New Zealand -- like all democracies -- has corruption. But it doesn't have systemic corruption like the United States does. Systemic corruption is when politicians must give favors to the donors of their campaigns, but here the favors (if any) were due to personal connections.
Like almost every gay I know, I have my own private arsenal of memories of abuse. The interesting thing about it is that no matter how regularly it's visited on you, it never truly becomes your default setting. Each insult lands like a pin prick and each leaves a memory.
Despite the debt crises, the Prime Minister was able to meet with many of the most important Cabinet officials, lawmakers, and the president. He met with the president for about a half an hour, and then they made statements to the press corps.