Suppliers and shareholders of Dunedin meat company Silver
Fern Farms have a big decision ahead of them this week when
they vote on whether to allow a proposed joint venture with a
Chinese company to proceed.
The Dunedin City Council's decision, revealed this week, to
award a contract to a company set up by Black Power leader
Albert Epere to maintain some of the city's green spaces is
significant, but the jury is likely to remain out for some
This is what those appalling euphemisms ''collateral damage''
and ''caught in the crossfire'' look like on the ground: the
smouldering remains of a hospital, patients burnt alive in
their beds, medical staff killed while treating others
already maimed in a conflict seemingly beyond anyone's
Prime Minister John Key will have his chance today to follow
the lead set by his Foreign Minister Murray McCully in
criticism of the Security Council's lack of action in
stopping innocents from being killed.
Yet another scathing report into Child, Youth and Family's
operations has resulted in yet another call for discussion
about how best to protect vulnerable children and mitigate
the social and economic costs of abuse and neglect.
What could - and should - have contributed to a meaningful
discussion about ways to increase efficiency in the
construction industry during a time of unprecedented demand
has descended into acrimony, in no small part courtesy of
careless comments from a Government minister who should know