Fairytales do come true - at least the sporting kind. The
South will salute the Highlanders rugby team at a street
parade in Dunedin today, with players and fans alike elated
after the 21-14 win on Saturday night against the Hurricanes.
There are some scary figures on drug use in New Zealand. One
official source claims 48% of those in full-time jobs are
binge drinkers, while one survey says 10% to 15% of people
aged between 15 and 64 smoked cannabis in the previous year.
This week's passing into law of The Harmful Digital
Communications Bill has marked a world-leading attempt by
this country to legally crack down on the global problem of
cyberbullying, but has sparked a new round of debate about
freedom of speech.
Queenstown Lakes has regularly pushed for a visitor levy, and
last week Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the idea was raised
during discussions with the Government over funding of the
council's $70 million convention centre plan.
Ideally, authorities would not have to impose alcohol
restrictions. We, as individuals and a society, would have
mature attitudes and alcohol would be consumed in moderation,
bringing much pleasure and little pain.
A new United States election cycle kicked off in earnest this
week, with several high-profile names beginning their
campaigns to gain their respective party's nomination in the
primary elections ahead of the presidential election in