Rare self-restraint at Ratana

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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4th February, 2012
Politicians really do have all the luck. For most of us, back-to-work time is a restoration of confinement – to the office, the factory, the shop or the work van. For MPs, it’s more of a liberation. They get to head to the beautiful wilds of the countryside near Whanganui, where they are amply fed, watered and deferred to, and where they are even asked not to work too hard (please, not too much politics). It’s a peculiarity of the New Zealand calendar that the political year always starts with senior politicians making a pilgrimage north to pay tribute to the birth of the ...

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