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More tinkering, no leadership from Nats on immigration – Andrew Little

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  6 Comments

National’s latest tinkering with the immigration system is another attempt to create the appearance of action without actually doing anything meaningful, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “New Zealand is richer for immigration, but our public services, housing, and infrastructure can’t keep up with the current record level of immigration. We need to take […]

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The mental health system is broken – a full independent inquiry is way overdue

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The family of Nicky Stevens, the young man who died in 2015 while in the compulsory care of Waikato DHB’s mental health facility, has renewed its call for the Government to establish a full, independent inquiry into the state of the country’s mental health services. Nicky Stevens’ mother, Jane Stevens, said the Government had turned […]

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Prisons need a rethink if they are to be less racist

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

We all understand the anger anyone of us would feel when a loved one is hurt by someone. You wouldn’t be a human being if you didn’t want to punish a person for doing something criminal or cruel to someone you identify with, but allowing anger and fear to dominate our thinking has created more problems than solutions within our prison system and it’s time we all acknowledged that.

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GUEST BLOG: Julie Carter – When the one-liner isn’t a joke

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Whenever simple solutions are proposed to address complex questions, alarm bells should start ringing. In the last year, the likes of Trump in the U.S. and Nigel Farage in the UK have successfully wooed electorates with populist messages that are big on rhetoric, but scant on detail.

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Political Caption Competition

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  3 Comments

Donald Trump introduces his new Secretary of State

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Wednesday 19th April 2017

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  No Comments

5: Trump Is Keeping His White House Visitor Log Under Wraps
4: ‘Deadly US air strike in Syria hit peaceful mosque’
3: FRANCE’S BERNIE SANDERS STARTED HIS OWN PARTY AND IS SURGING IN THE POLLS
2: Trump Rejects Calls for Transparency, Vowing to Keep Tax Returns & White House Visitor Logs Secret
1: Theresa May calls for UK general election on 8 June

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 19th April 2017

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Equal Pay Settlement is Great News for Carers – NZ Council of Christian Social Services

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Today’s announcement of a settlement of the Equal Pay case is a welcome step towards recognising the vital work of those doing care work in this country and for work done mainly by women. It also recognises the importance of older people and others who are living with disabilities who are supported through this work, […]

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Government’s Equal Pay Announcement a Giant Leap Forward for Women – Pay Equity Coalition

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The news that the Government is close to an historic pay equity settlement is a giant leap forward for women says the Pay Equity Coalition. “The Coalition is elated with the news today that the Government has announced a pay increase for women working in the aged care, disability and home support sectors,” says spokesperson […]

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FIRST Union congratulates care workers, prepares pay equity claim for retail workers

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

FIRST Union is congratulating care workers, their unions – E tū, NZNO and the PSA – and pay equity champion Kristine Bartlett for securing an offer of a historic pay equity settlement. “This is a tremendous step forward for working women,” said FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay, who also helped develop the […]

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Government’s Equal Pay Announcement a Welcome Relief for Women – NZ Federation of Business and Professional Women

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The news that the Government have reached an historic pay equity settlement is great news for women says the New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW NZ) “Today’s announcement by the Government that they plan to make good on their promise of equal pay is a welcome relief for those of us who […]

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Auckland Chamber of Commerce applauds pay equity settlement

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The many businesses that do not have a gender pay gap have no reason to be alarmed by the pay equity settlement reached in government-funded care service sectors which employ mainly women on low rates. Applauding the reported move to pay equity for workers, mainly woman in aged residential care, home support and disability services, […]

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About that highly manipulative new Youi insurance advert

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

…the fact that none of this has been highlighted by the same media who are being paid by Youi for advertising is a gross dereliction of duty by a hard up mainstream media who are now too frightened to bite the hand that feeds it.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Flip-flopping over Ratings and the Russian Constitution

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

The problem of writing about Trump is usually where to start. Last week it was clearly with his bombing of Syria. You know, that country he didn’t want to bomb because it wasn’t America’s problem, so why should he get involved? But flip-flopping has been this week’s buzzword. Things Trump is currently flip-flopping over include […]

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Dave Macpherson – OPPOSITION PARTIES SO FAR MISSING IN ACTION

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

With one or two notable exceptions, the three main opposition parties have to date missed multiple golden opportunities to raise an issue that a very large number of ordinary kiwis are highly concerned about. You only have to raise your concerns about the state of mental health services at any community meeting anywhere in New Zealand to see the nods of agreement right around the room.

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Dave Macpherson: Mental health – is the system broken?

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Is the Pope a Catholic?

Of course it’s broken; let’s look at a few reports from the last fortnight:

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