Articles by Paul Paynter

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It's time to sell the port

08 February 2015

That was the recent message from Air New Zealand. The poor quality of roads in the provinces and the difficult terrain, means these smaller centres will instantly become quite isolated. The justification for this move was that the small 19-seat…

Paul Paynter08 February 2015

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08 December 2014

For a generation politicians have talked about how New Zealand must move away from our reliance on agriculture. ‘Sunset industry’ was a phrase that raised the hackles of rural folk. They needn’t have worried as such talk proved to be…

Paul Paynter08 December 2014

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The Unholy Alliance

12 October 2014

Have you noticed how politicians have this icky desire to be at the centre of anything popular or successful? They hope people will subconsciously associate them with success and boost their poll ratings and egos. The ickiest example of this…

Paul Paynter12 October 2014


09 June 2014

The council has muffed it again! But can you guess what I’m referring to? Is it the art deco buses, the huge losses constantly made by the Aquarium and Splash Planet, the MTG fiasco, inefficiencies at Napier Port, the Ruataniwha…

Paul Paynter09 June 2014

Vegetarianism… Swimming Against the Current

01 April 2014

Recently I’ve been reading the rants of militant vego’s. While wildly inflammatory, I love the intellectual and moral confrontation. And I confess they’ve driven me from ‘light vegetarian’ to a much higher level of adherence. Whether it’s killing giraffes or…

Paul Paynter01 April 2014

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17 January 2014

As a boy I was briefly captivated by this band called Devo. I thought they were cool, much like I thought birthday parties and robots were cool. It turns out Devo weren’t cool. They wore silly costumes that were a…

Paul Paynter17 January 2014

I’m Running Scared

02 September 2013

The Ruataniwha dam scheme is a brilliant idea. Whoever first started pushing it is a visionary of the highest order. The food industry in New Zealand has two major competitive advantages internationally – a mild climate and abundant water. Hawke’s…

Paul Paynter02 September 2013

A Government Solution Should Never Be ‘Plan A’

08 July 2013

The scent of local body elections is in the air, and candidates are emerging. It’s time to reflect on what you want from your local body politicians. Many voters will have some small matter that irks them – a wonky…

Paul Paynter08 July 2013

Out, Damned Spot

09 May 2013

Half of the world will die! That’s roughly what Reverend Thomas Malthus predicted some 200 years ago in his Essay on the Principle of Population. Malthus thought war or pestilence would decimate the population from time to time, and if…

Paul Paynter09 May 2013