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Alan Duff: Don't believe pollies who 'save the poor'
COMMENT: When a politician says he represents the poor, he is not telling the truth.
Alan Duff: The jealousy and resentment of sportswriters
COMMENT: Julian Savea - the Bus - will be back. Those writing him off maybe not.
Alan Duff: Fill children's hearts with beautiful, endless love
COMMENT: I'm going to selectively quote from a Pablo Neruda poem titled To Wash a Child.
Alan Duff: Time to break silence on Maori violence
COMMENT: Maoris are more in need of learning parenting skills than are non-Maoris and that applies to a lot of Pacific Island parents too.
Alan Duff: Low-key Kiwi culture in need of tune-up
COMMENT: I do think we Kiwis need a really good national anthem. Like Kapa O Pango did to the All Blacks' haka. A big, beautiful anthem like the Welsh, writes Alan Duff.
Alan Duff: City testament to those who fought hard for it
COMMENT: Hungarians have kept their unique language and culture alive through years of oppression, then a revolution.