Category Archives: Cultural Renewal

Mental health – our national delusion

Family dysfunction and relationship breakdown are key drivers of suicide in New Zealand. Yet the Government’s latest suicide prevention strategy doesn’t even mention them. Instead there is the usual sophisticated bureaucratic waffle and nice framework diagrams that mean nothing and … Continue reading

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The hypocritical rush to repeal blasphemy law

The rush by some politicians to abandon our blasphemy laws is remarkable. It only came up as a minor issue in Ireland yesterday and by 3pm today Act Leader David Seymour was seeking Parliament’s repeal of the New Zealand blasphemy … Continue reading

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Family values cheaper than “social investment”

The PM would find investing in family values a lot cheaper than his much vaunted “social investment” approach. A values approach would also be more effective. Today another $321 million was budgeted for “investment” into programmes to help pick up … Continue reading

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Euthanasia rejected – 10 to 1

The euthanasia lobby trumpeted the huge number of submissions to Health Select Committee on their petition seeking to legalise “assisted dying” in New Zealand. They said this showed we needed change. However at the Committee hearing this afternoon some of … Continue reading

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Land Wars Day – what should we hold on to?

I spoke with the Maori Affairs Select Committee recently about the proposed Land Wars Day. Some of those thoughts were published in Stuff today. Will commemorating the New Zealand Land wars build national unity? Ewen McQueen September 2016

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Easter trading – a question of ultimate meaning

Easter is a marker pointing to ultimate meaning in a cultural and spiritual landscape increasingly devoid of any signposts to hope. Last week our MPs made that marker even harder to see. They voted to open the way for unfettered … Continue reading

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Economics and ethics – the China question

Some thoughts on the risk of a “trade war” with China at my blog RenewNZ Continue reading

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