elocal Magazine

In 2015, Don began writing articles for elocal, a monthly magazine focused on the Franklin county/Karaka area of South Auckland. In recent years, it has been available both in print and digital editions (the latter at www.elocal.co.nz). In reverse chronological order, these are those articles.

“The banks are ripping us off” (Part 1)

elocal Magazine, ed. 214. 2 January 2019

Every now and then, there’s a surge of concern, sometimes even anger, at the banks. They make too much money. Their profits go overseas. They no longer provide services in country towns. Their culture needs watching carefully by the regulators, lest they exploit their customers.

Is freedom of speech under threat in New Zealand?

elocal Magazine, ed. 202. 30 December 2018

On the face of it, this seems like a silly question. In New Zealand, freedom of speech is enshrined as one of our fundamental rights in the Bill of Rights Act of 1990. Section 14 of that law notes that “everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the...

Enough is enough

elocal Magazine, ed. 213. 1 December 2018

Six months ago, I wrote a column about the five local referenda which defeated the attempt of five district councils to foist separate Maori wards on their districts. And about the open letter which Local Government New Zealand had written to the Government urging it to change the law so...

Why do so many of us feel we are not getting ahead?

elocal Magazine, ed. 212. 2 November 2018

In recent months, we have seen a rash of strikes – teachers and nurses in particular, with other sectors suggesting that they may strike also unless the people who work in those sectors get a substantial wage or salary increase.

Free speech again

elocal Magazine, ed. 211. 28 September 2018

A couple of months back, I wrote a column about Phil Goff’s purported refusal to allow two Canadians to speak at an Auckland Council-owned venue (I say “purported” because, when challenged, Council lawyers eventually admitted that actually he had no power to impose such a ban, which was actually imposed...

Was zero out of ten too harsh?

elocal Magazine, ed. 210. 31 August 2018

A few weeks ago on a breakfast TV programme, I was provoked into quoting a recent assessment of the Key/English Government by Kerry McDonald, a former director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, and chief executive or chairman of a number of major companies.

When should free speech be banned?

elocal Magazine, ed. 209. 3 August 2018

Early in July, the mayor of Auckland Phil Goff banned a couple of Canadians from speaking at a council-owned facility in Auckland.

Trump: my assessment 18 months on

elocal Magazine, ed. 208. 30 June 2018

Shortly after his election in November 2016, I wrote an article for elocal headed “Could President Trump be as dangerous as candidate Trump sounded”. I concluded that article by quoting political commentator Matthew Hooton with approval saying that

Do New Zealanders really want political structures based on race?

elocal Magazine, ed. 207. 2 June 2018

Late last year, five district councils – Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatane, Palmerston North, Manawatu and Kaikoura – voted to establish one or more Maori wards in their districts. The intention was that those on the Maori roll for Parliamentary elections would vote in these separate wards, but not in...

Should learning Maori be compulsory?

elocal Magazine, ed. 205. 31 March 2018

In the lead-up to last year’s election, the Green Party announced that it was their policy to make it compulsory to learn te reo Maori in all primary schools by 2030. Not to be outdone, the Labour Government has announced that it is their policy that all early childhood, primary...

Should the Oath of Allegiance refer to the Treaty?

elocal Magazine, ed. 204. 3 March 2018

A few weeks ago, at the height of the general back-slapping which accompanied Waitangi Day celebrations, a University of Waikato researcher Dr Arama Rata, urged that “acknowledgement of the Treaty of Waitangi be made part of the rite of passage for every new New Zealand citizen”.[1]

Who controls our banks?

elocal Magazine, ed. 203. 2 February 2018

Just before Christmas, the Reserve Bank announced that it had granted a banking licence to China Construction Bank, making that bank that 25th bank to hold a banking licence in this country, and the fourth Chinese bank to do so.

First impressions of the new Government

elocal Magazine, ed. 201. 2 December 2017

The new Labour-New Zealand First-Greens Government is under way, and already there have been some unexpected positive developments and some pratfalls. Few would have expected the new government to sign up to an only-slight-modified Trans Pacific Partnership, and that is clearly good news for our economic future; but on the...

Is the new Government legitimate?

elocal Magazine, ed. 200. 3 November 2017

There’s been a huge amount of comment since our election on 23 September about the inordinate length of time that Mr Peters took to decide which of the two main parties he was going to anoint, and a great deal of anger when he finally anointed Labour.

The 2017 election: the morning after

elocal Magazine, ed. 199. 29 September 2017

Writing about the 2017 election on the day after that election is full of risk. With well over 300,000 special votes still to be counted, the final composition of Parliament is yet to be determined.

Use your vote to end National's race-based policies

elocal Magazine, ed. 198. 1 September 2017

Over the last year, the Hobson’s Pledge Trust has been promoting the message that New Zealanders are one people, with equal rights to live in this land – not two people, Maori and “the rest”, as successive governments have asked us to believe.

Should New Zealanders have to swear allegiance to Kiwi values?

elocal Magazine, ed. 197. 27 July 2017

In last month’s edition of elocal, I argued that there are strong economic arguments for scaling back quite sharply the number of non-New Zealanders allowed to settle in New Zealand.

Immigration is going to be an election issue

elocal Magazine, ed. 196. 30 June 2017

There seems little doubt that immigration is going to be a big election issue this year. Sensing this, the Government recently moved to tighten the rules while still arguing that a large-scale immigration programme was in New Zealand’s interests.

Does National deserve another term?

elocal Magazine, ed. 195. 26 May 2017

With less than four months to go till the general election on 23 September, the question exercising the minds of many of those who voted National in the last few elections is: Do they deserve another term?

Why all the fuss about freedom of speech?

elocal Magazine, ed. 194. 28 April 2017

A couple of weeks ago, the media made quite a fuss about an open letter “Supporting Freedom of Speech in New Zealand Universities”, initiated by Professor Paul Moon, professor of History at the Auckland University of Technology, and signed by nearly 30 well-known New Zealanders.

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