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What the Welfare Working Group report really says

Monday, 16 August 2010, 5:09 pm | Anne Else

Buried deep in the report of the Welfare Working Group, “Long-term benefit dependency: the issues”, are two remarkable pieces of information. First, “New Zealand’s rate of employment for disabled people is one of the highest in the OECD. Around ... More >>

Mining the land and undermining the children

Monday, 29 March 2010, 1:55 pm | Anne Else

What do conservation estates and domestic purposes beneficiaries have in common? Both of them look after the country’s most valuable assets. But you wouldn’t know it from the way John Key and his government have been acting lately. More >>

Letter from Elsewhere: Mrs Williams

Tuesday, 2 February 2010, 2:27 pm | Anne Else

One woman, in her 80s, was asked if she could move around all right and, when she said she found it difficult to hang out washing, was told to get her son to make a box for her to stand on... "They did not realise she was reliant on a walker and ... More >>

Anne Else: A fair adjectival cow

Friday, 11 December 2009, 12:19 pm | Anne Else

A handy guide to Newzild, issued to US servicemen during the war, says that "a fair cow" or, more forcefully, "a fair adjectival cow", means “an unpleasant man, woman or situation”. It's exactly the right term, I reckon, to describe the plan to house ... More >>

Hide and seek: the truth about Rodney and Roger

Thursday, 12 November 2009, 1:56 pm | Anne Else

There's a wonderful column by Rosemary McLeod in the Dom-Post this morning (12 November). She skewers the grotesqueries of Rodney Hide's apparently bizarre behaviour beautifully. But even Rosemary has missed something important about this whole affair. More >>

Controversy over the "unfortunate experiment"

Monday, 17 August 2009, 1:37 pm | Anne Else

Fully understanding the complexities of what has become known as the “unfortunate experiment” at National Women’s Hospital (a term first coined by Professor David Skegg of Otago University) was, from the start, incredibly difficult. It was all ... More >>

Letter from Elsewhere: Run, And Don’t Go Back

Monday, 13 July 2009, 1:33 pm | Anne Else

It seems that constitutional convention depends on how judges feel on the day. On 28 June, the Sunday Star-Times reported that Family Violence Court Judge Phil Recordon and Chief Judge Russell Johnson both declined to discuss Recordon’s sentencing ... More >>

Letter from Elsewhere: Nats Nix Pay Equity

Monday, 18 May 2009, 9:39 am | Anne Else

The National party has just proved that it has not changed with the times, and that those who don’t understand history (in this case, employed women who voted National) are doomed to repeat it. More >>

Letter from Elsewhere: The Invisible Victim

Sunday, 1 February 2009, 7:41 pm | Anne Else

The Sunday Star Times for 1 February devotes a large amount of space to a new film about David Dougherty, who spent three years in prison after being convicted of abducting his neighbour, an eleven year old girl, and raping her at knifepoint in 1992. More >>

Letter from Elsewhere: What I heard John Key Say

Friday, 31 October 2008, 11:27 am | Anne Else

In February 2003 I heard John Key say "After 18 years in the international currency, bond and derivative markets, I hung up my banking boots for New Zealand politics." More >>

It’s official: the poorest get nothing

Monday, 13 October 2008, 5:27 pm | Anne Else

So you thought the first round of tax cuts helped everyone? Think again. It’s abundantly clear that despite Working for Families, many families are struggling to cope with the rapid rises in basic living costs. Food went up by 7 percent in the year to June, ... More >>

Letter from Elsewhere: Closing the door to hope

Wednesday, 13 August 2008, 11:50 am | Anne Else

No wonder John Key could honestly say, announcing his party’s welfare policy, that the widow’s benefit “gave my mother enough security to keep us together and keep us focused on a time when things would improve. By having our most basic needs covered ... More >>

Letter from Elsewhere: The appalling Veitch story

Tuesday, 15 July 2008, 3:24 pm | Anne Else

I can find only three small rays of hope in the appalling story of Tony Veitch’s serious assault on his former partner, and its aftermath. None of them have anything to do with his behaviour after the story broke, let alone with how the media (including ... More >>

Anne Else: Gambling For Profit & Misery

Tuesday, 25 March 2008, 2:17 pm | Anne Else

I try to keep an eye on the business pages, though I think much of what appears in them is in fact thinly disguised advertising for a particular enterprise, prominent businessperson, or just the wondrous benefits of the capitalist system generally. More >>

Children Of The Poor: Nothing Matters More

Monday, 3 December 2007, 10:27 am | Anne Else

So Don Brash has repeated himself, and another married mother has turned into a sole parent - though I doubt that Je Lan will be off to Work and Income any time soon. I’ve been thinking about sole parents because, in a roundabout way, they featured ... More >>

Anne Else: The Wrong End Of The Stick, Again?

Monday, 19 November 2007, 2:57 pm | Anne Else

I see you’re calling for submissions on “Next Steps: Integrated Home and Community Care”. I’ve read the package of information available HERE and HERE (and you did kindly offer to post them to me instead). And I’ll make sure to fill in the ... More >>

Anne Else: Untangling The Zoe's Ark Affair

Tuesday, 6 November 2007, 1:19 pm | Anne Else

Extraordinary how one event can raise so many major issues. No, I’m not talking about the New Zealand police raids and arrests of 17 “terrorists’, but the even more bizarre case of the 103 African “orphans”. More >>

Get It Straight: Repeal Section 59 And Cut Crime

Monday, 26 March 2007, 10:46 pm | Anne Else

Wilful stupidity is really hard to deal with, but I’m going to try. The Sensible Sentencing Trust has just managed to pull off a difficult feat. In a strong field of stupid statements, its latest one on Sue Bradford’s Bill stands out for its ... More >>

Some Call It Rape: The Sex Kitten & The Tomcat

Monday, 5 March 2007, 8:41 pm | Anne Else

I didn’t want to write this column, but it can’t be avoided. It’s been obvious for a few years now that women are being more and more insistently defined (and often successfully urged to join the fun and define themselves) in terms of how “hot” ... More >>

Letter from Elsewhere: Frankenstein’s Creature

Monday, 27 November 2006, 3:23 pm | Anne Else

Don Brash was not a politician, any more than Frankenstein’s creature was a human being. Many of the fascinating exchanges published yesterday from Nicky Hager’s book The Hollow Men show how hard his clutch of bumbling Frankensteins tried to turn ... More >>





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