12 February 2020
Coronavirus has rapidly swept across the world in recent weeks. Alongside this has been a spread of fear, misinformation and, perhaps most unfortunately, racism and xenophobia.
The disease, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, begins with symptoms like the flu or even a bad cold. This has led to run-of-the-mill ailments being treated with suspicion until it can be confirmed that the symptoms are not caused by the Coronavirus. More ...
29 January 2020
The trustworthiness of the media has been subjected to unprecedented attacks over the last few years, from both the right and the left.
Both United States President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have relentlessly attacked elements of the media from the right and Rupert Murdoch's media empire has been attacked from the left.
Where do the journalists sit among all these attacks? More ...
18 December 2019
Boris Johnson has just been re-elected as prime minister in the recent United Kingdom elections.
Aside from a Brexit deal, one of the key policies he has promised is making what he calls "all-out strikes" on public transport illegal under a new conservative administration. More ...
4 December 2019
Many New Zealanders will be waking up of Christmas morning with plans to spend time with family, friends or just enjoying the New Zealand summer. Others will be getting ready for work in roles where the work doesn't stop just because Santa has visited.
Many businesses close down over the Christmas and New Year period as a matter of custom as the period includes 4 public holidays. Other businesses are prevented from operating on Christmas Day as it is a restricted trading day in New Zealand.
A number of workplaces providing essential services will always be in operation on Christmas day - such as hospitals, prisons, and the police who will face no less work than any other day of the year. More ...
4 December 2019
Reality TV has exploded in recent years, with viewer demand spawning an ever growing number of cooking competitions, renovation competitions, dancing competitions, dating shows and even shows where participants marry complete strangers.
Reality TV shows draw their viewership and notoriety from making everyday people interesting.
This often requires a combination of placing participants in difficult or high pressure situations, and then using producer influence and selective editing to portray an interesting or scandalous narrative that will attract viewers. More ...
20 November 2019
People watched aghast as the new SkyCity Convention Centre burnt for days in Auckland.
It seems that the oversight on the part of a contractor leaving a heating fan going without supervision sparked the fire. No doubt a formal enquiry and possible litigation might determine things with more accuracy.
Former prime minister Sir John Key and the Auckland City Council will have watched a dream go up in smoke, or at least be delayed for several years. More ...