Great article Hillary. There's some evidence of sexual transmission, so NZ is not completely safe from local transmission, though imported cases are likely to be a much bigger problem. Aedes mosquitos are not found in NZ.
Incidentally the link between zika and microcephaly has not been definitively proven, but the circumstantial evidence is extremely strong. As a result the WHO's emergency has been for microcephaly rather than the disease itself. I suspect this distinction will fade shortly.
Elsewhere, Laurie Garrett is outstanding in writing about infectious outbreaks and the WHO. She would be my go-to on this subject.
I also get the impression that you'd welcome content from others, if their writing was constructive, insightful, and not nakedly partisan.
I really enjoy hearing Rob's thoughts, even though he's on a different 'team' and has different objectives.
To be fair, Triple J's top 100, like all their music, is pretty bad.
Because it tries to appeal to an entire nation's youth, and in many of the country's smaller towns and cities is the only alternative to blatantly commercial radio, it tends towards mediocrity in the form of bland indie pop. Good luck being an Australian band who doesn't get the liking of their ageing selector.
Speaking of the only radio station between cities, I did a few thousand km of driving this summer, and heard a lot of Hauraki. It sounds more like mid-2000s b than ever, with less GnR and Zeppelin and more Fat Freddies and Tame Impala...
And you can write about the PR business.
I'd be rather interested to hear from either of those two about their experience on the inside.
I've come around to Little somewhat. I have to confess that his background as a union leader gave me pause; my experience is that those from the union movement are usually good people but often see the world as an series of labour relations, rather than a collection of people with diverse needs and interests.
He's gone beyond that. Putting in serious work to demonstrate readiness to lead, and strong ownership of economic issues are crucial. The Greens are on the sidelines in all of these areas.
I still think that Labour (ie, Rob and the team) need to work on his 'approachability' and 'likeability', and put their best media performers out there to reinforce this work. But that's separate, and certainly not sufficient.
Whereas, RadioActive put on a very good show.
Radio Active 88.6FM
4 to 5pm.
David Bowie - Suffragette City.
David Bowie - Oh, You Pretty Things.
David Bowie - Drive In Saturday.
David Bowie - Running Gun Blues.
David Bowie - Love Is Lost.
David Bowie - Young Americans.
David Bowie - Breaking Glass.
David Bowie - Heroes (live acoustic)
David Bowie - Always Crashing The Same Car.
David Bowie - Lazarus.
David Bowie - Soul Love.
David Bowie - Life On Mars.
David Bowie - Valentine's Day.
David Bowie - China Girl.
David Bowie - Let's Spend The Night Together.
5 to 6pm.
David Bowie - Width of a Circle.
David Bowie - Sorrow.
David Bowie - Space Oddity.
David Bowie - Five Years.
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust.
David Bowie - It Ain't Easy.
David Bowie - Girl Loves Me.
David Bowie - Warszawa (activity guide bed)
David Bowie - Let's Dance.
David Bowie - Kooks.
David Bowie - Putting Out Fire.
David Bowie - Andy Warhol.
David Bowie - Wild Is The Wind (live)
David Bowie - John, I'm Only Dancing.
6 to 7pm.
David Bowie - This Is Not America.
David Bowie - You Set The World On Fire.
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes. (live)
David Bowie - Time.
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World.
David Bowie - The Laughing Gnome.
David Bowie - Jean Genie.
David Bowie - Seven.
David Bowie - Hang On To Yourself.
David Bowie - Fame.
David Bowie - The Bewlay Brothers.
David Bowie - Rebel Rebel.
David Bowie - Be My Wife.
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane.
David Bowie - The Prettiest Star.
A mixture, but a terrific mixture.
And this one too. It was a farewell, and we didn’t know it.
Say goodbye to the thrills of life
When love was good, when love was bad
Wave goodbye to the life without pain
Say hello, your beautiful girl
Say hello to the lunatic men
Tell them your secrets they’re like the grave
Oh what have you done, oh what have you done
Love is lost, lost is love
It seems so obvious now, the cancer affected face, the Ashes references. Oh man.
Look up here, I’m in heaven.
Ain’t it just like me?
This stunning album deserves repetition. We’ll remember him for everything else, and we’ll remember him for this.
Three Wards for Russell and Simon to watch
The competition for wards is far more interesting. I know that the left is very interested in getting Krum out and will want to stand someone capable of knocking her out. I don't think that Quax is standing for re-election either, but if he does put himself forward his seat is fairly safe. I don't expect that any of Auckland's seats will be uncontested this time around, even if they're filled by paper candidates.
“We’re talking here about medicinal products that have to be properly tested, properly regulated, the dosage assured so that people aren’t being exposed to risk.”
Dunne said the Government’s focus would remain on clinically tested and approved medicines that were safe for use, while continuing to allow applications for exemptions.
Dunne's managerialism here is rather pointy. People are being exposed to very high levels of pain, which is a negative outcome, losing the ability to live functional and independent lives, and are being dosed on debilitating opoids. It's disappointing, but this appears to be where the bright line is.
Key is very much a follower, and if Jerry and Molly or whoever on commercial radio are asking him lots of questions about it he'll answer along the lines of "we'll consider it", poll it heavily for downside, and then make the safest possible decision for his party.