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More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Robertson’s Campaign Launch

by Chris Trotter  

“there was something about the Robertson campaign launch that reminded me of the ultra-cool university student parties of my youth. The whole insider/outsider shtick was unmistakeable. It made me wonder if an old-fashioned bogun’s mullet would have been as well-received among these bustling Grantistas as their diminutive comrade’s close-cropped purple hair.”  MORE >>

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Santanomics 101

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By   14 hours ago

So, for now, putting aside who will actually incur the financial cost, if the Auckland Council was to offer $150,000 to a firm (say, Auckland Installers and Dismantlers [AID] Ltd.) who would do the required work, what would the costs and benefits actually be, and to whom?

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SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts

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By   14 hours ago

SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths or are exaggerations. In one important respect when discussing a SkyCity worker what he says is simply untrue.

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More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.

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By   2 days ago

there was something about the Robertson campaign launch that reminded me of the ultra-cool university student parties of my youth. The whole insider/outsider shtick was unmistakeable. It made me wonder if an old-fashioned bogun’s mullet would have been as well-received among these bustling Grantistas as their diminutive comrade’s close-cropped purple hair.

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Labour’s Din of Inequity

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By   3 days ago

Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not always with clarity of meaning.

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“Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins

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By   3 days ago

Is it conflict of interest that prevents the National Government doing what’s required, even in election year, to save these dolphins? Peter Goodfellow, the National Party President is a major shareholder in Sanfords, and a Director of the SeaFood Industry Council, after all.

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Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b

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By   3 days ago

Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the dreary reality of rising temperatures and melting ice. The grim physics of warming means that the next 30 years of warming is already locked, loaded and about to be fired.

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OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty

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By   4 days ago

It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social Development’s officials’ advice over the past 2 years as report after report was submitted to government.

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We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away

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By   5 days ago

Do these victims – some of whom sadly had photographic and video proof of their assaults, deserve to feels disillusioned, mucked around, not communicated with, and become so hopeless that they understandably give up?

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On

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By   1 day ago

Audio + Text: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Plus: The National led minority Government has indicated a wish to address poverty and to commit to a more fairer society. But what about dirty politics?

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A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’

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By   2 days ago

The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term.

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Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm false narratives rather than reinforce them

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By   3 days ago

…in their attempt at being relevant, we seem to have Labour MPs more willing to reinforce the false narratives of the mainstream media rather than challenge them.

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A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intelligence services

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By   3 days ago

We have a hundred million to pay for our membership into the mass surveillance club but we won’t spend that same amount on feeding every hungry child in every poor school throughout NZ.

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Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party

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By   4 days ago

The nominations have closed and Labour has 4 safe technocratic hands to try and steer what is an obviously damaged and identity lost Caucus. Labour need to select a leader who can win in a political landscape that just electorally rewarded dirty politics and mass surveillance lies. How they do that is a difficult question

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Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case

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By   5 days ago

Compare the speed of action the Police can muster for stolen emails that deeply embarrass the Government with the total inaction over a group of teenagers – one of whom is the son of a cop – who boast on social media about sexually assaulting drunk girls. The Police then mislead the public about any of the victims coming forward and even after being caught out lying about that, still have sat on their hands.

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Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?

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By   6 days ago

The mainstream media of NZ are the reason why we can’t have nice things like corruption free politics.

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Media Watch View All →

MEDIA BLOG: Myles Thomas – Marae Investigates No More

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By   14 hours ago

TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts.

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BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?

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By   14 hours ago

Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog.

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MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising

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By   1 week ago

Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve the problem of crappy products and services that we all put up with each day.

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Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to wake up to in the morning?

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By   1 week ago

It says something for the radio media landscape that the choices are between two right wing crypto fascist clowns like Henry and Hosking or the manicured lawn of Morning Report establishment – not exactly Good Morning Vietnam is it?

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Crying wolf, crying terror and fanning the media flames of disquiet

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By   2 weeks ago

Columnist Jonathan Green: “Is mainstream media losing its fundamental sense of mission … there is a lack of restraint, a grasping of commercial opportunity at whatever the cost and a lack of regard even for the fundamental truth, that is even more worrying.”

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Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Amy Adams: Minister of Broadcasting

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By   2 weeks ago

We have a new Minister of Broadcasting, Amy Adams and the good news is that at last broadcasting is in the hands of a senior cabinet minister. Adams might actually influence National’s broadcasting policy and bring the advice and expertise of the relevant ministries to that decision making process

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A brief word on Roger Douglas giving Labour advice in the Herald

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By   2 weeks ago

As part of the Herald’s desire to appoint the leader of Labour as well as the leader of National, they hilariously ask Roger Douglas for his opinion on the Labour Party.

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Is Russel Norman’s spite rant against Hone & Laila deflecting Green Party election failure?

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By   3 weeks ago

My criticism of Russel Norman’s bizarre and ill spirited spite rant against Hone and Laila has provoked an adolescent and juvenile response on Twitter from Russel…

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GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House

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By   14 hours ago

it’s not a lot of fun here at the moment. The Government is edging Aotearoa new Zealand towards a war footing based on the American world view. The failure of American foreign policy to create peace in the Middle East is undeniable, but like lemmings we are heading for that dangerous cliff.

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GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs

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By   4 days ago

Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.

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GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines

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By   5 days ago

Auckland Coal Action are calling for one more big push to make Fonterra understand that we are serious in our demand that they halt their mine permanently.

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GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A Short Guide

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By   6 days ago

As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come.

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted

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By   1 week ago

What are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country?

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​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned

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By   1 week ago

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland.

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GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream

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By   1 week ago

The judge looks at her for a long time, making those assessments. Living in a camping ground, she’s not a candidate for home detention with an electronic anklet. She won’t do her community work, so jail is looking inevitable. It’s supposed to be her D-Day. He looks at me, formulating a question for which there can be no satisfactory answer. His mouth moves, but he remembers he’s a judge now and steps back from the slamdunk.

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GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities

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By   2 weeks ago

Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had shades of both Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. Of course it all started with that crazy episode of The Nation.

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Review: Perfect Place

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By   24 hours ago

The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete treat- fairy lights lead you into a wood of pastel cardboard cutout trees. The space itself, transformed by astroturf and picket fences became the a perfect little village, resplendent in mint green, baby blue and lavender.

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Sound of Music – Doe. A dear. A 4 star dear.

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By   2 weeks ago

The Sound of Music
The Civic
Runs until October 26th

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REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi

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By   1 month ago

What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his mother’s funeral.  It was a punchy, in-your-face, look through the windows into the family living […]

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Dirty Politics: the book review

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By   2 months ago

Page 117 is as far as I can stomach to read of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics before writing this review. The emotional arc of the shit rainbow painted so vividly and irrefutably in this book began with wet anticipation – and went through stages of wonderment, scepticism, alarm, fascination, horror and dismay – to this point of dry retching.

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Want to lift voter participation? #futurevoter selfie this election with your child now

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By   2 months ago

If we want to stop apathy, we need to celebrate voting & bring our kids along – we’ve voted for change #futurevoter

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Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig & Laila Harre

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By   2 months ago

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.

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Review: Hairspray

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By   2 months ago

  Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that is was  probably mostly because of Zac Efron’s presence in both. Though they are equally […]

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Where. Is. Jason. Ede?

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By   3 days ago

Where. Is. Jason. Ede?

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Ego vs Eco

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By   4 days ago

Ego vs Eco

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March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October

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By   1 week ago

March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October

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Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0

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By   1 week ago

Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0

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Final salute to Cunliffe

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By   2 weeks ago

Final salute to Cunliffe

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Key sworn in under a blood moon

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By   2 weeks ago

Key sworn in under a blood moon

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Hager on police action

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Hager on police action

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Hone showing more dignity in defeat than Russel Norman has ever managed in victory

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By   2 weeks ago

I’m waiting for Russel Norman to now start blaming Nicky Hager for the Greens low election result.

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