#Unity4J to hold Emergency Public Meeting; Unveil Non- Violent Digital Action Plan

International media are reporting that WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief may imminently be handed by Ecuador to UK authorities. (Ref) If such an event occurs, it presents an immediate threat to Assange’s human rights, asylum rights, liberty and to press freedoms. It would also be in direct contravention to the rulings of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Inter-American Court of human rights, both of which have found in his favour.

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Midwinter TDB contribution drive

If you are in a position to contribute towards our attempt to pay for heating over winter – please do so here.

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New Zealand must expel the Israeli Embassy

…we can not in good conscience allow a country with a two tiered system based on race to continue to remain on NZ soil in any offical capacity.

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So Southern and Molyneux might be coming – what do we do now?

Phil Goff was right to ban these crypto-fascsists from  a publicly funded venue, but his need to appeal to liberal Auckland at a time when his Leadership as Mayor was eroding him support from the Left threw a gas bomb on this and allowed these Hate Merchants to play the free speech martyrs.

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Why Kate Hawkesby is a steaming pile of elitist human garbage OR Kate Hawkesby sings the blues

There is a certain breed of NZers who delight in the suffering that prison causes. For them, they are not mollified that the loss of liberty is punishment, they thirst for the sadism of agony. They aren’t happy until they see prisoners chained together in orange jumpsuits on the side of the road breaking rock while singing, ‘Ol Man River’.

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Large American Pot, Meet Small Chinese Kettle

By Chris Trotter

IRONICALLY, THE CONCERN over Chinese influence in New Zealand is being raised against a backdrop of unchallenged American hegemony. Extending across the whole width of the nation’s political stage, this American backdrop has become so much a part of the play’s scenery that most Kiwis no longer notice it. The inclusion of a few Chinese props, however, is enough to induce something close to panic among New Zealand’s political class.

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Thoughts and Prayers with Mike Hosking for the pain of his holiday in Hawaii

When his wife isn’t complaining about prisoners not being beaten with rubber hoses and waterboarded, Trump defender and NZs answer to what would you get if Piers Morgan and a meth smoking scorpion had a baby, Mike Hosking, is at the NZ Herald Troll Farm today complaining about a holiday he had in Hawaii.

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Since when did Family First get to threaten what I see on TV?

The show plays late at night on a  Friday, if you are at home and choosing to watch this, you need a hug and an intervention, not the God Squad playing TV Guide monitor. 

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Whose column was more pointless? Art Critic Soper or Truancy Officer du Plessis-Allan?

I get the Troll Farm at the NZ Herald need to churn out hate against the Left every day, but deciphering scribbles and criticising a Minister for not participating in a process he’s not allowed to participate in is pretty desperate even for the Troll Farm.

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Zionist-Inspired Definition Of Antisemitism Deployed Against Jeremy Corbyn

By Chris Trotter

THE NEW ZEALAND LEFT is not alone in being torn apart by what should and should not be tolerated. Only yesterday, the British Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was publicly upbraided for being “an antisemitic racist” by Margaret Hodge, a senior British Labour MP. Hodge was furious that Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has refused to accept, in full, the definition of antisemitism issued by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

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Saving Spinoff TV

Grim micro aggression policing millennials don’t rate on TV? Who woulda thunk it?

Apparently The Spinoffs “Gonzo reporting, scorching hot takes, and ruthless media analysis” – (that’s honestly a real quote, I’m not factiously making that up) – has gone down about as well as Donald Trump acting in a self written play performed at Silo Theatre during Pride Week.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Large American Pot, Meet Small Chinese Kettle

By   2 days ago

IRONICALLY, THE CONCERN over Chinese influence in New Zealand is being raised against a backdrop of unchallenged American hegemony. Extending across the whole width of the nation’s political stage, this American backdrop has become so much a part of the play’s scenery that most Kiwis no longer notice it. The inclusion of a few Chinese props, however, is enough to induce something close to panic among New Zealand’s political class.

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What’s Really Behind American Threats Against India

By   3 days ago

You know, it is a curious thing. When Pakistan made moves about potentially acquiring Russian-made S-400 anti-missile/anti-air system … there was, largely, silence. Yet when India goes to actualize acquisition of S-400 systems as part of a deal with Russia that was negotiated in 2016 – United States moves to impose sanctions on India.

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Zionist-Inspired Definition Of Antisemitism Deployed Against Jeremy Corbyn.

By   3 days ago

THE NEW ZEALAND LEFT is not alone in being torn apart by what should and should not be tolerated. Only yesterday, the British Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was publicly upbraided for being “an antisemitic racist” by Margaret Hodge, a senior British Labour MP. Hodge was furious that Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has refused to accept, in full, the definition of antisemitism issued by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

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Dr Liz Gordon – Crossing lines

By   3 days ago

The media is alive this week with the fall-out from Donald Trump’s visit to Europe. The snubs, the diplomatic faux-pas, the treatment of Theresa May, and NATO, and everyone (except Vlad-the-Lad). So much news to report, so many issues.  Oh yes, and then the Great Reversal, where Trump said he said ‘would’ but meant ‘wouldn’t’. His performance at that press conference was odd; while he lies all the time, this time you could hear the lie in his voice.

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Contrasting accounts of Indonesian genocide and betrayal in West Papua

By   4 days ago

Two damning and contrasting books about Indonesian colonialism in the Pacific, both by activist participants in Europe and New Zealand, have recently been published. Overall, they are excellent exposes of the harsh repression of the Melanesian people of West Papua and a world that has largely closed a blind eye to to human rights violations.

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Mike Treen leaves NZ for Gaza Flotilla

By   4 days ago

Mike Treen – National Director of Unite Union Auckland speaks before departing to join the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla

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If You’re Serious About Southern – This Is The Next Logical Step

By   5 days ago

While s61 of the Human Rights Act makes it unlawful to “excite hostility against or bring into contempt” racial/ethnic groups in a variety of contexts … I am unaware of any parallel and corresponding prohibition on doing likewise against religious groups or adherents on a similar basis.

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An Inconvenient Truth About Free Speech Denialism

By   5 days ago

Nothing could be more helpful to the cause of the Right than a Left which has lost its faith in the people. What, after all, is more likely to cause the people to lose faith in the Left than a nagging suspicion that their self-appointed liberators regard them as being either too vicious or too stupid to grasp the arguments in favour of individual freedom and social justice without instruction from above?

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

So Southern and Molyneux might be coming – what do we do now?

By   7 hours ago

Phil Goff was right to ban these crypto-fascsists from  a publicly funded venue, but his need to appeal to liberal Auckland at a time when his Leadership as Mayor was eroding him support from the Left threw a gas bomb on this and allowed these Hate Merchants to play the free speech martyrs.

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New Zealand must expel the Israeli Embassy

By   1 day ago

…we can not in good conscience allow a country with a two tiered system based on race to continue to remain on NZ soil in any offical capacity.

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For every muppet who wants to arm the cops – 5 reasons not to

By   3 days ago

We are not a people who will tolerate big swinging dick cops coming into our personal spaces armed. The guns will become an immediate source of tension, and that tension will get played out time and time and time again.

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Hahahaha – Waikeria prison far worse than first thought – like TDB pointed out last month

By   4 days ago

Another home goal by a Government who seem to think their problem is a lack of ‘gender intelligence’ in selling their ideas, and not basic strategic competence.  Isn’t it time someone called back in Matt McCarten? Hasn’t he been punished enough and isn’t this incompetence starting to hurt?

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Sub killing planes vs Greens, China vs America and why Jacinda should stand for an independent NZ

By   4 days ago

Why let the war mongers dictate the narrative? Why not have a leader who can articulate a vision of co-operation in the Pacific challenge that narrative by being direct in our criticism while inclusive in our solutions?

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Police claims of no risk to the Public ring hollow

By   4 days ago

I think what the NZ Police meant to say was…

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Trump & Putin – the new Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

By   5 days ago

Putin just can not believe his luck can he? Look at the glee in his eyes as he meets this orange carnival of ignorance. I never thought I’d see the day when the President of the United States of America sided with the Russians?!? 

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How should new Government deal with wave of industrial actions?

By   6 days ago

Ineffective Union Leadership + self-saucing member militancy on social media = bad times for Jacinda.

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Media Watch View All →

Mike Hosking lecturing on public broadcasting is like Donald Trump lecturing on feminism, diplomacy and racial tolerance

By   3 days ago

With global economic recessions looming and the existential threat of climate change – we need  a town square on public broadcasting platforms that includes rather than splinter and divides in social media echo chambers.

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Whose column was more pointless? Art Critic Soper or Truancy Officer du Plessis-Allan?

By   3 days ago

I get the Troll Farm at the NZ Herald need to churn out hate against the Left every day, but deciphering scribbles and criticising a Minister for not participating in a process he’s not allowed to participate in is pretty desperate even for the Troll Farm. 

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Since when did Family First get to threaten what I see on TV?

By   3 days ago

The show plays late at night on a  Friday, if you are at home and choosing to watch this, you need a hug and an intervention, not the God Squad playing TV Guide monitor. 

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Thoughts and Prayers with Mike Hosking for the pain of his holiday in Hawaii

By   3 days ago

When his wife isn’t complaining about prisoners not being beaten with rubber hoses and waterboarded, Trump defender and NZs answer to what would you get if Piers Morgan and a meth smoking scorpion had a baby, Mike Hosking, is at the NZ Herald Troll Farm today complaining about a holiday he had in Hawaii.

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Why Kate Hawkesby is a steaming pile of elitist human garbage OR Kate Hawkesby sings the blues

By   3 days ago

We should show her views and those who champion vengeance over mercy the contempt they deserve,   they have no enlightenment, just the boorish bruise of the very barbarism they claim to recoil from. 

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Saving Spinoff TV

By   4 days ago

Apparently The Spinoffs “Gonzo reporting, scorching hot takes, and ruthless media analysis” – (that’s honestly a real quote, I’m not factiously making that up) – has gone down about as well as Donald Trump acting in a self written play performed at Silo Theatre during Pride Week.

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The irony of identity politics, David Cormack’s civility and the paradox of Karl Popper’s tolerance

By   5 days ago

Those who would weaponise difference and seed resentment require brutality, civility is a guard against that. I’m not saying turn the other cheek when a Nazi strikes you, confusing civility with refusing self-defence isn’t a solution, but by strangling off freedom of speech, we only add to their cause, we don’t counter it.

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Marae TV Review: Awanui Black

By   1 week ago

If people don’t believe in the justice system, they will turn to alternatives to find that justice, which in turn can easily become vigilantism. In an increasingly social media dominated environment, how can we differentiate between subjective belief and objective truth without due process?

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawira – Celebrate the Legends

By   6 days ago

Hone Harawira is the leader of the MANA Movement and is currently touring Native American meetings.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – RESPECT

By   6 days ago

I’ve found officers who start off treating inmates with a modicum of respect have the least trouble with them, and it helps with the inmates’ rehabilitation.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – How Marxists fight Fascism in Aotearoa

By   1 week ago

Today, capitalism is dying and is thrashing about destroying everything it touches. It deserves to die, but not to take us with it. Fascism is the political response of last resort against the overthrow of capitalism by the working class. It will not give up its fight peacefully, logically, rationally, resorting to undemocratic and illegal actions, wars and genocide.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Penny wise, pound foolish Corrections Dept

By   2 weeks ago

Someone “in the know” says fights are going on at Ngawha Prison in cells where prisoners double bunked. One inmate had his nose broken, 4-5 teeth chipped, beaten about the head, concussed and upgraded from Low-Medium security to HighSecurity at Mt Eden.

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GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawira – Another Pipeline, Another Struggle

By   2 weeks ago

When a Maori hears about a protest against a pipeline in the US, he naturally thinks of Standing Rock. Unfortunately … there’s more.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Sometimes, not very often, just sometimes, a story manages to attract the World’s attention

By   2 weeks ago

Yet, sometimes, not very often,  just sometimes, a story manages to attract the world’s attention. Videos of cruelty get widespread exposure. Sometimes, even overseas political officials take notice.  Such is the case of the plight of the West Bank Bedouin  village, Khan al Ahmar, under demolition orders.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Simon burns bridges as National bashes workers

By   2 weeks ago

This Government is here to make change, instead of making up petty lies and stoking fear and anger. National should start working with the people instead of against them for once. 

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MUST READ GUEST BLOG: A heartfelt letter penned by “Ms F” after her win against MSD

By   2 weeks ago

In a breakthrough decision yesterday, the High Court determined that loans could not be counted as income for social security purposes – a huge victory for Ms F. But the years and the overwhelming stress she experienced cannot be taken back. These are her words:

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – Green Light or Light Green? The Government’s environmental reforms

By   4 days ago

Join us on 1-2 August 2018 for New Zealand’s leading, thought-provoking environmental conference.

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The Liberal Agenda – Whānau Ora Diploma Graduation 2018 livestream – August 3rd

By   4 days ago

53 kaimahi who work for recognised Whanau Ora organisations throughout the North Island will graduate with a Diploma in Whanau Ora at a ceremony in August.

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The Liberal Agenda – Free family fun to close out Matariki

By   5 days ago

WHAT: Matariki celebration

WHEN: 5.30pm, Saturday 21st 

WHERE: Silo Park

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The Liberal Agenda – A Window into the World of Efeso Collins

By   7 days ago

Efeso Collins represents the Manukau ward on the Auckland Council, bringing a critical voice from Otara to questions of Auckland, Samoan and national governance. His community, media and academic work draws on a deep experience and analysis of leadership and service within and across cultures. We are thrilled to host him at the Kai Pasifika Salon on Thursday 26 July.

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The Liberal Agenda – World first The Rainbow Cable Car event sells out

By   1 week ago

World first The Rainbow Cable Car event has sold out with 120 adults and children looking forward to a very special story-time event part of Beyond the Page (BTP), a literary festival for children during the July school holidays. Drag Artist HRH Queen Olivia St Redfern will be the guest reader, with librarians from Wellington, […]

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The Liberal Agenda – The Rainbow Cable Car

By   2 weeks ago

In a world first Drag Artist Queen Olivia St Redfern is reading to children on the historic Wellington Cable Car. Join Queen Olivia on Monday 16 July as she travels a return trip on the historic Wellington Cable Car, while listening to her reading aloud wonderful children’s stories. 

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The Liberal Agenda: Collateral Damage: Investigating Civilian Casualties

By   3 weeks ago

Event details:

Date: Monday 16 July 2018
Venue: OGGB5 (260-051), Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building
Time: 5.30pm

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The Liberal Agenda – launch of See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua, by Maire Leadbeater

By   3 weeks ago

When: Sunday 15 July 2018, 3–5pm


Where: Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Place, Auckland Central

Featuring special guests Reb Fountain and Steve Abel

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   8 hours ago

Socialism with Simon Bridges 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 22nd July 2018

By   9 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 – Saturday 21st July 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

We. Will. Not. Smile!
That’s what the heteronormative patriarchy wants! You can now watch us on TV at our new time slot of 3am!

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 20th July 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 – The American Military Industrial Complex hates Trump

By   3 days ago

Malcolm Evans – The American Military Industrial Complex hates Trump

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Thursday 19th July 2018

By   3 days ago

5: Here’s the harshest thing Trump has said about Putin all week
4: Israeli forces ‘deliberately killed’ Palestinian paramedic Razan
3: WHAT MUELLER’S LATEST INDICTMENT REVEALS ABOUT RUSSIAN AND U.S. SPYCRAFT
2: Debate on Political Crisis & Violent Deaths in Nicaragua: Camilo Mejía vs. Julio Martinez Ellsberg
1: Summit critics have Trump derangement syndrome – says Trump

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Raw News feed View All →

#Unity4J to hold Emergency Public Meeting; Unveil Non- Violent Digital Action Plan

By   7 hours ago

International media are reporting that WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief may imminently be handed by Ecuador to UK authorities. (Ref) If such an event occurs, it presents an immediate threat to Assange’s human rights, asylum rights, liberty and to press freedoms. It would also be in direct contravention to the rulings of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Inter-American Court of human rights, both of which have found in his favour.

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ACC medical advisors on strike today – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

By   4 days ago

The majority of highly experienced senior doctors employed by ACC to assess medical claims have gone on strike this morning for improvements to their collective employment agreement. The strike for four hours from 8am today is the first of a series of weekly rolling stoppages, says Lloyd Woods, a Senior Industrial Officer at the Association […]

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Net zero emission targets should be legislated now – Ora Taiao

By   4 days ago

Reaching net zero emission by 2040 should be legislated now, as championed by OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council with other health sector organisations, says the NZ College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM). In its submission on the Zero Carbon Bill, NZCPHM is lending its full support to OraTaiao’s submission, which states urgent […]

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Free Speech Coalition on details of legal action

By   5 days ago

The Free Speech Coalition can confirm it will this week be filing judicial review proceedings against Auckland Council for its ban on two Canadian speakers from Council-owned venues. The pro-free speech group believes the Council and/or Mayor acted in breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and the Human Rights Act 1993. […]

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ANZASW statement on Nurses strike

By   5 days ago

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) wishes to once again express its solidarity with nurses who have been engaged in industrial action. Nurses, like social workers, play an irreplaceable role in society, offering vital preventative services and standing with people during times of acute crisis. They are undervalued yet indispensable, saving or […]

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Kmart steps in where The Warehouse fails – First Union

By   5 days ago

FIRST Union is pleased to announce retailer Kmart has stepped in where The Warehouse has failed, it has promised priority placement of 60 Red Shed workers at 14 of its stores nationwide. Following requests from the Union, Kmart has given the nod this morning for the creation of an application process for these workers. It […]

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Dr O’Sullivan visits appalling homes of sick Kiwi kids

By   5 days ago

Leading New Zealand doctor and health system disruptor Dr Lance O’Sullivan says rental properties owned by the government are in appalling third world conditions which is directly burdening the nation’s health system. Dr O’Sullivan recently moved from Northland to Auckland and he says he thought he knew what poverty was. “On my second day working […]

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ACC medical advisors start rolling strikes tomorrow – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

By   5 days ago

“ACC medical advisors are poised to walk off the job tomorrow because they’ve had a gutsful of their employer’s cavalier approach to their pay, conditions and well-being,” says Lloyd Woods, a Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The 39 medical advisors will strike for four hours from 8am Tuesday 17 […]

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