Leaders from eight of the world's 11 richest countries are
meeting in Northern Ireland this week - mainly to talk about
the big issues facing the global economy.
It is easy to become pessimistic about world affairs - about
corruption, human rights abuse, election rigging, murder and
New Zealanders and other Western countries have during the
past few years increasingly questioned their military role in
Another barrier to the rebuilding of Christchurch has
emerged, with the Christchurch City Council heading to a
crisis meeting in the coming week after learning it is on the
brink of losing its power to grant building consents.
The collapse of state-owned coal producer Solid Energy has
been well documented in recent months.
Governments have tried over the years to steer attention away
from New Zealand's primary industries as being the powerhouse
of the economy.
Revelations of comprehensive secret spying on
telecommunications and internet users by the United States
Government have provided more questions than answers.
The fluoride debate. What on earth is the ''average'' person
supposed to make of it all?
Charter schools may have been given the tick to get off the
ground, but the jury remains out on what sort of report card
they will deliver.
The leaking of a sensitive report on New Zealand's spy agency
to a news media organisation has obviously had major
consequences for those directly involved - and for those on
The decision to reject the Betterways Advisory bid to build a
$100 million waterfront hotel in Dunedin is, on the face of
it, not surprising.
Insurance was once rated as essential for most New
WANGANUI: Two prospective brides of the North Island have
been left practically at the altar.
Should the Dunedin City Council take the plunge, make a
substantial investment and fix the current St Clair sea wall
and surrounding infrastructure once and for all?
There are some uncomfortable issues in our society we don't
like to think - or talk - about.
Thankfully, only property was destroyed in the spectacular
World Bar fire in Queenstown 10 days ago.
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