The Seventh State.
An Australian federal parliamentary committee
with looking into the harmonisation of the Australian and New Zealand legal systems, has concluded
that the two countries
should work towards a full union, or at least have a single currency and common markets.
NZ's Minister for Foreign Affairs
has rubbished the idea
as "parliamentary adventurism", but the Australian constitution provides
for just such an eventuality.
One of the key hurdles
for any union would
Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. Misinterpreted, misunderstood, and hotly debated
Tiriti has long been one of the reasons put for the difficult road facing New Zealand in becoming a republic
. Having abolished appeals to the Privy Council
adopted a new electoral system
, declared itself nuclear free
(.pdf), taken France to court
and opposed the war in Iraq
, New Zealand has
certainly embraced it's 'independence'. But a contracting sharemarket
, muddled coalition building
in government, and an increased
focus on trans-Tasman alignment
has lead some to
support the idea of a less formal separation between the two countries. However a common currency has already been
by New Zealand's Finance Minister.
What hope then
, for ANZAC
union? And does it matter, when the rest of the world can't tell us apart
posted by szechuan
on Dec 6, 2006 -
New Zealand may soon implement legislation very similar to the DMCA
, if the latest draft of the Copyright Amendment Bill is passed. It would appear that the New Zealand government is about to make the same mistake made by the USA several years ago. Most specifically, they propose:
[To] introduce an offence (carrying a sentence of a fine not exceeding $150,000 or a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both) for commercial dealing in devices, services, or information designed to circumvent technological protection measures
Her contact details
are available online. We have a small window of opportunity to point out the problems and unintended consequences
with similar legislation in other countries, and hopefully circumvent the same problems in New Zealand.
posted by pivotal
on Dec 6, 2006 -
mother takes him to see a pakeha township for the first time. One of many
books available from the International Children's Digital Library.
posted by tellurian
on Aug 3, 2006 -
[Telecom] has used confusion as its chief marketing tool
from New Zealand's Telecom's CEO is used to set up this mashup
of one of their advertisements. The original had kids praising the company; in this version they're saying they've been shafted. Telecom, naturally, has been trying ever since
to get it off the internet - crying "Copyright!" (mirrors in the comments
posted by slightlybewildered
on May 26, 2006 -
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
posted by Samuel Farrow
on Aug 14, 2005 -
Biggest Hair in Sports. Ever.
Australia and New Zealand recently played a Twenty20 cricket match in Auckland
- the first time this shortened version of the game (it only
take four hours to play) has been played in New Zealand.
To celebrate the occasion, the New Zealand team (for some unknown reason) spent the weeks before the game going retro: growing 70s style moustaches and sideburns, and wore their much-maligned beige uniforms that the one day team used to wear in the 80s. When the team took to the pitch
in front of a capacity stadium, the crowd was suitably rapturous in their appreciation of the efforts made
Has a bigger mop of hair
ever taken to a field or court in a professional sport, anywhere, ever?
posted by noizyboy
on Feb 24, 2005 -
Net label postmoderncore
is based in and documents the fringe music scene of Wellington, New Zealand. It celebrates it's fifth birthday this year as a netlabel. Good noise.
posted by onkelchrispy
on Feb 13, 2005 -
It's our language, not yours.
So, you were born in an English-speaking country founded by the English, speak English, have a degree in English, write and publish in English, have lived in England for years, and would like to become an English citizen? Sorry, you failed our English test to determine whether you have workable English, so you can't be English.
posted by rory
on Aug 19, 2004 -
New Zealand critic blasts LOTR
. Big budget movie special effects have overshadowed the timeless are of storytelling and character development. "..The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy is, as a work of cinematic art, ham-fisted, shallow, bombastic and laughably overrated.." [More Quotes inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Apr 8, 2004 -
, New Zealand writer, is dead at 79. More information about her life, here
, and obituary notice here.
Nominated for the Nobel Prize for Fiction last year, I had hoped she might yet win. RIP.
posted by jokeefe
on Jan 29, 2004 -
is an amazing
zero-budget amateur MATRIX film made by some great folks in Auckland, NZ. Finally, somebody gets it - The Matrix is an action film
posted by anser
on Sep 29, 2003 -
Did the earth
move for you as well? The biggest earthquake to hit the "Shaky Isles" since 1968 rocked the southern South Island of New Zealand earlier today, with the tremor being felt as far away as Sydney
. Did you realise that recorded earthquakes are an almost daily occurrence
around the world? In fact, earthquakes with a magnitude of 1 or over happen at an alarming rate
While California is often thought of as earthquake central and New Zealand carries the "Shaky Isles" crown with justification (and not a little pride), Australia
is not generally considered to be a country prone to earthquakes. Surprisingly, there have been 15 earthquakes in Australia in the past month alone, ranging from 2 to 6 in intensity.
posted by dg
on Aug 22, 2003 -
This is so good: "Hi, I am Wing! I immigrated to New Zealand with my family about ten years ago from Hong Kong. I have been learning singing in New Zealand and I do performances in Rest Homes and Hospitals.
Don't miss her, eh, "treatment" of the Carpenters, and Summertime
posted by sparky
on Jun 7, 2003 -
are great! According to Statistics New Zealand
, the population of my small island-nation home reached 4 million
today! At 5:35pm (NZST) in fact. Not a big number really but a nice milestone. I think I am number 3,184,236 but I am open to correction.
posted by sycophant
on Apr 24, 2003 -
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.
posted by a3matrix
on Mar 12, 2003 -
Possums are labelled an ecological pest in New Zealand, so apparently it's considered "pro-environment" to exterminate the little buggers. With that good feeling about wearing fur in your minds, save the forest and ease your holiday shopping at the same time with some fine New Zealand Possum Fur G-strings
and nipple warmers
. (Probably NSFW) But don't leave out the kids' Christmas lists! Make sure they get this season's hot toy- a possum hand puppet
fashioned straight from the carcass of the real thing! Mmmm, it's still warm.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Dec 9, 2002 -
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
posted by sycophant
on Jul 7, 2002 -