EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection – reaching out for radical minds

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By Laila Harré

I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. MORE >>

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#JohnKeyHistory

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By   14 hours ago

This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really? Because I know plenty of people who would disagree.

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G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve

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By   14 hours ago

At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth model is at the expense of the workforce, public investment and the environment.

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EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds

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By   1 day ago

Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members.

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The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution

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By   2 days ago

The outbreak of an Ebola epidemic in West Africa over 2014 has exposed the virtual collapse of public health systems in many African countries affected and the paralysis if the wealthy west to be able to mount a response in time to prevent the outbreak killing tens of thousands and possibly millions.

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Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for rape survivors

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By   2 days ago

People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday.

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IES vote may weaken defense of public education

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By   2 days ago

Secondary school teachers will find themselves “collaborating” with the more conservative of their primary colleagues including a disproportionate number from the small minority of teachers who are hostile to unions. And because of primary teacher opposition to IES those primary teachers involved will be forced onto individual employment contracts to take part.

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Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy

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By   3 days ago

On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda. Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being one of our most considered and reflective media journalists, immediately asked how that could be paid for. Little kicked for touch on that issue; indeed that was the correct thing to do on a first (and very general) interview such as this one.

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The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint

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By   3 days ago

Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.

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NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves

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By   3 days ago

What’s most disturbing about this is that it is a real insight into Key’s honestly held belief that NZ was settled peacefully. The dominant culture that benefits from injustice never wants to focus on that injustice, thus in Key’s world, Maori and Pakeha were great mates and the rare times settlers did do wrong will get mopped up by the Tribunal process. Let’s all have a beer around the BBQ.

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Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in 2017

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By   3 days ago

The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement.

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5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealand

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By   3 days ago

Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in the initial preferential vote. Trade unionist and former head of the powerful Engineers Printers and Manufacturers Union, Andrew Little is […]

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Little’s Shadow Cabinet

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By   5 days ago

The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was because Labour looked like it would meltdown 30 seconds after being sworn into Government so Unity matters more than anything else right now.

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And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ

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By   5 days ago

The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew, he was the leader of the EPMU, one of the most conservative Unions in NZ, so don’t expect revolution, expect tepid evolution. With MANA killed off, Labour can now try and out-gallop the Greens to the centre because activists and members can’t politically go anywhere else so expect National lite for the next 3 years.

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Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire

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By   6 days ago

The manipulations and lies NZers will put up with from Key are a thing to behold, Key could personally lead an attack against an Iraqi kindergarden and machine gun every last child in it, and a vast chunk of Muddle Nu Zilind would probably petition that he win a Victoria Cross for bravery.

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Waitangi Tribunal ruling

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By   1 week ago

Maori have waited for a just Treaty for almost 2 centuries, it is time for Pakeha NZ to show some genuine commitment to righting that wrong.

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Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on

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By   9 hours ago

The fifth anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao in the southern Philippines – the worst atrocity against journalists – is today and there is still no justice for the families of the victims. Fifty eight people in a peaceful political convoy were massacred on 23 November 2009 – 32 of them journalists. They will be remembered in NZ this week.

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MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Programmes

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By   2 days ago

The way TVNZ is outsourcing these programmes is quite simply irresponsible. It smacks of being a rushed decision taken by people who don’t know or care how television is made. Everyone including funding agencies and staff was taken by surprise. The Minister of Broadcasting only got a few days notice.

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The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1

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By   2 days ago

The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week – Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.

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Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political journalism event

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By   5 days ago

A conference next week, hosted by AUT’s Pacific Media Centre, will examine “Political journalism in the Asia-Pacific” and also celebrate 20 years of publication of the research journal Pacific Journalism Review. Speakers from Fiji, Philippines, Timor-Leste, West Papua and other countries are taking part.

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This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document

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By   6 days ago

This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document

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The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror watch list

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By   1 week ago

Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get onto the terrorist watch list and admits that it doesn’t need to be religion based. That means environmentalists, Unionists, Maori activists – anyone who challenges the status quo is a possible target for these spying powers.

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A brief word on The Block NZ

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By   1 week ago

Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty.

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GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democracy

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By   14 hours ago

Central government has vastly increased the use of urgency & constantly reduced the amount of time available to make submissions. And the result has been poor policy due to the lack of information from experts in the field, from people who are directly affected by that policy area and from any interested members of the public who have relevant experiences to share.

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GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Continues

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By   15 hours ago

The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015.

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GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices

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By   3 days ago

Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I am off to the UK soon, it would have been nice to know that positions were open, and that we had a voice in who speaks for us.

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GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”

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By   4 days ago

Why did Bill English feel the need to lie in the first place?

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GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – where’s the evidence?

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By   2 weeks ago

There may or may not be evidence to support these figures. We have no way of knowing because if it exists, it hasn’t been put in the public arena. But in the public arena is this article splashed on the front page of the Waikato Times. It’s titled “Our City’s Soldiers of Allah”, and the whole article is based on a Facebook group called “Soldiers of Allah”.

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GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?

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By   3 weeks ago

Is Labour about lip service or do we really believe in equal opportunities to succeed? With a significant proportion of our community disenfranchised (unable to vote) anyway, unless real and significant support and opportunity is given, we are nothing but hypocrites.

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GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget

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By   3 weeks ago

The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash

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GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen

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By   4 weeks 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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LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: it’s not just for Slacktivists

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By   2 weeks ago

Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig at Auckland Museum.

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REVIEW: The Blind Date Project

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By   2 weeks ago

The premise of the show is straight forward enough, a girl waits in a karaoke bar for her blind date to arrive. That blind date is a different person every night and the actress has no idea who it will be before they walk in. There is no script, there are no rehearsals, just excellent performers being sent the occasional direction via text.

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The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey – 4 stars

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By   3 weeks ago

Oh the delightful oddities one can come across on a Wednesday night in the big city. The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey is one such delightful oddity.

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A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.

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By   4 weeks 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 month 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   2 months ago

The Sound of Music
The Civic
Runs until October 26th

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REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi

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By   2 months 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   3 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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Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little

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By   3 days ago

Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little

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US Politics

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By   4 days ago

US Politics

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How to defeat child poverty

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By   5 days ago

How to defeat child poverty

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Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)

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By   7 days ago

Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)

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Anti-TPPA march from above

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By   2 weeks ago

Anti-TPPA march from above

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Train wreck of an interview

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By   2 weeks ago

Watch at 6.57 how much a train wreck this interview becomes on what is the high alter of finance, CNBC.

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Child Poverty stats in NZ

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By   3 weeks ago

Child Poverty stats in NZ

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Meanwhile…

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By   4 weeks ago

Meanwhile…

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