Showing posts from March 24, 2013

New Zealand's Foreign Policy

New Zealand’s Foreign Policy: New Zealand’s 
Place in the World *
By Gerald McGhie 
Gerald McGhie is a former career diplomat who served as ambassador to Moscow and Seoul, High Commissioner to Port Moresby and Commissioner in Hong Kong. Now retired, he is a past director of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and was chairman of the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International.
The December – January issue of the International Review contains the text of a talk given to the Institute by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and, later, of Defence, Hon Phil Goff. Mr Goff, now Opposition spokesman for Foreign Affairs drew on his lengthy experience in both portfolios to discuss New Zealand's place in the world.

As Mr Goff explained, the fundamentals are clear – New Zealand, small and isolated is deeply dependent on overseas markets. Even so we have played an almost disproportionate role as an international citizen particularly in overseas wars. The First …

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Global Warming

We now complain about the rising sea level and the unusual heat, and blame global warming. I am told that global warming is debatable, I don’t know if its true or not because I’m not an expert, but I am concerned.

The earth has probably existed for billions of years, I wonder if there was global warming any time back then and what caused it.

All this heat may have been the effects of industrialisation. Many industrialized cities have constant fog over their countries and they are presumed developed. We export scrap metal to China to be made in to steel and exported all over the world. But there are so many other things that can cause the depletion of the ozone layer, how many more years will the earth exist before we, modern man blow in into oblivion.

In maybe just two to three hundred years of modern mans existence we have caused  so much damage and we are rushing to try and reverse it. We have spent billions of dollars going to the moon and mars. Space exploration has…

Looking Beyond the Headlines

NZ Truth Looking beyond the headlines and blogs about Fiji January 30, 2013
David Farrar recently wrote a post on his Kiwiblog and linked to a story by Michael Field about the alleged burning of the new constitution by Fiji Police, then he linked to another story, again by Michael Field about a troublesome priest being asked to leave Fiji. Michael Field is banned from traveling to Fiji. It is likely that he sourced both of his stories from the anti-government blog Coup 4.5, who are almost all exclusively Auckland based. What is particularly galling is that the major media and gullible bloggers simply repeat what Michael Field and the anonymous bloggers at Coup 4.5 have to say. They invariably do not read more widely and find out the exact details of what precisely happened and when in Fiji. With regards to the alleged burning of the new constitution you can’t really go past getting the true story from Graham Davis and some additional facts about the Ghai document. Compare and contrast …

Draft Constitutions: 1.Where Are The Drafters Coming From?

By Crosbie Walsh
In this article, the first of two on the Government's draft constitution, I comment on the processes and  fundamentally different positions adopted in the Government and Ghai drafts. In the concluding article, I use the recently published analysis of the the Government draft by the Citizen's Constitutional Forum to address key issues, compare the two drafts,  and offer some opinions of my own.

The processes

The process originally proposed by Government involved a widely-representative Constituent Assembly to debate and submit its recommendations to the President for adoption. The Ghai draft, however, was unacceptable to Government and the Assembly was abandoned. Government has now draft has now released its own draft and a new process for public participation.

The public has until April 5th to let Government know what they think of its provisions by text messaging, phone calls, and through public meetings and radio talkback programmes. This consultancy falls fa…


A Safe, Happy and Reflective Easter to Everybody


PM Will Run/Where to Comment on Draft Constition

BREAKING NEWS.  PM to stand for election.
FijiVillage story. Fiji Times story by Nasik Swami
Saturday, March 23, 2013
PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will stand for the 2014 general elections.
Commodore Bainimarama announced this yesterday.

"I am on track for elections in September 2014 and I am confident of standing," he said in a Ministry of Information statement.

Commodore Bainimarama also said there was still ample time to form a political party with elections more than a year away. Highlighting the changes in parliamentary seats, he said the proposed 45-member single house parliament would cut costs.

Commodore Bainimarama said this would attract the right people for Parliament and Cabinet.
In a national address on Thursday, he announced that Fiji needed at least 15 months to prepare for a democratic parliamentary system.

"My fellow Fijians, adherence to the timeline we have set is critical if we are to have elections by September 2014,"…