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Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot

 by Martyn Bradbury 

 “I don’t think there’ll be any addressing of inequality by the NZ political class until there is wide spread civil disobedience and news coverage beaming out angry people smashing up Queen street. Only then will the Government be forced to address the problem beyond their empty rhetoric and punitive policy.”  MORE >>

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Setting The Agenda View All →

City Transport: A Taxing Matter

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By   39 mins ago

Auckland is an emerging world-city, with many employment opportunities not present in other parts of the country. The externalities around both transport and housing can be resolved in orthodox ways that make full use of the price-mechanism that is at the core of economics.

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Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Court Processes

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By   43 mins ago

Virtually no rapes see court or conviction and this has to change. I realise rape prevention is about more than just criminal conviction, but there is a message being sent, and right now that message is that rape simply doesn’t matter. To rapists we say “if you rape, it’s likely nothing bad will happen to you”, to rape survivors we say “if you get raped, no one cares”.

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Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF

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By   21 hours ago

The continuous insane defence of being needing to be ‘delicate’ throughout the police report is infuriating. I never thought I’d be this mad at PC-ness and talk of victims rights, but in this case I think how it’s being used to wash over legislation is a crock legally.

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Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor

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By   22 hours ago

Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue.

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You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand

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By   2 days ago

If we ever needed proof we live in a rape culture we have it. By doing virtually nothing useful to prevent rape, our system essentially faciliates rape and supports rapists. The illegality of rape is pointless if nothing is done to uphold the law. The police seem to be specifically responsible for setting up a roadblock to prosecution. If so few cases see court, they are positioned as the barrier to justice.

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By   2 days ago

It wasn’t until I worked in shearing gangs and saw that it was white guys who owned the farms, white guys who were the contractors and brown people who shed the most sweat for the least return. Brown people and the occasional white punk like me.

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Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures

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By   3 days ago

Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament.

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Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Toru)

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By   3 days ago

The TV3 story reported that up to 22,000 homes worth an estimated $5 billion could be sold off. This would make it one of the biggest asset sales in recent history – when John Key himself promised an end to state asset sales in February this year.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm

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By   56 mins ago

Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”.

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Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot: #ifihadahammer

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By   11 hours ago

I don’t think there’ll be any addressing of inequality by the NZ political class until there is wide spread civil disobedience and news coverage beaming out angry people smashing up Queen street. Only then will the Government be forced to address the problem beyond their empty rhetoric and punitive policy.

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If Key knows who Rawshark is…

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By   16 hours ago

If Key knows who Rawshark is – when will the Police raid his house for 10 hours?

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Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…

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By   2 days ago

Being the son of a cop and mates with the son of a cop really pays off hu?

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Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!

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By   2 days ago

Surely muddle NZ can be distracted for far less than $26million! Why doesn’t the Government just make up some bullshit terrorist threat against the All Blacks that requires Key to give Dan Carter a cuddle or something? Why blow $26million on a flag redesign that is purely a manufactured political distraction? Can’t National invent a far cheaper distraction?

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The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?

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By   2 days ago

A good question to ask about this bizarre attack on Blomfield via Slater was whether or not Slater was paid for this hit by Blomfield’s former business partners. They certainly met and discussed the attacks on Blomfield, was Slater also paid?

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We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate

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By   2 days ago

Dare to challenge farmers dumping pollution and suddenly your position in Council is challenged

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A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage

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By   3 days ago

Seeing as our side has all the drones, won’t to be raining drone strikes?

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Media Watch View All →

MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?

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By   52 mins ago

When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David Fisher in the Herald, Andrea Vance at Stuff… TVNZ doesn’t.

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Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The Left

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By   22 hours ago

I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue.

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Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious

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By   2 days ago

The Herald’s sudden concern for democracy and the fate of the Labour Party must be held up against their active role and participation in empowering Slater in the first place.

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MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game journalism”

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By   2 days ago

The continual efforts on social media and elsewhere of some within MANA to try and make this primarily an issue of ethics in political journalism, rather than allow for a focus on questions of fact about what Hone knew, when he knew it, and what he did about it … is pretty much the equivalent of all the “It’s actually about ethics in video-game journalism” claptrap presently emanating from #GamerGate and affiliates.

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MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien

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By   3 days ago

Hilda Harawira’s complaint letter definitely points out some problematic areas in the conduct of our 4th Estaters which, if this weren’t arguably a somewhat inopportune place, time, and manner to raise same for fear of looking like a deflection, do deserve some examination and reflection by our press.

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An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “absurd” it is a basic human right

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By   6 days ago

How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? His last op-ed ‘Living Wage is a Reward Not a Right’ was so hilarious it reads almost like a parody, only it isn’t.

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MEDIA BLOG: Myles Thomas – Marae Investigates No More

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By   7 days 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   7 days 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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GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen

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By   3 days ago

In future I would advise NZ First to avoid speculating about these serious allegations and do some research into the journalistic integrity of Tova Obrien and her intimate relationship with the National Party.

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GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”

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By   5 days ago

Funnily enough, it will be those who talk most loudly about (s)elections based on merit who will also say she’s unelectable simply because of her identity. Not that it matters to them of course, oh no, it’s some other mythical voters “out there” who are to blame and who should be pandered to.

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GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House

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By   7 days 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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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A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.

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By   22 hours ago

NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed a lucrative niche market for church-backed big-screen offerings that faithfully reproduce the scriptural plot-lines.

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Review: Perfect Place

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By   1 week 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   3 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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Child Poverty stats in NZ

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By   16 hours ago

Child Poverty stats in NZ

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Meanwhile…

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By   3 days ago

Meanwhile…

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Where. Is. Jason. Ede?

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By   1 week ago

Where. Is. Jason. Ede?

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Ego vs Eco

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By   2 weeks ago

Ego vs Eco

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March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October

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By   2 weeks ago

March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October

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Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0

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By   2 weeks ago

Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0

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Final salute to Cunliffe

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By   3 weeks ago

Final salute to Cunliffe

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Key sworn in under a blood moon

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By   3 weeks ago

Key sworn in under a blood moon

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Authorised by Martyn Bradbury, The Editor, TheDailyBlog, 5 Victoria St East/Queen St, CBD, Auckland, New Zealand.