Posts by Andre

  • Hard News: The Scientology front…,

    The law is wrong. We saw the huge numbers lining up to buy legal highs and it looked like most of them formerly smoked weed. What we are currently doing is criminalising a large group of society for no reason. 52% of New Zealanders aged 15 – 45 admit to having used cannabis at some time, and 16% describe themselves as current users..
    About the same amount of people will smoke weed if it is legalised as do now. Some like it. Others will try it, have a bad experience and never take it again, Just like they do now when it is illegal. It wasn’t like numbers of smokers increased with legal weed. The science says that less teens smoke it if it is legalised and 50-65 year-old males are more likely to increase consumption.
    Justice and science, I reckon.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    I posted probably too many potential WOTY above and think of them all the term Ihumatao resonates most strongly. It no longer only denotes a geographic place, now also representing a movement and a new ideology in New Zealand and Maori public affairs.
    This year the actions of the protectors at Ihumatao highlighted what to most seemed an obvious injustice and public sentiment drove local and central government leaders, Fletchers and iwi leaders to seek a new solution. We don't know what that is yet but we can be sure that last year the word Ihumatao was fairly unknown but is now firmly seated in the public consciousness, will be included in all official national histories and school children will be learning about Ihumatao in NZ history (whereas I think it has been mentioned broadly as Mangere mountain in most major histories to date). They may also learn about SOUL and Pania Newton, but it is the term Ihumatao that will always resonate. It's a strong word, distinctly Maori unlike Bastion Point. In the end, its the one that I think stands out to us as New Zealanders, more so than climate and other more global possibilities.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Privilege

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Nick Russell,

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    This

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Protect
    The term that changed the nature of Maori land protest from claiming back or asking for ownership of land to taking a stand to protect land that you already have a stake in, whether or not you officially own it. Subsequently used by Owairaka protestors to claim to protect trees and fauna when it was seen by some as protest against Maori land ownership.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Resilience

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Maunga. Suddenly relevant to Aucklanders in a way it didn't before we became more widely aware that the Maori do now own many of our beloved mountains and the implications of seeing tiro rangatiratanga in action. Whether you agree with the Owairaka protesters or not, the term is now in much wider use.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Jonesing
    Especially relevant this year in relation to Shane "I'd love to have 3 billion dollars to give away" Jones

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Cancel culture (the last three are winners of 2019 word of the year for Macquarie, dictionary.com and Oxford btw).

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