Keeping The Devil Down In The Hole

By Chris Trotter

The proposition being advanced by Davidson, Ghahraman, and many others on the left, is that terrorist acts are the by-products of societies steeped in racism and xenophobia: that they constitute the merely the awful apex of a much larger pyramid of prejudice. By discouraging the expression of the milder prejudices embedded at the base of this grim pyramid, they argue, their transmission upwards to damaged individuals like the Christchurch shooter can be interrupted, and lives saved.

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1 week after mass shooting atrocity, Jacinda bans machine guns – this is what political leadership looks like

Hasn’t every person who claimed Jacinda couldn’t be a mother and lead the country at the same time been shamed by the incredible courage, empathy & fortitude she has shown over the last week – we would be a lesser people right now without her leadership.

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Exceptional Leadership Prime Minister!

By Bryan Bruce

Some of the weapons that will still be allowed I have to say are a real concern and I will be making a representation to the select committee to toughen the laws up even further.

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Begrudging Jacinda

By Gerard Otto

This world leading mother, brilliant, inspirational woman has taken the world by storm and there’s nothing to do but eat those words about lacking substance, about being out of her depth, about Winston running the show.

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The Liberal Agenda – Love Aotearoa Hate Racism – Thousands expected at Sunday rally

Love Aotearoa Hate Racism (LAHR) is anticipating an unprecedented turnout at our rally against Islamophobia and racism at Auckland’s Aotea Square this Sunday, March 24, at 2pm. 

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Everyone wants to blame Mike Hosking, Duncan Garner & Chris Lynch – why that’s too easy

Blaming Mike Hosking, Duncan Garner & Chris Lynch  is easy and it might make us feel better, but it won’t provide us with real answers or keep us safe, that falls upon the Intelligence agencies who had a combined budget of $230m last year.

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Christchurch Terror Attacks – New Zealand’s Darkest Hour – Friday 15th 2019

By Selwyn Manning 

One thing is certain; to stamp out the evil of hate extremism, New Zealanders will pay a price that will be charged against the Kiwi lifestyle. Personal liberties of freedom, of expression and privacy will certainly be eroded further as this nation of the South Pacific grapples with how to keep its peoples safe. The means of how to achieve relative safety will be hotly debated, but it is a necessary juncture in this nation’s history, a moment when we all must confront and challenge ourselves so that people of innocence, people like little three year old Mucaad Ibrahim, can go about their days in trust, in peace, in joyful purpose and achieve their deserved potential. Anything less is a second killing for the victims of Friday 15, New Zealand’s darkest hour.

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On The National Party’s “Emotional” Indecision As To Migration Pact Petition In The Wake Of Christchurch

By Curwen Rolinson 

Someone in National was plainly aware that the ‘optics’ of the matter … were not going to look particularly good, in the blood-tinged aftermath of our worst-ever terrorist attack. And so – whether motivated by a sense of compassion (or, as Bridges put it today, the result of being both “emotional” and possibly also “junior”), or simply a desire to limit the potential finger-pointing post-facto from a PR perspective … somebody chose to remove the petition from public view.

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On the trial, on the failure of our intelligence agencies & on the blame game

Wanting to censor the trial or hide his words is a natural response but we are being tested globally and our justice system is strong and our values deeper than his sophistry of hate. We have nothing to fear standing in the light and dragging him into it. In fact, it’s our obligation to do so.

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This is not us

By Efeso Collins

Stories of Muslim women being yelled at to go back to their countries continue to emerge. Posts online of people yelling at ‘dark-skinned’ individuals cheering at this despicable act of last week surface. And this is just the outward manifestation of the racism in NZ. It has been insidious for years. The term unconscious bias is the nice, polite way to describe the way in which the brain reacts to difference. And in the main, difference is the colour of your skin and gender. That difference is picked up by the eye immediately and it feeds that information directly to the brain. Then judgements are made about who is in, and who is out.

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How to combat Islamophobia and white supremacy

By Keith Locke

Whether consciously or not, successive New Zealand governments have helped foster this modern Islamophobia by participating in the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and not speaking out against Western military action in places like the Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The Western propaganda around those wars has fostered prejudice towards Muslims living in New Zealand.

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The SIS & GCSB combined budget for last year was $230m – how come they didn’t see a white supremacist plotting an atrocity?

I’m sick of hearing ‘he wasn’t on our radar’ the fucking radar wasn’t switched on!

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Forcefields of hate

By Dr Wayne Hope 

I feel sad about the consequences for New Zealand. An array of see-it-perfectly well social liberals will  advocate the  restriction  of free speech from those they disagree with. Without question, Tarrant`s  manifesto should be taken down, it clearly incites and celebrates violence against others. However, less extreme yet noxious ideas  should not be automatically banned from the internet or public meetings.

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Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – The horror of the atrocity in Christchurch

Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – The horror of the atrocity in Christchurch

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Keeping The Devil Down In The Hole.

By   23 hours ago

The proposition being advanced by Davidson, Ghahraman, and many others on the left, is that terrorist acts are the by-products of societies steeped in racism and xenophobia: that they constitute the merely the awful apex of a much larger pyramid of prejudice. By discouraging the expression of the milder prejudices embedded at the base of this grim pyramid, they argue, their transmission upwards to damaged individuals like the Christchurch shooter can be interrupted, and lives saved.

Read More →

On The National Party’s “Emotional” Indecision As To Migration Pact Petition In The Wake Of Christchurch

By   3 days ago

Yet someone in National was plainly aware that the ‘optics’ of the matter … were not going to look particularly good, in the blood-tinged aftermath of our worst-ever terrorist attack. And so – whether motivated by a sense of compassion (or, as Bridges put it today, the result of being both “emotional” and possibly also “junior”), or simply a desire to limit the potential finger-pointing post-facto from a PR perspective … somebody chose to remove the petition from public view.

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Will NZ Also Initiate Legal Action Against Turkish Politicization Of Christchurch Footage?

By   3 days ago

According to yesterday’s Herald, Turkish President Erdogan, is using footage of Friday’s atrocity as part of his party’s ads for a currently occurring suite of elections being held in Turkey…

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This is not us

By   4 days ago

Stories of Muslim women being yelled at to go back to their countries continue to emerge. Posts online of people yelling at ‘dark-skinned’ individuals cheering at this despicable act of last week surface. And this is just the outward manifestation of the racism in NZ. It has been insidious for years. The term unconscious bias is the nice, polite way to describe the way in which the brain reacts to difference. And in the main, difference is the colour of your skin and gender. That difference is picked up by the eye immediately and it feeds that information directly to the brain. Then judgements are made about who is in, and who is out.

Read More →

How to combat Islamophobia and white supremacy

By   5 days ago

Whether consciously or not, successive New Zealand governments have helped foster this modern Islamophobia by participating in the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and not speaking out against Western military action in places like the Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The Western propaganda around those wars has fostered prejudice towards Muslims living in New Zealand.

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Dr Liz Gordon: The racist right in Aotearoa

By   5 days ago

Thousands of young people (and I am thinking mainly of young men here) up to age 24 are ‘NEET’ (not in education, employment or training).  Some have nothing to do but surf the internet all day, where they may find themselves excited by the rhetoric of the far right. Here we see a potential breeding ground for disaster.

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Forcefields of hate

By   5 days ago

I feel sad about the consequences for New Zealand. An array of see-it-perfectly well social liberals will  advocate the  restriction  of free speech from those they disagree with. Without question, Tarrant`s  manifesto should be taken down, it clearly incites and celebrates violence against others. However, less extreme yet noxious ideas  should not be automatically banned from the internet or public meetings.

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National Day of “Peace, Love, Solidarity” needed.

By   5 days ago

We need to do more, much more to challenge all forms of bigotry and hatred. This includes on a personal level calling out anyone and everyone who peddles the lies and hatreds. It means physically protecting where necessary any people that are being targetted for abuse for their race, religion, ethnicity, sex or gender.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

1 week after mass shooting atrocity, Jacinda bans machine guns – this is what political leadership looks like

By   23 hours ago

‪Hasn’t every person who claimed Jacinda couldn’t be a mother and lead the country at the same time been shamed by the incredible courage, empathy & fortitude she has shown over the last week – we would be a lesser people right now without her leadership.

Read More →

Everyone wants to blame Mike Hosking, Duncan Garner & Chris Lynch – why that’s too easy

By   2 days ago

Blaming Mike Hosking, Duncan Garner & Chris Lynch  is easy and it might make us feel better, but it won’t provide us with real answers or keep us safe, that falls upon the Intelligence agencies who had a combined budget of $230m last year.

Read More →

The SIS & GCSB combined budget for last year was $230m – how come they didn’t see a white supremacist plotting an atrocity?

By   3 days ago

I’m sick of hearing ‘he wasn’t on our radar’ the fucking radar wasn’t switched on!

Read More →

On the trial, on the failure of our intelligence agencies & on the blame game

By   4 days ago

Wanting to censor the trial or hide his words is a natural response but we are being tested globally and our justice system is strong and our values deeper than his sophistry of hate. We have nothing to fear standing in the light and dragging him into it. In fact, it’s our obligation to do so.

Read More →

How amazing has Jacinda been under this pressure? This is what political leadership looks like

By   6 days ago

In a lot of the angry debate swirling right now, please let us remember that this diseased human chose Christchurch BECAUSE NZ is a peaceful progressive multi-cultural society, this violence IS NOT a reflection of us, we were targeted because we are good.

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If we can ban single use plastic bags and fireworks – why the Christ can’t we ban machine guns for civilian use?

By   6 days ago

‪If only we could spy on white supremacists with the ease we spied on Nicky Hager ‬and it’s not good enough to say, ‘he wasn’t on a watch list’ when all the watch lists are focused on Māori, Environmentalists, Greenpeace, the Greens, Earthquake victims and the MANA Party!

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Jacinda goes beyond ‘thoughts & prayers’ and will change gun laws

By   7 days ago

As we rock on our heels at the magnitude of evil that has been spat upon our Muslim whanau, we will kaleidoscope a spectrum from shock to grief to rageBut the best of us is better than this spite and we must not allow this stain to hollow our wholes.As we lay down with numb souls, rest dear friends. Tomorrow’s grim grey will continue to test us as we struggle for our nations oxygen.

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National peddle right wing conspiracy about UN, Green Party Leader attacked by angry man yelling about the UN…

By   1 week ago

…Political Leaders are responsible for the passions they inject into debate through their rhetoric. National knew the complaints they raised about the UN were spiteful and conspiracy laced, and they did it anyway.

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Media Watch View All →

Waatea News Column – White supremacy and terrorism

By   23 hours ago

Our SIS & GCSB are supposed to protect us from this type of act, yet despite being warned about the shooter and the Muslim communities own complaints about ratcheting violence, white supremacists weren’t seen as a threat and according to the last decade of SIS reports, have never emerged as a specific danger.

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Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – The horror of the atrocity in Christchurch

By   3 days ago

Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – The horror of the atrocity in Christchurch

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Waatea News: Why I’m taking my daughter out of school today

By   5 days ago

I’m taking my 9 year old daughter to the climate protest today, which means she’s wagging a day from school.

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TWITTER WATCH: National Party – sensing the political backlash, quietly remove far right UN conspiracy

By   6 days ago

…so after National embarked upon a far right conspiracy about the UN we had the co-leader of the Greens punched by a man yelling angry things about the UN and we had this diseased human being scrawl messages about the UN on his guns…

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Donna Awatere Huata dismantles Duncan Garner’s climate denial on The AM Show

By   1 week ago

Since the student strike against climate change apathy was announced, Duncan Garner and his sidekicks have been shitting on the students and writing them off as a joke.

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MEDIA WATCH: Things we need to consider if we want to social media lynch Michael Jackson

By   2 weeks ago

I don’t know if Michael Jackson molested children, I do know that there is much more to justice than a multi hour documentary that is popularised on social media networks that are algorithmically fuelled by subjective rage in a call out culture that thrives on public shaming.     

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Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – International Women’s Day, The third non-binary gender, Should Cullen get paid to promote the government’s CGT agenda?

By   2 weeks ago

Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – International Women’s Day, The third non-binary gender, Should Cullen get paid to promote the government’s CGT agenda?

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Waatea News Column – The new stolen generation of Māori children

By   2 weeks ago

Where is the outcry over this ramping up of seizing children and what extra resource has been put in place to protect those children once they have been taken?

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Gerard Otto – Begrudging Jacinda

By   23 hours ago

This world leading mother, brilliant, inspirational woman has taken the world by storm and there’s nothing to do but eat those words about lacking substance, about being out of her depth, about Winston running the show.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Exceptional Leadership Prime Minister!

By   23 hours ago

Some of the weapons that will still be allowed I have to say are a real concern and I will be making a representation to the select committee to toughen the laws up even further.

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GUEST BLOG: Gerard Otto – When everything is wrong no words seem right

By   2 days ago

When everything is wrong no words seem right.

Silence is the only appropriate place for dignity’s sake

And it’s best to let things beSympathy is not opinion

While angry men and women fight over what to do

And everyone is different

Some must have been cold for a long time

To feel nothing

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GUEST BLOG: Ross Meurant – Damnatio Memoriae

By   2 days ago

When does censorship become a tool of the guardians who failed to preserve the physical safety of the 50 victims and other wounded?

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GUEST BLOG: Selwyn Manning – Christchurch Terror Attacks – New Zealand’s Darkest Hour – Friday 15th 2019

By   3 days ago

One thing is certain; to stamp out the evil of hate extremism, New Zealanders will pay a price that will be charged against the Kiwi lifestyle. Personal liberties of freedom, of expression and privacy will certainly be eroded further as this nation of the South Pacific grapples with how to keep its peoples safe. The means of how to achieve relative safety will be hotly debated, but it is a necessary juncture in this nation’s history, a moment when we all must confront and challenge ourselves so that people of innocence, people like little three year old Mucaad Ibrahim, can go about their days in trust, in peace, in joyful purpose and achieve their deserved potential. Anything less is a second killing for the victims of Friday 15, New Zealand’s darkest hour.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Mucad Ibrahim was just 3 years old when he reportedly died in his father’s arms during last Friday’s massacre.

By   5 days ago

Mucad’s right to life (and the right to life of all the 49 other innocent victims of Friday’s massacre) vastly supersedes anyone’s “right” to own a semi- automatic weapon.

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GUEST BLOG: Suzie Dawson – Misguided Spying and the New Zealand Massacre

By   5 days ago

Now that the bodies of 50 innocent human beings are lying in a Christchurch, New Zealand, morgue — gunned down by a heavily armed terrorist — New Zealand media are asking the obvious questions: why didn’t our intelligence agencies know there were xenophobic, murderous, white supremacists on the loose in Christchurch?

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – Love Aotearoa Hate Racism – Thousands expected at Sunday rally

By   3 days ago

Love Aotearoa Hate Racism (LAHR) is anticipating an unprecedented turnout at our rally against Islamophobia and racism at Auckland’s Aotea Square this Sunday, March 24, at 2pm. 

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Public meeting in Christchurch this Sunday, about public media and social media.

By   3 days ago

What’s going on with media in New Zealand?
Is Facebook out of control?
Can social media be a public service?

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Vanessa Kururangi : Hate is not welcome here…

By   7 days ago

Vanessa Kururangi is a State House Tenant Advocate, a mother and a writer.

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The Liberal Agenda – Hands off Venezuela – protest Saturday, 2pm, Aotea Square, Auckland

By   1 week ago

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is encouraging all supporters of peace and justice to join the international day of action on Saturday, March 16 against the US government’s effort to engineer a coup in Venezuela and a new devastating war there.

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The Liberal Agenda – Bryan Bruce interviews Max Rashbrooke

By   2 weeks ago

My thanks to the many people who supported and commented on posts relating to government and how, for example, we expect better from people like Judith Collins and Simon Bridges.

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RIP Luke Perry & Keith Flint

By   3 weeks ago

Two cultural books ends over a decade too short.

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The Liberal Agenda – Please sign this GPJA letter for a “Hands Off Venezuela” day of action March 16

By   1 month ago

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is asking for individuals and organisations to endorse the following appeal:

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The Liberal Agenda – Hands Off Venezuela day of action March 16

By   1 month ago

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is asking for individuals and organisations to endorse the following appeal:

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Malcolm Evans – what we need to bury

By   24 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – what we need to bury

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Political Caption Competition

By   24 hours ago

Can’t make a bigot without cracking a few eggs

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 22nd March 2019

By   24 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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Malcolm Evans – Foreign and domestic policy

By   2 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Foreign and domestic policy

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 21st March 2019

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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Political Caption Competition

By   3 days ago

If this is how redneck Australians respond to an egg, how will they freak out when they hear about books?

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 20th March 2019

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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Malcolm Evans – shoes

By   4 days ago

Malcolm Evans – shoes

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Raw News feed View All →

Sellman v Slater No 7 [2019] NZHC 467

By   3 days ago

The High Court awards almost $25,000 of costs to three medical professionals for succeeding in interlocutory applications in their defamation proceeding against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham and his company, Katherine Rich and the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.

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Unions Wellington: students on strike are fighting for all of us

By   1 week ago

The Wellington Local Affiliates Council of the New Zealand trade union movement offers its full support to school students walking out of class on Friday 15 March. Schools across the country are expected to be affected by the strike, which calls on the government to take more urgent action in curbing carbon emissions and reducing […]

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Youth union movement supports School Strike 4 Climate

By   1 week ago

Stand Up, New Zealand’s youth union movement, supports the School Strike 4 Climate taking place on Friday 15 March and congratulates all those taking part.   Students will walk out of schools across New Zealand in protest against the impending climate catastrophe and demanding urgent action from the government to curb carbon emissions.   “We […]

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Māori Climate Commissioner: ‘Everyone who love their children should march with students this Friday against climate change’.

By   2 weeks ago

Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, is calling on every Parent, Grandparent, Uncle, Aunt and whanau member to join their mokopuna this Friday to strike against climate change. 

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The Human Rights Review Tribunal has upheld a complaint against Cameron Slater and order that he pay $70,000 damages to Matthew Blomfield, one of the highest awards ever made.

By   2 weeks ago

The Human Rights Review Tribunal has today upheld a complaint against Cameron Slater. The Tribunal found that Slater had breached the privacy of Matthew Blomfield by obtaining and publishing Mr Blomfield’s personal information.

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Importance of Higher Taxes on High Incomes – Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand

By   2 weeks ago

Recent announcements from the Tax Working Group regarding a Capitak Gains Tax and increase in income for the lowest paid is a good start but have not hit hard enough on the highest earners, says Equality Network, Closing the Gap. Closing the Gap has seen their efforts to raise the minimum wage helping to gain […]

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Movement defending vulnerable New Zealanders launches website and video – DefendNZ

By   2 weeks ago

Movement defending vulnerable New Zealanders launches website and video Today marks the launch of the website and trailer for a series of documentary videos from the grassroots #DefendNZ movement – defending Aotearoa and some of its most vulnerable people from the legalisation of ‘assisted dying’, a euphemism for assisted suicide and euthanasia. Thousands of Kiwis, […]

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SAFE demands this be the last rodeo season, as a horse is killed at Rodeo National Finals

By   2 weeks ago

A horse has been killed at the Rodeo National Finals in North Canterbury today, renewing demands from SAFE for the Government to urgently ban rodeo cruelty. The incident happened after the ‘bronc’ riding event when the horse was killed after running into a fence. The horse is the fourth animal to be killed this rodeo […]

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