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GUEST BLOG: Paul (the bloke The Standard banned for 3 years) – Why NZ urgently needs to invade Berlin

By   /  April 30, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

In the past few weeks, we have been in touch with a close friend who lives in Berlin, having moved there from New Zealand several years ago.

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GUEST BLOG: Mike Lee – Auckland Transport’s March of Folly

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Deliberately sabotaging the rail corridor to Auckland International Airport is one of the most irresponsible acts I have witnessed during my time in local government.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – HUNGER FOR JUSTICE

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

April 17 was the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners. Some 1500 detained Palestinians began a hunger strike on that day, with the aim of calling the world’s attention to Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Anzac Day is a time to remember the ongoing impact of war on Maori

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

I find it difficult to not be frustrated, disappointed and a little angry every year when ANZAC Day comes along.

It’s not just the anguish of losing tens of thousands of our best and brightest in historic conflicts or the pain of the families they left behind or the damage these wars caused our communities and wider society.

It’s the way our Government treated so many Maori when they returned from war that still makes me angry all these many years later.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Prisons need a rethink if they are to be less racist

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

We all understand the anger anyone of us would feel when a loved one is hurt by someone. You wouldn’t be a human being if you didn’t want to punish a person for doing something criminal or cruel to someone you identify with, but allowing anger and fear to dominate our thinking has created more problems than solutions within our prison system and it’s time we all acknowledged that.

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GUEST BLOG: Julie Carter – When the one-liner isn’t a joke

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Whenever simple solutions are proposed to address complex questions, alarm bells should start ringing. In the last year, the likes of Trump in the U.S. and Nigel Farage in the UK have successfully wooed electorates with populist messages that are big on rhetoric, but scant on detail.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Flip-flopping over Ratings and the Russian Constitution

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

The problem of writing about Trump is usually where to start. Last week it was clearly with his bombing of Syria. You know, that country he didn’t want to bomb because it wasn’t America’s problem, so why should he get involved? But flip-flopping has been this week’s buzzword. Things Trump is currently flip-flopping over include […]

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GUEST BLOG: Stephanie Honeychurch – DITCH DOUBLE-DECKERS (& HOSKINGS TOO)

By   /  April 14, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  26 Comments

As a co-organiser* of Waiheke Island’s Ditch Double-Decker protest and as someone involved with the petition to remove these buses from Waiheke, I believe that Mike Hoskings has completely misrepresented this issue.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Time to rethink immigration

By   /  April 12, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  33 Comments

It’s time that we were honest about why the Government have opened the flood gates of immigration and it’s time we were honest about how we are going to change it.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Martin Luther King, We Need You Today!

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

In April 1967, FIFTY YEARS AGO, Dr Martin Luther King spoke at the Riverside Church in Manhattan, NYC, warning of the moral failure of a country addicted to war.

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Anyone who supports the Assad regime in Syria cannot be a friend of the Palestinian people

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

In reply to Chris Trotter and other New Zealand Leftists and Liberals rushing to excuse, or explain away, the Syrian Regime’s aerial gas attack on the liberated Syrian province of Idlib.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Housing crisis not helped by smug speculators

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  88 Comments

We need Government that uses its powers to rebalance the extremes of free market capitalism, and we need politicians who aren’t frightened to say words like free market capitalism.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Fighting and Freedom

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

Trump supporters make strange bedfellows. With two of the named supporters who allegedly assaulted three protesters at a Trump rally being the leader of a white supremacist group and a member of the Korean War Veterans Association.

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GUEST BLOG: Selwyn Manning – Lieutenant General Tim Keatings Operation Burnham account highlights key legal concerns

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

It appears the official account , if true, underscores a probable breach of legal obligations – not necessarily placing culpability solely on the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS) commandos on the ground, but rather on the officers who commanded their actions, ordered their movements, their tasks and priorities prior to, during, and after Operation Burnham.

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GUEST BLOG: Danyl Strype – Some Home Truths About House Shortages, Housing Affordability, and the Generation Gap

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Geoff Simmons of TOP (the Opportunities Party) recently wrote a guest blog for TDB, in response to some rather harsh criticisms of TOP and its millionaire founder Gareth Morgan by regular TDB writer Chris Trotter.

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EXCLUSIVE GUEST BLOG: Karl Pearce – Ministry of “Vulnerable Children” is wolf in CYFS clothing.

By   /  April 2, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

The new Ministry for Vulnerable Children (MVC) is being launched today but is it at all different to the former organisation that is Child, Youth and Family Services (CYFS)?

I received a document hours ago showing the latest management structure of the new organisation MVC?

Within this Document is both a large number of “vacancies” as well as a large number of “acting” roles. Showing how quickly and haphazardly the new department has been organised, however what is more concerning is those who were in the old structure, are a part of the ‘new and improved’ structure.

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