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A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you

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by Martyn Bradbury

The Daily Blog will be closed for Election day as this should be a day of celebration, not ongoing debate. Harsh words and anger have separated and divided us as a country for the last month of campaigning, let us put aside our bitter arguments and rejoice that we are blessed to live in a country where the transfer of power can occur without violence, without intimidation, without the gun. Few places on earth are so lucky. MORE >>
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Setting The Agenda View All →

The attempt to kill off Internet MANA

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By   2 hours ago

It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira.

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A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you

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By   2 hours ago

The Daily Blog will be closed for Election day as this should be a day of celebration, not ongoing debate. Harsh words and anger have separated and divided us as a country for the last month of campaigning, let us put aside our bitter arguments and rejoice that we are blessed to live in a country where the transfer of power can occur without violence, without intimidation, without the gun. Few places on earth are so lucky.

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The time for TPPA weasel words is over

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By   14 hours ago

The time for weasel words about weighing up the costs and benefits has gone. The outrageous US practice of unilateral certification that I exposed in my last blog means they will effectively rewrite the deal if Congress and its corporates don’t like what the governments signed up to.

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Election 2014: For and Against

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By   14 hours ago

With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal peak, and reflects the fact that the Key government has been driven as much by pragmatism as by ideology.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Donghua Liu Affair – how the NZ Herald played their part in #dirtypolitics

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By   16 hours ago

Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is supported by Twitter chatter linking Herald editor, Shayne Currie, with Cameron Slater’s Whale Oil blog.

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Final prediction on election result 2014

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By   1 day ago

Despite the mainstream media polls that have screamed National will win by a 50% landslide for 3 years, this election was always going to go right down to the wire, and it will.

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Live blog: Bainimarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections

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By   1 day ago

WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that the people of Fiji have given coup leader Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama a democratic mandate.

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5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assange Beam In

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By   1 day ago

5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on Saturday. Also discussed is a public meeting held in Auckland where visiting US journalist Glenn Greenwald, was joined via live video stream by Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Islamophobia is more false flag than defending the flag

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By   11 hours ago

This isn’t about safety from terrorism, it’s about creating fear of terrorism.

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Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom

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By   13 hours ago

Will John Armstrong or the rest of the press gallery focus on this as much as they focused their attacks on Kim Dotcom’s decision to take his fight to Parliamentary Privileges?

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EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori TV poll (38% Hone – 37% Kelvin)

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By   14 hours ago

The media focus to date has been the Maori TV landline poll and that has led to a perception Hone’s position is under threat, this independent poll tells a very different story.

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MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – again

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By   14 hours ago

The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of virtual meltdown.

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As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ down the river

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By   1 day ago

So while those extremely expensive Spark rebranding adverts with their hipster fucktards imploring you to ‘start’, this very same company was flogging our privacy off to the NSA so they could keep their own costs down.

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The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work

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By   1 day ago

The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ works for them.

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Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are like crack addicts

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By   1 day ago

Comparing the most vulnerable in society to drug addicts is the sort of hate politics National can get away with on their hate blogs, but to have the Minister of Finance stoop to this kind of redneck pandering is an indictment on National and the style of dirty politics they just can’t help themselves from engaging in.

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What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before election?

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By   1 day ago

I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is a smart, capable, and intelligent press secretary and one of Colin’s strongest staff members, for her to quit two days out from the election and make statements like Colin is an incredibly manipulative man suggests something very big has happened behind the scenes.

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Media Watch View All →

Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps Giving

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By   13 hours ago

If you’re one of the 21% who would consider voting for advert-free television, or part of the huge majority of New Zealanders who simply want better television news, the solution is advert-free television. Take a look at the CBB Broadcasting Policy Guide

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3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happened

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By   2 days ago

TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping to using Whaleoil as a source for a story as if Dirty Politics never happened.

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A brief word on why Wendyl Nissen is a hero

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By   3 days ago

At a time when many of us have lost faith in the mainstream media, Nissen is a reminder that ethical journalist of honour still exist.

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BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil

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By   3 days ago

If we want a better democracy, it starts by having the civic ethics to not fund hate speech sites like Whaleoil.

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Fiji pre-election ‘politics’ blackout stirs media protests, frustration

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By   3 days ago

Confusion and frustration was paramount in Suva as the global media contingent tried to get a handle on the full implications of the Elections Decree and the 48-hour media “politics” blackout for their news operations. Fijians will elect their first democratic government since the 2006 military coup on Wednesday.

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September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth

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By   4 days ago

15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to;

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Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a Sunday afternoon

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By   5 days ago

Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country…

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Dear mainstream media – regarding Key’s promise to resign if GCSB exposed doing mass surveillance

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By   6 days ago

Vernon Small, John Armstrong, Tracy Watkin, Claire Trevett, Tova O’Brien, Brooke Sabin etc etc, we don’t want none of your weasel words. We don’t want any of your pro-National Party apologist crap, Key said he would resign if it turned out that the GCSB has been conducting mass surveillance,

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of Evil

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By   2 days ago

Out on the streets people barely mention the extraordinary collusion between a right wing blogger, a Minister, and a Parliamentary staffer. They raise not an eyebrow over the Five-Eyes network or the risk that their emails and texts could be being studied in case they are perceived as political or economic threats by a right wing Government.

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GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign

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By   3 days ago

I’m not quite sure why there’s such a pattern of right-wing parties using music they’re not entitled to and which contains polemical points they don’t understand; but it’s not like National’s the only offender.

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GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance

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By   3 days ago

The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own.

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GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GCSB will Glenn Greenwald challenge and refute?

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By   5 days ago

We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and activities. So which of these other public statements made by Key will Glenn Greenwald challenge and refute ?

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GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Please vote positive

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By   6 days ago

The Conservative Party candidate told us that we have a system that rewards teenagers for getting pregnant. Great. What she didn’t give us was an alternative policy. I presume this was the standard attack on the benefit for sole parents. I’ve heard this framing before – that it’s just encourages women to get pregnant.

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GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – #BlueGreen2014 – Or: The Media Jetskiis Over A Shark Tank

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By   1 week ago

During Thursday’s iteration of One News, I was virtually shocked off my seat to hear a reasonably well-known political pundit slash nominal “journalist” prognosticating about the likelihood of the Green Party “switching gear” on its electoral strategy … and deciding to position itself as a coalition support partner for the National Party.
Wait … what?

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GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Winning on the Economy

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By   1 week ago

One of the great tricks of the right over the past twenty years has been to desiccate debate about our economy. ‘The economy’ is spoken about as if it is an independent entity, divorced from the realm of democratic politics and interfered with at our peril – how often do we hear: ‘the markets won’t like that’.

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GUEST BLOG – Curwen Rolinson – They’re tryna build a prison system – for you and me to live in

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National is intent on bringing back the work-house; with proposals announced this week for all of New Zealand’s prisons (assumedly including the privately owned ones) to be turned into “working prisons”.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi

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By   10 hours 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   1 week 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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Want to lift voter participation? #futurevoter selfie this election with your child now

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By   2 weeks ago

If we want to stop apathy, we need to celebrate voting & bring our kids along – we’ve voted for change #futurevoter

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Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig & Laila Harre

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By   3 weeks ago

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.

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Review: Hairspray

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By   3 weeks ago

  Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that is was  probably mostly because of Zac Efron’s presence in both. Though they are equally […]

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Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM 7.30pm tonight on The Daily Blog

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By   4 weeks ago

As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate…

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The Daily Gallery View All →

I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could

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By   4 hours ago

I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could

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TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great

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TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great

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Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country

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By   14 hours ago

Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country

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We Can Change this Government

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By   14 hours ago

Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting

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Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury

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By   14 hours ago

Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury

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Eminem ain’t happy with John Key

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Eminem ain’t happy with John Key

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Key claims he did not inhale

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By   1 day ago

Key claims he did not inhale

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Bad luck National

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By   2 days ago

Bad luck National

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