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.

Since when has urging equality before the law been “racist drivel”?

elocal Magazine, ed. 193. 31 March 2017

A few weeks ago, the Hon. Peter Dunne, a minister in the current coalition Government, denounced a pamphlet distributed in his Ohariu electorate as “racist drivel”. The pamphlet was distributed by Tross Publishing and was promoting a book entitled “One Treaty One Nation”.

Election year again

elocal Magazine, ed. 192. 2 March 2017

On 23 September, New Zealand will have its eighth general election under the MMP voting system and there are a few signs that both the political parties and the public are finally getting their collective heads around how it works.

Bill English and Waitangi Day

elocal Magazine, ed. 191. 29 January 2017

Much was written about the Prime Minister’s refusal to attend Waitangi Day ceremonies in Waitangi following his being “banned” from speaking at the powhiri.

How has the Key-led Government performed?

elocal Magazine, ed. 190. 2 January 2017

Just the day before John Key announced that he was stepping down as Prime Minister, I wrote the article below and submitted it to the editor. The editor kindly gave me the opportunity to modify it in the light of his resignation.

Could President Trump be as dangerous as candidate Trump sounded?

elocal Magazine, ed. 189. 2 December 2016

It’s a very long time since I’ve felt so depressed about the future of the United States and of the world. In President-elect Donald Trump we have a man who, at least to judge from his pre-election rhetoric, seems to have not a single redeeming quality.

Hobson's Pledge racist? Hardly!

elocal Magazine, ed. 188. 28 October 2016

Unless you’ve been hiding under rock over the last few weeks, you’ll know that a group of us has launched Hobson’s Pledge, committed to ensuring that all New Zealanders have equal political rights.

Hobson's Pledge: “We are now one people”

elocal Magazine, ed. 187. 30 September 2016

A few months ago, a friend contacted me. He was very worried. He felt the country was going seriously off the rails, with the Government creating more and more divisions between those of us with a Maori ancestor and those of us without.

Why do families struggle?

elocal Magazine, ed. 186. 26 August 2016

A few weeks ago, the New Zealand Herald carried the story of a family of four having only $81.30 per week to pay for food after covering the cost of rent, power, phone, petrol, insurance, etc., and described the family’s plight as typical of many families in west Auckland.

Open letter to Peter Dunne on the Treaty of Waitangi

elocal Magazine, ed. 185. 29 July 2016

Dear Minister,

Housing ever more wildly unaffordable

elocal Magazine, ed. 184. 30 June 2016

For the third time in less than 18 months, I’m writing about house prices. And of course the reason is that in New Zealand generally, and in Auckland in particular, house prices have gone from wildly unaffordable to the utterly ridiculous.

Is democracy working?

elocal Magazine, ed. 183. 27 May 2016

A few days ago, a friend expressed doubt about whether democracy was really working in New Zealand. She had just watched the Speaker of Parliament throw Winston Peters out of the House, apparently for asking a question which embarrassed the Government.

Should Maori have special rights over how we use our natural resources and plan our cities?

elocal Magazine, ed. 182. 2 May 2016

For many years, the National Party has stressed its commitment to reforming the Resource Management Act (RMA), the piece of legislation which more than any other determines how we protect our environment and plan our cities. In the first term of this Government, some modest reforms were introduced.

TPPA: Should we love it or hate it?

elocal Magazine, ed. 181. 31 March 2016

Over the last couple of months, there has been a quite astonishing level of antagonism towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. There has often been debate about whether we should sign a free trade deal – there was quite a bit at the time the Labour Government signed the free trade...

Orewa revisited

elocal Magazine, ed. 180. 26 February 2016

During my time in Parliament between 2002 and 2007, I gave four speeches at the Orewa Rotary Club, on each occasion on the last Tuesday of January. The first was delivered before I became Leader of the National Party and generated some headlines at the time.

Do we really want doctors assisting terminally ill people to die?

elocal Magazine, ed. 179. 29 January 2016

From time to time, an issue comes along which divides the community into warring camps which have little or nothing to do with conventional politics. When I was in Parliament between 2002 and 2006, one such issue was whether prostitution should be legalised.

Do immigrants really want us to abandon Christmas?

elocal Magazine, ed. 178. 2 January 2016

Not long before Christmas, there was some discussion in the media about the fact that Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) was being careful to avoid using the word “Christmas”, and would instead be wishing people “happy holidays” and “season’s greetings”.

Is the Reserve Bank trying to change our Constitution?

elocal Magazine, ed. 177. 26 November 2015

As most readers will be aware, the Reserve Bank has recently announced that it will be issuing new bank notes over the next few months, with new $5 and $10 notes being issued at the moment and new $20, $50 and $100 notes being issued early next year.

Auckland house prices again

elocal Magazine, ed. 176. 30 October 2015

Six months ago, I wrote my first article for elocal. I wrote about the ridiculous prices which people were having to pay to buy tiny homes miles from the city centre, and argued that most people who had a strong view on the issue were wrong about the causes of...

Catch Australia? Yeah right!

elocal Magazine, ed. 175. 25 September 2015

One of the promises the National Party made when campaigning for the 2008 election was that it would raise the average standard of living in New Zealand to that in Australia, so that New Zealanders would no longer feel so tempted to move across the Tasman.

The outlook for the economy

elocal Magazine, ed. 174. 28 August 2015

One of the standing jokes during the 14 years during which I was Governor of the Reserve Bank was that, every time the Monetary Policy Committee met to advise me on whether to tighten, ease, or hold monetary conditions, there was an “unusual degree of uncertainty” about the future outlook...

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