The Daily Blog Monthly drinks @ IKA, 6pm Tonight

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Kia ora Comrades, it’s Daily Blog monthly drinks time. If you are a reader of the site, come along for a drink and nibbles and talk long into the night with our bloggers about politics and gossip.

More gossip than politics actually.

Political Gossip then.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill – Carmel Sepuloni

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From the get go, the process for considering the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill was flawed. This is a serious piece of legislation which is 454 pages long and therefore we expected that the maximum time available should have been given to the public to consider the detail and offer feedback. Instead the report back time was condensed to 4 months instead of the standard 6 months.

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Wellington Activist Sam Gribben says ‘Vote Chloe Swarbrick’

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By   2 hours ago

So it’s in the bag for Goff. And the whole thing could have been as boring as that. Until Chloe Swarbrick came along.

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The War Goes On: With Corbyn’s re-election, the class-struggle in Labour will intensify

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JEREMY CORBYN’S RE-ELECTION should signal an outbreak of peace and unity in the British Labour Party. Especially given his support among Labour members has gone up, not down, since he was first elected in September 2015. Not a chance. His enemies in Labour’s parliamentary caucus simply will not relent. The war of attrition will go on until Corbyn is no longer leader. Why?

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No one ever complains when Federated Farmers are on Council…

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By   22 hours ago

Last week New Zealand First chose to Party Vote against the proposed Taranaki iwi membership of these committees by highlighting the May 2015 vote in New Plymouth that rejected the Council decision to have a Maori ward as justification for their opposition.

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The meaning of Jeremy Corbyn’s epic victory for the new, progressive politics

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For anyone pessimistic about the possibility of progressive change, Jeremy Corbyn’s epic victory should be a confidence boost.

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Collusion, corruption, contradictions and cover ups in fishing industry, stink.

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By   2 days ago

Those of us interested in the marine environment either as fishers or as conservationists, have known for a long time that in general, current commercial fishing practices stink.

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New Green MP Barry Coates: The TPPA campaign – It ain’t over

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The TPPA ‘comes into force’ (ie. starts) when countries accounting for 85% of the combined GNP of TPPA countries ratify it. That is extremely unlikely to happen before the next New Zealand election in 2017. So a future coalition government could withdraw our ratification of the TPPA before it starts.

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Hamilton Refugee Family Story Highlights Privatisation of State Housing

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By   3 days ago

The Aung family have beaten the odds.

As a refugee family from Myanmar, they have worked hard over the last four years to build a settled future for their three daughters in Hamilton.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Why National Is Really Looking To Sanctify Illegal Imprisonment And Deny Compensation

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One of the fundamental instincts of the political conservative is to Punish. To ‘Protect’. To levy the superior powers of the state as a mechanism with which to push ‘down and out’ against perceived ‘undesirables’ who may be living in our society’s midst.

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Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers

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As older generations struggle to deal with the untarnished manner in which younger generations can use social media to tell them how much they hate them, larger fracture lines are starting to emerge between Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials.

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Megamansion development in Devonport vs 1 million NZers locked out of homeownership

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By   2 days ago

There have been remarkable juxtapositions last week in NZ that seem to show the two worlds we have split into, one where the reality of life is grim and one where privilege blinds us to that grim reality.

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What stops Key’s Fourth Term?

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By   2 days ago

National voters know the system they are profiting from is hurting their fellow citizens, they just don’t care. This is what 30 years of neoliberalism has produced. There’s a dark streak of anti-intellectualism in NZ, a negative egalitarianism, that embraces Keys nonchalant ignorance with the passion of a junkie to their dealer.

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You won’t believe what Talley’s are doing to their workers now

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By   2 days ago

…Talley’s claims this over the top reaction was because they are so focused on safety which is hilarious when you consider they had no problem sending workers into fishing ships to get poisoned or their lax attitude towards decapitation.

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Punishing Chelsea Manning

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By   2 days ago

Chelsea Manning is a hero. She exposed the truth of what the US Military were really doing in Iraq and their war crimes remain a stain alongside so many other stains caused by America’s corporate wars.

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That time in the High Court when I argued how much I loathed Cameron Slater

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By   3 days ago

It was a pretty surreal moment in the High Court yesterday arguing with a High Court Lawyer how much I loathed Cameron Slater…

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Prisoner compo vs skinny person compo highlights a hollow society

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By   3 days ago

If you want someone to blame, look at the underfunded and burnt out public services who’ve become callous in their obligations to those in their care. If prisoner rights were at the forefront of Corrections priorities, the investigation to ensure they were being released at the right time would have occurred and demanded change.

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Media Watch View All →

Ummm, well a physical fight broke out between candidates on the floor of the debate and Chloe Swarbrick had to step in to break it up

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By   3 hours ago

After an hour of calm debate where those candidates the mainstream media ignore had an opportunity to explain their vision to University students, a physical altercation erupted between candidates Alezix Heneti and David Hay which Chloe Swarbrick had to jump in between to break it up.

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From Good Guys To Fall Guys: The Spinoff and Generation Zero fail to endorse Mike Lee

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UP UNTIL TUESDAY of last week I’d always thought of The Spinoff and Generation Zero as the good guys. A wee bit hipsterish perhaps, in the case of the former; a little hard to distinguish from the Green Party in the latter – but these were minor quibbles. Overall, both organisations came across as fresh, creative, and definitely on the side of the progressive angels.

Not anymore.

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Cash for copy site ‘The Spinoff’ states Bravo ‘not a client’

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By   3 days ago

Cash for copy site – the supposed saviour of journalism – The blue/green millennial Spinoff has felt a certain amount of pressure recently over the blurry line between their cash for copy products and their copy…

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The Spinoff calls for more white people coverage of Auckland Mayoralty – really?

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By   3 days ago

Auckland is the largest Pacifica and Maori Urban city in the world, yet their voices, their aspirations and their reality is rarely ever listened to.

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First ever South Auckland Mayoral Debate

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By   4 days ago

“Vic Crone should come to South Auckland experience cultural diversity properly and not just out her car window on the way to the airport.”

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Breakfast on TV3 vs Breakfast on TV One is a clash between two bald old media monoliths fighting over a comb

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By   6 days ago

The new TVNZ Breakfast Team look like they are insurance brokers for a new company that gets most of its new client enrolments at malls…

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New Bloggers joining TDB

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By   6 days ago

Paralympian Aine Kelly Costello
Artist and social commentator LaQuisha St Redfern
New Green MP and anti-TPPA campaigner – Barry Coates
Arts reviewer – Genevieve McClean

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NZ Herald/Fairfax merger and the burning of the public square

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By   1 week ago

From Paul Henry in the morning to Mike Hosking at night with a merged right wing newspaper monopoly in the middle. An unbroken chorus of neoliberal mythology masquerading as successful fact.

We have become a one media state.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Jeremy Roundillest – Spencer Family Mansion – a History of rich pricks

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By   3 hours ago

The Spencers refuse to pay their fair share, and have no qualms about pissing on those who suffer as a result. That they’ve decided to build a mansion on a section, the likes of which the rest of us could never even dream, is just another slap in the face from our horrible, burgeoning upper class.

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – Corbyn, the threat is real

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Ben Peterson is a Unite Union Organiser and is TDBs correspondent in Britain covering the fight and fallout of the British Labour Party Leadership contest.

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GUEST BLOG: Kieran Robert Kelly – The 2016 US Presidential Election Will Not Take Place

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From the beginning, we knew that this election would never happen. An election of representatives for any office involves the belief that they will represent the electorate. In the past, this system has been imperfect and undemocratic, but developing tools of mass persuasion have taken voting societies further and further away from democracy. In 2016 […]

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – Frontline at the fight for the heart and soul of the British Labour Party

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By   2 days ago

Ben Peterson is a Unite Union Organiser and is TDBs correspondent in Britain covering the fight and fallout of the British Labour Party Leadership contest.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Corrections should have listened to me in 2003

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I’ve actually got some sympathy for Corrections, because it all started with a Court of Appeal decision refusing to accept from me the very argument the Supreme Court has now upheld was correct.

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GUEST BLOG: Joseph Costello – My Sistema nightmare

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On my first day I was immediately shocked that nobody was there to greet me and show me the area I would be assigned to work at. It was a very sloppy introduction. I had absolutely no clue where I was meant to be working.

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GUEST BLOG: Karen Gregory-Hunt – Government Subsidies

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The truth is, while beneficiaries have been demonised and punished through a cruel regime of blame and penalties, the country’s most voracious beneficiaries are employers and landlords – who also receive tax breaks for their rental properties.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – ‘Devolution’ of Mental Health services gathers pace

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By   5 days ago

For ‘devolution’, the reader can insert ‘corporatisation’, or ‘’dismemberment’, or a host of other descriptions of the cuts to community and public health services that new right philosophies are delivering.

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The Daily Blog Monthly drinks @ IKA, 6pm tonight

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By   4 hours ago

Oh and there will be a magician as well.

I know. A magician.

So that’s drinks, nibbles, political gossip AND a magic show.

That’s not a bad Tuesday night.

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The Auckland Mayoralty ‘Anti-Debate’ live streamed 7pm Monday 26th

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Join candidates Tricia Cheel, Chloe Swarbrick, Adam Holland, Mario Alupis and Penny Bright plus others to hear their vision for Auckland.

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Sweeney Todd A Horror Story Then and Now – Not Quite A Gonzo Review

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By   4 days ago

A ghastly tale of horror and intrigue looms for Wellington and Christchurch theatre-goers as New Zealand Opera sharpens its knives before its Auckland consumers – but beware, this story of Sweeney Todd may compel you to think.

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Auckland Live International Cabaret Season: The Chet Baker Journey A night with the James Dean of Jazz.

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The Chet Baker Journey is an intimate show that intersperses fragments of Chet Baker’s prodigious career and self-destructive life amid his musical jewels. Join us for this acclaimed musical biography starring the award-winning singer and actor, Tim Draxl

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The Daily Blog Monthly drinks @ IKA, 6pm Tuesday 27th

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By   6 days ago

Kia ora Comrades, it’s Daily Blog monthly drinks time. If you are a reader of the site, come along for a drink and nibbles and talk long into the night with our bloggers about politics and gossip.

More gossip than politics actually.

Political Gossip then.

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AUCKLAND POETRY SLAM CHAMPION

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By   1 week ago

The JAFA Poetry Slam proudly announces the Auckland Regional Slam Finals on Wednesday September 28th!

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BREAKING: AUSA and The Daily Blog ‘Anti-Debate’ to be live streamed

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By   2 weeks ago

Auckland University Student’s Association (AUSA) and The Daily Blog are teaming up to live stream the upcoming ‘Anti-Debate’.

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Stop the arrests mass cannabis 4.20pm smoke up outside NZ Police Stations this Saturday 17th

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By   2 weeks ago

Cannabis smokers at 4.20pm will be outside Police Stations around the country smoking cannabis and daring Police to arrest protestors.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

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Wait till I get my hands around your throat you war criminal cracker

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Tuesday 27th September 2016

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5: Donald Trump Leads the War on Truth — but He Didn’t Start It
4: Lawyer for Gitmo Prisoners Released to Uruguay: They Haven’t Seen Their Families in 15 Years
3: Aleppo: Bodies litter floor at makeshift hospital
2: Canada First Nations chief won’t join UK royals for ’empty gesture’ ceremony
1: Indigenous Man’s Family Call for National Protests Following His Death in Police Custody

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 27th September 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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Malcolm Evans – The standard of debate in NZ

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By   22 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – The standard of debate in NZ

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Political Caption Competition

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By   1 day ago

NBR has the diversity of whaleoil

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Monday 26th September 2016

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5: Sen. Warren Calls for Wells Fargo CEO to Resign & Face Investigation Amid Growing Scandal
4: Charlotte Police Video of Keith Scott’s Killing Released
3: Jeremy Corbyn: most Labour MPs should not fear deselection
2: A Famous Palestinian Activist Could Be Sent to Israel Prison for His Years of Nonviolent Protest
1: Jets pound Aleppo as UN discusses Syria escalation

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 26th September 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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Political Caption Competition

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“So the children come down this slide straight into the grinder? Marvellous”

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Raw News feed View All →

AUSA statement on candidate fight

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AUSA regrets the incident that occurred at the end of the Anti-Debate.

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Human Rights Commission vehemently denies allegations

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The Human Rights Commission confirmed today that lawyers representing Auckland woman Julia Sloane have written alleging that the Race Relations Commissioner has defamed her,” said Human Rights Commission spokeswoman, Christine Ammunson. “The Human Rights Commission vehemently denies Ms Sloane’s allegations.” “We regularly comment on issues already in the public domain whether they be relating to […]

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E tū warns New Zealand McCain strike-breakers could undermine their own jobs

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E tū says McCain strike-breakers in New Zealand could succeed in undermining their own employment conditions. McCain workers from plants in Timaru and Hawkes Bay are working as scabs for McCain’s Ballarat plant in Australia, where workers are taking strike action. The Australian McCain workers are in dispute with the company over its move to […]

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Student survey to help end silence on sexual violence – Thursday’s in Black + NZUSA

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Thursdays in Black and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) are pleased to announce the commencement of the Thursdays in Black Students’ Survey 2016. Thursdays in Black is a nationwide campaign run by NZUSA in conjunction with Tertiary Women New Zealand (TWNZ) and student and campus groups across New Zealand, which aims to […]

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Indian Students facing Deportation plan more protests to get justice

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International Indian students facing deportation from New Zealand continue to fight for justice with a protest planned outside a meeting on Monday evening being attended by National MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar and Minister of Finance Bill English. The students and their supporters are particularly incensed at the failure of several National MP’s of Indian ethnic […]

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DALZIEL TEAM TRY TO STOP MINTO REPRESENTATIVE SPEAKING TO GREY POWER MEETING – CAFCA

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On September 21st I spoke, on John Minto’s behalf, to a Christchurch Grey Power meet the candidates meeting. John is a high school teacher and can’t accept daytime engagements during term time. He offered to send me along as his representative as the Keep Our Assets candidate and Grey Power accepted that. Shortly before the […]

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CPAG: Grandparent caregivers need greater support

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Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that If New Zealand’s new Ministry Oranga Tamariki is truly committed to supporting vulnerable children into better outcomes, then it must ensure that the older generation with grandchildren and mokopuna placed in their care must have access to the right kind of support, including adequate financial support, so that […]

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New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016- CAFCA

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Submissions to the Select Committee on the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016. What should we be concerned about? 1. The powers of the spy agencies – the Government Communications Security Bureau [GCSB] and the Security Intelligence Service [SIS] are enormously expanded from their powers in 2012. 2. Central to this expansion is the […]

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