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Rape Culture is not blah blah blah


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By Rachael Goldsmith:

To some of our politicians and commentators, ‘rape culture’ has already become blah blah blah. A meaningless and overstated slogan to roll their eyes at and derisively joke about and deny. It’s something the ‘left’ takes seriously, and something the ‘right’ treats like a joke. MORE >>

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Amnesty International: War crimes against innocent civilians – Why is history repeating itself?

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By   19 hours ago

Amnesty International is calling on the UN to immediately impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups to cut this violence off at its roots and bring relief to the war-battered region. An independent investigation must take place to ensure that those who have committed human rights abuses are held accountable for their crimes.

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Rape Culture is not blah blah blah

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By   19 hours ago

To some of our politicians and commentators, ‘rape culture’ has already become blah blah blah. A meaningless and overstated slogan to roll their eyes at and derisively joke about and deny. It’s something the ‘left’ takes seriously, and something the ‘right’ treats like a joke.

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CTU resolution on Palestine

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By   20 hours ago

Further to Unite’s position on Palestine, this is the Council of Trade Union position on Palestine…

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Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aotea Square, 2pm

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By   20 hours ago

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers.

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Palestinians suffer from media’s use of derogatory labels

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By   2 days ago

Why, in our news media, is an Israeli with a gun a “soldier”, but a Palestinian with a gun a “militant”, or even a “terrorist”?

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End the occupation to end the rockets

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By   3 days ago

The solution to this mess is clear: if Israel genuinely wanted to end the rockets, end the occupation.

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5,000 strong march calls for campaign to close Israeli embassy

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By   3 days ago

It was marvellous to be part of the huge Queen Street Auckland march on Saturday in support of Palestinians in their struggle for justice and human rights.

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If we want to lift participation rates – what about the 5000 prisoners National disqualified from being able to vote?

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By   3 days ago

While we are scrambling to explain to a consumer culture generation why democracy isn’t one giant scam aimed at empowering those who have vested interests, how about some focus on the manufactured constraints that disenfranchise from the outset?

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday

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By   6 hours ago

I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their latest sideswipe at Cunliffe…

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A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismissal of it

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By   18 hours ago

One leader who accepts a moral obligation for the protection and justice of those abused. One leader in utter denial who refuses to take any responsibility for a situation completely of his Government’s making .

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Internet MANA Auckland road show at Kelston – what the media are missing

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By   2 days ago

The Town Hall in Kelston yesterday was packed well before the start time of 2pm. What many welded to Wellington in the Press Gallery don’t understand about Internet MANA is that its energy and flaxroot mobilisation is far larger than their view from Parliament can see.

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Apocalypse Now

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By   2 days ago

“If Key is not fit for office on September 15, then he is not fit for office today.” Few could argue with that.

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Another example of media bias – Key’s holiday vs Cunliffe’s holiday and will the Labour Party grow a spine?

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By   2 days ago

The farce of attacking Cunliffe for a holiday in Queenstown is extraordinary when compared to the adoration heaped upon Key’s holiday.

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MANA answers the call to have Apartheid Israeli Embassy kicked out of NZ

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By   2 days ago

We must send a signal to Apartheid Israel that their brutal decades long illegal occupation is the cause of the violence in Palestine and until Apartheid Israel are afforded the same pariah status as Apartheid South Africa, then they will never change.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald to speak at September 15th Auckland Town Hall event

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By   2 days ago

The polls don’t matter, the smear tactics don’t matter and the media bias doesn’t matter now. What matters is 7pm September 15th at the Auckland Town Hall.

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The 5 reasons why NZ First won’t get over 5% and how Colin Craig is now a contender for Key’s help in East Coast Bays

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By   3 days ago

If National were to pull Murray, my suspicion is that Labour’s response may well be to do the same and allow Winston to stand unopposed. Such a deal however would require a private understanding that Winston would set his bottom lines at a level that National could never meet.

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Media Watch View All →

Seven Sharp – The day public broadcasting died

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By   7 hours ago

The day Seven Sharp became an apologist for a hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater is the day public broadcasting died.

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Another media gaffe – this time it’s TV3′s Brook Sabin

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By   3 days ago

Every so often (quite regularly, in fact), a media personality will say something outrageously offensive, or just plain gormless, that results in an uncontrollable *facepalm* reaction. On 19 July, on TV3′s “The Nation”, it was Brook Sabin’s turn.

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Message to TV3 execs – Is this really acceptable?

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By   4 days ago

If there is one thing that Tania Billingsley has raised in this country, it is focusing the glare of public scrutiny on New Zealand’s casually sexist and demeaning attitude toward women.

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Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Traditional Television Is Where The Kids Are

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By   5 days ago

Calling all media pundits. Get ready for a surprise. 83% of all New Zealanders watch traditional television every day and only 6% watch Online TV!

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Open letter to Judith Collins – has your favourite attack pet breached your cyber bullying law yet?

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By   6 days ago

How you doing mate? Look I appreciate you are ducking and dodging questions on how you knew about manipulated crime statistics but didn’t do anything about them, but I wondered if you were free from photo bombing Brad Pitt for victims of rape in war if you could turn to the domestic battle front of that war for a second?

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Surely Whaleoil insinuating Tania Billingsley led her rapist on is the new lowest of the low???

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By   7 days ago

If advertisers could be pressured into boycotting RadioLive, surely the same can happen to Whaleoil? This is possibly his most grossly offensive blog ever and that is set against a legacy of despicable hate speech.

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Media Take: Brown-washing

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By   1 week ago

First there was Media7, then there was Media3, now the Russell Brown appreciation society is called Media Take and screens on Maori TV at the traditional NZ On Air niche-funding dump time of 10:30pm, on the niche-funding mid-week dump day of Tuesday, with a repeat – also at the same late night hour on Thursday.

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Herald on Sunday Guest Column: Women – your votes are vital this year

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By   1 week ago

My latest guest column for the Herald on Sunday

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GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – National Party thugs destroying Internet MANA billboards

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By   19 hours ago

A member of the public who wishes to remain anonymous observed these thugs ripping down an Internet Mana billboard and replacing it with John Keys Mug shot. The thugs then stalked the member of the public to find out where he lived in case they needed to get some retribution or Utu.

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GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what about ‘it is people, it is people, it is people’ don’t social services get?

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By   3 days ago

In providing social services, there can often be a range of cultural & language barriers that prevent people accessing the help they need.

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GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – Equality of Marriage – can we please, finally, GET OVER IT

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By   4 days ago

Unfortunately, here in 2014, we’re seeing our governing party and some of its occasionally more sycophantic lobbyist friends still beating the drum about the issue of equality of marriage.

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GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Child Poverty and School Hubs

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By   5 days ago

Is it possible to solve child poverty? For a long time now the Green Party has said we can. And as we nudge closer to the election, we will be saying we must.

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GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – We’re not fools. We know hate when we see it

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By   5 days ago

As a lawyer who has heard many things in court, it was easy to sit through religious lunatics talking about the impropriety of gay sex and “God’s design” of the human body. But my 16-year-old son, sitting beside me quickly became agitated and bristled.

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GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – How could Internet Mana ever work?

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By   6 days ago

The joining of the Internet Party and the Mana Movement in my opinion is a success. A forward thinking decision made by our Executive who worked tirelessly to ensure the merger was voted as on as democratically as possible.

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GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – The Internet Party: What we’ve been waiting for

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By   1 week ago

I returned home from South America in January to help change the government, but didn’t expect that I would actually stand for a party and run for government.

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GUEST POST: Michael Wood – Epsom on the ground

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By   1 week ago

Campaigning in Epsom requires a keen sense of the absurd.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars

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By   14 hours ago

The Dark Horse is this generation’s ‘Once Were Warriors’ minus the overblown symbolism. It is such an extraordinarily brilliant movie that manages to highlight the challenges of mental illness, homelessness, hope, poverty, the emotional fragility of men, domestic violence and the true impact of toxic masculinity in NZ in a way few others ever have.

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TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks

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By   15 hours ago

NZIFF is here, our picks this season are…

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Hot Air: Alister Barry presents the cold, hard facts about New Zealand’s response to Climate Change

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By   20 hours ago

IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, Hot Air.

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The Liberal Agenda – On This Weekend! (19th/20th July)

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By   4 days ago

A handy help to planning your weekend…

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The Liberal Agenda – What’s on: 7th-13th July.

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By   2 weeks ago

Voicing Dissent The Voicing Dissent exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. Jos Wheeler’s photographs provide a counter-narrative to the images shown in mainstream media. “Approaching his subjects with sensitivity, Wheeler works with a close empathy and appreciation for local communities, landscapes and political interests. His images advocate for voices that are often […]

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NZIFF 2014 opening night review: Locke – 5 stars

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By   4 weeks ago

This years beautiful, exciting and impressive cinema is a mouthwatering spread of cultural delights and We’ve barely begun delving into this years festival guide. We’ll have TDBs picks up by the end of the week.

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David Cunliffe’s keynote speech at the 2014 Labour Party Congress

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By   1 month ago

Expect big policy announcements and big vision statements.

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Annie (4 stars)

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By   1 month ago

  I somehow managed to go through my entire childhood without ever watching the Annie movies. The few songs I knew kind of bugged me. Annie, generally described as plucky seemed like an annoying upstart. So I wasn’t super-enthused about heading to the show last night, but my 4 year old step-daughter has been singing […]

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The Daily Gallery View All →

….except Israel

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By   8 hours ago

….except Israel

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

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By   2 days ago

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

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Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, native birds are too needy

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By   4 days ago

Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, native birds are too needy

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What Israeli propaganda would have us believe

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By   4 days ago

What Israeli propaganda would have us believe

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Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much do I love John Key?

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By   7 days ago

Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much do I love John Key?

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Names of those killed by Israel (thus far) since Tuesday

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By   1 week ago

Names of those killed by Israel (thus far) since Tuesday.

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Key thought you said Maui’s golfing not Maui’s Dolphin

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By   1 week ago

Key thought you said Maui’s golfing not Maui’s Dolphin

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Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Hone Harawira

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By   2 weeks ago

Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Hone Harawira

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The Fifth Estate View All →

MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination

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By   19 hours ago

MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in James Papali’i’Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning […]

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MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto

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MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press ReleasesAddress notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality […]

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New President for MANA Movement

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MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: New President for MANA Movement  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in Lisa McNab, NewsLisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao […]

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Flood relief for National voters first

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MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Flood relief for National voters first Posted on July 18, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing […]

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Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity

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By   19 hours ago

MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. Announcing Labour’s Te Reo Rangatira policy […]

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Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal

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By   1 day ago

MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Cafe chef awarded $50,000 for unfair dismissal A former chef at an Auckland cafe has been awarded more than $50,000 in unpaid wages and compensation for unjustified dismissal. The Employment Relations Authority was told by Lin Zhang that she had been employed by Tan Pacific at its […]

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NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza

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By   2 days ago

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | Press Release The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation’s efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today. The United Nations Relief […]

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Road fix needed now, not later

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MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Road fix needed now, not later Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008 “The latest storm, which has […]

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