It seems so long ago, but what our cricket-loving Governor General had to say in 1960 because he had noted the first signs of our material yearnings. In his New Year’s message he warned: It is the greatest mistake to imagine that mere material progress is getting us anywhere. On the contrary, the predominance of economic interests and motives in any civilisation is always the forerunner of moral decline and social disintegration”.  

What went wrong? We were conned by the same interests the GG referred to. But now, post COVID-19,  social change is not just wishful but in some societies a new reality.

 

Mt Eden’s Fight Club…

Chris HThe recent news about the violence in Mount Eden Prison has many elements. Political, naturally; Labour will be pleased to have been given the opportunity to rub National’s nose in the troublesome policy of privatisation. The Prison Officers’ Union will be equally pleased to say I told you so.

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A real MedicAlert …

An open letter from Murray Lord, CEO of MedicAlert NZ

“The completely avoidable death of Eunice Richardson is a major concern to MedicAlert® Foundation and to everyone I have spoken to on this matter.

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Three cheers for Greece?

Before Euro-politics  wandered into Alice in Wonderland territory, we  asked if anybody else out there was quietly cheering for Greece as it took on the bullying bean counters of the IMF and the European Central Bank.

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For sale – sort of

The old bloke lived in an equally ancient villa in Mt Albert. It was, like him, in need of loving care – or that’s what we felt when he opened the door, bewhiskered and a little dazzled by the sudden light.

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