Surf lifesaving season gets underway
Surf lifesaving season gets
Coromandel MP Scott Simpson is wishing
lifeguards around the Coromandel a safe and successful
season as patrols get underway on many beaches this Labour
“The familiar sight of those red and yellow
uniforms is a huge comfort for all who visit our beaches
during the summer months. I urge all our residents and
visitors to heed the advice and warnings of the lifeguards.
They do a terrific job and deserve the utmost respect.”
“A large number of our surf lifeguards are volunteers
who donate their time and skills to keeping us safe in the
water. It is a tremendous service and I wish each of them
well for the 2013-14 season.”
Between now and Easter
around 4,000 volunteer lifeguards will spend over 200,000
hours keeping a watchful eye on over 80 beaches throughout
© Scoop Media
Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017
For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?
Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.
On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>