ASH NZ – Action for Smoke-free 2025.

I have been a staunch supporter of tobacco control throughout my political career, and I am proud of the world-leading work New Zealand has done towards eliminating tobacco-induced harm.

One of my proudest achievements as a politician was sponsoring New Zealand’s pioneering Smoke-free Environments Act when I was health minister nearly 30 years ago.

Ironically, the working men and women that relied on her to be their champion didn’t have a friend in her.    Read more »

The Spittle bug is facing extinction only you can help save it


The New Zealand Spittlebug is an online phenomenon. It loves to comment about how ineffective and simply dreadful Whaleoil is day after day after day. Seriously if Whaleoil didn’t exist I don’t know what the bug would do with its life.

The bug is so predictable it will be writing about this post right at this moment furiously typing while spittle splatters all over the screen.

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