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Open letter to Waikato DHB Member to Chair regarding handling of CEO’s expenses

By   /  October 10, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

I am concerned at your reported comments in the media – particularly those in the Waikato Times –  where you are reported to have stated that you “have the full confidence of the Board”, in relation to the issues arising from the CEO’s expenses, As this issue was not raised with the full Board, there is no basis for you saying this, and it is not accurate.

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Galipolli or Mangatawhiri? – selective memory of war

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It would be much more appropriate for New Zealand to scrap ANZAC DAY (25 April – dated for the landing at Gallipoli in World War I) and shift our national remembrance of war to 12 July – the day in 1863 that imperial troops crossed the Mangatawhiri River and the great war for New Zealand began.

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An Open Letter To Winston Peters

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Kia ora Mr Peters,

With the counting of Special Votes, a clearer picture has emerged as to what voters in this country have chosen. The majority have voted against National and it’s allies.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (tekau)

By   /  October 8, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

At 2PM today (7 October 2017), the Electoral Commission announced the final vote results, including some 446,287 special votes cast (17% of  total  votes cast).

As a result, National has lost two seats and the Greens and Labour each pick up one seat in Parliament. The Green’s  Golriz Ghahraman and Labour’s Angie Warren-Clark enter Parliament on the Party List.

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Once Upon a Time in Mainstream Media Fairytale Land…

By   /  October 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

You can feel mainstream media’s frustration with the news-vacuum created by the two week period necessary to count the approximately 384,072 (15% of total votes) Special Votes that were cast this election.

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Adults In The Room?

By   /  October 7, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  67 Comments

WHAT’S GOING ON, JACINDA? Why has the former Labour Finance Minister, Sir Michael Cullen, and Helen Clark’s former Press Secretary, Mike Munro, been invited on to your team of negotiators with NZ First? And, while we’re on the subject of Labour’s Rogernomics Generation, why was Annette King sent to ride shotgun alongside you for the duration of the election campaign?

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Bryan Gould To Labour: This Is No Time For “Conventional Answers”

By   /  October 5, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

BIG UPS TO BRYAN GOULD. Perhaps anticipating a disappointing choice from NZ First on 12 October, the former Vice-Chancellor of Waikato University has put the rhetorical boot into Labour’s fiscal and monetary caution.

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Dave Macpherson: Strong bullying/suicide links?

By   /  October 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Two current Radio NZ stories in quick succession have shown the strong link between some suicides and bullying. In one, an MSD investigator wrongly told a beneficiary she had been overpaid $22,000 and that she would be prosecuted to recover the money – less than a day later she was a suicide victim, yet the MSD shortly afterwards told the victim’s mother that the claimed debt was incorrect, and it was eventually waived.

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Evolving a Multi-Party Democracy

By   /  October 4, 2017  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Mainstream journalists continue to struggle with multiparty governance. And the amplified rhetoric resulting from their struggle creates doubts amongst the captive consumers of mainstream media. While we wait for the votes to be counted in our 2017 election, now is a good time to review the evolution of party-based government in New Zealand, and to consider the impediments to progress towards mature multiparty democracy.

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The Difference Between Jeremy And Jacinda, Is The Difference Between Government And Governance

By   /  October 3, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  62 Comments

Even if Winston Peters deigns to make her our next Prime Minister, Jacinda has made it very clear that she hasn’t the slightest intention of frightening the Establishment’s horses; and that her own – and Labour’s – determination to provide good and responsible governance to all New Zealanders, from the top down, will not falter.

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Theo Spierings: An Icon of Inequality

By   /  October 1, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

Mahatma Ghandi said the true measure of any society is its treatment of its most vulnerable members. Others say inequality is the measure of fairness in society. The massive levels of inequality in modern capitalist societies reflect badly by any measure. Egalitarian New Zealand is a myth.

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The Last Thing Progressive New Zealand Needs Is A Coalition Of Contradictions

By   /  September 30, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  47 Comments

IT IS POSSIBLE to want something too much. The New Zealand progressive community’s hunger for power – so shamelessly on display since Election Night – has led it to treat Labour, the Greens and NZ First as unambiguously progressive entities capable of working together without fault or friction.

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If NZ First go with National it’s a suicide note for their party

By   /  September 29, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

The problem for every potential government is that they have very limited spending options given they are all committed to not increasing taxes on anyone (including the very wealthy).  But if Winston wants to claim any policy “wins” that he can be allowed to identify himself and his party with it seems much more likely that Labour and the Greens could deliver them.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (Iwa)

By   /  September 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . Red-Green, Blue-Green? There is mischief-making afoot. Suggestions for a National-Green coalition are being floated by various right-wing commentators, National Party figures, and some media pundits. Despite Green Party Leader, James Shaw, repeatedly ruling out any such possibility – the suggestion continues to circulate. On  election night, as TOP leader Gareth Morgan realised his […]

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MMP With FPP Characteristics: New Zealand’s DIY Electoral System

By   /  September 27, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN about who “won” the 2017 General Election. Sharp differences have emerged between those who have judged the outcome as a clear National victory, and those who insist that Labour, with the assistance of the Greens and NZ First, has every right to anticipate forming a new government.

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How Neoliberalism Made me Selfish

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Saturday was election day in New Zealand, and while the final configuration of parliament is still being negotiated, as has become normal under the proportional representation system, it’s petty clear that New Zealand has voted for a continuation of a neo-liberal approach to governance.

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