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The Negotiated Pay Equity Settlement for Care Workers – beware the fish-hooks amidst the hyperbole

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

It’s been touted as the most “historic pay rise” in  history. But the actual mechanics of the deal; the “fine print”; and other undisclosed facts may raise questions as how much of a “historic pay rise” the deal actually is.

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Drinking river water – Tourism NZ puts visitors at risk

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The current Minister of Tourism is Paula Bennett. The same Minister who once advocated contraception for beneficiaries as some kind of ‘cure’ for sole-parenting. A major aspect  of Tourism NZ’s advertising campaign involves the “100% Pure” theme – a claim largely ridiculed and dismissed by most New Zealanders as a bad-taste joke;

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NZ Initiative – Bulk Funding Schools

By   /  July 15, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

On 6 July, the  “NZ Initiative” – a re-branded right-wing think-tank previously known as the NZ Business Roundtable – released a propaganda-piece entitled, ‘Amplifying Excellence: Promoting Transparency, Professionalism and Support in Schools’. The so-called “report” advocated more sly “free market” forces unleashed onto our constantly-changing education system.

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The Cheesy Voting Sketch

By   /  July 2, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Because of NZ First’s continuing  bizarre policy of  refusing to make clear  their coalition preferences, reminded me of Monty Python’s cheese sketch. Adapted to our present circumstances, I present to you, The Cheesy Voting Sketch;

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***Update*** Family of five, including six month old baby – accommodation crisis

By   /  June 30, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

. . Hutt Valley, 29 June – As reported on Tuesday (27 June) a woman, “S” – and her family, including her oldest son’s 6 month old baby – were facing the final week of their 90 day notice to vacate. They had lived in their rental home for the last 14 years, keeping the […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Message to Minister Adams: Family of five, including six month old baby – about to live in a van…

By   /  June 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

In 1 days’ time, a family of five in Upper Hutt will become homeless. They are in the final week of a 90 Day notice to vacate.

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The Labour interns – ACT exposes hypocrisy!

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

A few days ago, headlines appeared supposedly “exposing  a rort” by the NZ Labour Party to exploit American interns for electoral campaigning purposes;

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Foot in Mouth Award – Nicky Wagner, because disabilities issues are such a drag on a nice day

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Yes, indeed, Ms Wagner, we’re sure you’d rather be out on the harbour rather than having to mess around with boring disability issues. After all, it’s not your responsibility if some people ‘choose’ to stay indoors rather than go sailing because they happen to have a disability.

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Trumpwatch – How Elon Musk can overcome Trump’s climate-change obstinacy

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Ironically, big corporations have parted company with Trump and the American Right, siding instead with the science community;

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The Scalise Shooting: this solves nothing!

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

. . A few days ago; Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, was in critical condition on Wednesday night after he and three others were shot as they practiced for a charity baseball game. […] Also wounded were a congressional aide and one former aide who now works […]

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Letter to the editor – Bill English admits immigration driving economy

By   /  June 14, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

On 16 June last year, then-Finance Minister, Bill English attributed our growth to “other sectors” of the economy;

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National continues to panic on housing crisis as election day looms

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

National’s “grand plans” for 220 new social and transitional places remains woefully short of the 1,138 houses that National sold off to IHC’s Accessible Properties at the end of March. It is also unclear what is meant by ” transitional places”. Are these actual houses? Or motel units, à la Auckland-style;

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Kiwis say ‘no’ to Trump’s climate denial – Wellington protest at Tillerson visit

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

As the policeman noticed that he was being observed, and his actions photographed, he turned and walked away, escorted by one of his colleagues;

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The Portland Heroes – the indomitable human spirit at its finest

By   /  May 31, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

There is an impulse in human nature to do good; to be altruistic; to stand up and help others even though they may be total strangers. It is this indomitable spark of humanity which is perhaps our single, most powerful, saving grace. If we, as a species survive, it will be due to that innate impulse to act altruistically even when we may personally not benefit. Or even face personal danger.

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Must hear radio: Wallace Chapman interviews the guy who predicted the GFC!

By   /  May 30, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

A chilling look at where our debt-addiction may be leading us;

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Tips from Paula Bennett on how to be a Hypocrite

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

It would be a fair guess that Bennett does not require tipping to make up her weekly pay packet, to meet the necessities of life that many other New Zealanders find challenging in the 21st Century;

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