EXCLUSIVE: Intern tells what really happened inside Campaign for Change ‘slave labour Marae’

TDB has agreed to keep the Interns name secret to protect their identity and because non-disclosure contracts have been signed.

I do know that this well-intentioned educational program which somehow turned into a “scandal” has been completely blown out of proportion by the media. I am writing this because the lack of sensitivity that has gone along with criticizing this program is despicable.

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Top 5 batshit crazy things we must believe to accept Bill English’s version of events

The list of batshit crazy things we are being asked to believe in order to accept Bill English’s version of events over what he knew, when he knew and how he knew about Todd Barclay breaking the law is becoming more absurd by the day.

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The Labour interns – ACT exposes hypocrisy!

By Frank Macskasy

A few days ago, headlines appeared supposedly “exposing  a rort” by the NZ Labour Party to exploit American interns for electoral campaigning purposes;

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Defend Qatar, Defend al-Jazeera

By Keith Locke

The Saudi-led blockade of Qatar should concern us all. It is virtually an act of war for one country, Saudi Arabia, to cut off all land access to another, Qatar, and then combine with two other countries, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to restrict air and sea access.

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Break out the champagne! City Care victory

By John Minto

After a two-year battle KOA was successful in not only stopping the sale of the council works company City Care but also in pressuring the council to restore the company to the strategic assets list.

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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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Setting The Agenda View All →

The Labour interns – ACT exposes hypocrisy!

By   12 hours ago

A few days ago, headlines appeared supposedly “exposing  a rort” by the NZ Labour Party to exploit American interns for electoral campaigning purposes;

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Break out the champagne! City Care victory

By   15 hours ago

After a two-year battle KOA was successful in not only stopping the sale of the council works company City Care but also in pressuring the council to restore the company to the strategic assets list.

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Trumps anti-Cuba policy should be condemned

By   3 days ago

The latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years, should be condemned.

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The broad definition of GCSB security

By   3 days ago

The broad definition of security is long-standing, introduced around the same time as the SIS botched break in of Aziz Choudry’s house in Christchurch at the time of an APEC meeting there.

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Make Trade Fair in the Pacific

By   4 days ago

We gain privileged access to Pacific markets, but they gain no new access to our markets. There are no obligations on Australia to stop their protectionist policies towards Pacific kava exports and other fruit and vegetables that are produced in Australia. New Zealand exporters will gain $20 million in reduced tariffs, but this is lost revenue for Pacific governments that are already struggling to provide basic health care and education to their people.

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Are Todd Barclay And National High-Ups Guilty Of Witness Tampering?

By   6 days ago

There’s just something about living in a small, insular ‘everybody-knows-everybody’ kinda place that makes attempts at pulling off a genuine “cover-up” something of a fool’s errand.

Todd Barclay, apparently, is that fool.

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A Point To Consider On s59 ‘Anti-Smacking’ Debate

By   7 days ago

There’s a point to be made on this whole ‘Anti-Smacking’/s59 debate which New Zealand First has brought back to the limelight, that I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else making.

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Director of Mental Health states DHBs have provisions to allow mental health unit patients to smoke – not followed by Waikato DHB

By   7 days ago

Dear Waikato DHB Board members – attached is a link to an article published today by Stuff in which the Director of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health, Dr John Crawshaw, made the following points in respect of smoking by inpatients at DHBs’ mental health units:

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Are we witnessing a very Kiwi Coup?

By   3 hours ago

I think we are witnessing a slow motion coup.

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Marama Fox should be ashamed of herself!

By   12 hours ago

Where was Marama when Todd Barclay was caught out lying to NZ about secretly taping a staff member? Where was Marama when the Prime Minister got caught out doing the same thing? No word from her about her mates then, but here she was attacking Awataha Marae and giving racists everywhere a chance to stereotype Marae as slave labour slums.

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Top 5 batshit crazy things we must believe to accept Bill English’s version of events

By   2 days ago

The list of batshit crazy things we are being asked to believe in order to accept Bill English’s version of events over what he knew, when he knew and how he knew about Todd Barclay breaking the law is becoming more absurd by the day.

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The level of racism against Marae by right wingers desperate to denigrate Labour highlights the hatred that drives these people

By   3 days ago

The spitefulness of those describing Marae as sweat shop slums for political gain is the ugliness here, not the attempt to engage youth at the ballot box.

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Why the Labour Party Student Intern ‘scandal’ is a smear

By   4 days ago

When the Labour Party Student Intern story erupted this week, just as Bill English was in serious trouble, I thought “Well that’s convenient isn’t it”.

I was out to the Marae 2 weeks ago having a look around at what they were doing. I had a meal with them, talked with some of the volunteers. They were fantastic young people who were loving the adventure of it all.

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EnglishGate Update: National Party Goon threatens, intimidates and bullies staff member

By   5 days ago

…so a National Party Goon, Glenda Hughes, a board member of National’s ruling council no less, contacts the staff member Barclay has been spying on and effectively bullies and intimidates the staff member into dropping the case.

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BREAKING: Todd Barclay steps down from Parliament at next election

By   5 days ago

…now he’s gone, what about Bill English? Surely as Prime Minister, Bill’s deception was actually worse than Barclay’s.

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Media Watch View All →

Defend Qatar, Defend al-Jazeera

By   15 hours ago

The Saudi-led blockade of Qatar should concern us all. It is virtually an act of war for one country, Saudi Arabia, to cut off all land access to another, Qatar, and then combine with two other countries, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to restrict air and sea access.

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Q+A review: Has anyone contacted slave pen crusader Matthew Hooton yet?

By   1 day ago

…this Labour ‘slave scandal’ proves the ease with which a Right Wing blog can still manipulate the NZ mainstream media.

This ability to manipulate the mainstream media is as cancerous in 2017 as it was in 2014.

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Rights groups condemn ‘cowardly censorship’ bid over Al Jazeera

By   2 days ago

“The attack on Al Jazeera is part of an assault on free speech to subvert the impact of old and new media in the Arab world. It should be condemned and resisted.” One of many global media responses.

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At some point people are going to admit this 2month old story about a Labour intern slave scandal was just a distraction from Bill & Todd

By   2 days ago

Audrey Young is no card carrying member of the Labour Party so her vicious take down of National when comparing Labour’s supposed scandal up against National’s actual scandal this week is devastating…

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Whale Oil confounded by history

By   4 days ago

Israel’s imposition of illegal settlements outside its borders and brutal military control of the Palestinian people are war crimes. They are violations of international law that demand the urgent imposition of UN sanctions designed to bring Israel to account.

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TWITTER WATCH: Nicky Wagner’s contempt for the disability sector all in one tweet

By   1 week ago

Nothing sums up the born to rule contempt that National embody better than this tweet by the Minister for Disability. Here she is supposedly at work having a meeting on disability issues and she’s posting glorious photos of the harbour wishing she could dump this disability crap and party on the water front.

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Q+A Review: Disgusting NZ First want legal right to bash children

By   1 week ago

This is a huge step backwards for NZ society if the legal right to bash children is allowed to occur and this is the reason progressive New Zealanders need to vote for either Labour, the Greens or MANA to stop this kind of sick, grim politics.

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Simon Barnett, Tom Cruise, The Edge Breakfast Madhouse and not giving a toss

By   1 week ago

The worst commercial radio show in the world, the Edge Breakfast Morning Madhouse, tricked one of the most boring commercial radio shows in the world, the More FM Breakfast with Si and Gary, into believing they were talking to the most over rated actor on the face of the planet, Tom Cruise.

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EXCLUSIVE: Intern tells what really happened inside Campaign for Change ‘slave labour Marae’

By   12 hours ago

I do know that this well-intentioned educational program which somehow turned into a “scandal” has been completely blown out of proportion by the media. I am writing this because the lack of sensitivity that has gone along with criticizing this program is despicable.

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – Ideas arent enough

By   4 days ago

In contrast to the rest of the world, NZ seems to be sleepwalking towards an election. If you want too see an ambitious, radical and progressive political voice, the options are sadly limited. For the radical left, the question is how do we turn this around? How can we build a radical political instrument to express the popular frustration with the status quo?

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Slumlord’s have to go

By   5 days ago

There are times I’m really outraged by the lax manner we allow standards to slip in this country because it’s always the poor who pay the steepest price. NewsHub’s recent report on deplorable conditions of boarding homes in this country is a perfect example.

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – How Odd of Todd, how Ill of Bill

By   6 days ago

Three quick questions over the Barclay/English affair.

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – The Last Days of May

By   1 week ago

It’s looking increasingly likely that embattled UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, will have to stand down.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Business as usual – No, it’s worse, it’s Trump

By   2 weeks ago

People ask why I’m not writing about Barack Obama, because he too dropped bombs and gave military support to Israel and did any number of dubious things that American presidents seem to do as a matter of course. In fact presidents who have dropped bombs include but are not limited to Washington, Lincoln, Regan, Truman, Nixon, Bush senior and Junior

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Corbyn: A partisan revolution?

By   2 weeks ago

The reason that thousands of young people flocked to Corbyn’s program was because they agreed with it.  As did many die hard older Labour supporters despite decades of Blairism, and before that, decades of Labourite attacks on the working class.

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GUEST BLOG: Julie Carter – Well done Labour!

By   2 weeks ago

Labour’s plan to put an end to fake student’s is bang on the money.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

Theatre Review: Jane Doe

By   2 weeks ago

Jane Doe

By Eleanor Bishop

Presented by Zanetti Productions

Q Theatre’s Loft

On until 17 June

Bookings: qtheatre.co.nz or 09 309 9771

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Theatre Review: Power Ballad

By   2 weeks ago

Power Ballad, is Julia Croft’s show at the Basement right now, directed and co-created by Nisha Madhan.

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Invite to "Victory Party" for Corbyn-led Labour in UK election

By   3 weeks ago

WHAT: UK election results
WHEN: 2pm
WHERE: Unite Union HQ, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside, Auckland

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30th Anniversary of NZ “No Nukes Stand” Marked by Giant Human Peace Symbol at Auckland Event

By   3 weeks ago

On Sunday 11 June at 12.00 midday in Auckland Domain The Peace Foundation is organising a public peace event to mark the thirty year anniversary of New Zealand saying “no” to nukes in the Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 statute.

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Unwelcome US Secretary of State from Aotearoa – Tuesday June 6th

By   3 weeks ago

Action alert: On Tuesday, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson is landing in Wellington to meet with our Government.

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The Best Photojournalism From Around The Globe Comes To Auckland This July!

By   4 weeks ago

Note down 1st – 30th July in your diary to see this inspiring collection of images in Auckland.

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On beauty routines…

By   4 weeks ago

Someone asked me yesterday if I had a ‘beauty routine’

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Candlelight Vigil against Israeli Occupation

By   4 weeks ago

This June marks 50 years since the end of the Six Day War, and 50 years since Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Dayenu – New Zealand Jews Against Occupation will be holding a candlelight vigil on June the 12th to mark this historically sad milestone, and recognise 50 years of resistance to military occupation.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Theresa May and the Holy Grail

By   11 hours ago

Theresa May and the Holy Grail

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Political Caption Competition

By   15 hours ago

Keep the hat on boy, you’ll be getting used to seeing it soon

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Monday 26th June 2017

By   15 hours ago

5: Hexes vs. Prayers: Christians and Witches Are Waging Spiritual War Over Trump
4: Tillerson: Some demands on Qatar very difficult to meet
3:  RALPH NADER: THE DEMOCRATS ARE UNABLE TO DEFEND THE U.S. FROM THE “MOST VICIOUS” REPUBLICAN PARTY IN HISTORY
2: Republican Healthcare Bill Gives Tax Cuts to the Rich by Gutting Safety Net for Poor & Middle Class
1: Sixty towers across England found to have unsafe cladding

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 26th June 2017

By   15 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

Todd Barclay under Bill English’s desk.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 25th June 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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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

So recording someone secretly isn’t a crime ok, that’s the line we are all running with. Dismissed.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 24th June 2017

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 →

Hamilton student to battle NZ Government in landmark climate lawsuit

By   3 days ago

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. Sarah Thomson, 26, claims that New Zealand’s targets under the Paris Climate Agreement are “unambitious” and fail to reflect scientific consensus on climate change. The case, […]

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NZ Cuban friendship group condemns Trumps anti-Cuba policy

By   3 days ago

The Auckland Cuba Friendship Society has condemned the latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years. Every president since Kennedy in 1963 has aimed to overthrow the Cuban revolution. Obama’s shift in relations was a step forward but still had […]

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LABOUR FOLDS TO FARMING LOBBY – The Opportunities Party

By   3 days ago

In electoral desperation, the Labour Party yesterday abandoned any attempt to address one of the greatest concerns facing New Zealanders, the ongoing pollution of our waterways. Andrew Little told Federated Farmers annual conference his party will abandon polluter pays by joining the Greens in offering some ill-defined form of “regulation” to deal with the country’s […]

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Green Party to run strong campaign to unseat Nick Smith in Nelson

By   3 days ago

The Green Party is today announcing that its Nelson candidate, second term local councillor Matt Lawrey, will run to win the electorate and unseat Nick Smith in September’s election. Mr Lawrey and the Green Party will run a strong two-tick campaign in Nelson, and will offer a positive, solutions-based alternative to Dr Smith and National. […]

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Bill English misleads Parliament on Police statement – Labour Party

By   4 days ago

Bill English’s attempt to restore his damaged credibility over the Todd Barclay affair has backfired after his claim to have “reported” Mr Barclay’s actions to Police has proven not to be true, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. “Yesterday in Parliament, Bill English claimed in response to a question from Andrew Little that […]

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All Tyred out; government announces false solution for tyre woes – Product Stewardship Council

By   4 days ago

After rejecting an industry-designed workable product stewardship scheme for end of life tyres, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today the government would allocate $19 million taxpayer dollars into a false solution instead – most of the funding to go to Chinese-owned company, Waste Management NZ, to collect and shred scrap tyres. Smith has proposed scrap […]

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Two Reports Show Health & Poverty Gaps Widening – Closing The Gap

By   4 days ago

Two reports released last week show need for real concern about widening children’s health & poverty gaps, according to the Closing the Gap organisation. The Perioperative Mortality Review Committee’s sixth report, looking at New Zealand deaths that occur within 30 days of an operation, shows people living in lower socio-economic areas had near double the […]

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Record new arrivals as net migration tops 72,000 – Statistics New Zealand

By   4 days ago

Annual net migration reached 72,000 in the May 2017 year, Stats NZ said today. Migrant arrivals numbered 130,400 and migrant departures numbered 58,400 in the year ended May 2017. “The continued high level of net migration in the May 2017 year was driven by non-New Zealand citizens migrating to New Zealand,” population statistics senior manager […]

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