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Of Blokegations and Manels

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

It’s raining men, or should that be reigning men, more often than not, when it comes to those who get sent in official delegations, selected to speak on panels, and generally represent.

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Not superior or better, just luckier

By   /  November 26, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

“next time you hear someone claiming anyone can get a better paid job if they want to, and programmes like Breakfast in Schools just encourage bad parenting, you may want to point out that the only reason they aren’t in need themselves is luck.”

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The radical notion that women are people

By   /  November 11, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

New Zealanders aren’t very good at difficult conversations.  Many of us practice avoidance rather than active discussion of the hard bits.  I suppose it’s easier to say “what if it your daughter was raped?” than “what if you were raped?”

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Time Out

By   /  October 29, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

This weekend I had some time out, some glorious time out, from my wonderful children. They can be wonderful, and time away from them can be glorious and that’s not a contradiction at all.

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This Political Life

By   /  October 16, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Julie Fairey  /  Comments Off on This Political Life

NB: I had this post half written in my head before yesterday’s news about Auckland’s mayor’s private life broke. While that event has undoubtedly influenced the final shape of this it didn’t inspire it.

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Why You Need to Vote in the Local Body Elections

By   /  October 3, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Julie Fairey underscores a number of very good reasons why we all need to vote in the Auckland local government elections. Check it out…

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Being a good ally

By   /  September 16, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Why should I be a good ally? Because Solidarity. Because Intersectionality. Because ultimately aren’t we, you and I and lots of other people, in politics to make things better, not worse?

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Citizen A with Julie Fairey & Selwyn Manning: Labour leadership, asset sale referendum & the Pacific

By   /  September 6, 2013  /  Citizen-A, Julie Fairey, Martyn Bradbury, Selwyn Manning, The Daily Gallery, TheDailyBlog Reposts  /  3 Comments

On this week’s Citizen A Martyn Bradbury is joined by Julie Fairey and Selwyn Manning to discuss: Labour Party leadership; asset sale referendum; and is New Zealand doing enough for the Pacific or is it failing to meet its obligations to the south Pacific region?

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The first day of spring

By   /  September 2, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on The first day of spring

So on the Day of the Fathers please be aware not everyone is having the Happy Fathers’ Day of Generic DIY Store or Generic Sporting Goods Store. Tread carefully on your fellow human beings because sometimes you are inadvertently treading on broken hearts.

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There is power in a Local Board

By   /  August 19, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The final nominations for Auckland Council elections became apparent on Friday night, I was anticipating some interesting media, online and off, about the democratic tussles underway for Auckland’s Local Boards.

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Hold us to account, please

By   /  August 5, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

As local body elections approach I’m disappointed in some of my Auckland Council colleagues who are acting like, well, bad stereotypes of all the worst things TV warned you politicians could be.  Too much Yes Minister and too little West Wing, perhaps, can make us all extremely cynical about politicians, who are, after all, human […]

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Needs should come before wants

By   /  July 22, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

How about an unrelenting, unapologetic and frankly unconscionable focus on getting people off benefits? Nevermind that some of those people will now have no way to pay for food, shelter, clothing. That doesn’t matter because we have top bracket tax cuts to fund and elite sports events that need subsidizing.

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Citizen A With Host Martyn Bradbury, Julie Fairey & Keith Locke

By   /  June 27, 2013  /  Citizen-A, Julie Fairey, Keith Locke, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

This week on Citizen A host Martyn Bradbury, Julie Fairey & Keith Locke debate whether this latest poll scare Labour’s caucus into reconsidering Shearer as leader? Would a NZ First backed GCSB bill be the worst outcome for New Zealand? What did Auckland mayor Len Brown give away to get the support of this National-led Government?

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Of parenting and poverty and villages that help with both

By   /  June 24, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

As a society I believe we should be striving to spread the luck around, to disconnect it from money and birth. That would help a lot with poverty, and thus with parenting too. No one is born a bad parent. No one starts out as a parent intending to do less than the best they can. Yet so often we fall short of our own expectations.

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Diversity on the Unitary is no bad thing

By   /  June 3, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Sadly for those who have made genuine submissions based on misinformation much of what they have said will probably miss the mark and get discarded, because it won’t address the actual provisions of the draft Unitary Plan.

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Waiting in Christchurch

By   /  May 20, 2013  /  Julie Fairey, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

I could not believe how little has been rebuilt, and how little has been demolished too. Buildings that are fenced off, standing seemingly as they were when the red zone was closed to my unpracticed eye, and with no indication of anything changing any time soon.

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