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If not for yourself Labour, fight for your south!

By   /  August 1, 2017  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

A couple of dispiriting polls means one thing Labour. Fight. You’re caught on the ropes and you can put your hands up in defence or you can get the swag back into your skip and box your way out. For the people of the south; the truest support known to the Labour Party my message to you is simple and loud. Fight.

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Efeso Collins Speech

By   /  November 3, 2016  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Maiden address

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De-marginalising progressive politics

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

In my own area of the Otara subdivision, only 29 per cent of eligible voters returned ballot papers – well below the greater Auckland average. And the data speaks for itself: older, wealthier, housed and white voters had a much higher rate of ballot return. That’s what the data tells us so our challenge is to encourage a better ballot return from younger, poorer, transient and brown voters

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WINZ case manager – self appointed medical expert

By   /  June 20, 2016  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  43 Comments

The case manager looks her straight in the face and says “you don’t look blind to me” then pulls out a piece of paper from her drawer and asks my aunty to read it, as proof that she’s visually impaired. About to explode with rage I sit there allowing my dear Samoan aunty to handle this despicable situation, with the case manager sitting behind her desk, arms folded with that ‘well, go on prove me wrong look’.

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Lesser quality suburbs

By   /  February 25, 2016  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Auckland is fast becoming a gentrified city where more and more Maori, Pasifika and poorer families are facing the stark reality of having to leave the city to find affordable accommodation.

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First Otara, now Ashburton

By   /  January 22, 2016  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

The smiling assassin was back at her best yesterday with an incentivised plan to lure Samoan and Tongan families out of Auckland to places where those communities were supposedly growing and strong.

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Don’t believe the hype – we can take more refugees

By   /  October 12, 2015  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

I’ve had a gutsful of the biased media reports that tell us these refugees will only promulgate Muslim ideals, become an economic burden and in the Pacific instance, shouldn’t be here anyway because they’re here illegally.

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Sorry, it was a busy day

By   /  August 30, 2015  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Race is never a focal issue for white, middle class and privileged groups because society is built on their accepted norms and traditions

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Public service and public toilets

By   /  June 18, 2015  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Leaving the university for employment in the public service was an exciting move for me taking my love of learning, evidence-based approaches and passion into a policy-setting environment. Well that wasn’t my experience. In fact, my hopes for this role and the reality were worlds apart.

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Labour: towards an MMP strategy

By   /  April 2, 2015  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

For me though, the best result for the Left was seeing the Labour Party accept and embrace that we needed to vote strategically.

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Nurturing future, civic leadership

By   /  February 4, 2015  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Just prior to going on holiday last year I was fascinated by the Heralds weak attempt to try and set the civic Auckland agenda with a silly poll on possible contenders for the Auckland mayoralty.

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Labour, leadership and White blokes

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

There seems to be an agreement amongst those currently vying for the leadership that Labour needs to take up more of the middle ground. These White blokes have said that Labour needs to occupy that political space in order to win the votes of their peers, other White blokes.

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Green Pasifika candidates

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

If the Greens and Labour are going to be a coalition thats truly representative of the ideals and values they espouse, then the Greens cant just rely on Labour to be the partner that brings Pacific people into the coalition tent.

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Manukau East – the next Coalition in action

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people to take part in the democratic process by casting a vote.

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Appointing King Kapisi – squeezing the real stories

By   /  June 19, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

The mainstream media is squeezing the real story. And the real story is that the Left are showing the much-needed signs of a force to be seriously reckoned with.

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The PI vote and political stunts

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

The mainstream media got quite excited a couple of weeks ago when a number of Pasifika church leaders were photographed at the Manurewa markets wearing blue, Key-people t-shirts.

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