Time for a Sea Change in NZ Politics

By Gareth Morgan

Young people are turning their back on politics in big numbers, and when you look at the current way of doing things it is no surprise. Our two biggest parties make personal digs and squabble over who runs the country when they are the closest together on policy. Meanwhile our potential kingmaker is a one-man band who wants to take New Zealand back to the 1970s. It is enough to turn anyone off.

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Well come on Judith – are you a crusher or a coward? Will you front for a cannabis debate or not?

…so come on then Judith, are you the great big bad Crusher or are you a Coward? Front the debate and argue your case as to why Cannabis should remain illegal.

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Tobacco tax bender

By Jin An

Last week, we saw another dairy get attacked by intruders; the latest in a string of attacks in Auckland. The Police say that most of the robberies are due to tobacco prices. While some were quick to jump on the “get tough on crime” band wagon and called for tougher penalties: a political manoeuvre that proved successful throughout the 80s and 90s stemming from Nixon.

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The 7 surreal moments from Trumps Saudi Arabia visit

It is almost impossible to keep up with the madness of Trump over the last 2 weeks, but his trip to Saudi Arabia has to be the most fucking surreal thing I’ve ever witnessed in my life.

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Iran’s democracy is a sham but here is why I voted in the Presidential Election

By Donna Miles-Mojab

My friend and I cast our votes for the Iranian Presidential Election in Christchurch last Friday knowing full well the election was effectively rigged in advance by unelected clerics who had decided who could and couldn’t run.

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Paula Bennett’s call to tip is National’s new plan to subcontract out lifting wages without raising minimum wage

…so let’s get this fucking straight. Bennett wants to champion a system that is racist, sexist, ageist and xenophobic?

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LAUNCHING NOW: The Daily Blog 2017 election contribution drive

Brothers and sisters, Comrades – if you want to support independent blogs so you have some critical media this election rather than the corporate crap we are usually fed, then we need your help.

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This Is Your [Former] Police Minister On Drugs

By   12 hours ago

Earlier this week, somebody asked Judith Collins what she thought of Gareth Morgan. Ever the diplomat, her curt response was that if she wound up having to deal with him … she’d “probably take up drugs”. No word, as yet, on whether she’d also find this necessary working with Winston.

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A Radically Reasonable Proposal For Cigarettes And Dairy Owners

By   1 day ago

The ongoing travails of our nation’s convenience store and dairy operators have grown to such a scale that even those perennial champions of Ostrich Economics in our Government are unable to ignore them.

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Iran’s democracy is a sham but here is why I voted in the Presidential Election

By   2 days ago

My friend and I cast our votes for the Iranian Presidential Election in Christchurch last Friday knowing full well the election was effectively rigged in advance by unelected clerics who had decided who could and couldn’t run.

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Dave Macpherson – Being part of the Health Establishment means never having to say sorry

By   2 days ago

A leading suicide prevention campaigner published a social media post on the weekend asking why the Southern District Health Board had yet to apologise to her family over the poor care for her son, who was a victim of suicide 4 years ago.

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The TPPA is now a 2017 election issue

By   3 days ago

Ground control to Major Tom? Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong. Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Apologies to the late lamented David Bowie. But the bullshit from the National government on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) since the Trump administration formally pulled out in January is really off the planet (apologies, I don’t usually swear in blogs, but I couldn’t find a suitable acronym).

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MUST READ: The lies National need to spin over Housing Crisis

By   4 days ago

National is increasingly on the back-foot with New Zealand’s ever-worsening housing crisis. Ministers from the Prime minister down are desperately trying to spin a narrative that the National-led administration “is getting on top of the problem”. Despite ministerial ‘reassurances’, both Middle and Lower Working classes are feeling the dead-weight of a housing shortage; ballooning house prices, and rising rents.

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Open Letter to ASH from Dave Macpherson

By   5 days ago

My son Nicky, 21, died as a direct result of being sent off the Waikato Hospital campus, unescorted, while a known suicide risk, to smoke; when there was (and is) a perfectly good safe outside courtyard area that he could have been in.

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The Zionist Inquisition

By   5 days ago

The Spanish Inquisition, claiming to combat heresy, was a brutal political device for consolidating the power of the monarchy, leading up to and following the Christian reconquest of Andalucia. Previously, the region’s Jewish population had been among the largest in Europe, growing both in numbers and professional status.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

National Party Exceptionalism

By   5 hours ago

It is fascinating that when it comes to National Party neoliberal social experiments, this Government’s ability to turn a blind eye and ignore the truth is as unsubtle as a Klu Klux Klan rally.

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Could Corbyn dream the impossible dream?

By   6 hours ago

Despite being repeatedly mauled, attacked and belittled by his own Party and The Guardian, there have been some tantalising hints that the election isn’t going all the way for Teresa May, could Corbyn pull off the impossible and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat?

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Auditor-General Martin Matthews has now become a political lightening rod – Bill English has to sack him

By   1 day ago

If English doesn’t do something he looks weak, if he does do something now he at least cauterises the wound before Winston can barnstorm across the provinces with it.

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Alfred Ngaro never considered resigning for threatening social agencies who criticise National’s failed policies

By   1 day ago

The shallowness of National’s lies when they get caught being what we always suspect them of being are as craven as they are ugly.

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Well come on Judith – are you a crusher or a coward? Will you front for a cannabis debate or not?

By   1 day ago

…so come on then Judith, are you the great big bad Crusher or are you a Coward? Front the debate and argue your case as to why Cannabis should remain illegal.

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Paula Bennett’s call to tip is National’s new plan to subcontract out lifting wages without raising minimum wage

By   1 day ago

…so let’s get this fucking straight. Bennett wants to champion a system that is racist, sexist, ageist and xenophobic?

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So what Judith Collins is really saying is that she would have supported Apartheid

By   1 day ago

It doesn’t matter how unjust the law is, it doesn’t matter that it is needlessly locking up thousands and thousands of NZers in prison, it doesn’t matter if it gives the Police unreasonable search powers, it doesn’t matter that the law is a disgusting hypocrisy, all that matters is that it’s the law no matter how awful that law is.

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BREAKING: Sky News reporting 19 dead at Manchester Explosion

By   1 day ago

UPDATE: 19 dead, 50 injured

UPDATE: Officials say it is a ‘terrorist’ investigation

UPDATE: Many hurt are young

UPDATE: CNN reporting investigators are looking at possibility of suicide bomber in Manchester explosion

UPDATE: 22 dead, 59 injured

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Media Watch View All →

LAUNCHING NOW: The Daily Blog 2017 election contribution drive

By   4 hours ago

Brothers and sisters, Comrades – if you want to support independent blogs so you have some critical media this election rather than the corporate crap we are usually fed, then we need your help.

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TWITTER WATCH: Bill English literally says ‘let them eat pie’ for Budget

By   5 hours ago

…laughing it up about what Pie you will eat with your Finance Minister when there are a quarter of a million hungry children living in poverty and 1600 dying each year from the cold is pretty out of touch even for the National Party.

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Masturbation after a mugging – The Canon Media Awards 2017

By   3 days ago

Bless them all, but I don’t care about their yearly sound of one hand clapping orchestra where they pass around their awards amongst themselves like a never-ending pass the parcel for rich people who are all related and already have all the presents. It’s like a suburban Game of Thrones but with less violence and more incest.

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5 stories that need urgent attention from the Mainstream Media

By   4 days ago

While our glorious corporate mainstream media journalists are all busy nursing hangovers from their annual self-congratulary piss up, aka the Canon Media Awards, here’s 3 news stories that need urgent attention from them, if they can pause long enough from patting themselves on the back of course.

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BACKBENCHER REVIEW: Can someone please shut James Shaw up?

By   6 days ago

Let’s keep James doing what he does best, watering down Environmental policy so that Dairy Farmers don’t feel threatened.

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Media Take – NZ VS OZ

By   1 week ago

On Media Take we are looking at Australia. We discuss Government policy changes and how New Zealanders are being affected with politician Louisa Wall, founder of The Daily Blog Martyn (Bomber) Bradbury and Broadcaster Alison Mau. Business journalist Rod Oram also talks about the pressures on local journalists from their Australian bosses.

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Heather du Plessis-Allan and Millennial entitlement

By   1 week ago

Pointing out the selfishness of a consumer culture that society helped build however is a bit like blaming the P addict while you sell them meth.

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TV REVIEW: Q+A – Andrew Little looks Prime Ministerial

By   1 week ago

Andrew Little was on with Jessica Mutch. She pushed Little on Charter Schools and Maori Prisons because when Maori suggest anything that might be designed by Maori for Maori we know Western Civilisation itself is in the balance and may just tip over the cliff and smash into a trillion pieces that can never be put back together again.

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GUEST BLOG: Winston Peters – The 2017 Budget

By   6 hours ago

Speech by New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters
Public Meeting,
Forbury Racecourse, Bart Winters Room,
45 McAndrews Rd,
South Dunedin.
10.30am, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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GUEST BLOG:: Willie Jackson – Time to turn the tables on the tobacco companies

By   7 hours ago

We have a violent crime wave in our community and it is time we were honest about it.

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GUEST BLOG: Gareth Morgan – Time for a Sea Change in NZ Politics

By   12 hours ago

Young people are turning their back on politics in big numbers, and when you look at the current way of doing things it is no surprise. Our two biggest parties make personal digs and squabble over who runs the country when they are the closest together on policy. Meanwhile our potential kingmaker is a one-man band who wants to take New Zealand back to the 1970s. It is enough to turn anyone off.

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GUEST BLOG: Jin An – Tobacco tax bender

By   2 days ago

Last week, we saw another dairy get attacked by intruders; the latest in a string of attacks in Auckland. The Police say that most of the robberies are due to tobacco prices. While some were quick to jump on the “get tough on crime” band wagon and called for tougher penalties: a political manoeuvre that proved successful throughout the 80s and 90s stemming from Nixon.

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GUEST BLOG: Alex Birchall – Not Māori Prisons, No Prisons! A Response to Duncan Garner

By   4 days ago

What of those who are alienated from any family or have no family left (one in five Māori report zero tribal affiliation, and many other affiliates themselves have little connection to the tribal structure)? How would this help address the long-lasting social harms and stigmas that come from having been an inmate, even for a very short time? How would they be able to meet and having meaningful relationships with whanau from inside a prison?

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – Julian Assange; Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.

By   5 days ago

The Swedish authorities have confirmed that time has run out to prosecute alleged right wing rapist Julian Assange and therefore the charges have been dropped. A jubilant Assange has appeared on the balcony of the Equadorean embassy in London and bizarrely claimed that this is a victory for freedom and, in an Orwellian misuse of language, a blow against the patriarchy.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Backlash, Treason Talk, and a Mad, Mad World – Pass the Popcorn it’s the Presidency Show!

By   6 days ago

What happens when you piss off the F.B.I., the C.I.A., war veterans, the Media, Mexico, Sweden, Attorney Generals in general, judges, Muslims, scientists, Whitehouse insiders, women, the LGBQT community and freedom lovers around the world? Get yourself some popcorn. Let’s find out.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Suicide is about Alienation

By   6 days ago

Good on Mike King for attacking the gutless, shamefaced, official line on suicide as part of the problem not the solution. And cheers to The Daily Blog for acting as a forum on suicide with activists like Dave McPherson and Martyn Bradbury exposing the failures of the health system. While I agree that we need to change the official response to suicide, that should be based on what causes suicide.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

Nationwide Post Budget Event Series – Child Poverty Action Group

By   2 days ago

Each year Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) provides child-focused analysis and commentary of the budget. The aim is to provide an accessible and affordable avenue for the community to come together and hear about how the budget affects children and young people, especially our most vulnerable who live in poverty.

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AUSA Backbenches

By   4 days ago

MONDAY 29TH – 5.30PM-8.30PM

SHADOWS BAR, 34 Princes Street, Auckland Central

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Fatso Classic: They Live

By   4 days ago

Sunday, May 28 at 6:30 PM – 8:10 PM
Academy Cinemas
44 Lorne Street, Auckland

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An Evening with Dr Jane Goodall – Auckland

By   4 days ago

Think Inc. Present: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall
Saturday July 1, Logan Campbell Centre
Doors open 6.00pm / Show starts 7.00pm
Tickets from Eventfinda NZ 12pm Thursday March 9

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Rest in Peace Chris Cornell

By   6 days ago

Chris Cornell dead: Soundgarden and Audioslave singer dies aged 52

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The Faustus Project – Tuesday May 30th

By   6 days ago

The Faustus Project – an actor has mad a deal with the devil

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Weekly Cricket Pasta recipe – Laksa Pasta

By   6 days ago

185g jar Ayam Malaysian laksa paste 1/2 small red onion, quartered, thinly sliced 1 litre chicken stock 2 kaffir lime leaves, torn 165ml can coconut milk 1/2 cup beansprouts, trimmed 1 small red chilli, thinly sliced 1 Lebanese cucumber, halved crossways, cut into thin matchsticks 1/4 small pineapple, peeled, thinly sliced, cut into thin matchsticks […]

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30th Anniversary of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Nuclear-Free Zone Auckland Public Event with Mayor For Peace – Phil Goff

By   6 days ago

On Sunday 11 June, from 12.00 midday to 2pm in Auckland, The Peace Foundation is organising a public peace event at the Auckland Domain with an unveiling of a plaque by Mayor Phil Goff, one of more than 7000 ‘Mayors for Peace’ globally who are committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Malcolm Evans – Trump Trumps Trump

By   12 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – Trump Trumps Trump

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Political Caption Competition

By   13 hours ago

Master, It’ll be the greatest Death Star, the biggest in the world and I’ll build it faster and cheaper than anyone else can. It will be made of Gold, the best gold, the greatest gold ever made and I will make it greatest and bestest in the whole world.

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Wednesday 24th May 2017

By   13 hours ago

5: The Simple Problems with the Right’s Response to the Manchester Attack
4: Manchester attack: Salman Abedi named suicide bomber
3: HOMELAND SECURITY HIRES ANTI-ISLAM ACTIVIST KATHARINE GORKA AS TRUMP MAKES OVERTURES TO MUSLIM STATES
2: Palestinian Hunger Strikers in Israeli Jails Protest Trump’s Visit to Israel
1: Second Manchester bomb victim named as eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 24th May 2017

By   13 hours ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

Hey have we got enough of you guys to play a mock 9/11 game on Air Force One?

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Malcolm Evans – let’s be honest about the Americans

By   2 days ago

Malcolm Evans – let’s be honest about the Americans

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Tuesday 23rd May 2017

By   2 days ago

5: Antarctica’s Disintegration Could Actually Lead to a Hollywood Disaster Scenario
4: Trump fails to explain how to revive Arab-Israeli talks
3: Medea Benjamin: Congress Should Halt Trump’s $110B Arms Deal over Saudi Atrocities in Yemen & Region
2: Theresa May ditches manifesto plan with ‘dementia tax’ U-turn
1: FACEBOOK WON’T SAY IF THEY’LL USE YOUR BRAIN ACTIVITY FOR ADVERTISEMENTS

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 23rd May 2017

By   2 days ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Raw News feed View All →

Kim Dotcom – Statement on #SethRich

By   11 hours ago

I KNOW THAT SETH RICH WASINVOLVED IN THE DNC LEAK.

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Gareth Morgan Announces The Opportunities Party (TOP) First Set of Candidates

By   11 hours ago

“I’m proud to announce our first set of candidates,” says The Opportunities Party Leader Dr Gareth Morgan. “They are all top quality people who are committed to offering Kiwis evidence based solutions to the problems we face. These are the kinds of people we need in Parliament.”   The candidates announced today are:   Jessica […]

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Families must feature in Budget 2017 – Child Poverty Action Group

By   13 hours ago

In 2017 far too many families have neither a warm safe home nor sufficient money after rent for necessities to enable their children to thrive. CPAG expects changes to Working for Families (WFF) in this Budget, as foreshadowed by the Minister of Finance Steven Joyce. “But if all that is on offer is the inflation […]

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Students release Budget wishlist – NZUSA

By   2 days ago

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has released a list of changes it says will begin to restore access to tertiary education ahead of this Thursday’s Government Budget announcement. The desired changes come amid findings of student hardship in a recent Unitec survey, as well as NZUSA’s 2017 Income and Expenditure Report. National […]

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Canadian minister exposes National’s political spin on Hanoi TPPA outcome – Jane Kelsey

By   2 days ago

Prime Minister Bill English and Trade Minister Todd McClay are spinning the outcome of Sunday’s meeting of the eleven remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Hanoi for short-term electoral purposes, according to University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, who has been monitoring international coverage of the meeting. Todd McClay is reported in […]

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Opportunities Party gives Greens full marks for trying on parental support

By   2 days ago

At The Opportunities Party (TOP) we’re so glad the Greens are joining us in choosing to address child poverty with policy that is supported by high-quality scientific evidence. Strong evidence shows that cash is what works best to help vulnerable families thrive. Families are most vulnerable to falling into poverty when their children are young. […]

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The Opportunities Party Thanks Public for Supporting the REAL DEAL Cannabis policy

By   2 days ago

I just wanted to thank you all for your support and input into the party’s Real Deal Cannabis Reform Policy. This was our first experiment in working with members and the evidence to create a policy and it was hugely successful. Three days after unveiling the policy, we’ve had massive public support with some polls […]

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