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New Zealand Listener Issue 22 2019

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new zealand listener

Editor-in-Chief PAMELA STIRLING Books & Culture Editor RUSSELL BAILLIE Art Director DEREK WARD Senior Writers DONNA CHISHOLM, DIANA WICHTEL (Auckland), SALLY BLUNDELL (Christchurch) Chief Sub-editor GEOFF CUMMING Sub-editor NICK RUSSELL Entertainment Editor FIONA RAE Political Columnist JANE CLIFTON Assistant Art Director SHANE KELLY Senior Designer RICHARD KINGSFORD Digital Producer RYAN HOLDER Editorial Assistant LAUREN BUCKERIDGE Editorial office Bauer Media Group, Shed 12, City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland 1010 Editorial postal address Private Bag 92512, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141, New Zealand. Editorial contact 09-308 2405, listener@bauermedia.co.nz Published by Bauer Media Group (NZ) Chief Executive and Publisher PAUL DYKZEUL Managing Director BRENDON HILL Editorial Director BEN FAHY Commercial Director KAYLENE HURLEY Commercial Brand Manager JOSH WILLIAMS jowilliams@bauermedia.co.nz Direct Account Manager GUY SLATER 09-308 2114, 021 104 0304, gslater@bauermedia.co.nz…

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lessons being learnt

Even with the best of intentions, governments have a tendency to do things to us rather than with us. So, it can be a surprise when one suddenly changes tack to meet the public mood. The new NCEA proposal is just such a change. In its 17 years, the secondary schools’ assessment system has generated strong criticism that it dumbed down aspects of our children’s education at the same time as it needlessly stressed students and teachers with constant assessments. With the changes announced last week, we are moving towards a higher-quality system in which students will finish school without critical gaps in their knowledge and skills. In announcing that the new 20-credit standards in literacy and numeracy are to be externally marked, Education Minister Chris Hipkins explicitly noted that NCEA will…

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where there’s smoke…

Congratulations on May 18’s most informative Editorial (“Deep in the weed”). It should be compulsory reading for all members of Parliament. It is beyond comprehension that the laws are tightening on the sale of cigarette smoking only for the reverse to be under contemplation for another health hazard. It is well accepted that smoking increases respiratory and heart disease and, as the Editorial says, cannabis has myriad health issues. I applaud you for introducing sanity into the debate. Katherine Swift(Kohimarama, Auckland) SHOPPING AROUND FOR OPINIONS As a prostate-cancer survivor who regularly attends support-group meetings, I’ve more than once heard men say, “I didn’t want to waste time once diagnosed and just said to the doctor to let me have my prostate out to get rid of the cancer” (Health, May 18). This is understandable: worry…

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winning caption

Steve Godsiff, Timaru FINALISTS Scott Morrison: “I’m containing the leak.” – Rex McGregor, Auckland Morrison: “As I kept talking, President Putin just got smaller and smaller.” – Jenny Woods, Auckland Morrison: “He’s off to a detention centre for stealing attention.” – Moira Waddington, Wellington Morrison: “Maybe I could eat a whole one.” – Arthur Elder, Titirangi, Auckland Baby: “What exactly does he mean by ‘put another shrimp on the barbie’?” – Guy Marriage, Wellington Morrison: “I’m just gonna borrow him for a bit; it worked a treat for Jacinda.” – Claudia Freeman, Gisborne Caption: Scott Morrison personally carries out his party’s immigrant-removal policy. – Lynda Kelly, Palmerston North Morrison: “Mama’s little baby loathes Shorten, Shorten. Mama’s little baby loathes Shorten’s head.” – John Edgar, Spreydon, Christchurch…

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quips & quotes

“Children, I came to understand, need you around even if they ignore you. In fact, they need you around so they can ignore you.” – writer Ruth Reichl, quoted in the New York Times“I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough women on the Supreme Court. And I say when there are nine. People are shocked. But there’s been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”– US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg“Planet Earth, after seven billion seasons, is about to be cancelled.” – The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”– Milton Berle“Sex with me is like arriving late at the theatre and trying to find your seat. Some shuffling, a bit of shushing, a pause and then from…

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life in new zealand

Want to start yoga? Start by bending over and picking up your dog poo “known as the downward dog position”. Then put it in the bin Golden Bay sign Solar panels stolen again at Bexley toilets Pegasus Post, 19/2/19 Assistant commissioner Richard Chambers said the fact 80% of the population was using 16 kilograms a week of meth “was a lot” and disappointing. Press, 1/5/19 While using this medicine Keep out of children’s reach and sight… Instruction leaflet for medication But when they met again later at a local dance, they got chatting and it was love at first sight. Herald on Sunday, 30/12/18 The Southern District Health Board has been given a hurry-up by the Ministry of Health after it failed to reach its target for breast-feeding mothers. Otago Daily Times, 30/1/19 LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND: Entries must describe New Zealand…