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EDITORIAL: Teachers and the scrutiny of the school system.

UPFRONT: Steve Braunias talks with David Gates from Bread.

POLITICS: The 1999 Election.

DEBT BY DEGREES: The spiraling student debt problem.

PAVLOVS VOTERS: Christmas shopping, All Blacks Winning World Cup, Sunny Weather – all good news for Shipley.

VILLAGE PEOPLE: The America’s Cup awaits the starters gun.

ALL TOGETHER NOW: The search begins for a rugby anthem to match the others.

GOLDEN DISCS: The top 100 must have CDs of the millennium.

0800 OUTRAGE: A look at Christian Heritage’sGraham Capill.

SEEING RED: The latest obstacle in the remarkable life of blind winemaker Chung-Pin Lin.

GO COFFEE: Introducing the bright new actor Madeleine Sami.

... and this great quote about a Lord of the Rings web site: "The site's creator... has a content partnership with the Wellington news site Scoop (whose smuggled pictures from the village of Bree in Seatoun turned the Tolkein-fancying world on its head)".

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Cheap Grace And Climate Change: Australia And COP26

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Binoy Kampmark: Funeral Rites For COVID Zero
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Dunne Speaks: 25 Years Of MMP - And The Government Wants To Make It Harder For Small Parties
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the New Zealand’s first MMP election. Over the last quarter century, the MMP electoral system has led to our Parliament becoming more socially and ethnically diverse, more gender balanced, and to a wider spread of political opinion gaining representation. Or, as one of my former colleagues observed somewhat ruefully at the time, Parliament starting to look a little more like the rest of New Zealand... More>>


Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed other parties doing better – they are not... More>>



Our Man In Washington: Morrison’s Tour Of Deception

It was startling and even shocking. Away from the thrust and cut of domestic politics, not to mention noisy discord within his government’s ranks, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison could breathe a sign of relief. Perhaps no one would notice in Washington that Australia remains prehistoric in approaching climate change relative to its counterparts... More>>



Binoy Kampmark: Melbourne Quake: Shaken, Not Stirred

It began just after a news interview. Time: a quarter past nine. Morning of September 22, and yet to take a sip from the brewed Turkish coffee, its light thin surface foam inviting. The Australian city of Melbourne in its sixth lockdown, its residents fatigued and ravaged by regulations. Rising COVID-19 numbers, seemingly inexorable... More>>