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The whole town's talking about the Jones Boy The Jones Boy The Jones Boy The whole town's talking about the Jones Boy He acts mighty peculiar now The whole town's saying he was a good boy a nice boy a swell boy The whole town's saying he's not a well boy He just isn't the same somehow he hops he jumps so merrily over the water pumps he stops and then he comes to a pump and he'll jump again the buzz is over the fences that he's going out of his senses The whole town's talking about the Jones boy the poor boy the Jones boy But I just happen to be the Jones boy and I happen to be in love
The federal Coalition’s cabinet is the most powerful collection of Catholics ever assembled in Australia, with almost half its 19 minister being members of that faith, nearly double the proportion of Catholics in the general population.
Snobbery and a false rumour that a boundary change would take some homes out of the Auckland Grammar zone and affect property values are believed to be factors in the strong opposition by voters in the well-heeled Epsom electorate to being moved into the more working class Labour electorate of Mt Roskill.
Not being arrogant, but I would like to think that perhaps I could not simply match John Banks, Richard Worth and Rodney Hide, but I could perhaps do a better job.Goff could match his "non-arrogance", and show the people of Epsom he could do a better job than David Seymour, (who will win the seat) by standing in Epsom as the Labour candidate.
It remains to be seen, however, whether voters get exercised by National's not infrequent selling to the wealthy of special access to the prime minister in return for donations - the ethics of which frankly stink.
The great bulk of Maori voters, however, will assume that Key's helping hand with the Maori Party's finances has left the party seriously in debt to National.
Given that most of its supporters likely struggle to get by financially from week to week and given the competition from Hone Harawira's Mana Party, fund-raising for the Maori Party must be a thankless task.
The trouble is Flavell has accused Harawira of selling out Mana's soul to in return for cash from Kim Dotcom. It is difficult to spot the difference between that and the Maori Party's dinner.
The OECD has issued alarming advice for governments to take "urgent action to tackle rising inequality and social divisions". New Zealand has left these issues unaddressed for too long, and we need to acknowledge it is one of the reasons why our people keep leaving.
In the average week since 1979, about 880 New Zealand citizens have departed, but only about 450 have returned. This matters because it suggests we have trouble retaining people, and might be somehow letting them down.
Associate Minister of Tourism Todd McClay said yesterday that New Zealand was still one of the safest countries to visit. These incidents were "abhorrent" but "fairly rare", he said.
It is not for nothing that some now refer to New Zealand as the Saudi Arabia of lactose. This year the country’s export earnings per capita from dairy will be more than Australians will earn from iron ore.
Ten years ago Australia had a respectable 15 per cent share of the global dairy export market, and New Zealand enjoyed a not dissimilar share.
But while Australian milk production has been slipping by 1.7 per cent a year on average, annual production in New Zealand has been growing at 3.5 per cent.
This year Australia will supply just 7 per cent of the international traded market, but New Zealand will enjoy a 36 per cent year.