Andrew Little confirms Pike River Mine Drift re-entry plan to proceed

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today.

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa – Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little.

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Survey shows toxic culture at WINZ takes more than Labour’s whitewash renovation

YAY! When the sadistic WINZ staff member (who seems to get off on the power they have over weak and vulnerable people) kicks you in the guts, turns down your welfare and spies through Facebook to see if you you are in a  relationship, it’ll all happen in a  warm and friendly environment.

Wokedom at it’s most hollow and insincere.

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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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Wait, What? NZ Spies & cops need MORE terrorism powers? Really? After all that mass surveillance?

This is a deeply concerning slide towards huge Police State powers with no ability to reign them in and not even a rational explanation as to why we should keep feeding them with more and more intrusive search and surveillance powers.

Who is the threat? Extremists or the Deep State?

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In Flanders field, the poppies grow

By Dr Liz Gordon

So now 100 years have passed since the end of the first globalised war – a war in which most countries either took sides or (some) refused to do so. A war in which so many were killed like little rats in dug trenches, their lives squashed in an instant.  Anyone who hasn’t seen the extraordinary representation of the Gallipoli campaign at Te Papa should certainly do so (closes in April 2019). It makes me cry every time for the human tragedy and waste, and I am a serial viewer.

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A sad day for Judith Collins 🙁

When Judith wasn’t questionably meeting Chinese border officials or diverting to its trade events, Oravida also exported swamp Kauri. The above quote was when Judith was challenged that Oravida was damaging the environment.

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Hope and Heartlessness

By Bryan Bruce 

I went to a meeting yesterday, 26 people – really good hearted people from all walks of life – called together by Barrister Jo Wickliffe to see if we could help solve a problem.

You see, Auckland City doesn’t have a night shelter.

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A Diet Of Lies

By Chris Trotter

Very few New Zealanders ever grasped what the rest of the world saw when it looked upon the British Empire: a huge blood-smeared lion whose sharp teeth and vicious claws struck terror into the hearts of all those too weak to resist them.

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Why did New Zealand suffer the worst casualty rate in World War One?

By Mike Treen

New Zealand casualty rate in that war, killed or wounded, was 58%. That is equal to one-quarter of the adult male population aged between 20 and 45 and eligible to serve. Our death rate of those who served at 16.6% was higher than that suffered by Germany!

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Stuff threatened to gut journalism if they didn’t get their monopoly – will this spook Government Broadcasting Policy?

It’s like Stuff keep threatening to gut journalism while yelling ‘what a shame that will be for democracy’ and democracy is too  busy sharing a white supremacist explanation for why 9/11 was an inside job that includes aliens and fluoridation in water on Facebook and just mumbles over its shoulder,  ‘well off you go then’. 

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The Nashy solid under Wally Haumaha high ball as report denies NZ media another #MeToo Villain

…I’m no fan of the cops but the medias attempt to manufacture another #MeToo villain here seemed to outweigh their journalistic curiosity as to who was actually leaking all of this to them, and more importantly, why?

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SIS persecuting foreign students with allegations of WMD research

By Keith Locke 

The SIS has been causing grief to some foreign students by delaying or denying visas on the grounds that their research could help produce weapons of mass destruction. It has been happening for years but we have never been told publicly how any New Zealand course of study is making it easier to produce WMDs, or what students are involved.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

A Diet Of Lies

By   1 day ago

Very few New Zealanders ever grasped what the rest of the world saw when it looked upon the British Empire: a huge blood-smeared lion whose sharp teeth and vicious claws struck terror into the hearts of all those too weak to resist them.

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Dr Liz Gordon: In Flanders field, the poppies grow

By   2 days ago

So now 100 years have passed since the end of the first globalised war – a war in which most countries either took sides or (some) refused to do so. A war in which so many were killed like little rats in dug trenches, their lives squashed in an instant.  Anyone who hasn’t seen the extraordinary representation of the Gallipoli campaign at Te Papa should certainly do so (closes in April 2019). It makes me cry every time for the human tragedy and waste, and I am a serial viewer.

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Why did New Zealand suffer the worst casualty rate in World War One?

By   3 days ago

New Zealand casualty rate in that war, killed or wounded, was 58%. That is equal to one-quarter of the adult male population aged between 20 and 45 and eligible to serve. Our death rate of those who served at 16.6% was higher than that suffered by Germany!

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SIS persecuting foreign students with allegations of WMD research

By   4 days ago

The SIS has been causing grief to some foreign students by delaying or denying visas on the grounds that their research could help produce weapons of mass destruction. It has been happening for years but we have never been told publicly how any New Zealand course of study is making it easier to produce WMDs, or what students are involved.

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Why The Democrats Actually Lost The Midterms

By   5 days ago

Controversial Opinion: The Democrats actually kinda *lost* yesterday’s US Midterms.

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MUST READ: The White, Male, Losers’ Liberator Wins Again

By   6 days ago

VERY LITTLE on this earth can match the agony of being trapped inside your own skin. To be aware that you are not what those whose opinions you respect wanted you to be. Your parents, your family, your pastor, your teachers, your boss, your friends: all of them at one time or another believed in you; thought you had what it took to succeed. Except you didn’t succeed, you failed. You are not a winner, you’re a loser. A loser trapped inside his own skin.

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New Caledonia blockade tension over as French PM’s talks address future

By   1 week ago

New Caledonia referendum: The pro-independence hand has been strengthened by the success of mobilising young people and showing the world that they “are serious” about their vision of a new nation, Kanaky New Caledonia.

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MUST READ: Labour’s Dunedin Conference: Returning To The Scene Of The Crime

By   1 week ago

THE LAST TIME the NZ Labour Party held its conference in Dunedin the stakes could not have been higher. Those for whom the Labour Party represented democratic-socialism were pitted against those for whom the Labour Party represented electoral pragmatism and the fulsome praise of New Zealand’s leading capitalists. In other words, it was a straight-out fight between the Left and the Right.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Wait, what? A National Party Member is now in a relationship with Karel Sroubek’s ex???

By   2 hours ago

There are enough reasons already to conclude this is a storm in a tea cup, but this latest fact starts making it look suspicious.

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The Nashy solid under Wally Haumaha high ball as report denies NZ media another #MeToo Villain

By   1 day ago

…I’m no fan of the cops but the medias attempt to manufacture another #MeToo villain here seemed to outweigh their journalistic curiosity as to who was actually leaking all of this to them, and more importantly, why?

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Wait, What? NZ Spies & cops need MORE terrorism powers? Really? After all that mass surveillance?

By   3 days ago

This is a deeply concerning slide towards huge Police State powers with no ability to reign them in and not even a rational explanation as to why we should keep feeding them with more and more intrusive search and surveillance powers.

Who is the threat? Extremists or the Deep State?

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In just 7 words did Andrew Little demolish real prison reform?

By   3 days ago

NZ First lets Andrew know when he can bark.

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Survey shows toxic culture at WINZ takes more than Labour’s whitewash renovation

By   3 days ago

YAY! When the sadistic WINZ staff member (who seems to get off on the power they have over weak and vulnerable people) kicks you in the guts, turns down your welfare and spies through Facebook to see if you you are in a  relationship, it’ll all happen in a  warm and friendly environment.

Wokedom at it’s most hollow and insincere.

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A sad day for Judith Collins :(

By   3 days ago

When Judith wasn’t questionably meeting Chinese border officials or diverting to its trade events, Oravida also exported swamp Kauri. The above quote was when Judith was challenged that Oravida was damaging the environment.

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Prisoner Rights Blogger wins for Human Rights

By   5 days ago

To deny prisoners the right to vote is a blight on universal suffrage and a means of amputating the civic conscience from a citizen, truly making them a prisoner from political society.

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Why calling for Iain Lees-Galloway to resign over Karel Sroubek is sophistry

By   6 days ago

National suddenly have X-Ray vision & the ethics of Christ when it comes to some 2 bit Czech MDMA dealer but seemingly had no clue whatsoever as they pissed $120m away on needless meth contamination & threw 900 beneficiaries onto streets?

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Media Watch View All →

TWITTER WATCH: National Party Stormtrooper Hamish Price goes full Trump on Pike River Mine

By   47 mins ago

I’m guessing the Venn Diagram of people who hate Jacinda’s baby and who believer re-entry into the Pike River Mine is wrong almost overlap entirely. 

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Christmas Contributions Drive

By   1 day ago

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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So the entire Karel Sroubek case and attacks against Iain Lees-Galloway are farcical – when will media & National Party apologise?

By   3 days ago

This Sroubek thing is a storm in a tea cup while sectioning a dissident MP using anonymous sources for harassment and Chinese business influences attempting to buy two Chinese MPs is FAR more important for us to focus on.

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Stuff threatened to gut journalism if they didn’t get their monopoly – will this spook Government Broadcasting Policy?

By   3 days ago

It’s like Stuff keep threatening to gut journalism while yelling ‘what a shame that will be for democracy’ and democracy is too  busy sharing a white supremacist explanation for why 9/11 was an inside job that includes aliens and fluoridation in water on Facebook and just mumbles over its shoulder,  ‘well off you go then’. 

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Waatea News Column – The attacks by National on Immigration Minister, Iain Lees-Galloway are ridiculous !

By   4 days ago

The attacks by National on Immigration Minister, Iain Less-Galloway are ridiculous! The Minister based his decision on Karel Sroubek using the best information from the Ministry. Allegations and accusations aside, a 3 week inquiry will get to the bottom of the decision and then we will have clarity.

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The Listener is manipulating NZers over retirement

By   5 days ago

The latest Listener (Nov 10) proclaims “Fresh moves to raise the age of super to 67”.  I like the Listener but this article is at best misleading.

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LIVE: American Midterm Elections – Dawn of Resistance or Cultural Apocalypse?

By   1 week ago

TDB will cover the American Midterm Elections Live and update any news with analysis as it comes to hand.

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BLOGWATCH: The Standard’s hate rant at Bryce Edwards is weird

By   1 week ago

File this under ‘needs a cup of a tea and a lie down’.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Hope and Heartlessness

By   1 day ago

I went to a meeting yesterday . 26 people – really good hearted people from all walks of life – called together by Barrister Jo Wickliffe to see if we could help solve a problem.

You see, Auckland City doesn’t have a night shelter.

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GUEST BLOG: Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha

By   1 day ago

I am very pleased that we now have Ms Scholtens QC’s independent report. Her findings on the process for my appointment answer the matters that have been raised. The IPCA’s report is still to come: but she has already found that the appointment process was correctly carried out.

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GUEST BLOG: Speech: Governor-General – Armistice Day

By   2 days ago

Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy
Governor-General of New Zealand
Armistice Day National Ceremony
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Sunday 11 November 2018

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Capitalism needs to serve the State

By   3 days ago

I’m reading Nicholas Shaxson’s excellent new book The Finance Curse. Here’s part of a paragraph that jumped out at me yesterday:

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Thank you all for your messages of support

By   3 days ago

Thanks for all the messages of congratulation – too many for individual replies.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – This is one of the graphs I worry about.

By   4 days ago

It comes from the Reserve Bank and if you look at the vertical blue stripes you will see that Household Debt in New Zealand is rising.It’s now about 170% of Nominal Disposable Income – so we are spending a lot more than we are earning.

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GUEST BLOG: PHILIP PATSTON: Our justice system – no guns or big guns – and nothing in between

By   1 week ago

What troubled me about this was that I had only two choices in terms of alerting someone to the obviously unusual experience of having a stranger come to my door asking for a cigarette: to do nothing or call the Police. It concerns me that there are only “no guns or big guns”, and nothing in between.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – I think we should dump Guy Fawkes Day, keep the fireworks and remember Parihaka Instead.

By   1 week ago

It makes no sense to me why a historical act of religious terrorism from Britain should eclipse an historical event far more deeply wedded to us in terms of identity and values.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

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

By   4 days 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   2 weeks 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   3 weeks 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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The Liberal Agenda – Cuckoo’s Nest 2 takes place this week for Mental Health Awareness week

By   1 month ago

Cuckoo’s Nest 2
Friday 12 October 7:00PM
Ding Dong Lounge, 26 Wyndham St, Auckland

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The Liberal Agenda – AAAP to rally at Government’s South Auckland welfare consultation meetings

By   1 month ago

AAAP to rally at Government’s South Auckland welfare consultation meetings

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The Liberal Agenda – Time For A Serious Train Solution To Auckland Airport

By   1 month ago

PUBLIC MEETING 9th OCTOBER:

The public meeting is this Tuesday night (9th October), 7pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road.

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The Liberal Agenda – Paper Planes: Theatre Magic from a First-Time Playwright

By   2 months ago

Dates: 2nd – 6th October, 6.30pm
Venue: Studio, Basement Theatre
Tickets: $18 – $25
Bookings: www.basementtheatre.co.nz

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   9 hours ago

Can we please put this behind a paywall?

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 14th November 2018

By   10 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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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Tuesday 13th November 2018

By   1 day ago

5: 31 DEAD AND MORE THAN 200 MISSING AS CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES HIT RECORD LEVELS
4:  Israeli air raids kill three Palestinians as Gaza tensions rise
3: HOW NICARAGUA USES ANTI-TERROR LAWS AGAINST PROTESTERS TO SUPPRESS DISSENT
2: A Century After End of WWI, Trump Snubs Peace Summit While Macron Warns of Growing Nationalism
1: UK all but gives up on November Brexit summit

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Malcolm Evans – Lest We Remember

By   1 day ago

Malcolm Evans – Lest We Remember

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Political Caption Competition

By   1 day ago

Not even Beer can wash away this bad taste.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 13th November 2018

By   1 day 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   2 days ago

After banning every journalist, Donald Trump was left with just microphones

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 12th November 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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Raw News feed View All →

Maori Climate Commissioner criticizes Shaw’s Interim Climate Change Committee for lack of focus

By   7 mins ago

Maori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere Huata has challenged the Interim Climate Committee established by Hon. James Shaw for treating Maori concerns in a superficial fashion. “I have heard many anxieties expressed from Maori and other community leaders in rural New Zealand about the costs and the distributional impact of the proposed 2050 climate zero target. […]

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Andrew Little confirms Pike River Mine Drift re-entry plan to proceed

By   9 hours ago

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today. “I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa – Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. […]

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We’re in! – Stand With Pike media release – 14 November, 2018

By   9 hours ago

The coalition government’s decision to recover the Pike River Drift is an historic moment for truth and justice for all New Zealanders. Anna Osborne, who lost her husband Milton in the mine explosion in 2010, says it has been a long journey. “We’ve waited eight long years for this, we stood up for our men […]

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Maori targeting social policy change – New Zealand Maori Council

By   1 day ago

World first research partnership takes shape for Maori targeting social policy change New Zealand Maori Council has today announced a strategic research partnership with Massey University and its Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE). The partnership will see the joint development and co-design of evaluation frameworks around key areas of social policy […]

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HNZ does not know how many homeless due to meth tests – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   1 day ago

In an interview with One News, Housing New Zealand admitted to not knowing how many people are still homeless after being evicted because of faulty meth contamination testing. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns Housing New Zealand for their continuous inaction to support the people it evicted throughout administration of meth testing. “Housing New Zealand’s admission […]

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Tai Tokerau take key leadership role on NZ Maori Council – New Zealand Maori Council

By   1 day ago

Tai Tokerau take key leadership role on New Zealand Maori Council New Zealand Maori Council’s final national hui was held in Wellington over the weekend and, as part of the process, a new executive member was elected from across the sixteen Maori Council District. Wiremu Puriri was elected unanimously from the Tai Tokerau District and […]

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The Future of New Zealand Maori Council in no doubt – New Zealand Maori Council

By   1 day ago

The Future of New Zealand Maori Council in no doubt: Shane Jones “I will never stop saying on your behalf that the tip of the spear was the New Zealand Maori Council…” The future of the New Zealand Maori Council, one of the oldest of Maori organisations with its own Act of Parliament (The Maori […]

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Animals set to suffer at Omahu Valley Parklee Bullride – SAFE

By   1 day ago

SAFE is deeply frustrated that a rodeo will take place at the Omahu Valley Parklee Bullride next weekend despite widespread calls for a ban of the practice during this rodeo season. The bullride on November 24, is one of a series of rodeo events set to take place around the country. SAFE’s Head of Campaigns, […]

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