English philosopher Alan Watts is famously quoted as saying:
''Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are
among the most important things which seem to distinguish men
from other animals''.
After a 14-month investigation and a five-month trial, the
South Canterbury Finance hearing ended yesterday with former
chief executive Lachie McLeod and former director Robert
White acquitted of all charges.
As Prime Minister John Key and the Government mull New
Zealand's specific responses to Islamic State and terrorism
threats, it is worth noting the complexities of Iraq and
Syria and the severe perils of venturing into those hostile
The beleaguered state of Waitaki Boys' High School in Oamaru
and the major outside intervention necessary to address the
situation is the last thing anyone could want for a school
with such a long and proud history and close links to the
Expect to hear plenty about education during the next three
years as the Government pushes on with its policies, often
knocking heads with the powerful teacher unions, the
secondary PPTA and the primary NZEI.
''The rumblings from a volcano'', ''a lot of unhappiness'', a
''standoff'', a ''toxic atmosphere'', an environment that
''generates conflict'', a ''withdrawal of engagement'', a
situation ''at a critical stage''.