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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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GUEST BLOG: Tina Ngata – A Crook By Any Other Name: Celebrating Cook

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

Well there goes another February 14th. Evenings of whimsical sighs, chinking champagne glasses, and adoring compliments across the Pacific as indigenous folks send their thanks out to the Hawaiian cousins that took care of business, and finally put an end to the diseased, kidnapping, murderous, thieving invader called Captain James Cook.

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Should you feel bad about stealing from self check outs in Supermarkets?

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

When confronted by such a self interested industry, stealing from them seems like a sensible response.

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A Brief History of Entitlement

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Entitlement. It’s a work that I’m reading more and more often of late. Used to describe an attitude born of various privileges. Take New Zealand’s former Prime Minister tugging on a waitresses ponytail. I’d class that as entitled behavior. Clearly John Key felt that he had tacit permission to lay his hands on this young lady.

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Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – ADELE MESSES UP LIVE GRAMMY’S 2017 DEMANDS A RESTART

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  Comments Off on Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – ADELE MESSES UP LIVE GRAMMY’S 2017 DEMANDS A RESTART

Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – ADELE MESSES UP LIVE GRAMMY’S 2017 DEMANDS A RESTART

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Naked Muslim hatred in Huntly needs compassion as a response

By   /  February 12, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

The mere sight of the headscarf that identified them as Muslim was enough for this torrent of rage and fury to erupt at innocent people just going about their day. This wasn’t the deep South, this wasn’t the hinterlands of nowhere, it’s bloody Huntly, barely an hour outside of Auckland, our largest metropolitan and cosmopolitan city.

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Nothing swells my heart like people who gather to rescue whales

By   /  February 12, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

The shocking number of pilot whales that have recently beached in the beautiful Golden Bay is tragic and painful but the desperate attempts to rescue and save as many as they can by the human beings rushing to their aid is as endearingly beautiful as it is tragically comical.

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Diary: Auckland Folk Festival 2017

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Diary: Auckland Folk Festival 2017

I’m pretty sure the Auckland Folk Festival wasn’t supposed to end and send me back to real life…

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The Machiavellian horror of Trump’s ‘American carnage’

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Historians will look at Trump’s blistering venom of a speech as a turning point in history. The naked rage of perceived lost privilege mixed with neoliberal economic dislocation has given Trump a platform to spin his violent fantasy of America…

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