Throwing my weight around

By Vanessa Kururangi

I am a poet/creative writer. I don’t claim to know facts or statistics. This piece is offered purely as a creative response to recent (and historic) events, speaking to how women and girls are forced to navigate the World throughout their lives. 

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Christmas Contributions Drive

Brothers and sisters, Comrades, it’s that time of year again when we pass the hat around so we can pay the bills over summer and buy beloved ones a tiny Christmas gift – if you want to support independent blogs who have done so much to counter the right wing bias of the mainstream media,  then we need your support.

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Bok Tour reflection 2018

By Ross Meurant

Yes, the tour had a profound effect on my life.

Initially I couldn’t give damn about the Tour.  I had better things to than traipse around the country looking after rugby players

But defeat of the police at Hamilton was a humiliation felt by the police and I was no exception.  I wanted revenge. Therefore, I wanted the Tour to continue so the police could redeem.

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TWITTER WATCH: Politicising a death

Everyone seems to want to twist the tragic death of this young visitor to our shores into their own ideological frame work.

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Medicinal Cannabis Bill set to pass Parliament; patients celebrate ambivalently

By Chris Fowlie 

“A lot of us also have mixed feelings at the moment. New Zealand is catching up with the rest of the world, but this new law has only delivered part of what we hoped for,”

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Calm down Duncan Garner

By Willie Jackson

To be honest, I haven’t seen such hateful commentary by ordinary Kiwis in a long time, and that deeply concerns me as a New Zealander more than it does as a Māori because we have to find ways to accept one another and live together in this country.

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Brothers – the Vigils are anti-male violence, not anti-male and the empathy of a Prime Minister

Jacinda’s apology captured all that guilt and shame and articulated it in a way that was raw and human, we are blessed to have her.

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Normalising The Unthinkable

By Chris Trotter

It is the privilege of artists to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable. Which is exactly what so many of them are doing in response to the deepening crisis of anthropogenic global warming.

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Why? What’s it to you?

By Lois Griffiths

“Well, actually…I like children!”

This is the response African-American novelist and poet Alice Walker gave when she was asked why she wanted to go to Gaza. 

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On Human Rights – Declared, Upheld, And Otherwise

By Curwen Rolinson 

The 10th of December marks the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It’s a pretty interesting document – not least because, if you peruse its contents, it contains an array of “rights” that have largely fallen by the wayside here in modern, neoliberal society.

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A breath of fresh spring air shows the way out of a dark age in education

By John Minto 

The restructuring of state education proposed by the government working group led by Bali Haque, feels like a fresh breath of spring air after 30 years in the dark ages of Tomorrow’s Schools.

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Yesterday’s schools

By Dr Liz Gordon

Exactly 30 years ago, a taskforce headed by a supermarket magnate, and urged on by an ideological Treasury and rampantly privatising Labour Government, came up with a report on schooling that led to the Tomorrow’s Schools reports.

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I was wrong about Judith Collins – what the latest leak really says about the factions inside National

TDB understands there are 3 factions inside National, Faction Simon Bridges, Faction Judith Collins and a third faction. It is this third faction who are leaking in an attempt to destabilise Bridges to take power for themselves. 

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A new political movement: Let’s just be honest – real climate change will require a political, social & economic revolution

Climate change and its impacts are far more dangerous than currently acknowledged and only a radical populist response can unseat the vested corporate interests that create the current political and economic inertia. As more and more climate events occur at faster and faster rates, voters will turn on the current hegemony, the question is who will harvest that anger and fear, the Left or the Right? 

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On Human Rights – Declared, Upheld, And Otherwise

By   1 day ago

The 10th of December marks the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It’s a pretty interesting document – not least because, if you peruse its contents, it contains an array of “rights” that have largely fallen by the wayside here in modern, neoliberal society.

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Medicinal Cannabis Bill set to pass Parliament; patients celebrate ambivalently

By   1 day ago

“A lot of us also have mixed feelings at the moment. New Zealand is catching up with the rest of the world, but this new law has only delivered part of what we hoped for,”

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Normalising The Unthinkable

By   1 day ago

It is the privilege of artists to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable. Which is exactly what so many of them are doing in response to the deepening crisis of anthropogenic global warming.

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Dave Macpherson: Bad call by Govt to scrap mental health training for cops

By   3 days ago

It’s not often I agree with the National Party on mental health issues, but the announcement late last week by Police Minister Stuart Nash that extra training for police recruits in mental health issues had been scrapped, had me searching for my blue cardigan for the first time in many years.

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A breath of fresh spring air shows the way out of a dark age in education

By   3 days ago

The restructuring of state education proposed by the government working group led by Bali Haque, feels like a fresh breath of spring air after 30 years in the dark ages of Tomorrow’s Schools.

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Dr Liz Gordon: Yesterday’s schools

By   3 days ago

Exactly 30 years ago, a taskforce headed by a supermarket magnate, and urged on by an ideological Treasury and rampantly privatising Labour Government, came up with a report on schooling that led to the Tomorrow’s Schools reports.

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Qana massacre remembered – as should New Zealand’s protection for the Butcher of Qana be remembered

By   3 days ago

Yesterday the Fiji Times reported Prime Minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama attended a memorial service at Qana in Southern Lebanon to remember the Fijian soldiers who died as part of United Nations peace keeping missions in Southern Lebanon.

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On The Opportunistic, Would-Be Hijacking Of The Yellow-Jackets By Neoliberals

By   6 days ago

A thought that’s been gestating in my head these past few days about the Yellow Jackets “political moment”, is how … I guess you could say that “populism” looks like *very* different things to different people.

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National’s disgusting and despicable fear mongering over medicinal cannabis

By   11 hours ago

The only thing worse than the Greens celebrating this pathetic nothing is National trying to manufacture monsters that simply don’t exist.

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Brothers – the Vigils are anti-male violence, not anti-male and the empathy of a Prime Minister

By   1 day ago

Jacinda’s apology captured all that guilt and shame and articulated it in a way that was raw and human, we are blessed to have her.

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Simon Bridges word cloud vs Jacinda’s word cloud

By   2 days ago

…poor old Simon, he can’t stop leaks in his party and he can’t catch a break from the Polls.

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I was wrong about Judith Collins – what the latest leak really says about the factions inside National

By   4 days ago

TDB understands there are 3 factions inside National, Faction Simon Bridges, Faction Judith Collins and a third faction. It is this third faction who are leaking in an attempt to destabilise Bridges to take power for themselves. 

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Pride Parade decision huge win for Pure Temple Exclusion over Broad Church Inclusion

By   4 days ago

As someone who has gone to almost every Hero and pride parade and has loved taking my Daughter to show her what inclusion looks like, I fear 2019 might be a lot less friendly and far more aggressive so I think I’ll sit this one out until the Rainbow Community has sorted it out.

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National manipulate personal circumstances for political gain? No Way!

By   6 days ago

Surely a political Party who hid harassment claims and then weaponised them against one of their own and then had a hand in having that person sectioned under the mental health act would have such rigorous ethical standards that they would never manipulate personal circumstances for political gain.

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Really, really, really, really, really watered down Workplace relations law passed – NZ doesn’t implode into socialist apocalypse

By   6 days ago

The Workplace relations law was always a watered down meaningless bit of nothing that simply took the Union movement back 10 years to before National had stripped them bare. There isn’t anything modern or empowering about this legislation, it is a whitewash lip service to the union moment to look like something has been done when really very little has changed.

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Professor Anne-Marie Brady, Huawei CFO arrested and about that whole $100k for two National MPs thing

By   6 days ago

At some stage NZ is going to be forced to pick sides between America and China and the side we should pick is our own.

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Media Watch View All →

TWITTER WATCH: Politicising a death

By   12 hours ago

Everyone seems to want to twist the tragic death of this young visitor to our shores into their own ideological frame work.

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TWITTER WATCH: NZ Twitteratti woke mob silence journalist

By   4 days ago

…the irony is that if anyone approached the employers of the Wellington Twitteratti and complained about their online bullying they would scream all day about being doxed.

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Print newspaper market shrinks alarmingly, local news gaps widen – JMAD

By   7 days ago

The 2018 JMAD New Zealand media ownership report finds that the New Zealand print newspaper market has shrunk considerably. The combined circulation of the four largest newspapers plus 15 regional ones declined almost nine percent from September 2017 to September 2018. Since 2012, circulation of the NZ Herald has dropped 36 percent.

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ACTION STATION UPDATE: Has woke Twitter & the Greens called for the crucifixion of Rachel Stewart yet?

By   2 weeks ago

A very compelling and well argued piece from Rachel Stewart in relation to the anger the trans argument manages to spark off. 

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TWITTER WATCH: File under ‘Nuance’

By   2 weeks ago

The group behind the expulsion of the Police at Pride have some interesting ideas on crime and punishment that are worth investigating, but their position on child rapists is, how do I say this politely, well, ummmm, ‘interesting’…

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Has Mark Zuckerberg finally gone too far?

By   3 weeks ago

Smearing Facebook critics as linked to Soros and hating Jews is charming but if anyone else had pulled a stunt like this, they would be gone, Facebook somehow manages to remain untouched.

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Trans Activists vs Rainbow Community vs Mike Hosking (this is what it sounds like when the Doves cry)

By   3 weeks ago

As the wider and older Rainbow Community look to their legacy of inclusion being over run by a new generation of millennial activists who want to exclude, the wider issues of ongoing injustice against Trans people and  how to fight for their human rights on social media platforms algorithmically fuelled by subjective outrage olympics remain unanswered. 

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MUST READ GUEST BLOG: Vanessa Kururangi – Throwing my weight around

By   12 hours ago

I am a poet/creative writer. I don’t claim to know facts or statistics. This piece is offered purely as a creative response to recent (and historic) events, speaking to how women and girls are forced to navigate the World throughout their lives. 

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GUEST BLOG: Ross Meurant – Bok Tour reflection 2018

By   1 day ago

Yes, the tour had a profound effect on my life.

Initially I couldn’t give damn about the Tour.  I had better things to than traipse around the country looking after rugby players

But defeat of the police at Hamilton was a humiliation felt by the police and I was no exception.  I wanted revenge. Therefore, I wanted the Tour to continue so the police could redeem.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Why? What’s it to you?

By   1 day ago

“Well, actually…I like children!”

This is the response African-American novelist and poet Alice Walker gave when she was asked why she wanted to go to Gaza. 

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Calm down Duncan Garner

By   3 days ago

To be honest, I haven’t seen such hateful commentary by ordinary Kiwis in a long time, and that deeply concerns me as a New Zealander more than it does as a Māori because we have to find ways to accept one another and live together in this country.

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GUEST BLOG: John Tamihere – Education

By   4 days ago

Teachers and our kids deserve better. Next to being a parent, teaching is the toughest and most undervalued societal role. Teachers deserve more. They nurture the mind’s which become our nations future.

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GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawira – Keeping Jails full to honour SERCO contract

By   7 days ago

I’ve attached an article below. It’s American and a bit dated but it rings true in this country TODAY. Read it and you’ll understand how Serco and our own government have screwed us. Then join us in the MARCH ON PARLIAMENT 1PM 6 DEC 2018 to ask the question …

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GUEST BLOG: Donna Awatere Huata – The position of Māori Climate Commissioner

By   7 days ago

Have been asked a lot lately about how this Office was set up. So have written background piece –
This Office was set up as a result of the experiences of Tā Mark Solomon and Dame Tariana with climate change on their iwi.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Kids call out the politicians on Climate Change.

By   7 days ago

It didn’t get much coverage on our TV News but an estimated 15,000 Aussie students staged a school strike last Friday to tell their politicians they had to do a lot more about Climate Change.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – RIP Geoff Murphy – you taught me everything about being a Pakeha New Zealander

By   1 week ago

With Goodbye Pork Pie, Sleeping Dogs, Utu & The Quiet Earth, Geoff Murphy taught me what it was to be a Pakeha New Zealander.

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The Liberal Agenda – PROTECT OUR WATER RALLY

By   2 weeks ago

WHAT: Water Protest

WHERE: Cathedral Square, Christchurch

WHEN: Saturday at 12 PM – 2 PM

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The Liberal Agenda: Fahrenheit 11/9 review – 5 stars

By   3 weeks ago

Michael Moore is one of our generations great American documentary makers. Academy Award winning Fahrenheit 9/11 remains one of the top grossing docos of all time so when one of the first pundits to predict Trump would win makes a new documentary on why Trump won, it becomes necessary viewing for anyone who cares about American politics.

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The Liberal Agenda: Pop-Up Globe Shakespeare – Richard III – 5 stars

By   3 weeks ago

I was waiting for Actors Equity to condemn Pop Up Globe as heteronormative patriarchal sexual symbolism and demand the entire franchise be renamed Shakespeare Strap-On.

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The Liberal Agenda: Upper Hutt Posse finally make Vodaphone Music Awards relevant again

By   4 weeks ago

The brutal and illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine should be denounced every possible chance we are given, and in a NZ music scene devoid of politics and focused on the vapid, Upper Hutt Posse reminded us, as Lorde did, that music can be far more powerful when its critical. 

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GIVEALITTLE APPEAL: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis: Alex Pirie a social justice and mental health advocate

By   1 month ago

Alex Pirie has recently been diagnosed with advanced cancer. He is starting chemotherapy to prolong life. He would like to have the opportunity to spend time with his wife, friends and tick off his bucket list. Alex is an incredible mentor and is incredibly deserving.

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The Liberal Agenda – Is there a future for Public TV?

By   1 month ago

We have a new Minister of Broadcasting, Media and Digital Communications but what’s he going to choose – RNZ+, TVNZ, combine it all together or just push everything online?

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The Liberal Agenda – Tribute Signals Coastal Kiwis’ ‘Special Relationship’ with Māui and Hector’s Dolphins

By   2 months ago

A bittersweet tribute to the World’s smallest dolphin will be held at Muriwai Beach this Saturday 27 October at 2pm. Māui and Hector’s dolphins are only found in New Zealand – they’re one of the rarest dolphins in the world and they’re probably found at a beach near you. Māui and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders NZ […]

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Malcolm Evans – Air NZ strike

By   8 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – Air NZ strike

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 12th December 2018

By   12 hours ago

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

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 11th December 2018

By   2 days ago

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

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Malcolm Evans – Who is coming down NZs Chimney?

By   2 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Who is coming down NZs Chimney?

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 10th December 2018

By   3 days ago

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

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Political Caption Competition

By   3 days ago

The first Australian Superhero movie fell short of expectations 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 9th December 2018

By   3 days ago

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

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 8th December 2018

By   4 days ago

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

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Raw News feed View All →

Consumer NZ calls out chicken meat producers – SAFE demands they cease misleading New Zealanders.

By   1 day ago

SAFE is demanding the chicken meat industry stops misleading people, after Consumer NZ calls out Tegel, Ingham and Pams chicken for their misleading “cage-free” labelling on chicken meat products. Consumer protection watchdog Consumer NZ announced the winners of its 2018 ‘Bad Taste’ Food Awards this weekend. Tegel, Ingham and Pams label their products as “cage-free” […]

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Māori and Pasifika children twice as likely to face food deprivation, report. – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   1 day ago

The Child Poverty Monitor 2018 released today shows one in five kids are facing food deprivation. The report also highlights that Māori and Pasifika families are at least twice as likely to have kids facing food deprivation. While only about 15% Pākehā kids are facing food deprivation, compared to 30% of Māori and 35% of […]

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Inadequate incomes and high cost housing to blame for rise in food poverty – Child Poverty Action Group

By   1 day ago

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 – amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children – experience […]

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Child poverty report a call for urgent welfare reform – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   1 day ago

The Child Poverty Monitor 2018 report points out one in five kids are living without access to food. People on the benefit were disproportionately affected, with the report highlighting many were spending more than half of their income on rent, leaving them with little left to feed their kids. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling […]

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Māori Climate Commissioner celebrates first step for Indigenous Peoples at UN Climate Change Conference 2018

By   1 day ago

Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, is hailing the inclusion of indigenous people at the current UN Climate Conference in Poland as a successful first step at putting indigenous people and their experiences at the forefront of the climate change debate. “The Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform panel session at this years Climate conference […]

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Recently Helius has commissioned a Horizons poll outlining attitudes around Medical Cannabis – Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

By   1 day ago

Recently Helius has commisioned a Horizons poll outlining attitudes around Medical Cannabis. With the final reading of the Medical Cannabis bill likely to be early this coming week, it outlines strong support across the political spectrum for significantly more reform than what was offered in the Govt Cannabis Bill. “A key critique of the govt […]

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Disabled New Zealanders at risk due to underfunding, new report shows – Disability Support Network

By   1 day ago

A new Deloitte report released today by the New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) shows support services for disabled New Zealanders are significantly underfunded by the Government – and the situation is getting worse. Deloitte’s analysis shows the costs of providing support for disabled New Zealanders – including housing, electricity and the wages of the […]

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NZ needs to speak up on “broken” UN drug policy system – Hikurangi Foundation

By   1 day ago

A New Zealand medical cannabis company is calling on the government to show international leadership in what it says is a broken UN system after the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested an addictive synthetic opioid posed less risk than cannabis. A much anticipated report from nearly three years of scientific assessment of Cannabis by the […]

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