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Brexit – a triumph of democracy or a failure of reason?

By   /  June 25, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The Brexit vote is being read as a victory of racist rhetoric and anti-immigrant dissent. By preying on fears of Britain losing its Britishness, and harking back to nostalgic nationalist pride, ‘Leave’ voters, it’s suggested, have been manipulated into believing it’s the EU and immigrants and refugees, that are responsible for joblessness, homelessness and reduced state services.

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Housing ‘distribution crisis’ a symptom of inequality

By   /  June 12, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

He’s famous only for being the son of someone famous, laying claims to authenticity because his parents both once lived in state houses (lucky them), and using the same inane comments as his dad “at the end of the day”; this week, mainstream media’s focus on celebrity went to new lows. And that’s saying something!

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Budget entrenches society’s pathologies

By   /  May 28, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

This budget and this government were never going to provide the structural tools and address the structural challenges of a deregulated, speculative, unequal society. Addressing the chasm of income disparity would require the removal of privileges, the redistribution of advantage.

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Privatised profits and socialised costs: What the government was elected to do.

By   /  April 30, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

We’ve got an Auckland housing affordability and a housing supply crisis. We’ve got an economy overloaded with private debt. Headlines report an anxiety epidemic, a P epidemic and an obesity epidemic all at once. Scientists show we’re in the midst of various environmental crises.

In many ways these are all linked.

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Hypocritical narrative blames the victim rather than the cause for economic ‘failings’

By   /  April 17, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

Alarmist New Zealand Herald headlines condemned a Housing New Zealand tenant for taking in boarders.

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MUST READ: Political courage needed to address cannabis ‘crime’

By   /  April 3, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

It was disappointing that there was little sign of leadership or intelligent engagement on the issue of drugs in society from the major parties. National’s obviously a non-starter for any constructive change from the status quo that gives knighthoods to liquor barons and safe National Party seats to tobacco lobbyists.

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MUST READ: Cowboy economy shows limits to exploitative growth

By   /  March 20, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

The Chair of Air New Zealand’s Sustainability Panel, British environmentalist Sir Jonathon Porritt, spoke to a group of decision makers in Nelson recently and warned about the unsustainable disjuncture between New Zealand’s branding and its reality

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Tourism model extracts economic value but gives little back

By   /  February 22, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

It’s short sighted to market our brand to overseas tourists on our natural beauty and heritage when biodiversity is declining, many of our animal ‘attractions’ are threatened with extinction, and rivers and bays are too polluted for swimming.

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Kia kaha for a superbly orchestrated and performed act of power in defence of and against the state

By   /  February 6, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  43 Comments

Congratulations and kia kaha to all those who stood against the signing of the Trans Pacific Agreement, in Auckland and elsewhere around the country, culminating in creative, positive and powerful protests on Thursday.

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Modern Life : The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

By   /  January 23, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

2016, modern life. It’s a ‘Tale of Two Cities’. It’s ‘the best of times, and the worst of times’, a time of plenty for some, in a post-Dickensian dystopia, a Mad Maxian eco-apocalypse.

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Dolphin Survival Depends On Kiwis Keeping An Eye On The Sea And On What We Eat

By   /  January 10, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Summer is usually the time for fun visits and evening fish and chips at the beach. But dolphin advocates are reminding New Zealanders to keep an eye out for dolphins both at sea and ‘in their fish and chips’ this summer. Māui and Hector’s dolphin survival requires watching the sea and our fish consumption.

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Climate change responses are up to us

By   /  November 30, 2015  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Climate change is a deeply moral issue reflecting how we share the world with human and non-human others and what we leave for tomorrow. We know our political leaders are weak and incapable of taking action that would reshape the system that keeps them there.

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Evil French Terror Attacks a Western Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

By   /  November 15, 2015  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  79 Comments

When organised murderous aggression such as the French ‘terror’ attacks, occurs on Western soil, there’s an increased immediacy of perceived risk to established civil order.

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Dark malaise an indictment on modern New Zealand

By   /  October 18, 2015  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Our post-colonial, uber-capitalist, neo-liberal system distributes goods and services conspicuously well, so we have cheaper credit and more consumer choice than ever before. But it’s a system that’s ultimately underpinned by a high level of self-harm.

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Refugee crisis exposes contradictions of ‘civilisation’ but a safe place to call home is the birth right of us all

By   /  September 6, 2015  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The New Zealand Prime Minister has sought to distract us from a global humanitarian crisis with shallow symbols of a false and dangerous nationalism. He offers us a Clayton’s choice of quasi-corporate logos as the standard for our country. But it’s a nationalism he would sell out to the world’s transnational corporations in a blink.

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Faulty, unethical conservation model behind deaths of endangered takahe

By   /  August 23, 2015  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

The killing of four takahe on Motutapu Island sanctuary is a tragedy on many counts.

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