Am down here for work this week, at NZNOG and about. Yesterday was crap and rainy, but today is rather nice. Sunny warm and mild. Any Dunedin readers? Say hi (email@example.com) if you like.
The country I think gave a nice farewell to Sir Ed yesterday.
Next week the politics begins in earnest with, according to the Herald, speeches by Clark and Key. It will be interesting to see how these each go, with Clark following Key in a timing sense. I have never quite understood why the Beehive allowed such a long gap between National party "state of the nation" efforts and the February opening statement to Parliament by the PM, especially when the latter is constrained by all sorts of parliamentary conventions when the former is not. I'm looking forward to a strong positive statement about what Labour will do this year and how that builds into an ongoing programme for this year's campaign and beyond.
Greens co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons gave her State of the Planet speech last weekend, which is worth a read. Besides the slightly tedious positioning as a party with a mission (which I accept, by the way), it is a solid reiteration of what it means to be Green in the current political firmament.