Teachers Union falls into same trap as Nurses Union

Expecting Labour to fix 9 years of underfunding in 9 months seems absurd but that’s the position the Public Union Leadership have placed the Labour Party in.

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TDB midyear freedom of speech contributions drive

Brothers and sisters, Comrades – the last couple of months have shown us all just how crucial free speech platforms are right now, if you want to support independent blogs who have fought  to champion those spaces,  then we need your help.

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Nuclear free and independent Pacific – how the zone began 33 years ago and what now?

By Dr David Robie

The South Pacific Nuclear Free Pacific Zone Treaty 33 years ago ushered in a radical era for the Pacific, which predated NZ’s own nuclear-free law.

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Tova O’Brien’s ‘gotcha’ political journalism lazy and tired – many better reasons to attack Simon Bridges

There are plenty of good reasons to bash Simon Bridges, what he spends on travel really ins’t one of them. This is lazy journalism and we shouldn’t celebrate it, even if it’s embarrassing our collective enemy, the National Party.

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TWITTER WATCH: Best burn of a Stuff Journalist in NZ

When a kid from a mainstream media NZ news site goes fishing for free content on social media and gets a BURN in response…

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State sanctioned double bunked rape pens – is it time for a Nation wide prison riot/strike?

Welcome to your double bunked over crowded and violent prison nation NZ!  Where people leave prison more damaged than they went in. The gloriously counter-productive fruit from allowing spite & anger to infect social policy is a wondrous thing but the true horror of our State sanctioned double bunked rape pens has never been laid so bone bare than this piercing exclusive by the brilliant David Fisher…

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National scream the new Employment laws are 1970s Unionism the way Fox News called Obamacare socialism

The truth is that what the new Government are proposing are very weak measures in terms of worker protections.

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Plastic pollution? (Almost) Business as Usual – why the plastic bag ban is barely a victory

By Christine Rose 

With most policy announcements, the devil is in the detail. And though it might seem churlish, if you look closer, this is more a victory for public relations than it is for our environment. As usual, political measures are too little, too late, and not even what they seem.

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Averting the Green’s slide into political irrelevance

For the Greens, pushing a Green Tax Rate for sustainable businesses would connect them with a new electorate while promoting environmental economics that could gain huge buy in. It also makes them look like they are creating smart solutions rather than starting dumb fights or worse, looking clueless.  

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Alarming Picture Painted by Mental Health Statistics

By Dave Macpherson

At a Waikato DHB meeting last week, staff working in the Mental Health and Addictions Service presented a series of statistics demonstrating the state of Aotearoa’s mental health. It wasn’t a pretty picture and shows the enormity of the task facing the Government, it’s Mental Health Inquiry, and the whole community.

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Why Don Brash deserves to be New Zealander of the Year

We are a juvenile culture with all the maturity of a can of day old coke where Heroes renovate property to flip for speculative capital gains and Success is the name of a cross-fit Instagram influencer you follow.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Nuclear free and independent Pacific – how the zone began 33 years ago and what now?

By   1 day ago

The South Pacific Nuclear Free Pacific Zone Treaty 33 years ago ushered in a radical era for the Pacific, which predated NZ’s own nuclear-free law.

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This Man Is Your Friend: He Fights For Freedom!

By   3 days ago

Reflections On The Geopolitical Significance Of India On Independence Day

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Who Are You Calling “Evil”?

By   4 days ago

Evil looks nothing like the artist’s impression: there are no horns, no tail, no cloven hooves, no whiff of sulphur. Life would be so much easier if there were! No, if you really want to know what evil looks like, then examine the faces of the people who live next door; the people on the bus; the people in the lunchroom at work.

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Dave Macpherson: Alarming Picture Painted by Mental Health Statistics

By   4 days ago

At a Waikato DHB meeting last week, staff working in the Mental Health and Addictions Service presented a series of statistics demonstrating the state of Aotearoa’s mental health. It wasn’t a pretty picture and shows the enormity of the task facing the Government, it’s Mental Health Inquiry, and the whole community.

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It’s time to regulate our big banking cartel

By   5 days ago

With all the self-flagellation about free speech these last few weeks most people seem to have missed ASB’s record net profit – $1.18 billion. (Net profit means profit AFTER the ASB has done all its dodgy dealings to limit its tax liabilities here – the real profit is much higher).

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Plastic pollution? (Almost) Business as Usual – why the plastic bag ban is barely a victory

By   5 days ago

with most policy announcements, the devil is in the detail. And though it might seem churlish, if you look closer, this is more a victory for public relations than it is for our environment. As usual, political measures are too little, too late, and not even what they seem.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Putting us first

By   5 days ago

I got to thinking that, while the government is doing a lot of things, I have yet to hear any sign of a ‘buy New Zealand’ strategy emanating from Government.  Aren’t we over neo-liberalism enough yet to know that it is good business to make and buy our own stuff?

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Blockade and piracy unpunished

By   6 days ago

Since the beginning of this year, the Israeli Navy has opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats in more than 180 attacks. Dozens have also been either boarded or hijacked. One fishing boat crew member has been killed and two fishing vessels sunk by the Israeli Navy. In July, a Palestinian boat attempting to voyage from […]

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Teachers Union falls into same trap as Nurses Union

By   15 hours ago

Expecting Labour to fix 9 years of underfunding in 9 months seems absurd but that’s the position the Public Union Leadership have placed the Labour Party in.

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State sanctioned double bunked rape pens – is it time for a Nation wide prison riot/strike?

By   2 days ago

Welcome to your double bunked over crowded and violent prison nation NZ!  Where people leave prison more damaged than they went in. The gloriously counter-productive fruit from allowing spite & anger to infect social policy is a wondrous thing but the true horror of our State sanctioned double bunked rape pens has never been laid so bone bare than this piercing exclusive by the brilliant David Fisher…

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National scream the new Employment laws are 1970s Unionism the way Fox News called Obamacare socialism

By   3 days ago

The truth is that what the new Government are proposing are very weak measures in terms of worker protections.

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The sad spite of the ACT Party

By   4 days ago

While Brash’s brand of malicious race baiting is in vogue again, Seymour steps up the tune and pledges to mutilate NZ politics by robbing the indigenous Treaty Partner of their only electoral bulwark against total assimilation.

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Averting the Green’s slide into political irrelevance

By   4 days ago

For the Greens, pushing a Green Tax Rate for sustainable businesses would connect them with a new electorate while promoting environmental economics that could gain huge buy in. It also makes them look like they are creating smart solutions rather than starting dumb fights or worse, looking clueless.  

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Let’s just be really, really, really, really, really, really honest  about why Business confidence is plummeting.

By   4 days ago

The last 9 years of growth has been a lie and a sham. A cheap pump and dump strategy from a money trader with all the morality of a feeding shark. Our Rock Star Economy has been held together by speculative greed, hope and snot. What business are realising is that the falseness of that empty model will give them nothing under a new government who are focused on affordable housing, lower immigration and reinvestment in schools, hospitals and public services.

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Trump’s Space Force, Putin awe and trade wars with China, Iran, Turkey & Venezuela – how Donald is dismantling the entire global order

By   4 days ago

In the constant twitter blitzkrieg from Trump, through the oceans of toxic  politics and the ever growing war against the truth, we would be forgiven if we were somehow lulled into a state of shocked passive apathy that at least Donald as a vengeful chaos actor isn’t here to stay, that his permanence on reality is an unfortunate experiment that has accidentally happened and there is no reason to his madness.

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Why Don Brash deserves to be New Zealander of the Year

By   4 days ago

We are a juvenile culture with all the maturity of a can of day old coke where Heroes renovate property to flip for speculative capital gains and Success is the name of a cross-fit Instagram influencer you follow.

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Media Watch View All →

#FakeNews: Trump & Corporate Media are both Enemies of the People

By   14 hours ago

It’s almost as if Noam Chomsky never existed.

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Tova O’Brien’s ‘gotcha’ political journalism lazy and tired – many better reasons to attack Simon Bridges

By   15 hours ago

There are plenty of good reasons to bash Simon Bridges, what he spends on travel really ins’t one of them. This is lazy journalism and we shouldn’t celebrate it, even if it’s embarrassing our collective enemy, the National Party.

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TWITTER WATCH: Best burn of a Stuff Journalist in NZ

By   18 hours ago

When a kid from a mainstream media NZ news site goes fishing for free content on social media and gets a BURN in response…

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TWITTER WATCH: Hooton hears a what? And who is really launching an attack on Simon Bridges

By   3 days ago

Last night the architect of the Death Star and moral Shepard of the Right, Matthew Hooton, dropped a big claim on twitter…

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TDB midyear freedom of speech contributions drive

By   5 days ago

Brothers and sisters, Comrades – the last couple of months have shown us all just how crucial free speech platforms are right now, if you want to support independent blogs who have fought  to champion those spaces,  then we need your help.

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‘Blacklisted’ Indonesian studies researcher detained in Bali airport

By   2 weeks ago

“This is not a joke: I’m blacklisted by the Indonesian government. Saya termasuk dalam daftar tangkal Indonesia (terjemahan dibawah). I’ve been refused entry to Bali and have been held in a room at Denpasar airport on a couch since midnight… I explained I was on a holiday.”

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New Drink Driving advert the perfect cultural child of 9 years under National

By   2 weeks ago

I’m not sure public safety adverts should center on personal advantage as a moral compass, but‬ I suppose after a decade of  National, self interest is the only thing young men understand.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – new strides at Waikeria prison

By   5 days ago

I had a productive session this week with Prison Inspector Jason Eakins regarding some recent issues I raised with the Inspectorate .

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GUEST BLOG: Roger Fowler – Sweden issues demands – but will Peters say anything?

By   5 days ago

The stark contrast of two governments to the illegal hijacking of flotilla boats & their citizens

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GUEST BLOG: Hone Hararwira – Israel doesn’t want you to see this

By   6 days ago

Whenever a dictatorship says “don’t show this” we have an obligation to show it far and wide …

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GUEST BLOG: Philip Patston – The difference between free speech and hate speech

By   1 week ago

This morning, I saw at least two tweets denouncing the disallowing of conservative rhetoric and hate speech, citing media attention as a reason to turn a blind eye to this kind of right-wing propaganda masked as “free speech”.

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GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawira – AMAZON and THOR!!

By   2 weeks ago

Went out last night … and got jumped by AMAZON and THOR!!

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – My cell block at Waikeria

By   2 weeks ago

Note I am a 62 year old Low Security Inmate, so it’s illegal to keep me here, but Corrections is getting desperate as it ramps up its retaliation to my High Court “double bunking” challenge.

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GUEST BLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – Interview with Ari

By   2 weeks ago

Ari is a resilient, strong, beautiful, intelligent and kind transgender young woman who has faced many adversaries throughout her transition to her preferred gender. Ari has lived an incredible life resulting in a high level of maturity and an authentic view of the world we live in today. I admire Ari’s strength and transparency so I decided to approach her for an interview! 

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Domestic violence survivors’ leave attacked as ‘too generous’

By   2 weeks ago

We were elected to make change, and we make no apologies for that. After nine years of obscene underfunding of almost every public service and infrastructure in the land, this Government is dedicated to implementing real change, not a shallow con job of change.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – What does a Green Economy means for NZ?

By   5 days ago

A Public Forum on a sustainable economy
Western Springs
Community Centre Hall 1
956 Great North Rd

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The Liberal Agenda – Send ‘jailhouse lawyer’ Arthur Taylor to Criminal Justice Summit Wellington 20-22 August

By   6 days ago

Arrange for inmate, advocate and successful litigator Arthur Taylor to bring his unique experience and insight to this historic Hui. We want him to attend in person, and be able to do a presentation.

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The Liberal Agenda – Dr Cornel West & Douglas Murray 17 August – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland

By   1 week ago

Social justice crusader, Dr Cornel West, and conservative author and journalist, Douglas Murray, are almost touching the soils of Australia and New Zealand for a polarising tour. We are only one week away from some of the most enlightening debates of the year – for both sides!

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The Liberal Agenda – Don’t Use Our Pain as a Political Football: Medical Cannabis Patients Plan Rally

By   2 weeks ago

Medicinal cannabis users and allies are today announcing an art installation and rally in Queen Street (opposite Aotea Square) this coming Saturday at 2pm, demanding a moratorium on arrests of medicinal cannabis patients while they wait for politicians to work together on a medicinal cannabis legislation.

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The Liberal Agenda – LOVE AOTEAROA HATE RACISM

By   4 weeks ago

WHAT: Meeting to attack fascists 
WHEN: Saturday 4.30pm
WHERE: 241 Kirkbride Rd, Mangere, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

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

By   1 month 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   1 month 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   1 month ago

WHAT: Matariki celebration

WHEN: 5.30pm, Saturday 21st 

WHERE: Silo Park

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   18 hours ago

The look a shark gets just before its eyes roll into the back of its head and it strikes in blood lust.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 17th August 2018

By   18 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 – Neo-Israel

By   1 day ago

Malcolm Evans – Neo-Israel

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 16th August 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 – Teacher strikes 2018

By   2 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Teacher strikes 2018

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Political Caption Competition

By   3 days ago

Things Judith Collins knows nothing about

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 15th August 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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Malcolm Evans – A round up on round up

By   4 days ago

Malcolm Evans – A round up on round up

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Raw News feed View All →

Better Public Media reaction to Melissa Lee Member’s Bill

By   15 hours ago

Better Public Media Trust warns that the Member’s Bill from Melissa Lee is really an attack on low-rating public media content – especially Māori content. “The title may seem innocuous,” said BPM Trust Chair, Peter Thompson, “but here’s the giveaway clause: This Bill would ensure that television shows, visual online media, and non-music-based radio programming […]

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Select committee urged to stop spread of ISDS under CPTPP – It’s Our Future

By   15 hours ago

“A range of labour, health and environmental organisations are calling for a clause to be inserted into the CPTPP Amendment Bill that would prevent future governments from extending investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) to countries seeking to join the agreement,” says Oliver Hailes, spokesperson for It’s Our Future, the network of opposition to the TPPA […]

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Three simple steps to fix Wellington’s bus fiasco – CTU

By   15 hours ago

Bus drivers, their union, and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions addressed Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) this morning with the request it makes good on its promise to fix the region’s bus problems. The Council can take three simple steps that will help facilitate a fair collective agreement for drivers, end the driver […]

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Say no to the Israel Institute’s call – Palestine Human Rights Campaign

By   15 hours ago

Israel Institute of New Zealand director, Dr David Cumin, is calling on the Government “to distance itself from a decision by Labour MP, Dr Duncan Webb, to host a meeting featuring Unite Union National Director Mike Treen in which Mr Treen will be speaking on his recent participation” in the inspirational ‘International Freedom Flotilla’ in […]

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New Overseas Investment Amendment Act. CAFCA Says Don’t Expect Much And You Won’t Be Disapppointed

By   15 hours ago

The Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) congratulates the Government for passing the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, which will become law within weeks. At least New Zealand now has a Government that recognises that foreign control is an issue. More than that, it recognises that it is a problem and has set out to […]

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Palmy Peace Group to Oppose Weapons Expo – Peace Action Network

By   2 days ago

“Peace Action Manawatū will coordinate opposition to the annual NZ Defence Industry Association Forum due to come to Palmerston North in late October.” “This ‘Weapons Expo’ is a meeting of 500 of global armaments manufacturers and dealers. Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms dealer and a maker of nuclear weapons, has been the primary sponsor […]

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Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be solved – Child Poverty Action Group

By   2 days ago

Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be easily solved Families going without food on a regular basis is dangerously on the verge of becoming normal in Aotearoa-New Zealand – and the problem doesn’t seem to be easing since recent tax credit and Accommodation Supplement increases. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that more […]

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Ngāti Hine walks from the Andrew Little hui

By   2 days ago

“Two Ngāti Hine hapū speakers were denied speaking rights at a meeting hosted by the Minister of Treaty Negotiations Andrew Little on Sunday at Te Tii Mangonui” says Rowena Tana. Hapū speakers had prepared to represent the nine hapū of Ngāti Hine alongside other Te Takutai Moana (Bay of Islands) neighbours. However, due to the […]

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