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Author: Trevor Ammundsen

The greatest of all time? – The Forwards

Zinzan Brooke. Number 8 – There have been some magnificent Number 8s in Māori rugby with possibly the most skilful being Zinzan Brooke. In making my selection, I felt the need to pick a team captain, a person the whole team would follow. This does of course lead me to pick Buck, now Sir Wayne Shelford (1982 to 1990). Buck had to be the toughest player you ever saw. Tales of having his scrotum repaired in the middle of a test match and so on testify to this. He was an unbeaten All Black captain, not losing a game in 27 tests as leader, so he is my pick as captain for this squad. Blindside Flanker...

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The greatest of all time

He was “the man” to us young fellas at that time because of the way he played the game – innovative, strong and very quick to spot an opportunity. Was he our greatest half back of all time? Technically he would not be. Aaron Smith would probably take that crown, but he would be close and in terms of entertainment value, I think he would be top of the tree. Musing on this one day, I gave myself a challenge of picking the greatest Maori All Black team from the era beginning in the late sixties when I started watching rugby at the higher levels. The reason I decided on Maori All Blacks rather...

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LTP provides an opportunity to honour commitment

The answer lies in the process the Council has put in place, a process that is cumbersome and ineffectual. It is very questionable that this process works for rate payers. I took part in this process this year and from what I observed it is about the Council, presumably Councillors and senior staff, constructing and presenting their plan, or some of it, and we mere ratepayers are just meant to agree with them. When we are consulted on our ideas we are given a crayon to write with and a postage-stamp sized piece of paper to write on. We are not told what the Council’s ideas are so we cannot...

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What we need is a great big melting pot

The message is really quite simple; if we all want to get on peacefully with each other then we need to do away with the barriers that prevent this; barriers that are related to geography, ethnicity and class. One of the things that stirred me to dwell on this subject was the upcoming By Election for a vacant Maori Ward seat in Hamilton. The Herald article on this event reported the rules for standing are that the candidate must be a New Zealand citizen, the candidate must be enrolled as a parliamentary elector and the candidate must be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral...

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Why are socialists so rude these days?

Matt was obviously taken aback. He is a mild-mannered West Coast boy who would not be used to such attacks from either his mother or wife. I thought that maybe this was a one-off display of rudeness, after all Ms Genter is American born so possibly this is acceptable behaviour for their womenfolk. Upon giving this matter a bit more thought however, I decided you couldn’t blame her American bloodline. After all there are other examples of rudeness such as Green Party Co-Leader Chloe Swarbrick shrilly accusing the Prime Minister of lying to Parliament regarding climate change. She did eventually...

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We are becoming more corrupt

We are getting worse and this is a concern as we all have to pay for this. When, for example, a power company must pay many millions that they should not have to pay, purely to get a project approved, who eventually pays those millions? We do of course. Corruption is defined by Oxford Languages as “Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery”. The prime element of this definition is power and this can come in many forms. The introduction of the Resource Management Act many years ago opened us up for an increase in corruption by expanding the number of groups...

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Whose side should we be on?

The AUKUS alliance of USA, UK and Australia extend an invitation to New Zealand to be a supporting partner. The original AUKUS is a submarine purchasing agreement, not much more really. There seems to be a desire in some quarters to make it more by having countries such as Canada and ourselves join up as Pillar 2 members of AUKUS, meaning we don’t get any submarines but would be buddies with those that do have them. They would protect us if we needed protecting, and we would support them if they needed supporting. The first question that comes to mind is whether we need protecting from submarines...

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Our voice – How do we have one?

It was cumbersome in that the website was difficult to navigate and it was limiting in that all you could comment on was decisions already made, we could not be part of the decision. An example of this was the new Council administrative building where we could decide on spending between $8 million and $27 million depending on options. What was not presented for our consideration was some missing options such as: 1. Sell the current Council premises and have Council lease office space elsewhere. 2. Sell the current Council premises and have a new Council building built on land owned by the...

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Who makes the decisions?

This was not an attack on individual Board members.  A previous article regarding Whangamata Community Board indicates that it is not just a Mercury Bay problem and personal experience indicates the problems have been there for some time. But it remains our problem. In the previous article, I followed the Wharekaho footpath requirement, tracking it from community need to budget oblivion and it made me curious about when the requirement disappears from our view, does anyone retain a view of this and who makes decisions about the requirement? What I mean by this is the specific footpath at Wharekaho...

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