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Dr Elizabeth Rata: Treaty no longer symbol of national unity

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Dr Elizabeth Rata: Treaty no longer symbol of national unity
Concerns over erosion of democracy are behind opposition to inclusion of the pact in governing arrangements.

I was surprised to read in Deborah Coddington's recent Herald column that the Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand's founding document. Of course some New Zealanders mistakenly believe that is the case.

Where the belief becomes a problem

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Ending the world on a high note

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Ending the world on a high note
Doomsayers say chaos looms and Planet Earth as we know it may cease to exist in 12 days.

Next week, Kiwi musician Jason Kerrison will sit around a bonfire in the Far North strumming a guitar with friends.

He'll be on the Northland property he and friends bought to prepare for the end of time - predicted by Kerrison and other subscribers to

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Janet McAllister: Taking cues from the pan Pacific past

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Janet McAllister: Taking cues from the pan Pacific past

Last Sunday morning, victim of a cruel ambush before my first coffee, I was thrashed at pool by three cue sharks masquerading as sensitive artists - Vaimaila Urale, Rangituhia Hollis and Dane Taylor. (Urale was ostensibly on my team, but I was the only one not to pot a shot.)

The speed at which I - survivor of a priggishly well-spent youth -

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Colleges stay suspended until new year

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Colleges stay suspended until new year
Foreign students left in limbo as Immigration Service considers appeals against deportation.

Immigration NZ will consider in the new year if it will prosecute four private training establishments found to be involved in an alleged illegal labour scam.

A joint investigation by the service and the Qualifications Authority (NZQA) found four PTEs

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Brian Rudman: At last, Joe Hawke gains victory for the Ngati Whatua iwi

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Brian Rudman: At last, Joe Hawke gains victory for the Ngati Whatua iwi

It was what is known in our trade as the "silly season," straight after Christmas 1976, when news is scarce, and I was on the phone to Ngati Whatua firebrand Joe Hawke hoping for a story. He didn't disappoint. Joe was promising to begin the new year with a tent city occupation of Bastion Point.

The 507-day occupation that followed, coming

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