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Diary: Auckland Folk Festival 2017

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Diary: Auckland Folk Festival 2017

I’m pretty sure the Auckland Folk Festival wasn’t supposed to end and send me back to real life…

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Why I’m saying thank you for the Music

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

While communities are being torn asunder as I write by human-caused violence, such as we’re witnessing in Aleppo, Turkey and Egypt, I want to devote this post to honouring a snapshot of three communities that are being built around music in New Zealand.

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What if we could start talking from the premise that all of us believe we are fundamentallly good people?

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The US is facing at least two major problems at the moment. One is that Donald Trump doesn’t care about the fact that he has persistently been blatantly disrespectful to Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTIQ community, women, people with disabilities, and other minority groups.

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The real fight should be to save the planet we love – not a war on Procrastination

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

If you want to tell the University of Auckland that the real fight is supposed to be to save the planet we love, instead of being a war on procrastination, please do. After all, it’s supposed to be a fight for all our futures.

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The taxi industry is quietly being deregulated, taking most of its accountability with it

By   /  October 28, 2016  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Right now, the government are consulting on a raft of changes that deregulate the taxi industry. They’re selling them as a simplification of the rules which will be a win-win for passenger safety as well as emerging technologies. I am not convinced.

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