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New Zealand Listener Issue 25 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 BRENDON HILL Managing Director TANYA WALSHE 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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no power to the people

Christmas is the usual time for the disappointing message “batteries not included”, but we just got the let-down in our Budget. Where were the policies to encourage people and businesses to swap their petrol-powered vehicles for electric vehicles? The Greens pressed for new measures, but none made the cut. More money for trees to soak up greenhouse gases is good, if the policy is well-implemented, but how much better to quickly and drastically stop emitting the worst of those gases, CO2, in the first place? Ground zero is where the rubber meets the road: Statistics NZ reports that our road transport alone makes up just shy of 40% of all CO2 emissions. The Government has admitted it needs to do more, but hasn’t. Its target of having 64,000 electric vehicles on…

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pros and cons of climate protests

The Editorial (“Do your home-work, kids”, June 8) implies that schoolchildren should protest only when they are prepared to give up luxuries such as air travel. The issue is not whether young people are unselfish enough to make personal sacrifices. The issue is whether those who have already seen the world can travel a little less so the young can see it too. The issue is not whether we should give up our phones, but whether we can encourage manufacturers to create repairable and upgradeable phones. The issue is not whether young people are addicted to fast food or imported quinoa, but how to create a waste-free and healthy food system. Protesting schoolkids are not asking for “totalitarian solutions”. They are simply asking humanity to tap its most noble, creative and collaborative side…

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winning caption

Ann Love, Nelson FINALISTS Stuart Nash: “Feeling a bit hacked off, Grant?” – PM Lynch, Upper Hutt Grant Roberston: “No, Stuart, you can’t have your own slushy machine.” – Grant Spencer, Patumahoe Robertson: “Being blindsided by Bridges has wrecked my well-being.” – Mike Lynch, Upper Hutt Robertson: “Makhlouf said he was hacked, or did he mean sacked?” – Elise Graham, Whanganui Nash: “On no account tap the ‘Reply all’ or ‘Forward’ keys!” – Ann Love Nash: “I Grant we’re in a Stu.” Robertson (thinks) “Groan.” – Rex McGregor, Auckland Nash: “The woman on the cover of the Wellbeing Budget moved to Australia!” Robertson: “Shit!” – Richard Karn, Napier…

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quips& quotes

“I don’t want to get goofy or anything but I got a kind of peaceful feeling like when a guy robs a bank and gets away with it for 30 years and then turns himself in.”– dying man on documentary series American Pickers“The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.”– quoted in the Telegraph“Why use poison when you can kill with honey?”– Belgian adage“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.”– George Eliot, quoted in the Week“You can have friends, or you can correct people’s grammar.”– New Yorker copy editor and “Comma Queen” Mary Norris“A wise silence never gets written down.”– Italian saying“That’s the first time a sentence has included both the phrases ‘Donald…

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life in new zealand

“There will always be a series of ups and downs,” Don said while cutting cucumbers with a mandolin. Waikato News, 26/4/19 About 9500 cannabis plants were seized during a recent joint operation between the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and New Zealand Police. Nelson Mail, 20/4/19 A woman with two young children had to use buckets and tarpaulins to protect her family’s belongings every time it rained for more than a year … Press, 4/5/19 Flat Earthers hold conference in Auckland with speakers from around the globe neighbourly.co.nz,# 27/4/19 The scheduled closure of Swim Heretaunga in Flaxmere to install a new chlorine disinfectant system has been delayed due to the availability of parts and contractors. Hawke’s Bay Today, 13/4/19 LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND: Entries must describe New Zealand events. The first sender of those accepted will receive a $5 Booksellers…