Waatea 5th Estate – 7pm tonight – Friday night Political Wrap of the week

 

Joining us to wrap the Political Week 

Leader of the Opposition – Andrew Little

Actor + Columnist – Oscar Kightley

Human Rights Activist – Helen Kelly

Documentary Maker – Bryan Bruce

Setting The Agenda View All →

MUST READ: Budget 2016: What Bill English Didn’t Say In His Speech.

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By   9 hours ago

BILL ENGLISH’S LATEST BUDGET is a masterful exercise in deception. He has done everything he can to mask the effects of the most rapid expansion in New Zealand’s population since the 1970s. The monies allocated to the core centres of state expenditure – Welfare, Health and Education – barely match the rising numbers they are expected to serve.

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Journalism is Not A Crime- Free Nazanin

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By   15 hours ago

I am writing this knowing full well that, one day, it might land me in an Iranian jail where Nazanin is at the moment.

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EXCLUSIVE: State house sell-off in Tauranga unravelling?

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By   17 hours ago

In none of the Minister’s correspondence was he able to provide specifics as to where State houses were in the “wrong place”. The ‘best’ he could do was list five regions; Auckland East & South; Auckland North West & Central; South Island, Central North Island, and Lower North Island.

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Smoking Tax Hike Is Shortsighted Smoke And Mirrors – Budget 2016

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By   17 hours ago

The increase in price for a packet of cigarettes to around thirty dollars apiece is projected to generate about 425 million dollars worth of taxation revenue.

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pre-Budget blog – Prioritising Public Debt?

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By   2 days ago

Bill English has said that his fiscal policy priority is to reduce gross public debt to 20 percent of GDP. Is public debt really our number one economic problem?

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Winston Was Right: Australian Media Backs Peters On Budget & Immigration

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By   2 days ago

Well this is interesting, isn’t it. The Australian media’s managed to join the same dots Winston has in the run-up to today’s Budget – yet which mysteriously appear to elude the general comprehension of our National party.

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The slow dismantling of a Prime Minister – downward slide continues

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By   3 days ago

National now finds itself trapped by it’s own free-market dogma. Historically, only Labour governments have built housing, whilst National busied itself selling off state houses; implementing market rentals for Housing NZ tenants (in the past); and otherwise leaving it to the free market to meet demand.

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Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine: On Internal Changes Within NZ First And What It Might Mean For 2017

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By   3 days ago

To quote Galadriel, the world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Paula Bennett blindsides her own Finance Minister in desperate scramble to respond to housing crisis

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By   2 days ago

That Bill English wasn’t even aware of what Bennett was announcing is an astounding blunder that only goes to highlight just how rushed and ill prepared the National Government really are right now.

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Let them rent hotels! Housing Crisis – what housing crisis?

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By   3 days ago

The utter denial the Government are in over the housing crisis is becoming absurd.

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National at 47% – what the new TV3 poll tells us

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By   3 days ago

The Left need a new voter base or will struggle in 2017. The current voter base owns too many rentals to want to change, this means the Left need to reach out to that missing million voters who aren’t participating to bring new voters into the total to grow the Left’s share of vote while decreasing the Right.

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You won’t believe what Nick Smith is now saying about homelessness

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By   4 days ago

This would be funny if it weren’t so terribly sad.

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EXCLUSIVE: Worst case of WINZ debt slavery

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By   4 days ago

…this is beyond political party’s – every political party crucifies those on benefits – it’s as bad under Labour as it is under National – we are being wilfully cruel to the poorest members of our society and the hatred towards those on benefits allows it to occur totally unchallenged.

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Everybody except National and those property speculators voting for National see there is a Housing crisis

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By   4 days ago

Every other political party in Parliament all say we have a housing crisis, even the Governments own allies – but National refuse to – why?

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4 months in prison for taking fish for hungry family vs our own Ministry turning a blind eye to 50 years of over fishing

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By   5 days ago

National will be hoping there is enough smoke in this years budget so that NZers can’t see the mirror, because voters may be disgusted by what the reflection shows them.

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Arts funding under National

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By   7 days ago

Last month Creative NZ warned it may have to cut arts funding because of a drop in Lotto sales which begs the question, should our culture be tied to gambling?

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Media Watch View All →

Waatea 5th Estate Budget Special 

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By   17 hours ago

Featuring Julie Anne Genter, Phil Twyford, Allan Johnson, Marama Fox, Bill Rosenberg, Russel Norman, Annie Newman, AAAP, PSA and ASMS

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Waatea 5th Estate – homelessness vs what the Politicians say

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By   2 days ago

Joining us tonight to discuss the reality of homelessness vs the rhetoric of politicians …

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Daily Blog + Waatea 5th Estate Budget Coverage 7pm tonight

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By   2 days ago

Tonight’s Waatea 5th Estate will be a 45 minute special on the Budget to explore what it actually means to the people.

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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Fishing scandal a stink on us all

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By   3 days ago

We are facing traumatic environmental change from global warming, our natural resources need a sustainable hand currently missing from the fishing industry and those charged with policing it.

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Waatea 5th Estate – Fishing double standards 

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By   3 days ago

Joining us tonight to discuss the outrageous over fishing scandal and our own Ministry’s culpabaility…

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Waatea News Column – What we need to understand about the Blessie Gotingco case

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By   4 days ago

Blessie Gotingco deserved better, her whanau deserved better and we as a society deserve better.

What went wrong and what can we learn?

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Waatea 5th Estate – Maori Capitalism 

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By   4 days ago

Joining us to discuss Maori Capitalism

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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN – New Plymouth, Old Hate – how to really change the flag

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By   4 days ago

The old hate in New Plymouth will only completely go when we realign the power dynamics between Maori and Pakeha. Only then can we step forward with pride at the ‘New Zealand way’ rather than fear collaboration.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – Open Letter to Board of Waikato DHB re: Nicky Stevens

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By   17 hours ago

We have not heard from the Waikato DHB for many months in relation to the ‘serious incident review’ your organisation is required to undertake into the death of our family member Nicky Stevens, while he was in your care as a compulsory inpatient under the Mental Health Act.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Just another fight in prison

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By   17 hours ago

I’m sad to say, that the five month (must be a world record in a maximum security prison) hiatus from a violent incident on this landing ended yesterday morning.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – IPCA Report finds Police “policy and good practice” not followed in Nicky Stevens case – upholds complaints by family

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By   3 days ago

All five complaints by Nicky Stevens’ family over police handling of missing person ‘search’ upheld by IPCA

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GUEST BLOG: Warren Thomson – A CRITIQUE OF THE CULLEN-REDDY INTELLIGENCE REVIEW

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By   5 days ago

The Cullen-Reddy Review gives us a strong indication of some of the likely new elements of new bills, and the opposition to extension of State covert power needs to prepare immediately to prevent further demolition of the rights to privacy, liberty and morally decent public policy making.

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GUEST BLOG: Roger Brooking – What does Tony Robertson have in common with Graeme Burton, William Bell & the Beast of Blenheim?

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By   6 days ago

Robertson was in prison for eight years and had a grand total of seven counselling sessions. Seven sessions in eight years. That doesn’t add up either, does it?

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GUEST BLOG: Vanessa Kururangi – Moko Rangitoheriri

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By   7 days ago

The anger has triggered finger pointing. The finger pointing has snowballed action. The action has forced reviews. So what will change? Will Moko be added to the ever increasing list of child abuse statistics, tut-tutted over, paper-pushed around in death as terribly as he was physically pushed around in life?

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GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater – Jose Ramo-Horta cheerleader for Indonesia’s rule in West Papua

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By   1 week ago

It would be hard to overstate the importance of the role that Jose Ramos Horta played during the long dark years when Timor Leste was occupied by Indonesia. As ‘foreign minister’ in exile he developed quite extraordinary advocacy and diplomatic skills that other liberation movements could only envy.

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GUEST BLOG: Vanessa Kururangi – RIP Joy Owens – she lived at 286

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By   2 weeks ago

Anyone who infers that those from lower socio economic groups can’t achieve incredible things and lead interesting rich lives doesn’t have a “286” mindset.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

How we tessellate – Dance Review

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By   17 hours ago

If you’re looking for a show to see between tonight and Saturday you will be entertained enthralled and inspired by the two new works in development, stationed at Basement theatre as a double act.

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Table Talk goes to Panama with Guy Williams & an expert Panel – The Politicians, the Press & the Panama Papers

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By   4 days ago

Table Talk is current affairs cabaret-style with Ika’s full (and fully delicious) menu on offer.

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Musicians band together to End Child Poverty

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By   1 week ago

Musicians are banding together to raise funds towards ending child poverty in New Zealand, with a series of collaborative performances in Auckland, the first this year being held on June 11. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, organisers were so astounded by the support from audiences, that they decided to make it […]

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The European Song Conquest

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By   2 weeks ago

JAMALA wins the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) for Ukraine with her controversial song “1944”.

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COMEDY REVIEW: Pax Assadi 3.5 stars

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By   2 weeks ago

Pax Assadi’s exploration of his life in NZ as a recognisably middle eastern person in the wake of September 11 is very funny. Pretending to be Pacific Island so that he could avoid being seen as a terrorist creates some pure comedy moments.

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Locked out – fixing our housing crisis

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By   2 weeks ago

A generation of kiwis are being locked out of the kiwi dream by out of control house prices and rising rents. We are all being effected, so how can we solve Auckland’s Housing Crisis?

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The Lessons Of Living Things: Contemplating Climate Change At The Ika Seafood Bar & Grill

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By   2 weeks ago

We find it hard to accept that the knowledge we take for granted – like the shape of the world’s continents – can be changed. That the familiar transition of the seasons can be broken. That the planet our ancestors called “Mother Earth” is about to shuck off our species like a skin she has outgrown.

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Rally for Palestine

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By   3 weeks ago

Add your presence and make a difference at the only regular public expression of support for Palestine in Auckland!

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The Daily Gallery View All →

The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday – 27th May 2016

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By   18 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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday – 26th May 2016

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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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday – 25th May 2016

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By   3 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 →

Not the New Zealand we want – CPAG

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By   19 hours ago

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) endorses the Government’s stated commitment to improve the lives of all vulnerable children. It has failed dismally with the 2016 Budget announcement today. CPAG asked for meaningful policies for incomes in this budget but there is nothing in this budget for families with children. When so many New Zealand families […]

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Budget 2016: Public servants do the hard yards but still miss out – PSA

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By   19 hours ago

Public servants are the ones who deserve a standing ovation in this year’s Budget, the PSA says – not finance minister Bill English, who’s outlined a lacklustre and unimaginative set of figures today aimed at further reducing the size of government. PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says members have worked magic, forgoing holidays and doing […]

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Time for an honest look at funding of New Zealand’s public health system – ASMS

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By   19 hours ago

An article in the latest New Zealand Medical Journal, out today (Friday), dismantles claims that the cost of public health care in this country is excessive and unsustainable. The article, Funding New Zealand’s public health care system: time for an honest appraisal and public debate, examines data from the Treasury and the Organisation for Economic […]

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Funding shortfalls for health set to continue under Government Budget,’

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“The Government had an opportunity to fund public hospitals and health care properly after years of funding shortfalls – and decided not to,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on the Government’s Budget outlined today. A preliminary analysis shows an overall operational funding shortfall of […]

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Budget an insult to the thousands without homes – AAAP

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By   1 day ago

“Today’s Budget is pitiful in the face of the biggest housing crisis since the 1930s Depression. “With thousands of people homeless in Auckland alone, Bill English’s Budget is an insult to their desperate and immediate need,” says AAAP spokesperson Sue Bradford. “The Government says it will increase land supply in Auckland, but under the current […]

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Budget 2016: Value public services, value New Zealanders – PSA

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By   3 days ago

The Public Service Association is calling on Finance Minister Bill English to deliver a Budget which will properly fund public services – and properly value the people that deliver them. Mr English will deliver his eighth Budget tomorrow, and PSA National Secretary Erin Polaczuk wants to see an end to the “do more with less” […]

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Cheap, faulty building imports compromising local jobs

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E t says cheap, faulty building imports compromising local jobs and building safety The union, E t says local building product manufacturers are losing out to cheaper imports which are failing safety tests. A Commerce Commission report reveals new testing shows some steel mesh used to reinforce concrete floors continues to fail certification standards. E […]

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LegaSea calls for Commission of Inquiry

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The Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Martyn Dunne has announced the appointment of a Queen’s Counsel to conduct an inquiry following revelations that his officials in MPI, decided not to prosecute industrial fishers filmed dumping overboard some or all of their catch. The terms of reference for the independent inquiry have been […]

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