Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fraud increases in New Zealand

A total of $72 million was taken in frauds during the six months to June, 2010, compared with $22 million in the first half of 2009.

The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of August 13, 2010.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Eve offers Adam a New Zealand apple

On August 10, 2010, the World Trade Organization said Australia was breaching international trade laws by refusing to allow New Zealand apples to cross its borders, and rejected the 80-year-old Australian claim that there is a risk of fireblight and other diseases being introduced to Australian orchards.

The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of August 12, 2010.

Unemployment rises in New Zealand

"New Zealand’s unemployment rate climbed by more than economists forecast in the second quarter, driving down the currency and adding to the case for the central bank to pause interest-rate increases later this year," Bloomberg reported on August 5, 2010. "The jobless rate rose to a seasonally adjusted 6.8 percent from 6 percent three months earlier, Statistics New Zealand said in Wellington today. That exceeded the 6.2 percent median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 11 economists."

The above cartoon is fromThe Dominion Post of July 19, 2010. Prime Minister John Key addresses the National Party conference while Finance Minister Bill English fumbles with papers in the background.

The pen is mightier than the sword

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of July 7, 2010.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

NZ doing its bit to stem global warming

Keep up the good work, Nick (Environment Minister Nick Smith). Cartoon by Tom Scott from The Dominion Post of July 2, 2010.