Knowledge is Power

Te Matauranga ko te Kaha


Do you like this? More often than not  Garrick Tremain manages to make me shake my head and say " Yep - so true!"

An anthropologist suggested the following game to a group of children in a tribe in Africa: He placed a basket full of fresh fruits under a tree.

The Herald Editorial this morning has John Key advocating for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement as a " gold standard deal " agreement.This is deeply concerning.

"We have to legislate to put some morality back into the marketplace". Those were the words I used to end MIND THE GAP. Now Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England has reached the same conclusion. Here is the link:

I am currently editing a speech I recorded by American Chinese Educationalist Prof Yong Zhao. He is very much against authoritarian teaching methods which,  he says, may  give the best standardized test results but do not prepare yo

For me, the test of whether an economic theory "works" is whether it delivers the greatest good for the greatest number of our citizens over the longest time. 

The above graph shows that hasn't been happening .

How important are the first 6 years in a child's life? Answer - vital.

I'm a baby boomer. One of the post war generation who grew up in in Christchurch.

I arrive this morning at 2 am at New York's JFK Airport. The Emirates plane is 9 hours late ( but that's another story).

Thousands of people are in the arrival hall and 4 immigration officers are dealing with "Visitors"

I heard ACT's first policy release yesterday- 3 Strikes for burglary gets you 3 years in jail. It tells you a lot that their first policy is about crimes against property and not the underlying causes of crime.


Who is Bryan Bruce?

Bryan Bruce is an award winning documentary maker, and best selling author. Born in Scotland in 1948, his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1956. He grew up in Christchurch and attended the University of Canterbury where he graduated with an M.A.[1] in Sociology and Philosophy and Christchurch Teacher’s College where he earned a Diploma in Teaching.

Bryan is best known for his work on 'The Investigator' documentary series, 'Inside Child Poverty' and 'Mind The Gap'.