Innovative spirit lifts the degree of success

I have been the ‘Challenger up against the big guys,’ for much of my career. Originally from Dunfermline, Scotland, I have worked in the telecommunications industry for 39 years, including as the Chief Executive of mobile communications company Meteor in Ireland. Like New Zealand, Ireland was a two-player market for telecommunications. Meteor was the third entrant that went in to…

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Home-grown democracy works better than templates

How do you encourage backpedalling from dictatorial control? First, having a good election is important but putting more emphasis on the other essential elements is probably more important. That is the building of institutions that people can trust. The Courts, Tax Department, Police and Military are all important and have a role to play in every country. Political leaders must…

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False registration gives birth to trouble

The Manukau District Court will sentence a South Auckland couple on September 10 on proven charges of falsely registering a child as their own. They pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The defendants have temporary name suppression. According to an Internal Affairs Department press release, the husband fathered the child with another…

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Paedophile goes in for ten months

A Te Kuiti man caught with pictures of children being sexually abused has been sentenced to ten months imprisonment. Sickness beneficiary Daniel James Parry (35) appeared for sentence at the Tauranga District Court on August 22 after pleading guilty to 20 charges of possessing objectionable publications. An Internal Affairs Inspector, operating in Internet file sharing areas in August and October…

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