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Turning Shane: How McCully deprived Labour of Jones

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By Chris Trotter: IN CONTEMPLATING the “turning” of Labour’s Shane Jones, National’s Murray McCully, must have been constantly assessing – and re-assessing – the character of the man he was hoping would help him deliver a crushing political blow to the Labour Opposition. MORE >>

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Opportunity for new blood in Māori politics

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By   11 hours ago

Labour MP Shane Jones’ news of retirement from Parliament yesterday got some korero happening alright. From his staunch loyal supporters ardently praising his skills to those in fervent opposition and refusing to let his hour of glory go without a dig.

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We need to protect our rights online

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By   12 hours ago

I have just launched New Zealand’s first crowdsourced Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, enhancing our human rights laws for the digital age. It’s time to develop positive, rights-affirming Internet law to protect our human rights online and open Internet.

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Turning Shane: How Murray McCully deprived Labour of Mr Jones

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By   23 hours ago

IN CONTEMPLATING the “turning” of Labour’s Shane Jones, National’s Murray McCully, must have been constantly assessing – and re-assessing – the character of the man he was hoping would help him deliver a crushing political blow to the Labour Opposition.

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Flockton Floods Again

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By   1 day ago

On Thursday I helped several older and vulnerable residents, like Julie above, in the Flockton Basin area with their sandbags. But sandbags are an inadequate response for those facing repeated flooding until the Council’s two year area-wide solution kicks in.

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EDUCANZ / EDUCAN’T

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By   2 days ago

Oh hello, select committee … sorry to interrupt your tea and bickies, but I have something on my mind that I really need to talk to you about.

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Why Waiariki and Epsom are so important this election

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By   2 days ago

By eliminating 2 of National’s potential coalition partners, the Opposition makes it increasingly difficult for National to form the necessary Parliamentary majority needed to govern.

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Trade and Investment Agreements: Human Rights For Sale

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By   3 days ago

The problem with these agreements is not the promotion of trade between nations, essential to a small trading nation like NZ, but the regulatory coherence demanded by investors to secure corporate dominance at the expense of democratic rights.

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Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be

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By   3 days ago

My interactions on the doorstep so far tell me that voters are looking for the type of leadership that Labour has provided in the past, and a passion, vision and commitment that Labour will take into the future.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Davis vs Harawira

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By   4 hours ago

The desire for ‘Labour led’ Government language was so that it could include MANA and NZ First. Those constructing the Labour election strategy understand this, political journalists don’t seem to.

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Whare of Cards – It’s a shame that Shane sold out to keep up with the Joneses

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By   11 hours ago

Let’s acknowledge this for what it really is, a clever deceitful Machiavellian move by a National Party seeking to damage the Opposition via a person who had already abandoned the values of the Party he had been elected to serve.

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Why NZ needs a Digital Bill of Rights

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By   1 day ago

I’m glad the Greens have taken on board some of my suggestions for a NZ Digital Bill of Rights.

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The blue collar cred smoko room mythology of Shane Jones as told by the msm

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By   1 day ago

White middle class pundits proclaiming Jones’ supposed ‘blue collar cred’ demeans working class people while highlighting those pundits own ignorance.

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The PI vote and political stunts

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By   2 days ago

The mainstream media got quite excited a couple of weeks ago when a number of Pasifika church leaders were photographed at the Manurewa markets wearing blue, Key-people t-shirts.

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Why queues outside synthetic cannabis shop is proof regulation is working

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By   2 days ago

You can’t ‘ban’ synthetic cannabis, every time you do the chemists just change the chemical make up of the drug and return to market. If you want to see a decrease in synthetic cannabis use, make the real cannabis legal and regulate the hell out of that.

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The only one happy with ACTs new ’3 strikes’ for burglary will be private prisons

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By   2 days ago

If this petty bullshit is the best Jamie Whyte has as ACT policy, he should stick to legalising incest.

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Media Watch View All →

TV Review: Seven Sharp: third strike lucky

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By   2 days ago

Jesse Mulligan was the last of the original ill-fated trio to be dumped from Seven Sharp. This happened last week with little notice given and less notice paid. His removal was more inevitable than the four blade razor.

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Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works

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By   1 week ago

The petty crap that makes headlines regarding Cunliffe should be taught in media classes as examples of why public broadcasting is so vital for the quality of democracy.

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UPDATE: David vs Goliath – Key chickens out!

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By   1 week ago

The debate carries huge risks for David because Key is a Goliath. The Prime Minister has chewed through John Campbell, Helen Clark, Phil Goff, David Shearer and he will want to crush Cunliffe before the opposition momentum builds.

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Banning Native Affairs from the kohanga reo press conference requires journalistic solidarity

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By   1 week ago

This is an opportunity for the mainstream media to protect their values and stand up for one of their own.

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Unions launch ‘Get out the Vote’

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By   2 weeks ago

The doubling of the Labour Party membership over the leadership contest combined with a realisation on the part of the Unions that a third term National Government will do all it can to kill off organised labour, will give everyone the incentive to embrace this.

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NZ Herald and their choice to publish climate denial

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By   2 weeks ago

The NZ Herald can publish whatever opinion they like. That is their right. But as the only nationwide newspaper in the country, the NZ Herald has a responsibility to public debate that goes beyond limp Press Council rulings. Publishing a column as ridiculously steeped in climate denial mythology as this monstrosity by Charles Moore, is about as responsible as publishing a column claiming smoking won’t lead to lung cancer.

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Radio NZ review – how white can it get?

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By   2 weeks ago

Radio NZ review – how white can it get?

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MIDA’s chair finds Fiji TV guilty of ‘hate speech’ and blasts bloggers

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By   3 weeks ago

SO THERE we have it. Fiji’s Media Industry Development Authority chairperson Ashwin Raj is going to stamp out all hate and race speech in his country with the stroke of a decree-backed pen.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

What In the World is a Giganaire? (Sponsored Post)

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By   56 mins ago

What In the World is a Giganaire? (Sponsored Video & Text) – Do you want to be able to play the latest online games, watch streaming movies in HD, and download your favourite hip hop tunes, all at the same time? Then perhaps you’re ready for the Giganaire life. Telecom’s Unlimited Broadband Data plan gives you more data than you can shake a gold chain at.

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GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The Old Often Makes Perfect Sense to the Young

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By   6 days ago

Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone.

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GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD

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By   1 week ago

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GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Cunliffe coalition deal no deal

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By   2 weeks ago

Division on the left, even if it’s only perceived, has always been our kryptonite.

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GUEST BLOG: David Tank – How inequality forced me from my home

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By   2 weeks ago

As a Kiwi who has come home and had his voting rights restored I have three demands to make should any New Zealand Government wish to earn my respect. And a lot of other New Zealander’s respect too for that matter. I was 27 and 500 dollars away from flat broke when I landed in Australia back in 93. NZ had burnt me, I had had enough.

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GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – trying to live with disability under Paula Bennett

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By   2 weeks ago

A few days ago, Paula Bennett announced that she was stomping on beneficiaries who go abroad. Ironically, on that day, not knowing of this, I was asked if I would go abroad for a client to conduct some negotiations. In return, I could be offered a job at last! I will probably have to decline, as to do otherwise means that I may well end up without any means of support if I do not succeed, leading to my being homeless again.

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GUEST BLOG: Finn Jackson – Won’t get fooled again

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By   3 weeks ago

I am sixteen, a radical environmentalist, who is sick and tired of the total lack of leadership shown by governments around the world on tackling climate change.

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – National’s assault on State Housing

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By   3 weeks ago

As of May 2012 there were 2,016 high priority applicants on the waiting list for a state house. Rather than housing these people the existing State housing asset is being systematically whittled down.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda 23rd-27th April

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By   2 days ago

The Liberal Agenda 23rd-27th April

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Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?

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By   3 days ago

We need less men declaring their allegiance to feminism and more men unpacking patriarchy and challenging toxic modes of masculinity.

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Secret Policeman’s Ball

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By   1 week ago

The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the art of comedy yet the freedom to enjoy and participate in shows like this is something we take for granted here in Aotearoa.

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Boots Riley performing for MANA fundraiser

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By   1 week ago

Boots Riley is an American poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organiser and community activist, however is best known as lead vocals for The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.

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TDB Comedy Festival picks 2014

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By   2 weeks ago

It’s the comedy Festival again, a buffet of laughs and a reminder that Auckland is a vibrant place to go to at night. TDB will be reviewing as many as we can see.

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Film Review: Divergent 3stars

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By   2 weeks ago

Divergent follows a pretty generic formula and it is a shame the director Neil Burger (Limitless) made the decision to leave out some of the darker parts of the book.

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The Chinese century:review of Loretta Napoloeoni`s Maonomics: why Chinese communists make better capitalists than we do

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By   1 month ago

The sting of this book is in the subtitle; why Chinese communists make better capitalists than we do.

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Review: Girl In Tan Boots – 3 and a half stars

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By   1 month ago

It is superbly written and it was a delight to see an all-female cast

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Shane Jones caption contest

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By   2 days ago

Shane Jones caption contest

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Helping Simon Bridges find the forest he lost

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Helping Simon Bridges find the forest he lost

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On climate change denial

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On climate change denial

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Labour on manufacturing

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Labour on manufacturing

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When your National Party mates claim National are a better economic manager, show them this graph

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By   2 days ago

When your National Party mates claim National are a better economic manager, show them this graph

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Introverts Unite (separately)

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By   2 days ago

Introverts Unite (separately)

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The problem with food

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The problem with food

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Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated

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By   3 days ago

Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated

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The Fifth Estate View All →

Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government

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By   7 days ago

Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans. Now it is time for action. The Green Party will be pushing for the implementation […]

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Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale

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By   7 days ago

Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on this economically unsound policy Mighty River’s annual report reveals that it has spent $3.8m in […]

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Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground

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Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a clean energy future. The Government’s big idea is jobs poor and bad for the environment, […]

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National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance

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Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that advantaged New Zealand’s wealthiest citizens, have unsurprisingly failed to spur an altruistic upsurge in compliance, […]

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Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda

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Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its own making The National Government’s asset sales agenda is in crisis and it is time […]

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Privacy across all departments needs checking

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Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to make sure it is kept safe.” A review of how government departments protect New Zealanders’ […]

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Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction

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By   7 days ago

Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the top Reports into ACC provide the most compelling evidence yet that the Government’s focus on […]

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Government must front up on full costs of asset sales

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By   7 days ago

Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are costing New Zealand New information shows that the energy companies that the Government is planning […]

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