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Making the Port Call

01 December 2018

“Napier Port is proudly owned by the people of Hawke’s Bay. The Regional Council is committed to keeping it that way,” declares HBRC’s ‘Our Port’ consultation document.  Err, well they’re 51% committed to keeping it that way. The HBRC are…

Paul Paynter01 December 2018

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Ten Years is Time Enough

01 October 2018

Ten years is a good interval on which to assess progress.  Sure, there are shooting stars that by some act of mercurial brilliance achieve something meaningful in a lesser time, but these are unquestionably the exception. Most are devoid of…

Paul Paynter01 October 2018

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Tolerating Israel Folau

01 August 2018

Even heard of Godwin’s Law? Mike Godwin, a lawyer in the US, showed remarkable foresight when he declared all the way back in 1990 that:  “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” …

Paul Paynter01 August 2018

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More Risk, Please

01 May 2018

I was elated in 1985 when the speed limit was lifted from 80kph to 100kph. You see in those days you could get a full licence at 15 and mine was newly minted. What euphoric madness it was to be…

Paul Paynter01 May 2018

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The government of my dreams

23 December 2017

I missed the election. I was in Europe and felt quite sad about it. I didn’t realise how much I enjoy the understated theatrics of election day in the provinces. The ritual of turning up at my old school hall,…

Paul Paynter23 December 2017

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Where the Buck Stops

24 October 2017

THE SWORD OF DAMOCLES is one of the most enduring images from antiquity. Damocles, you may recall, was a courtier in the service of his king, Dionysius II of Syracuse. Syracuse remains a pretty little town in the southeast of…

Paul Paynter24 October 2017

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Hiding Behind “N****r”

02 August 2017

“€SEND IN YOUR NOMINATIONS for New Zealand’s Person of the Year,” said the radio announcer. I thought for a moment. “I think I’ll nominate Brian Tamaki,” I suggested to my passenger. “What!? The guy’s crazy.” “Maybe, but he has reminded…

Paul Paynter02 August 2017

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A Political Punch in the Nose

24 December 2016

ding dong, the dam is dead!  Our newly elected councillors are sensibly circumspect on the matter, but in a private moment have likely declared a discreet ‘ding dong’. Putting aside the euphoria or despair of dam protagonists, it’s worth considering…

Paul Paynter24 December 2016

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The Pressure is Building

04 October 2016

Can you feel it? The world is changing, pulsing, vibrating like never before in my lifetime. Let me take you on a brief global tour of the chaos… In England they snubbed the views of the major political parties and…

Paul Paynter04 October 2016