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Blasting through a cliff face, the beauty of Tarawera Falls are testimony to a partner’s grief

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One of the cruelties of New Zealand tourism is that international visitors arrive expecting to find a vast, unpeopled land – the sharp peaks, rolling grasslands and roaring rivers of Middle-earth. But when visitors l...

New Zealand’s successful Covid policies hid inequality – the government can’t ignore it this year

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March 2020 seems like an age ago. And also like it was yesterday. The month begun more or less like any other March in New Zealand. The weather was typically warm and dry, most people were back in the office or on sit...

From Covid-free to Delta and back: New Zealand’s year of living (almost) normally

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For eight months of this year, New Zealanders were so rude – or lucky, depending on whether you live inside or outside New Zealand – as to ignore everything that was happening across the world. Delta was washing over ...

Christopher Luxon is out of step with most New Zealanders – can he really challenge Ardern?

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In the end, the party of business picked the businessman. Former National party leader Simon Bridges is out – again – and former Air New Zealand chief executive and MP for Botany, Christopher Luxon, is in. In hindsigh...

In a crisis, you want Jacinda Ardern. That’s why her poll numbers will remain robust

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“If you want to know me, look at my surface”, Andy Warhol once said, or something along those lines. It’s an invitation to the obvious that should apply in politics, and yet the public regard politicians with – at bes...

The 1918 influenza tore through Māori communities. Anti-vaxxers risk this again

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One thing that characterises the typical anti-vaxxer, other than being wrong, is their short attention span. In the space of a single conversation the enemy can range from 5G, the electromagnetic spectrum that can app...

By ending Covid elimination, Jacinda Ardern once again fails to turn compassion into policy

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And so with that, a confusing 20-minute monologue in the Beehive theatrette, New Zealand’s virus-beating elimination strategy is over. As the Delta variant’s “tentacles”, to borrow the prime minister’s description, cr...

Give Lorde a break. Non-Māori must speak Māori for it to survive

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My sisters and I are the first generation in almost 50 generations of our family who didn’t grow up speaking te reo Māori as a first language. At first, that fact seems startling – a dramatic rupture from our past and...

Amazon’s arrival in New Zealand is not an opportunity we should welcome

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The future of capitalism is the distribution centre. Or it’s the future of retail at least, if Amazon is the innovator its executives sell it as; the increasingly efficient warehouse where capacity management happens ...

Repeated lockdowns are a version of hell – Aucklanders deserve our thanks Morgan Godfery

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On 28 February 2020, the New Zealand authorities were confirming the country’s “first” Covid-19 case. “PANDEMONIUM”, wrote the New Zealand Herald from its first page. Aucklanders made a dash for the supermarkets, acco...