Sometimes, in the midst of personal tragedy, global conflict
and uncertainty, or even the mundane slog of daily life, it
can be possible to forget just how lucky we are.
The third term blues have set in early and hard for the John
Key-led National Government with actions of the Prime
Minister and his Cabinet being scrutinised and critiqued in
Every nation can benefit from special days when the community
comes together in a common cause.
The death of a New Zealand citizen in the fight against the
self-proclaimed Islamic State undoubtedly brings the foreign
conflict closer to home.
Air New Zealand plans to increase its total domestic capacity
by more than 650,000 seats in the coming financial year, and
Queenstown Airport is to be a major recipient of the
Next month, the country will be abuzz with literary fever as
centres nationwide hold writers' and readers' festivals, and
celebrate the wealth of local, national and international
talent across a range of disciplines.
The wave of refugee deaths reached horrific levels at the
weekend when about 700 people drowned after a crammed fishing
boat overturned off the coast of Libya.
Reserve Bank deputy governor Grant Spencer delivered a strong
message on New Zealand's housing imbalances last week which
the Government would be foolish to ignore.
The latest news about the Southern District Health Board must
be disheartening to all concerned.
It is now a full year since 219 girls were abducted by Boko
Haram Islamic militants from a boarding school in the town of
Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria.
The life sentence handed down by a High Court judge this week
to a Hamilton father who killed his 8-month-old son sends a
strong message to abusers that family violence will not be
The Stratford Post says that a record has been put up by two
local girls in the Trinity College musical examination.
The RSA has courted controversy this week by entering
the campaign fighting against proposed changes to the
Dame Alison Holst has been part of New Zealand's pysche for
such a long time it is hard to remember a time when her
cookbooks were not resplendent in the country's kitchens.
Lavish praise is again being heaped upon the New Zealand
economy by bank economists and overseas observers. The term
''rock star economy'' has become part of economic folklore.
The influx of migrants into Otago, and especially into
coastal Otago, is good news. As Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said,
the immigration is ''very encouraging''.
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