Is the four-day work week nearly here?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 28, 2020


It may sound silly to be talking about work during the holiday season, but soon it will be over and people will be back to working from home (or, as some call it, “living at work”.) That’s when thoughts will turn once again to the length of the work week. But attempts are underway to … Continue reading “Is the four-day work week nearly here?”

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And the country of the year is…

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2020


  Last year, The Economist picked Uzbekistan as its country of the year. The late despot Islam Karimov’s country had a long way to go, it said, “but no other country travelled as far in 2019”. The year before The Economist picked Armenia. The “an ancient and misruled nation in a turbulent region” now has … Continue reading “And the country of the year is…”

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Jacindarella: A fairy-tale finish for the poster child of progressive politics

by Rashmee

Posted on October 19, 2020


When did you first hear the name Jacinda Ardern? Do you remember? I do. It was in August 2017. Ms Ardern had become the last-minute choice to lead New Zealand’s Labour Party and made headlines all around the world for complaining about the inherent sexism of being asked whether she might have a baby while … Continue reading “Jacindarella: A fairy-tale finish for the poster child of progressive politics”

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How the bubble might be a healthful strategy in a pandemic

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2020


With no vaccine or cure in sight for this coronavirus, the “bubble” is increasingly seen as a viable health strategy. New Zealand put it out as a model, with the single bubble comprising a single household. Parts of Canada are pioneering the double bubble, which allows a household to join with one other household in … Continue reading “How the bubble might be a healthful strategy in a pandemic”

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Generalisations about women in politics don’t hold true

by Rashmee

Posted on August 14, 2019 / The National


Can the Brexit conundrum be solved by an all-female cabinet? And can a woman lead India’s main opposition Congress Party out of the political doldrums? We may never have the answer to either question. A British cabinet of women is no more than an idea floated on Sunday by Green MP Caroline Lucas. And the … Continue reading “Generalisations about women in politics don’t hold true”

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Brand New Zealand?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 29, 2019


New Zealand’s immigration agency has said that registrations of interest to live and work in New Zealand — the first step toward applying for a visa — had increased in the 10 days after the March 15 attack on two mosques, compared with the 10 days leading up to it. According to a statement from … Continue reading “Brand New Zealand?”

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Travel is supposed to broaden the mind. So, why didn’t it work with the Christchurch shooter?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2019


Travel is supposed to broaden the mind. So, why didn’t it work with the man who killed 50 people in New Zealand last Friday (March 15)? The man, from small-town Australia, seems to have been a right explorer, travelling across western and eastern Europe, Pakistan, Turkey, even North Korea. There’s something about the whole story … Continue reading “Travel is supposed to broaden the mind. So, why didn’t it work with the Christchurch shooter?”

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Woman to have baby is really not a news story. But a prime minister?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2018


Put a 37-year-old woman in the prime minister’s office and the next thing you know she’s having a baby. It’s funny but the news from New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s office is exactly what first propelled her to global attention. In early August, soon after being elected to lead the country’s Labour party, Ms … Continue reading “Woman to have baby is really not a news story. But a prime minister?”

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Jacinda Ardern. Sebastian Kurz. Emmanuel Macron. Justin Trudeau…roll call of the young

by Rashmee

Posted on October 19, 2017


With Jacinda Ardern’s ascent (by coalition-deal-making on Thursday) to New Zealand’s highest office, that’s four national leaders under the age of 45. Ms Ardern, 37, is feisty and, it has to be said, extraordinarily lucky. She only became leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party in August. She managed to insert herself into the national (and … Continue reading “Jacinda Ardern. Sebastian Kurz. Emmanuel Macron. Justin Trudeau…roll call of the young”

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The Anglosphere loses the most because of Australia First, Kiwis First policies

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2017


I don’t know if you noticed but New Zealand too, like Australia and Donald Trump’s America, has announced it will tighten access to skilled work visas. This will be a way of privileging Kiwis, the country’s immigration minister admitted with admirable candour, describing the move as a “Kiwis-first approach to immigration”. So to Donald Trump’s … Continue reading “The Anglosphere loses the most because of Australia First, Kiwis First policies”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK