The next stage in the controversial process to decide the
future of the New Zealand flag has begun, with the
Government-appointed Flag Consideration Panel going on the
road to encourage New Zealanders to ''share what they stand
for'' ahead of two referendums on the topic.
New Zealand Defence Force trainers and supporting force
elements are now established in their base in Taji and have
begun the task of training Iraqi security forces in a range
of military skills to help in the fight against Islamic
The gist of the comments coming from the Trenz tourism
conference in Rotorua, which ends today, seems to be that a
projected surge in tourists visiting New Zealand in the next
few years will be a licence to print money.
Prime Minister John Key has finally acknowledged there is a
problem in the housing market after months of shrugging off
criticism the Government's laissez faire attitude to property
problems was unsound.