FROM THE EDITOR
The last few days has been a bit of a blast from the past.
It was a case of flashback to 1996, when Winston Peters was first kingmaker. It was also the last time I went skiing - until Friday that is.
Now, the two of those might not seem overly related but for me, they are.
For starters, that ski trip on Mt Hutt in Canterbury ended with a spectacular bus crash, on the mountain road, from which all 30 of us crawled out the back window relatively unscathed. If I recall correctly, a similar thing happened to that coalition, except for the unscathed bit.
Anyway, I returned to the slopes on Friday, at Whakapapa, and almost instantly picked up where I left off 21 years ago. Talk about muscle memory. What an awesome day - loads of fresh snow and sunshine.
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