So far, the National Government has gotten off fairly lightly following a critical report on its record by the UN Human Rights Committee released last weekend.
Do plants communicate? Certainly they do, if ‘communicate’ means share information. Using various medium, plants can spread the word that they are ripe, poisonous, ill or willing to be visited by pollinators, through the use of scent, colour and pattern.
Gerrymander is an ugly, ugly word. So I won’t use it. Instead I’ve made a beautiful table for you to look at. What it shows is the names and the degree of representation each of the 13 new wards (with 20 councillors between them) created by the Local Government Commission for the Auckland Super City elections will have.
The recruitment process for the new Director-General of Health suggests that the decision has already been made, on political grounds. This is bad news for the principle that the public service works for the public, and bad news for health services.
Gerry Brownlee likens the Government’s Schedule 4 mining proposals to “a postcard on Eden Park”. Coromandel Watchdog sees it somewhat differently, and has produced this scale image to help us all see it their way: