Posts Tagged ‘heroes’

Helen Kelly – one year

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, October 14th, 2017 - 11 comments

Helen Kelly died a year ago today. She is missed.

Climate change, political heroes, political culture

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, April 13th, 2017 - 117 comments

How ironic that Parliament is to debate climate change today, as the latest in a torrent of warming-fueled extreme weather events bears down on the country, and as the government charges Russel Norman and the other heroes trying to end oil exploration in NZ waters.

Be there – tonight

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, August 19th, 2013 - 94 comments

Final reminder of the pro-privacy anti-spying meeting tonight. Also worth noting in this context is Alastair Thompson’s excellent open letter to Peter Dunne. Read it. Will Dunne be a hero?

Heroes: José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espírito Santo

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, May 29th, 2011 - 8 comments

José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espírito Santo are heroes.  Like Chico Mendes before them, they have paid for their activism with their lives.

Recovery phase

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, March 4th, 2011 - 4 comments

I know that the thoughts of the whole country are with those in Christchurch, especially the family and friends of the dead and missing.  And the thanks of the whole country are with the rescue teams and other workers, who have done everything humanly possible in very dangerous circumstances.  Thank you all.

Rod Donald memorial lecture

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, November 20th, 2010 - 3 comments

Rod Donald died, so very young, five years ago this month.  Tomorrow there is a memorial lecture in Christchurch.  Jeanette Fitzsimons will speak on the topic “Democracy is New Zealand: Lost, Stolen or Just Misplaced?”.  A timely topic indeed.

Heroes: Aung San Suu Kyi

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, November 14th, 2010 - 8 comments

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician. In 1990 her National League for Democracy won the general election, electing her Prime Minister.   The results were “nullified”, and the military refused to hand over power.  Despite being under house arrest for most of the subsequent years, Aung San Suu Kyi has remained a symbol and a leader for her people.  She has just been released…


Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, June 20th, 2010 - 9 comments

Good interview on RNZ this morning with the author of a book on the early life of Nelson Mandela. Reminded me that I have been meaning for a while now to try a Sunday occasional post series on heroes. Heroes, past and present, of democracy, the labour movement, or the environment.

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