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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Courageous Move from Labour Māori MPs

By   /  March 25, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Congratulations to Labour’s Māori seat Members of Parliament who have asked to not be included on the parties list for this year’s election.

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GUEST BLOG: The Opportunities Party – Crossing to the Dark Side

By   /  March 25, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Young progressives, I’m sorry to tell you that you have lost a father figure this week. A father of your movement Chris Skytrotter was killed by an evil turncoat known as Darth Boomer.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Are we selling our water down the river

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

There is no resource more precious and valuable to the people and its land than water, yet on almost every front our rivers and lakes are under attack. Farming continues to pollute our rivers for more milk powder and greedy overseas interests effectively steal our water free and make millions in profit from it.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Lost homes and Lives – A National Tragedy

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

21 Civilians dead and injured is disgusting. If their homes were burned in a revenge attack, that is a crime, and it must be punished. But my focus is not on war crimes. Because National declared a war on the poor a long time ago, and the crimes haven’t stopped.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Now You See It, Now You Don’t

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

In mid-March, a report commissioned by the UN Agency ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) was released, that concluded unequivocally that Israel practises Apartheid policy. It saw official daylight for two days. The UN pulled the report and removed it from the UN website, after intense pressure from the US and Israel.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – The Great Pretender

By   /  March 18, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

The GCHQ is telling us to just ignore the claims the president is making. “They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.” This is problematic, because it puts me in the uncomfortable position of completely agreeing with a spy agency.

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GUEST BLOG: Alex Birchall – What Class Are You In? The Truth about Social Reproduction in the New Zealand Education System

By   /  March 18, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

In theory, education is supposed to be the ‘great equaliser’ – this is an idea we often tell ourselves and others. For well-meaning liberals, the answer to a significant amount of the world’s problems lies in its citizens being better educated. Sociologists have amassed a great deal of evidence that demonstrates the power of social class in enabling or disabling children’s achievement potentials at school right off the bat.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Raising the retirement age isn’t fair

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Lot of talk this week that we need to raise the age of retirement to 67. The argument is that we can’t afford Superannuation at 65 for everyone so we should raise it to be ‘fair’. But who exactly is that being ‘fair’ to?

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Is Public Safety being endangered by Parole Board/Corrections Failings?

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

The most recent statistics I have been able to get that compare the reoffending rates of those granted parole with that of those who served their whole sentence relate to the period 1994-1999. Of those granted parole over that period, 15.5% reoffended and 84.5% didn’t. Of those who did not get parole 34.4% reoffended and 67.6% did not.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Wrong move from the Maori Party

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

The move from the Maori Party to have Tainui King Tuheitia endorse their candidate Rahui Papa in the Hauraki-Waikato seat is one of the most selfish and saddest political strategies I have ever witnessed in Maori politics.

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GUEST BLOG: John Stroh – TOP’s unconditional basic income – an unequivocal game changer?

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

I went to last night’s ‘town hall meeting’ with Gareth Morgan with some questions around the viability of his play for a more permanent role in New Zealand Politics. I came away with a sense of hope for New Zealand’s future and some good answers. So is TOP’s strategy to achieve not just the 3% […]

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Good on Devoy for taking on institutional racism

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Good on Devoy for taking on institutional racism

Congratulations to Race Relations commissioner Dame Susan Devoy for her courageous stand challenging the Government to hold an independent inquiry into the abuse of children held in care by the state.

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GUEST BLOG: Duncan Eddy – Just a Little Bit of History Repeating?

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

Bill English seems to be as inept at leading the National Party now as he was in 2002, when the Party suffered its worst ever defeat at the polls. So, if John Key is the Keith Holyoake of our modern era, is Bill English the modern version of Holyoake’s hapless deputy, John Marshall?

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – The Opportunities Party Climate Change Policy

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

The Opportunities Party, (TOP), have held a Launch for the release of their Climate Change Policy in Dunedin South.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Tweeter of the Free World

By   /  March 11, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

Trump’s presidency is being run not from the Whitehouse, but from his smartphone. Why Twitter founder Jack Dorsey hasn’t put us all out of our misery and shut down his account, or better yet, why some dweeb with too much time and lotion on his hands hasn’t hacked the account and run the presidency from his mother’s basement, is beyond me.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – International Women’s Day 2017, and Palestinian Women Prisoners –

By   /  March 11, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

On International Women’s Day 2017 human rights NGOs reported that 55 Palestinian women and girls, including 12 minors under 18, were being held on Israeli jails. Some of the women are suffering from injuries but not receiving adequate medical help.

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