Looking Forward by Trevor Plumbly

You’ve Got Your Troubles My last piece was about looking back at some of the positives from last year, so it makes sense (at least to me) to look at the negatives which it looks as though we’ll be carrying into 2015. We’re somewhat isolated from the world’s problems down here in New Zealand. To compensate for that, we grace ourselves with nifty titles to describe our little corner, like ‘Godzone Country’ and to an extent, there’s a bit of truth in that title. We don’t suffer from many of the social… Read More

Godzone Country? (Yeah Right!) by Trevor Plumbly

Sunil Kumar was a 30 year old Fijian, a carpenter by trade. Under a work permit he lived in New Zealand without causing any apparent problem until quite recently. Sunil was diagnosed with a kidney problem that required dialysis and an eventual transplant. It doesn’t take a massive amount of brain power to understand that the capabilities of Fijian hospitals are somewhat limited compared to ours and that shipping Mr Kumar back to his native land would have placed him under some sort of risk. Sadly, it seems that our Assistant Minister… Read More