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Drone Murder of New Zealander “Justified” by PM

By John Minto: I’ve no idea what this murdered New Zealander was doing in Yemen – and I’m certain neither does John Key. The US National Security Agency has fed selective information about the strike to our GCSB which has fed selective information to the Prime Minister who has fed selective information to the hapless public of New Zealand. MORE >>

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Setting The Agenda View All →

The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance

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By   10 hours ago

Gen X and Gen Y are the first user pays generation with no ideological compass. Two of the biggest anti-establishment figures on the political landscape joining forces could be the very thing that cuts through the apathy and gains the alliance momentum through the only sense of community those generations know – online.

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Great work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA

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By   10 hours ago

If the US is unhappy about this, Groser must be distraught. He has insisted there must be comprehensive liberalisation of all agricultural products, even if it is phased over a long time – and he has consistently said he will walk away if that is not achieved. Australia has basically pulled the rug from under him.

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Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longest-serving Prime Minister

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By   1 day ago

There may now be simply too many faces to save for the Prime Minister to give Collins the punishment she so richly deserves.

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Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis

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By   1 day ago

How in Gods name is America, the home of the homicidal war on drugs now more liberal on Cannabis than we are?

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Save our homes – stop the evictions!

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While rental prices continue to rise beyond the reach of beneficiaries and low paid workers , the government are now profiting from selling their responsibility to house people, and evicting people from their homes.

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A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport

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By   1 day ago

This treatment of us was appallingly disgraceful and we have lodged a formal complaint with the Police.

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An acute shortage of emergency youth housing

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The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others.

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The Oceans Issue

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There are over 16,000 fish marine species in New Zealand waters. 130 are commercially fished by 1,300 commercial vessels, targeting a total allowable catch of almost 586,000 tonnes of fish per annum. The seafood industry employs over 7000 full time equivalents and earns about $1.35billion per annum. But is it really sustainable?

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

No fracking solution to climate change

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By   10 hours ago

Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking a green solution or not? Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chairman of the IPCC said in a […]

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Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister

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By   10 hours ago

I’ve no idea what this murdered New Zealander was doing in Yemen – and I’m certain neither does John Key. The US National Security Agency has fed selective information about the strike to our GCSB which has fed selective information to the Prime Minister who has fed selective information to the hapless public of New Zealand.

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So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?

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By   1 day ago

The fact Key used this information to politically justify the legislation raises serious questions. Did the GCSB help in the non judicial assassination of this NZer? Did the need to create an example drive the targeting of this NZer? What evidence of crimes had he committed and was a NZ representative for his rights present at that discussion?

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National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk

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By   1 day ago

The irony that milk sales to China, which has kept the economy from completely tanking, could end up being the possible ruin of National should be enjoyed by everyone.

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Will the daily body shaming and policing of women’s behaviour ever end? Apparently not.

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By   1 day ago

The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally.

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Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?

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By   2 days ago

Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member of the Chinese Government.

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Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs

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By   2 days ago

Dr David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s government appears to be social media. Trample on any possible dissent. O’Neill is […]

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Comparing Maori Party $5000 per ticket John Key Fundraiser at sexist Northern Club to MANA’s Internet Party alliance

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By   2 days ago

So MANA can’t contemplate an alliance with Kim Dotcom because he is wealthy and MANA is not and that’s a terrible hypocrisy.

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Media Watch View All →

Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works

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By   2 days 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   2 days 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   3 days 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   1 week 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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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   1 week 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   2 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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Meeting The Enemy: What’s Behind the Tabloidization of Television News?

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By   2 weeks ago

In the immortal words of Walt Kelly’s comic-strip hero, Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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Guest Blog View All →

GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD

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GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Cunliffe coalition deal no deal

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By   6 days 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   1 week 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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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   2 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   2 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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GUEST BLOG: Iain Lees-Galloway – Cowardly National Don’t Front For The Tough Stuff

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By   4 weeks ago

Over the last two days I have participated in two political panels and one community forum with my Associate Health hat on. The topics were alcohol, drug reform and legal highs.

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GUEST BLOG: Finn Jackson – Teenage Lobotomy

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By   4 weeks ago

The Politicians are only there, in office, because the people put them there. You are one of the people, you have the tools for change.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

Secret Policeman’s Ball

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By   10 hours 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   3 days 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   6 days 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   6 days 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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It is superbly written and it was a delight to see an all-female cast

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Mamma Mia-3 Stars

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  Whenever I go to London, I dread going to Waterloo Station because there is no was I can read the word ‘Waterloo’ without singing it in my head. And then because it is so catchy, it’s ear-worming its way around for the next few days. So poppy. So catchy. I went to Mamma Mia […]

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Review: SEA by Red Leap Theatre – 4 stars

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By   1 month ago

The play raises some really good questions about how we treat nature and the destruction we have caused, but also how the customs of an indigenous people have been marred by capitalism and the throwaway nature of Western society

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Fear of South Auckland

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Fear of South Auckland

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TV News Geography

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TV News Geography

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On not voting 1

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On not voting 1

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On not voting 2

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On not voting 2

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Labour on trucks

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Labour on trucks

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If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?

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If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?

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A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000

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By   2 days ago

A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000

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Comparing Key to Snowden

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Comparing Key to Snowden

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The Fifth Estate View All →

Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave

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By   3 hours ago

Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried […]

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Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand. Today […]

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Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold

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By   4 hours ago

Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight […]

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Work visa problems need monitoring

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary visas have been […]

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Resignation rates among cops soar

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have tripled. “That must […]

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Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up

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Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive substances […]

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Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers

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By   6 hours ago

Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine, […]

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Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup

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Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless Rural Workers Movement, Belem. © AP         Read More:   Amnesty International […]

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