New Zealand




Jacinda Ardern sets out Priorities: Climate, Inequality and Women - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has laid out her priorities for the country  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "she plans to urgently address climate change !! - tackle inequality !! - and improving women’s lives in the home and workplace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Ardern: "we have found allies in this Parliament - who wish to join with us in building a fairer New Zealand !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a country where our environment is protected !! - where we look after the most vulnerable  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "where we support our families - and where we make sure people have the most basic of needs  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Green Party have signed a confidence and supply deal with Labour"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to support a significant boost to the national conservation budget !! - addressing the gender pay gap in the public sector  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "increasing funding for social issues !! - overhauling the welfare system - and establishing an independent climate commission  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "establishing a climate change commission  !! - setting a target of net zero for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and restoring the Emissions Trading Scheme !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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how Jacinda Ardern charms New Zealand - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Jacinda Ardern leads New Zealand’s Labour Party  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and finds herself about to take office as New Zealand’s third female Prime Minister !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ardern coalates with the Green Party for a better life for New Zealanders"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by reducing poverty !! - making rivers swimmable again !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "building affordable homes - and preparing young people for the future through free tertiary education and a bigger student allowance"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Ardern: "we aspire to be a Government for all New Zealanders !! - and one that will seize the opportunity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to build a fairer - better - New Zealand !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we will work hard to ensure New Zealand is once again a country - we can all be proud of !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when Jacinda Ardern was first asked to lead the party - she said no to the top job - seven times  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "all Ardern wanted was to be minister - she wanted a family at some point, more sleep at night"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and a break from her persistent fear that she wasn’t doing enough, being enough, to everyone in her life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I am constantly assessing whether I am doing enough"  ?! - "or what I should be doing more of to make sure I am not letting anyone down"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Jacinda Ardern has a generous dollop of uncultivated charm and humour !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and her energy communicated for voters a different future for New Zealand  !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the plan is to raise the minimum wage !! - and crack down on foreign speculators buying up prime land  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "regional development - addressing the infrastructure deficit - and improving the lives of New Zealand’s most vulnerable people  ! - are priorities for the new Government"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ardern’s personal popularity  ! - and the huge crowds she drew around the country - was hailed "Jacindamania"  !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jacinda Ardern - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "empathy and approachability are Ardern’s stock-in-trade !!! - and they are on full display"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "her famous smile: when she talks - unwaveringly meeting your eye, her body bent forward in earnest concentration !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "her persona is that of a serious politician: intense, devoted, and with "no personal life"  !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "she has charm and humour !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Jacinda Ardern is incredibly intelligent, compassionate  !! - and you can see how she can empathise with people !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but possibly her greatest asset is that people seem to trust her !!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I am certainly going to try to keep this positive momentum for the progressive movements from around the world !!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "said Jacinda Ardern - when asked if she had been passed the torch from Jeremy Corbyn and from Bernie Sanders  ?!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "change has come to New Zealand !!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Zealand Report - BBC: LINK ¤ B B C

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  • "New Zealand is a wealthy Pacific nation dominated by two cultural groups: New Zealanders of European descent; and the Maori, the descendants of Polynesian settlers"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is made up of two main islands and numerous smaller ones: the North Island (known as "Te Ika-a-Maui" in Maori) is the more populous of the two"

 

 

 

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  • "and is separated by the Cook Strait from the somewhat larger but much less populated South Island (or "Te Waipounamu")"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the landscape is diverse, and sometimes spectacular: with glacier-carved mountains, lakes, beaches and thermal springs"

 

 

 

 

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  • "because of the islands' geographical isolation, much of the flora and fauna is unique to the country"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "agriculture is the economic mainstay, manufacturing and tourism are important"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the precise date of early Maori settlement remains a matter of debate, but current research suggests that the first arrivals came from East Polynesia sometime in the 13th century"

 

 

 

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  • "British sovereignty was established under the 1840 "Treaty of Waitangi" - a pact between Maori chiefs and the British government over land rights"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the treaty gave rise to land claims which culminated in the "New Zealand battles", a series of skirmishes between colonial forces and Maori in the North Island"

 

 

 

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  • "the government awarded money and land in settlements during the 1990s, but the land issue remains controversial"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "New Zealand's anti-nuclear stance - including a ban on nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed vessels from its waters - put it at odds with the US"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a significant amount of New Zealand's electricity is generated by hydropower sources"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the country has a range of renewable energy sources at its disposal !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Maori New Zealanders make up 15.4 per cent of the current population  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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dirty Tricks helped John Key win another Term - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the National party won the elections, despite revelations about a dirty tricks campaign run from the prime minister’s office"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the dirty tricks: smearing and destabilising political opponents"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "prime minister John Key from the conservative party has cultivated an ordinary-bloke-next-door public image"

 

 

 

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  • "he is in reality a ruthless politician (his nickname during his finance trader career was the smiling assassin) and his party is a party of big business"

 

 

 

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  • "from the start, he created a "rags to riches" personal story and presented himself as friendly and easy going"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but his government has worked systematically to close down critical voices"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "academics, scientists, media and more"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "leaked documents show that a key tool was using National party-aligned blogs to launch personal attacks"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "hundreds of people found themselves viciously derided by the bloggers (including a delight in personal smears)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the leaked documents reveal that many of these were initiated and supported by the National party and John Key’s staff"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in particular a dirty tricks coordinator named Jason Ede working two doors along from Key’s office (Ede has since resigned)"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ede’s role was designed to be deniable. He was paid directly by the National party (dodging freedom on information laws)"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the blogs pretended to be independent, thus also being deniable whenever the attacks generated a public backlash"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the documents show concerted efforts during the last two elections to trip up, distract and discredit opposing political parties"

 

 

 

 

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  • "for instance, Key’s dirty tricks man went inside the Labour party’s computers and dug dirt for release on a blog"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the government used its access to official information to devise repeated mini scandals for launch by the bloggers"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "various news organisations saw the attack bloggers as easy sources of scoops and cooperated in these manufactured scandals"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these activities have had a damaging effect on New Zealand politics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Key’s political opponents have been painted as dodgy, untrustworthy or incompetent"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the tell-tale signs were unusual levels of personal attacks, usually of little ultimate substance and appearing in the news out of nowhere"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these things are not normal in New Zealand politics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "US Republican party political strategists call this a two-track approach:"

 

 

 

 

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  • "seeking to benefit from attack politics without risking a public backlash for stooping to negative tactics"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "track one is the political leader who apparently remains clean and positive"

 

 

 

 

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  • "track two is the apparently independent allies who conduct attack politics on the leader’s behalf"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "negative politics often results large groups of people turning off politics and falling voter turnout"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this was one of the results in Saturday’s election"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "right-wing parties bet that the people turned off voting are more likely to support their opponents"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is no easy answer to these anti-democratic tactics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the best defences are providing protections and encouragement to empower the widest range of specialists"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and citizens to participate in all levels of politics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is the best hope of stopping politics being dominated by PR people, party-aligned mouth pieces and industry lobbyists"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's about freedom of speech and political activity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "versus those who would seek to gain by suppressing them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Capital: Wellington
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Climate Change - US cable - 2007: LINK ¤ 07WELLINGTON695

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  • "Prime Minister Helen Clark (Labour Party) announced the Government's plan"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to significantly reduce New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this comprehensive plan will establish an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to impose prices to limit greenhouse gas emissions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the ETS program will be phased-in over the next six years"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and is intended to halve New Zealand's level of 2007 emissions by 2040"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Secretary Clinton - US cable - 2010: LINK ¤ 10WELLINGTON3

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  • "we have worked closely on preparations with your "Kiwi" hosts"

 

 

 

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  • "your visit to New Zealand, a small Pacific nation of 4.3 million"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "will further energize bilateral relations, which are already on an upward trajectory"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Election - US cable - 2008:
LINK ¤ 08WELLINGTON376

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  • "the election of Barack Obama was greeted enthusiastically"

 

 

 

 

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  • "with extensive press coverage and media commentary"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "one NGO leader was elated, saying that Obama's victory represented a turning point for the United States"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the crowds at both sites were strongly pro-Obama"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and there was a sense of delight and amazement"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at how America could reinvent itself with a President"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "from less-than-optimal circumstances"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fonterra - US cable - 2007: LINK ¤ 07WELLINGTON847

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  • "the group is owned by its 11,000 dairy farmer shareholders"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and is the world's largest exporter of dairy products"

 

 

 

 

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  • "exporting 95 percent of New Zealand's production"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Fonterra controls about 40 per cent of world dairy trade"

 

 

 

 

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  • "it exports to more than 140 countries with 32 per cent going to Asia, 25 per cent to the Americas, and 21 per cent to Oceania"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Fonterra is considered a "partnership model""

 

 

 

 

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  • "because of the growing number of foreign companies with which it has established partnerships"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "partnerships, such as joint ventures, give Fonterra market access without major capital investments and financial risks"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "while providing mutual benefits to both companies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Copyright - US cable - 2009: LINK ¤ 09WELLINGTON88

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  • "New Zealand's Minister of Commerce Simon Power announced"

 

 

 

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  • "that the Government of New Zealand will suspend section 92A of the new copyright law"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which would have created new regulations for terminating Internet accounts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "negotiators for both the intellectual property rights industry (IPR)"

 

 

 

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  • "and the Telecommunications Carrier Forum (TCF - association of Internet service providers)"

 

 

 

 

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  • "were surprised"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "throughout the final stages of the law's implementation"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US embassy continued to met with IPR stakeholders"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and government officials to ascertain progress"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Investment - US cable - 2005: LINK ¤ 05WELLINGTON985

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  • "US investment is concentrated in the telecommunications, forestry"

 

 

 

 

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  • "transportation, food processing and electronic data processing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "increased US investments are being directed into"

 

 

 

 

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  • "petroleum refining and distribution, financial services"

 

 

 

 

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  • "information technology and biotechnology"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United States
- US cable - 2008: LINK ¤ 08WELLINGTON15

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  • "Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen suggested that the US should develop and implement"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "international rules and practices"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as an example, endorsement of the international criminal court"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which would be a signal to the world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US should avoid being regarded in the same way as the Australian cricket team"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "where the rules are not quite symmetrical"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Middle Earth - US cable - 2005: LINK ¤ 05WELLINGTON274

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  • "foreign and defense policies in New Zealand"

 

 

 

 

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  • "are the product of an internal debate between two worlds"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the first world - most military, intelligence, foreign affairs and business professionals, and a handful of politicians"

 

 

 

 

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  • "sees New Zealand as a US ally"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the other world - most politicians, media, academics and much of the public"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "views the United States with suspicion and sees New Zealand as non-aligned"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maori - US Cable - 2004: LINK ¤ 04WELLINGTON769

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  • "the issue of human rights of indigenous peoples has particular relevance to New Zealand"

 

 

 

 

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  • "because of the indigenous Maori"

 

 

 

 

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  • "who compose 15 percent of the New Zealand population"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maori People - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ MAORI

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  • "the Maori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages at some time between 1250 and 1300 CE"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "over centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with their own language, a rich mythology, distinctive crafts and performing arts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW ZEALAND - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ NEW ZEALAND

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  • "New Zealand - Maori: Aotearoa - is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean"

 

 

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  • "it is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga"

 

 

 

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  • "the country geographically comprises two main landmasses - that of the North Island, or "Te Ika-a-Maui", and the South Island, or "Te Waipounamu" - and numerous smaller islands"

 

 

 

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  • "during its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life; most notable are the large number of unique bird species"

 

 

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  • "the country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions"

 

 

 

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  • Population: 4.6 million

 

 

 

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AOTEAROA - Wikipedia Maori: LINK ¤ AOTEAROA
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