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Helen Clark and John Key share the blame for the fiasco in Afghanistan

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

As the government does its best to squirm its way out of holding any inquiry into the killing of civilians during an SAS-led raid on two villages in Afghanistan its worth looking back at why we were there in the first place – or better still – why we shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

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What the National Party does best – social vandalism

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Even National’s $25 per week benefit increase last year pales into insignificance with the news that reductions in the real value of Working for Families payments since National took office have taken a cumulative $2 billion from the homes of families on low incomes.

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Christchurch City Council housing failure a tragedy for low-income families

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The real devastating failure of the city rebuild is the plight of low-income families left high and dry by the Christchurch City Council.

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It’s not a “perceived conflict of interest” – it’s corruption

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

What this situation shows most clearly is the complete lack of public service ethos in these individuals. It is a lack of ethical behaviour which now pervades the senior levels of our public services across the country – both in government and local body organisations.

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New opportunities to challenge New Zealand membership of five eyes

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

A significant proportion of New Zealanders want to see the GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau) spy agency closed, its Waihopai spybase shut down and New Zealand withdraw from the “five eyes” alliance.

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The problem with Jacinda

By   /  January 23, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  45 Comments

People are often surprised when I say I am much less impressed with Jacinda. I’ve heard her speak in public many times and have shared the platform on various panels with her and others (in my case to represent MANA Movement while she represented Labour) to discuss issues such as child poverty, housing, inequality and the struggles of beneficiaries etc

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Myths about inequality mask a medieval tax system

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

Not content to have the poorest New Zealanders face the biggest tax burdens and corrosive social problems our lowest income communities also face a plague of what can only be described as “parasites on poverty”.

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Bill English – the smug, casual arrogance of the wealthy

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

With the smug, casual arrogance of the wealthy English said there was no need to change policy settings and the government’s approach was working for New Zealanders. English claimed National’s so-called “social investment” policies would deliver better outcomes for struggling families while on housing he said the real problem was local councils failing to make enough land available for urban development and the government was addressing the issue.

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High Court sides with the government over the sale of state houses in Tauranga

By   /  December 14, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

This clear detriment to social housing in Tauranga has in our view not come with any discernible other improvements and delivery by Accessible Properties. For all intents and purposes they will slot into the same role as HNZ in being a landlord providing social housing for MSD.

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Vigorous community campaign will fight state house sales in Christchurch

By   /  November 26, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The government’s intention to sell up to 2,500 state houses in Christchurch can expect to be met with a vigorous community campaign to stop the sales.

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A high five for the protestors!

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The so-called “defence industry” with their war-mongering expo on at the same time is an affront to all of humanity. Their profiteering from human misery, death and destruction makes them arguably the most depraved human beings of all.

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Another savage blow to freedom and privacy

By   /  November 4, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

We have been concerned year on year with the extension of powers and resources to our spy agencies the SIS and GCSB. This latest extension of power to spy on New Zealanders is another savage blow to freedom and privacy by an obsessive, intrusive, controlling state.

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P, Ngaruawahia, government indifference and community vigilantes

By   /  October 25, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

P is a huge concern in low-income areas and has been for a long time. But it was only when middle-class kids were effected that we saw action.

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High court challenge as government blunders on selling state houses while families live in cars and garages

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Last month SHA Inc. filed papers for a judicial review because we can see no way the Minister of State Housing Bill English or Social Housing Minister Paula Bennet can justify the sale in terms of the statutory objectives of the government’s so-called State Housing Reform Programme.

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Minto for Mayor campaign in celebration mode

By   /  October 9, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

We didn’t win the mayoralty but we made great progress on the major issue of asset sales and we think we have pushed the incoming council to take a stronger stand on each of the big issues we raised during the campaign.

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It’s official – the Waimakariri River is unswimmable.

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

This sign is in a Christchurch City Council area close to the mouth of the river near a popular summer swimming spot.

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