Latest

Solo Fatherhood, gender roles and my fingernail polish

By   /  April 30, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  3 Comments

Solo Fatherhood is just like sole fatherhood but uses Han Solo more.

Read More →
Latest

If only actual suicide could get as much immediate action as fictional suicide on Netflix

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

We are in denial about how our neoliberal welfare state and free market consumer culture has contributed to the zeitgeist of suicide and we don’t have the maturity to confront our delusion which is why it’s easier for us to slap some censorship on an internet series that talks about it.

Read More →
Latest

The ugly side of win-at-all-costs sport

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The Warriors rugby league club is to be commended for helping one of its star players, Kieran Foran, through his mental health problems. Foran has been frank about his gambling addiction and his suicidal feelings.

Read More →
Latest

Sorry

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Although it’s beginning to fade from the newscycle, I have a few opinions about the recent injurious removal of a passenger Dr. David Dao from a United flight. As reported on Fortune.com, United released first-quarter earnings, and apologized for the second time.

Read More →
Latest

What response to SBWs rugby jersey really says about NZ

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

We are a nation who demands that our bread and circus occurs without ever having to know how the bread was baked or circus made.

We are blind, deaf and dumb when it comes to why are attention is being distracted in the first place.

Read More →
Latest

Why I have to boycott the Poppy this ANZAC Day

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

There’s nothing to commemorate when we hide our war crimes, because the very honour we seek to respect can not stand while we turn a blind eye. To stand at attention during the Dawn Service with this disgrace hanging over our armed services makes us hypocrites, and the men and women who have died in our conflicts deserve better than that.

Read More →
Latest

Happy Easter – let’s crucify consumerism

By   /  April 15, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  22 Comments

For me Easter isn’t about the rebirth of the Christ child as human manifestation of God, it’s about the largest unbroken block of holiday time we all get. For me Easter is about family, about friends, about spending quality time with the people in your life who the busyness of working for the man robs us of.

Read More →
Latest

What John Ansell and ISIS have in common

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

To describe such performance art as ‘primitive’ is the ignorance of an extremist and that’s what Ansell is. So blinded by his bigotry, he has the eyes of a barbarian. He views Maori culture the way ISIS view ancient art, demanding it be destroyed rather than cherished.

Read More →
Latest

Dave Macpherson – Why isn’t this country talking about suicide?

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

In the last week, high profile mainstream media personalities have raised the issue of suicide and mental illnesses that can lead to it, mainly on the back of the suicide of a friend of one particular personality, Jono Pryor.

Read More →
Latest

Makeup Purchases

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Makeup Purchases

The first time I purchased my own makeup was in 1994 at a pharmacy in Chartwell Square, a sprawling shopping mall in suburban Hamilton. I’d been pilfering my mother’s for years, but in my ill-fated first year of university I had drawn down the “materials costs” component of my student loan and I was heading in for some concealer.

Read More →
Latest

Guerrilla Culture: Lorde replaces ISIS as viral influencer

By   /  March 2, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  7 Comments

The power of Lorde’s voice online managed to project from the netherworld of cyberspace and tear into the real life last night as she sent out a treasure hunt that saw Aucklanders ripped from their lounge rooms and rushing around town in a confused and curious friction.

Read More →
Latest

My life – my experience

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Twenty years later and I still get a little sense of unease when I wander into the women’s wear section of Farmers Lambton Quay, or spend fruitless hours looks for a non chintz print edition of a t-shirt dress in the Lyall Bay Warehouse. I still notice the glances I get when I’m going around with makeup on my face, that are absent when I’m being read as male.

Read More →
Latest

Auckland Pride Parade 2017 Photo montage by photographer Kina Sai

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

Kina Sai is an artist, musician, photographer and human rights activist. She went to the Auckland Pride Festival this weekend and took a snapshot of our largest Gay Pride celebration

Read More →
Latest

Nothing highlights the racist blindspot & vacant ignorance of NZ mainstream media quite like the Mike Bush drink driving story

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

Look, I’m all for putting the boot into the cops about their incredible expansion of surveillance, bugger all oversight to their powers and don’t start me on the poorly resourced Independent Police Conduct Authority, but shanking Mike Bush in the media as a hypocrite for leading an organisation that would now stop someone becoming a Police Officer for drink driving is the most petty of examinations.

Read More →
Latest

Family Fist exploiting transphobia for political moralistic point scoring is far more destructive than transgender toilet use

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

PLEASE NOTE: I realise that transgender issues are a minefield which a stupid cis-male like me can blunder into and cause harm. That’s not my intention and please accept my apologies if I do.

Read More →
Latest

GUEST BLOG: Alex Birchall – Identity Politics is a Class Politics

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Around the world, but very prominently in New Zealand, the turn away from class politics to identity politics as the principal organisational form of the Left occurred just as the social democratic compromise was undone and inequality began to rise again. Unlike class politics, which unites workers of all colours, genders, and sexualities to oppose capitalism, identity politics was not able to deal with this reconsolidation of power by the capitalist and new financial elite.

Read More →