Former New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange died over the weekend
. His loss will impact our country considerably – he championed our anti-nuclear policy which led to the end of Anzus
and a falling out with the US that continues to this day
, he spoke at the Oxford Union
defending our stance on nuclear weapons and power and he was Prime Minister presiding over the far reaching economic reform
that has arguably led to the economic prosperity Kiwi’s are enjoying right now
. He was a man larger than life, funny, friendly and caring and his passing is being felt all over Godzone
Lucire the fashion website becomes the next website to go real world with a magazine in newsagents.
It's not the first (see Chud
which publishes Movie Insider
) but they've taken the step of putting the prototype May issue online in .pdf format and are asking readers for their input. How well can they do in an already crowded market place and is it significantly different for us to care?
In the dispute over Iraq there is always Plan C Wishful thinking? Perhaps. But of such dreams Plan C is made. For New Zealand, a country with a record of peacekeeping and independent thought in international affairs, perhaps the compromise is the solution to what otherwise could be a nightmare in the making.
According to the US State Department's website
, New Zealand citizen Mohammed Saffi was not in violation of his visa when intending to attend a Miami flight school for 727 aircraft engineering certification.
At least that's what NZ Green Party foreign affairs spokesman Keith Locke says
Sometimes the really important news takes a while to get here.
The Otago Daily Times in New Zealand reports on a sewage truck explosion: "A 50m trail of effluent" running down the road, a very dumbfounded driver, Lorraine Isaacs windshield hit by a flying sluice valve. Let the potty jokes begin.
A man in New Zealand received a huge bill from Telecom, with an added insult
. (via sensible erection
The New Zealand Net Awards
have announced their finalists. Picked by a panel of people including Web saavy magazine editors, personal Web site operators, and tech-radio deejays, the NZ awards seem much more even handed, open, and real
than the Webbies (albeit only for NZ sites...)
And, as far as I can tell, they're doing it on almost no budget. Pretty impressive. Why doesn't this
community start something like it?
Echelon rumored to be used in NZ spying on Fiji
, as seen on TV, is suggested to monitor gobzillions of electronic communications. People are starting to wonder if New Zealand used Echelon to monitor the progress of the May 2000 coup and hostage taking in Fiji, in addition to the tradition undercover operations. Memorable quotation: "It is not a question of if others are spying on Fiji but of who, how and, to a much lesser extent, why."
A lot of people would probably expect such a conversation to be confidential, although that is neither promised
by the web site nor apparently required
of their operators.
The TV news here in Melbourne covered the story this morning and skirted the subject of confidentiality, but Wired has an interesting piece. The New Zealand Herald has an edited transcript in the first of it's articles.
There's an uproar if a doctor or a priest breaks a confidence, even if it leads to a murder being solved. Why so little fuss here?
A night without street crime and domestic abuse! Goodness knows it's about time, but with Australians, Blacks, and Koreans about it's - unfortunately - only a matter of time. Thank you.
Move over DotComGuy,
looks like you have some competition in the dumb name department. A New Zealand marriage will produce a dotcom couple.
New Zealand breaks ground with the world's first Transsexual Member of Parliment (formerly the world's first Transsexual Mayor). Her maiden speech included the circumspect "I was quoted once as saying this is a stallion that became a gelding and now she's a mayor. I do have to say that I've now come full circle and become a member."
found on :::..::: Cortex