SPECIAL REPORT:

Dirty Politics 1 year on – what’s changed?

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By Martyn Bradbury

In August of last year, Nicky Hager released his bombshell book, Dirty Politics, which highlighted a level of corruption and abuse of political power at the heart of NZ’s democracy that has never been seen before.

One year on – what has changed?

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Rich list: Bludging bastards with their protective layers of bought politicians

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They are the ultimate bludgers, protected from taxation by successive Labour and National governments who need their donations to run election campaigns.

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Steven Joyce – Hypocrite of the Week

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For National to intend issuing arrest warrants, for student loan defaulters, takes the matter of a civil contract into the realm of the Crimes Act.

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Be careful What You Wish For: What if the Government rejects the TPPA?

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Just imagine what the political effect would be if John Key and Tim Groser came home from Maui with grim faces and patriotic words. Picture them on the stage of the Beehive theatrette answering questions from a clamouring crowd of journalists.

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Casual Labour and Public Equity

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The state no longer has the beneficence that it had in that middle part of the twentieth century. Its mission now is mainly to deny support in order to cut costs. So the concept of ‘state’ has had its day. In its place are the concepts of publicness, and of governance.

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The collapse of the Chinese stock market, the Greek economic collapse and forced continuation of a failed austerity regime, together with the speculative surges in property prices in Auckland and many other cities of the Pacific Rim – all have a common source.

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To Annette King – we’ll hold you to that!

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Right up until last week, National’s ‘spin’ on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was that it would not be permitted to impact on Pharmac or it’s ability to buy cheap, generic medicines.

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There are six questions that beg to be answered by the various inquiries currently under way;

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How Smart Is Tim Groser? Will we end up panning or praising New Zealand’s Trade Minister?

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TIM GROSER may be a lot smarter than even his most fervent supporters claim. It’s just possible that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) – as currently drafted – is the document he had in mind all along.

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When Key isn’t pulling ponytails, he’s making students cry

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We have a NZ Music month, so why not a NZ Maori Language Month?

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SPECIAL REPORT: Dirty Politics 1 year on – what’s changed?

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By   2 days ago

In August of last year, Nicky Hager released his bombshell book, Dirty Politics, which highlighted a level of corruption and abuse of political power at the heart of NZ’s democracy that has never been seen before.

One year on – what has changed?

Read More →

What’s next for Serco and why Duncan Garner is part of the problem

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By   2 days ago

I don’t think we should judge by the small turn out to a protest outside Serco today that the issue of private prisons is not important. I’ve been fighting this since National mooted prison privatisation in 2008 and I had no idea this protest was even on.

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A brief word on Cecil the Lion

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The killing of Cecil the Lion was foul, disgusting and sums up all that is wrong with humanity – but…

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TPPA dead for now!

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By   2 days ago

This is simply the best outcome.

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Compare the Police letting off Slater for hacking Labour Party website and searching Nicky Hager’s home

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If only the NZ Police would spend as much energy defending the interests of the young women raped in the Roast Buster case as they do on Cameron Slater.

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Why middle NZ loves John Key

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There are 3 mains reasons NZers love John Key with such adoration.

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You simply have to watch Professor Jane Kelsey rip Mike Hosking to pieces over the TPPA

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One of the problems of having a right wing mainstream media that has simply become an echo chamber for the hosts’s ego is that when the host goes up against someone on the Left who actually knows their stuff, they get ripped to shreds.

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This weeks Waatea news column – Is Serco abuse racist?

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This weeks Waatea news column – Is Serco abuse racist?

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TV3 Boycott hits Masterchef ratings – media still can’t understand it

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It’s like no one in the media can connect TV3’s decision to dump Campbell Live and our decision to stop watching them.

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Documentary exposes litany of state injustices against the Tūhoe, but also offers hope

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Kim Webby’s incisive and compassionate new documentary, The Price of Peace, about Tūhoe campaigner and kaumatua Tame Iti and the so-called “Urewera Four” is arguably the most brilliant and compassionate film portrayal of race and cultural relations in New Zealand in contemporary times.

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The TV3 Boycott is bleeding Media Works – why you should keep boycotting

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The 5th estate has an obligation and responsibility to overthrow the 4th estate for dereliction of duty.

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The Daily Blog 2015 contributions drive

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Brothers and Sisters, if you think The Daily Blog is an important voice in the NZ media landscape, then we need your contribution.

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A brief word on the #DWTSNZ fight between Dom & Chrystal

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Are we so lacking real journalism that vacant petty celebrities are somehow important enough to eclipse real issues?

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Table Talk – why is NZ in Iraq & Afghanistan?

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There is more honest appraisal of what NZ is really doing in Iraq and Afghanistan in this one hour than the NZDF have said in almost a decade of war.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – TPPA

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We won’t see the pudding and how good it tastes until we’ve purchased the ingredients. A terrible analogy, but blame Hosking.

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GUEST BLOG: Donna Miles – An ambitious PM and a marriage of inconvenience

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John Key has to wait a bit longer to pursue his ambition of marrying New Zealand off to its TPPA partners.

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GUEST BLOG: Mara Weiss –  Time to change All Whites name

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New Zealand does not consider itself to be racist. But what we don’t seem to understand is that the act of choosing that name was an act of passive racism. “Whites” is a term that has always been used to mean “white people,” especially in the context of segregated societies like apartheid South Africa and the southern United States.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – What’s really going on inside Serco from a Prisoner

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The gangs are running the place and in fact staff were getting gang members to threaten and intimidate and beat up other prisoners who had complained about how prison was being run.

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GUEST BLOG: Chris Fowlie – Even one cannabis arrest is one too many

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I’m either stupid or in denial, because apparently the police have already decriminalised weed.

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GUEST BLOG: Leslie Bravery – A Blight Unto Nations

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It is one year now since Israel’s brutal Operation Protective Edge blitz all but obliterated much of the defenceless Gaza Strip.

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GUEST BLOG: MBlogger – The Problem With the Labour Party

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The title of this blog “The Problem With the Labour Party” was recently addressed in the UK by young 20 year old SNP MP Mhairi Black.

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Not even aspirational

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The government has just announced a new green house gas emissions reduction target that has been almost universally panned by opposition parties, social agencies and NGOs as pathetic.

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Established about two years ago, Snort is a regular improv group that adopted a format from New York that does a great job of getting rid of the slow, awkward moments of improv that seem to often get stuck and spend a lot of time going nowhere.

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In a musical genre which lauds the pursuit of fame and riches (the title of Cent’s first album – “Get Rich or Die Tryin” being the archetypal exhibit A), what is it about failure that appears to be so exceptionally appealing for ringside commentators to mock?

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The five friends covered themes such as rap music, making and losing money, madness and assaulting Willy Moon.

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Ika Salon with Pam Corkery

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Pam Corkery has provoked and enlightened during a long career in journalism, a short stint in Parliament, a brief encounter with a brothel and six years of alcohol and drug free living. Fresh from Dancing with the Stars, Pam will be dancing her own verbal steps at July’s Ika Salon.

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How Not To Be An Asshole Episode 20 – I’m Pretty Much Over The Internet Ft. Emily Littler & Sigrid Yiakmis

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This weeks guests are Street Chant front woman Emily Littler and former librarian and radio personality Sigrid Yiakmis. We talk about music, following your dreams, living life to the fullest and why Sigrid cried during mad max.

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City Vision Debate Night with MC Phil Goff

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We are delighted to have secured seasoned political raconteurs Jacinda Ardern MP, Matt McCarten and Michael Wood to square up against the cutting prowess of Denise Roche MP, Martyn Bradbury and Cr Cathy Casey.

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2015 NZIFF Gala – The Lobster – 3 stars

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By   2 weeks ago

This years festival will be no different (TDB’s top 20 must see list will be out next week), but I must say I thought this years choice to open, ‘The Lobster’ fell a tad flat for me.

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One Hand Clapping? Why Ika’s latest intellectual meal proved less-than-satisfying

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In my opinion, all politics is adversarial. So, if I find myself at an event and there’s no conflict, then, whatever’s happening, it isn’t politics.

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TDB Political Caption Competition

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TDB Political Caption Competition

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The Daily Blog Open Mic Monday 3rd August 2015

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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 Sunday 2nd August 2015

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Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Malcolm Evans – TPPA – today and tomorrow

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Malcolm Evans – TPPA – today and tomorrow

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The Daily Blog Open Mic Saturday 1st August 2015

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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 Friday 31st July 2015

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Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Malcolm Evans – TPPA

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Malcolm Evans – TPPA

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Jeremy Wells ‘Like Mike’ Hosking Rant – Explaining TPP

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Management at Bagan Hotel River View in Myanmar responds to international campaign with new rights abuses

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In response to the international campaignlaunched by the IUF to defend basic trade union rights at the upscale Bagan Hotel River View in Myanmar (Burma), management is now screening job applicants to identify potential union supporters. Applicants are asked if they know anyone who is a union member and are warned that if they join the […]

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Rail union backs business calls over KiwiRail

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Business “appalled” with government’s treatment of KiwiRail The rail workers’ union is backing calls from Mainfreight chairman Bruce Plested for “more positive support for long-term rail infrastructure”, says Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson. “Earlier this month Treasury documents revealed that the government had received advice to downsize or shut down […]

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CAFCA – Nicky Hager Speaks…

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CAFCA – Nicky Hager Speaks…

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‘No justification’ for Government delay on benefit increases

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Child Poverty Action Group says the Minister of Social Development Minister should give a full explanation of why benefit levels were not raised immediately following the 2015 Budget. Radio New Zealand reported on Saturday 25 July that the Government considered increasing benefit payments immediately but decided against it. “Mrs Tolley was asked at the [National Party] conference […]

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Health and safety law changes “dangerous and insulting”

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The union representing service workers including security guards is appalled with the National government’s health and safety reforms announced today.   The Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) opposes the Health and Safety Reform Bill, which does not protect all New Zealand workers as it excludes small businesses from the requirement to have health and […]

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Watered down health and safety bill lets small business off the hook

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For immediate release: 24 July 2015 Watered down health and safety bill lets some small businesses off the hook Despite major unions and many business associations uniting in a call for better health and safety standards, the select committee report into the Health and Safety Reform Bill reveals that the government has surrendered to pressure […]

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Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty

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The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. “A meeting of the Labour Caucus this week agreed on five key principles which […]

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Radio New Zealand job losses are a direct result of the government funding freeze

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The Coalition for Better Broadcasting calls on the Minister of Broadcasting, Amy Adams to improve Radio New Zealand funding as a matter of urgency. Radio New Zealand has announced that 20 staff will lose their jobs over the next six months. “Radio New Zealand is being slowly shutdown by this government with a harsh funding […]

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