Pita Sharples weighs in on the 'women at powhiri' debate with surprising lucidity and reason. Although he's careful not to reveal the true reason women don't speak on marae. Namely, given their propensity to gasbag, if we allow them to speak they'll never shut up :-)
The 'other' MP for Tamaki, Allan Peachey pulls no punches either, with an impassioned harangue at the cesspool of soul-destroying Marxism inhabiting (my beautiful city of) Wellington:
"There can be no place for a mean-spirited and socialist ideology which subordinates the individual to the ill-defined greater good of the state. History will shame those who seek to impose the crushing mediocrity of collectivism on our communities"I think I'm in love :-)
His maiden speech easily outshines Bennet's warm-fuzzy future and Hayes' dour nostalgia.
I'm amazed at the extensive repertoire of noises my cats are capable of. Along with the mundane meows, hisses, and howls, my talented moggies can also emit clicks, lip-smacks, moans, growls, yawn-like sighs, plus a wide variety of ultra-vibrato purrs. Very impressive!