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Social Housing Minister stifles debate on critical issues – State Housing Action

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams is refusing all requests to front up and justify the National government’s plan to sell 2,500 state houses in Christchurch after the election. In recent weeks the State Housing Action Network has requested a meeting with the minister to discuss her hugely unpopular policy but she has declined. Now the […]

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CBB welcomes NZ First Broadcasting and ICT policy

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Coalition for Better Broadcasting (CBB) welcomes the NZFirst Broadcasting and ICT policy. NZFirst’s Broadcasting Policy is to remove all advertising from TVNZ 1 and partially fund the platform with an increase in the Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL). “Turning TVNZ 1 into a non-commercial channel is a bold idea that will appeal to many voters,” […]

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HAM shows country needs Labour on housing – Labour Party

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The latest Housing Affordability Measure report shows affordability dramatically worsening for Auckland first home buyers, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “After nine years of a Government that has failed to make any headway on fixing the housing crisis, New Zealand deserves better.   “The number of potential first home buyers in Auckland who have […]

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Philippines: 32 killed in a day as Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ hits new levels of barbarity – Amnesty International

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

After Philippine police killed 32 people in what is believed to be the highest death toll in a single day in President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs”, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, James Gomez, said:     “These shocking deaths are a reminder that President Duterte’s lawless ‘war on drugs’ continues […]

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Wasted time, ignored expertise: Oranga Tamariki’s staff exodus – PSA

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The number of social workers leaving Child, Youth and Family during the formation of Oranga Tamariki was largely down to the expertise of long-serving staff being ignored in the review process and a costly and wasteful Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) that failed generate new ideas or knowledge to address the real issues in service design […]

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LABOUR AND NATIONAL FIDDLING WHILE HOUSING CRISIS BURNS ON – TOP

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

After Labour’s announcement yesterday that it would look to conduct a “review” of taxation mechanisms to deal with the housing crisis, it is now obvious that both old establishment parties have zero commitment to deal with the root causes of the problem.   The Opportunities Party Deputy Leader Geoff Simmons says, “Any questions about whether […]

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Notifying DHB Chairs of media interest fine as long as it’s not an attempt to control debate – ASMS

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

“It’s reasonable to expect members of district health boards to tell their Chairs they’re going to talk to the media – but only if time permits and if this ‘heads up’ is not then used to dampen health debate,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting […]

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What MANA needs to be doing right now

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

With the Polls showing a razor thin win for either side, it is more important than ever that the Labour Party manages to shut down the Maori Party.

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Greens need to urgently play to their strengths now

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The middle class gentrification of the Greens can’t work if Labour are storming towards 40%, it’s time to get radical or they will all be out on their arse come September.

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Hosking & Gower are hosting debates – so choice is between National Party Casino pimping cheerleader or homicidal sadistic chipmunk

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Hosking is a sexist piece of trash who has spun deluded neoliberal fantasy after neoliberal fantasy to justify his love affair with National while Gower is a homicidal political sadist who crowed about being responsible for taking out Metria in the pack lynching that saw her destroyed.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 18th August 2017

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  4 Comments

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

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NEW POLL: One News Colmar Brunton Poll has Labour cannibalise Greens beneath threshold

By   /  August 17, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  38 Comments

The most concerning part of the volatility of the Polls has been how utterly manipulated they are by the mainstream media.

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Rail union slams Auckland rail operator’s “profit before people” attitude

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Rail union slams Auckland rail operator’s “profit before people” attitude   The union representing Auckland train crews is slamming the company running Auckland commuter trains, the French-owned Transdev, for excluding workers from a critical safety audit on the basis its health and safety system is “commercially sensitive.”   “Transdev wrote to us yesterday saying that […]

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Let’s Do This NOW, Jacinda – NOT “As Finances Permit”

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

THIS IS THE TIME of maximum danger for Jacinda Ardern. Caught off-guard by their stop-gap leader’s astonishing energy and confidence, the tired grey men of the Labour Party could only look on in wonder like the rest of us. As public expectations of Jacinda have soared, however, the men and women of Labour’s political apparatus are beginning to close in around her.

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Facebook Watch: This post by the Young Nats has to be seen to be believed

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

How privileged and stuck up your own arsehole must you be to see this as a positive learning experience?

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Political Caption Competition

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  12 Comments

Lovely night for a walk on the beach

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