The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME - Richard Mays

So, we’re slowly get­ting back on board, siz­ing up the new year, and al­ready there are is­sues. As if ac­com­mo­dat­ing the lag known as back-to-work-itis, get­ting the kids ready for a new school term, and pay­ing off Christ­mas don’t loom large enough.

Al­ready, there are peo­ple cam­paign­ing for restora­tion of our wa­ter­ways to ‘swimmable’, and shel­ter for farm an­i­mals. There are grow­ing voices of dis­quiet over the Trans Pa­cific Part­ner­ship Agree­ment, a rekin­dled eu­thana­sia de­bate, the un­remit­ting road toll, un­em­ploy­ment, cli­mate change, oil ex­plo­ration, the cost of hous­ing, and soon enough, that flag ref­er­en­dum.

But there’s a hol­i­day week­end ahead, and an­other in two weeks, so per­haps those and all the other is­sues, will have to wait their turn as each of us ac­cord­ing to our in­di­vid­ual pri­or­i­ties, per­sonal in­ter­ests and level of dis­trac­tion, awaken from our sum­mer siesta and re­con­nect with a world that never sleeps.

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