Good Policy is rarely done on the run

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By Dr Susan St John 

After years of neglect John Key now thinks a selective land tax just might be called for to curb the tearaway housing bubble. The best that can be said is that he has opened a window of opportunity for debate. 

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Privatised profits and socialised costs: What the government was elected to do.

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We’ve got an Auckland housing affordability and a housing supply crisis. We’ve got an economy overloaded with private debt. Headlines report an anxiety epidemic, a P epidemic and an obesity epidemic all at once. Scientists show we’re in the midst of various environmental crises.

In many ways these are all linked.

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Who They Gonna Call? If the going gets weird in 2017, the Right will turn to Winston Peters

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By   2 days ago

Ray Parker Jnr’s catchy lyrics to the themesong of the 1984 hit movie, Ghostbusters, have taken on a special resonance in recent days, as a series of extraordinary revelations have further shaken John Key’s already unsettled government.

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Good Policy is rarely done on the run

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By   2 days ago

After years of neglect John Key now thinks a selective land tax just might be called for to curb the tearaway housing bubble. The best that can be said is that he has opened a window of opportunity for debate.

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Good men dying for a cause

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This Monday, our ANZAC day of remembrance, saw a horrific crime take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr Xulhaz Mannan and his friend, Tanay Mojumdar, were hacked to death in Mr Mannan’s apartment. Both men were gay and trans activists, murdered by people driven by hate, fear and ignorance.

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Time to talk about families

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The Child, Youth & Family (CYF) review is positive, but more work needs to be done.

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An Opposition Worthy Of The Name?

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By   4 days ago

The bitter truth is that if a beneficent angel were to uplift the best politicians from Labour, the Alliance (before it disappeared) the Greens and the Mana Party, and drop them into a divinely crafted political entity that might – or might not – continue to exploit the still potent Labour brand, then the Government of John Key would be in real trouble.

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Can CYFs save children?

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By   5 days ago

I have contemplated the place of children in our lives for more than 30 years. How do we assist children to realise their aspirations? What models of teaching opens their minds to the infinite possibilities for their future? What are the values that we need to exhibit to ensure young people are able to build that future on a strong foundation?

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Only Anger: Thoughts on Anzac Day 2016

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By   6 days ago

At the heart of the darkness that sent millions of young men to their deaths was Great Britain’s determination to destroy the thriving German economy and seize the strategic resources of the decrepit Ottoman Empire.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Can Trump win the Presidency? It depends how many white men really hate women

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By   21 hours ago

If Trump faces off against Hillary for the Presidency, the issue that seals it for him could have little to do with a fence along Mexico or intolerance of Muslims, it could well be a pent up misogyny the likes of which we have never seen before.

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Why a political revolution in 2023 is the only way house prices will fall

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By   2 days ago

The reason this will all change is because millennials, Gen Y and X are waking up to the scam they’ve been served up and the intergenerational theft that has allowed it to happen. Politics stops being some disconnected thing when you bear the brunt of it.

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Will Bernie Sanders supporters really vote for a corporate friend of the military industrial complex like Hillary Clinton?

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By   2 days ago

I suspect that what is happening on the democratic side of the American election will have more of an impact as to whether or not Trump wins than a Republican contested convention.

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To the barricades Kiwis – Key is letting a filthy US War ship into our waters – rage and prepare to fight now!

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In November this year, an American warship will be entering Auckland Harbour for the first time in 32 years for the 75th anniversary of the NZ Navy. I remember protesting against the last warship visit when I was ten years old and I’m damned if I’ll simply sit quietly by while National and their corrupt followers cheerlead the American empire back into our waters!

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NZs worst employer – AFFCO Talleys – is butchering worker rights – again

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By   2 days ago

News that NZs worst employer, AFFCO Talleys, are now trying to kill off any social media criticism of their despicable work practices, union busting and appalling work and safety record is just the latest round of this disgusting company gleefully crushing worker rights.

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How do you tell a mate they are racist and hateful? The Australia problem

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By   2 days ago

The racism that has denigrated aboriginals is one thing, a sceptic wound that can be covered over by history and a ‘we didn’t know any better’ type of attitude, but what Australia is doing to refugees right now has no pretence of history to hide the horror.

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Latest revelations Key’s trust lawyer contacted Minister to stop IRD investigating trusts in 2014 is a gun caught smoking

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By   2 days ago

Key has built a tax haven, was instrumental in personally intervening in 2010 to create it, had his lawyer lobby the Minister to stop any crackdown and then gets caught out benefiting from the very trusts he’s helped build.
If you are not incandescent with rage now, you are the problem!

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The horror of New Zealand’s racist private prison system

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By   4 days ago

…this is apartheid era bigotry. We are so bloody casual in this country we don’t ever seem to trip over the truth even when it hits us in the face. It is inexcusably racist that our justice system has produced such a cultural massacre within the poorest communities.

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Media Watch View All →

Was Hilary Barry’s departure that much of a shock and what most analysis of TV3 has missed

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By   22 hours ago

People need to believe that the journalist is on their side, not the side of the powerful. MediaWorks, being a former business once owned by Steven Joyce, simply became too close to the people they were supposed to be watching on our behalf for viewers to ever trust again.

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Waatea 5th Estate – Friday night wrap up

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Joining us tonight for the Friday night wrap up

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Daily Blog April Donations Drive – last day today

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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 now in the last day of April

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Hilary Barry quits TV3 – now what reason do you have to watch Paul Henry?

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By   2 days ago

Many who were attached to Campbell Live forgave TV3 because Hillary was still there, but with her gone, watch for the next ratings collapse in News and on Paul Henry’s show.

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Waatea 5th Estate – the Te Ture Whenua Amendment ACT

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Joining us tonight to discuss Te Ture Whenua Amendment ACT…

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Q+A Review: Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett revealed

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By   3 days ago

TVNZ’s Q+A on Sunday 24 April featured an interview with Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett. Her responses were further evidence that National was increasingly unable (or unwilling) to cope with the growing threat of climate change.

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Waatea 5th Estate – supply vs demand housing crisis

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Joining us tonight to discuss the housing crisis supply vs demand debate…

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Waatea 5th Estate – Climate Change vs Climate Deniers

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Joining us to discuss climate change vs climate deniers…

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

MUST READ GUEST BLOG: Darien Fenton – A chilling move from New Zealand’s most notorious company?

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Social media has become a means of workers talking to each other and organising around their issues and disputes, but now Talley’s is trying to shut this down in the name of “good faith”. Everyone knows Talley’s record : they’ve been found guilty of multiple breaches of workers rights over decades, and more recently unlawful […]

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GUEST BLOG: Comrade Dave Brownz – No Future for Capitalist Work

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By   2 days ago

The impact of automation was predicted by Karl Marx around the time Aotearoa was being invaded by people with horses and carts.

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GUEST BLOG: Ruby Joy – A place to belong

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I grew up in church and consider myself to be a Christian yet finding a church that resembles anything I attended most of my life that welcomes me as a lesbian woman has proved impossible. I have also been a feminist for a while and gay since I knew what gay was but finding a […]

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GUEST BLOG: Vanessa Kururangi – There was an Old Woman who lived in a Shoebox, and other State Home stories…

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By   6 days ago

There are good people here in Merivale. People who are resilient and proud and all embracing. They take you as you come and expect nothing in return besides the acceptance of who they are – loyal, passionate, and intimately connected to their community. I move amongst these people. I have come to know them well and they bring colour and light to my World.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – Health Minister auditions for Nero role while mental health services collapse around him….

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The call for an “urgent nationwide enquiry into mental health services” by Green Party Health spokesperson Kevin Hague comes 13 months after the death of our son, Nicky Stevens, while in the ‘care’ of Waikato DHB – and 20 years after the second Mason Report into NZ’s antiquated mental health services.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – sewage floods NZ prison

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The computer room got flooded with sewage overnight from the toilets , so no education classes. Ditto for the indoor recreation area, passage to the outdoor recreation area, outside the kitchen serving hatch, laundry room and PCO Phil Cullen’s office

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GUEST BLOG: Comrade Dave Brownz – Dr Marx on the myth of “fair shares”

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The global rich have been caught with their blind trusts exposed and this is supposed to tell us something, but what?

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Can Corrections Get Anything Right?

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By   2 weeks ago

The Head Office of Corrections is Mayfair House at 44 The Terrace Wellington. Many frontline Corrections staff, and most prisoners, refer to it as ‘Bullshit House’, much the same as many cops refer to their Wellington headquarters as ‘Bullshit Palace’.

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MAY DAY TDB Party this Sunday at Ika

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Comrades, to celebrate May Day on Sunday, The Daily Blog is hosting drinks and nibbles at Ika at 6pm. All our bloggers, political whanau and you our dear readers are invited along to mix, mingle and plot political coups.

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5 Star Comedy Preview + Comedy Gala reviews

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The 5 Star Comedy Preview + Comedy Gala are the perfect shows to watch so that you get a feel for a comedian. If you can’t stand 5 minutes of them, then locked in for a 1 hour show will be a death wish. It’s not that any of the comedians these days are god awful, it’s just that there is so much very brilliant work out there that you don’t want to waste time on a show where you get 5 belly laughs when others are offering 50.

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Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex

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Associate Professor Nick Dyer-Witheford is giving a public talk titled “Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex”.

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Fabricate Review – Basement Theatre

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By   2 weeks ago

We are witness to scholarly disciplines in a sophisticated and generous performance in Fabricate, by Caitlin Davey, Cushla Roughan, Lydia Connolly-Hiatt, Rodney Tyrelland and Reece Adams. Using innovation to plug gaps in the budget and delving into a collective visual history, it soothes, and it transfers, in its dealings with surfaces.

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RNZ review of Helen Clark interview

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By   3 weeks ago

Helen’s colonial mentality of a straight-forward and uncontested notion of European supremacy is a typically white New Zealand combination of studied ignorance and hypocrisy. The plucky little nation, the Pacific nation.

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Table Talking Cannabis 26 April – with Ali Mau & Russell Brown

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Ali Mau hosts Table Talk Tuesday 26 April – Cannabis: Beyond Prohibition

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TDB 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival Picks

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If you have never been to a comedy festival, this is the one to try.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday – 1st May 2016

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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 – Saturday – 30th April 2016

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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 – 29th April 2016

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By   2 days ago

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

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Raw News feed View All →

PSA pleased with Minister’s promises as Fire Service restructure confirmed – PSA

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Fire service staff across the country have had a promise their jobs are safe – and the PSA wants their voices heard loud and clear throughout the transition to the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Internal Affairs minister Peter Dunne has promised there will be no job cuts and workers will keep their terms […]

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Union alarmed over Talley’s ‘censoring of social media’

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The Meat Workers Union says AFFCO/Talley’s is trying to muzzle free speech and the right of workers to speak out, after the company filed legal action to control what the union can post online about the company. Last Friday, AFFCO/Talley’s lodged a claim with the Employment Authority for an interim compliance order banning union officials […]

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Not-So-Super City? Plans to slash council budgets will hit Aucklanders hard – PSA

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A pledge to slash half a billion dollars from Auckland Council’s budget is short term thinking that will hit communities hard, the Public Service Association says. Mayoral hopeful Victoria Crone and the Auckland Future ticket have released what they’re calling a Fiscal Responsibility Pledge. They plan to cap rates rises at 2 per cent per […]

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STOP PEPSICOmplicity!

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Global drink and snacks giant PepsiCo is complicit in ongoing human rights violations by a warehouse provider in the Indian state of West Bengal. Since 2013, IUF members have been supporting a courageous group of warehouse workers who are unemployed as a consequence of insisting on their right to form a trade union. The company […]

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ARTS IN FUNDING CRISIS

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By   3 days ago

The Arts is Not a Lottery Bingo Night plays
Dates: 9th May, 8pm
Venue: Basement Theatre
Tickets: $5
Visit the Basement’s Facebook page for more information

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Wake up call for Ministry of Health

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“The Ministry of Health needs to urgently repair its damaged relationship with Canterbury District Health Board if its senior leadership is to work effectively with senior doctors and hospital managers there,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on media reports that senior doctors at Christchurch […]

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Carbon budgeting legislation needed – Generation Zero

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By   6 days ago

Youth climate change organisation Generation Zero has reissued its call for carbon budgeting legislation following New Zealand’s signing of the Paris Agreement yesterday. Spokesperson Nina Atkinson said: “Following the Paris Agreement, establishing a proper carbon budgeting process in New Zealand is more necessary than ever.” “Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett’s recent comments about the need […]

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Coalition for Better Broadcasting alarmed by more job losses at RNZ

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Yet again RNZ is announcing job losses and explaining them away as a reorganisation of jobs. But the underlying reason is that the government is chronically under-funding RNZ. “The Government is slowly strangling RNZ, limiting its ability to provide core services – quality news, current affairs and entertainment for all New Zealanders.” says Coalition for […]

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