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Will the Maori language survive? Even Latin with its immortal literature became a dead language after it lost its existential significance - it's usefulness for getting on in life.In our bilingual nation one needs English in order to get on in life,...

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Taking two trips over the Kaimai Ranges recently I noted, on each occasion, 12 fully-laden log trucks and trailer units were heading for the Port of Tauranga.Also recently, one of the aforementioned units became impaled upon a bank, on the wrong side...

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The silly season of Hicane is upon us and hundreds of thousands of litres will be poured onto the land and inevitably end up in our harbour and waterways.How can we be so vocal and outraged with the environmental disaster out on Astrolabe Reef with Rena,...

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What has this world come to? On the morning of August 19 I had the sad privilege of witnessing the blessing of the workers on the Southern Pipeline project in Matapihi.I'm totally upset by our kaumatua, who carried out this ceremony for the Tauranga...

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There's a lot of trumpet-blowing happening. Talk of return to surplus one of them, and talk of benefits to come.I prefer to look at what's been quietly achieved by that small party led by Winston Peters. They don't need to have the press...

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How about a multi-party government where National run the economy, Labour are in charge of social services and the Greens take care of the environment?We can include the Conservatives' first $20,000 is tax-free for all and a flat tax. We'd...

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New Zealand has a problem. It is a big and very real one. But thankfully it is easily recognisable and nameable. We should call it the ‘Same Old, Same Old' syndrome. It occurs regularly at three-year intervals and is generated by a certain...

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Congratulations to Rogers' Rabbits for his excellent editorial ‘How to bore NZ voters' in last week's edition of The Weekend Sun. The Weekend Sun is by far the best newspaper of the week, well done to all the contributors.The editorial...

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Prime Minister John Key has criticised local New Zealand First candidate Clayton Mitchell for what he calls “double dipping”.That's Clayton standing for Parliament while occupying a councillor position on Tauranga City Council.In doing...

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As I do most elections, I encourage all The Weekend Sun readers to exercise their right and vote on September 20.If you don't vote you can't complain about the way the country is run. If you do vote, you can.It looks as if this election campaign...

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