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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Friday 28th April 2017

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  No Comments

5: A Week in the Life of a Marine Le Pen Campaigner
4: “A Land Grab by the Ruling Elites”: Trump’s Tax Plan Derided for Benefiting the Rich
3: ‘Israeli strikes’ hit arms depot in Damascus
2: FORMERLY IMPRISONED JOURNALIST BARRETT BROWN TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY BEFORE PBS INTERVIEW
1: ‘We are a target’: South Korean village wakes up on frontline with North

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 27th April 2017

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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5 Star Comedy Preview

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  No Comments

The 5 Star Comedy preview is easily the best comedy preview show in the coemedyfest line up. It has the 10 best international talents which means you are guaranteed an excellent night out with none of the awkward moments of locals stumbling and struggling on stage. While that’s fun, that’s a more Monday night at open mic sadism, this was held on a Wednesday night and I’m wanting bang for my buck midweek.

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And almost on cue, NZ First does exactly what TDB suggested it would do

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

With this rhetoric, Winston is after National Party voters in the provinces, the challenge is how to decry Winston’s tactics without ruling out working with him after the heat and bluster of the campaign.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – HUNGER FOR JUSTICE

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  No 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  /  4 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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Health and Safety in New Zealand – a snapshot

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Nobody goes to work expecting to get hurt, sick, or killed. But in New Zealand, far too many people do. Every year 50-60 people are killed in a work incident and 600-900 more die early deaths as a result of work-related ill-health.

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Anzac Day: Remembering the futility of wars for empire!

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Anzac Day is important to remember because of the utter futility of being part of an imperialist military alliance. New Zealand casualties in that war, killed or wounded, were 58%. That is equal to one-quarter of the adult male population. Our death rate of those who served at 16.6% was higher than that suffered by Germany!

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Workers Memorial Day Friday 28th

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

Workers Memorial Day is Friday 28th, a day we remember those who have been killed at work.

Here is a list of at least some of the events planned for around the country.

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UN-funded report another reason to stop locking New Zealand children in police cells

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says a new United Nations-funded report is more compelling evidence why New Zealand should stop locking children in police cells. The report, commissioned by the Human Rights Commission and completed by international expert Dr Sharon Shalev with funding from the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, recommends […]

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Environment laws undermined in “sneaky backdoor attack” – Fish and Game New Zealand

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

The government is being accused of a ”sneaky backdoor attack” on one of the core principles of New Zealand’s cornerstone environment laws. Fish & Game says the attack is hidden in the fine detail of the government’s proposed changes to the document governing how freshwater should be managed, the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. […]

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Bail changes to blame for new billion dollar prison – Just Speak NZ

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. What happened? A JustSpeak report out today investigates. “What we found was surprisingly clear” says JustSpeak Director Dr Katie […]

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Independent report highlights urgent need for action on seclusion and restraint practices – Human Rights Commission

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

A new independent report has outlined a number of serious concerns about New Zealand’s seclusion and restraint practices, says the Human Rights Commission. The independent report, Thinking Outside the Box? – A Review of Seclusion and Restraint Practices in New Zealand, has been written by international expert, Dr Sharon Shalev and was released by the […]

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Focus on what journalists write not their ethnicity – Race Relations Commissioner

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy says NZ First leader Winston Peters needs to focus on what is relevant. “We suggest Winston Peters focuses on what journalists write, not their ethnicity or race,” said Dame Susan. “Debate facts. Agree to disagree. But a journalist’s ethnicity is not relevant.” “We are better than this. New Zealanders can […]

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Hospitalisations linked to poverty must be reduced – Child Poverty Action Group

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Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that high rates of childhood bronchiectasis evidenced in the latest report from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, should provide the motivation for Government to prioritise spending with children’s health in mind this year. But targeting specific illnesses alone will not provide the solution to the shameful problem of a […]

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Minister Dunne accepts hundreds of postcards on refugee labels – ActionStation

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Minister Peter Dunne today accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees at a LUSH store in Wellington. The campaign has been run with ActionStation together with LUSH Cosmetics, with postcards being signed in stores around New Zealand. In addition to the 800 signed in stores, 1200 […]

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