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Three Peace Moments – our history and our future

Three Peace Moments – our history and our future

This week is often referred to as “Peace Week” and this year on 11th November it is the 100th anniversary of the armistice of WW1 which ended most of the fighting in Europe making it especially notable.  Disgracefully, the various peace treaties which followed the armistice did little to settle the continent into a period of reconstruction. Read the rest of this entry »

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“War to end all wars” or “Peace to end all peace”

Sent by post to DomPost, Wellington as part of ‘peace week’ in Wellington.  Also, Sunday Star Times.  Also posted onto St. Andrews on the Terrace website.

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Climate change denial expressed so well by Trump

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

25 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

It’s easy from the perspective of this country to complain about the fierce denial mentality of Donald Trump on climate change. Read the rest of this entry »


Airport still wants to expand

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

Ken Mulholland understandably is concerned about the future of the Miramar Golf Club and also potential loss of a noise buffer for nearby residences from the threat of an Airport expansion. But the larger concern should be that the Airport plans to expand at all. Read the rest of this entry »


Labour government roots centered in the Cold War and their Neo-liberalism

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

11 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

The nature of this government’s reluctance to get on with upgrading the remuneration of teachers and nurses, to name but two, which had stagnated under the previous government is revealed more by their plan to spend an extra $Bln or so on an attack warplane than its current reaction to the surplus in the national books revealed by Treasury. Read the rest of this entry »


Letter to PM Arden on the P-8A warplane

17 October, 2018

Jacinda Ardern,  Prime Minister

Parliament Buildings,  Wellington

Hello Ms Ardern:

Spending an extra $1B+ on a warplane (Boeing P-8A) while claiming there is not enough money for necessary pay increases for nurses and teachers, to name but two, is not a good look for a Labour government.  Read the rest of this entry »


Shock of climate change reality produces denial widely

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

13 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

In his rambling diatribe against the apparent racism of NZ First’s so-called ‘Respecting New Zealand Values’ bill, Joel Maxwell (8/10 Dom Post) suggests that people are born racists and must try very hard, and sometimes be lucky as well, to overcome that natural tendency.  Read the rest of this entry »