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NZs homophobic, anti-disability, anti-solo parent adoption laws

By   /  March 20, 2016  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Of late I’ve been trying to get my head around the discriminatory adoption laws the Human Rights Review Tribunal has recently bought to public awareness.

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The struggle to make different ok

By   /  February 23, 2016  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Two weeks ago the story broke about a mathematics professor who was denied residency in New Zealand because his stepson has autism.

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How do hungry kids afford education?

By   /  January 24, 2016  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

According to the NZ Herald, parents are paying a record high amount for school donations, with costs for public secondary schools amounting to $3139 a year and $2047 for primary.

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Ahmed Mohamed – When clocks become an excuse

By   /  September 20, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Everyday people like Ahmed who are just trying to make it in the world like everyone else, will always pay a price for it.

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What more proof do climate deniers need?

By   /  August 23, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  57 Comments

July 2015 was the hottest month this planet has seen and this year is predicted to be the hottest on record. This is considered one of the many definitive proofs that the planet is getting warmer.

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Talking about Euthanasia as a woman in a wheelchair

By   /  July 12, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Euthanasia is a topic I have struggled with since I was a teenager. It’s not a topic I like to talk about as a woman in a wheelchair.

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They aren’t ‘boat people’ – they are ‘people’

By   /  June 7, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

On Tuesday I saw an article on NZ Herald’s Facebook page with the headline ‘People smuggling boat headed for NZ shores’. I never read Facebook comments but this time I did just to see if Australia’s inhumane treatment of ‘boat people’ may have sparked kiwis to react in the opposite way.

Big mistake.

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Disability can be invisible

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

There has been a lot of publicity about able-bodied motorists stealing disability car parks and only a little bit about those who are entitled to these spaces yet are accused of abusing the right to it.

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NZ leading human rights is a myth

By   /  April 5, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

It is hard to argue that we’re leaders in human rights when parents can barely afford GP visits because mortgage rates are through the roof. They then have to wait until the situation is out of control and visit the emergency room where it is free.

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Another day, another dude stealing my car park.

By   /  March 29, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

This time it is property developer Gerard Peters and his Lamborghini at Lynn Mall who was apparently in a rush while he was being asked for 30 minutes over the loudspeaker to move his vehicle.

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A Government without empathy or compassion

By   /  March 22, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

This week has been particularly brutal when it comes to the government’s decisions regarding our country’s most vulnerable.

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If we are going to bomb Syria, why aren’t we taking their refugees?

By   /  March 15, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Amnesty International has just started a campaign called ‘Open to Syria’, with the aim of encouraging the New Zealand government to accept more refugees per year. John Key is adamant that this is a bad idea.

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Teina Pora a victim of our system

By   /  March 8, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Teina Pora just spent 22 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to spend the peak of your years behind bars as an innocent person, while those who are clearly guilty roam free.

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A NZ Muslim view on re-invading Iraq

By   /  March 1, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

It seems as if most people in New Zealand except the National party have negative feelings towards sending troops to Iraq, which is probably why there has been little democracy in this decision-making process.

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‘Crip Up’ as bad as blackface

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The lack of diversity in films is still fairly obvious for anyone who is willing to see beyond the glitz and glamour associated with big Hollywood names.

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Je Suis Deah, Yusor and Razan

By   /  February 15, 2015  /  Latifa Daud, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

I’m not Charlie. I believe in free speech but not at the expense of 1.7 billion already marginalized people. I’d prefer to be Deah, Yusor and Razan, or at least aspire to be.

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