Abortion rights, Maori Wards and Cannabis – why can’t NZ show any bloody courage?

In the wake of Ireland’s historic and righteous abortion reform, NZ is once again looking like the book burner in a library – if Ireland can find the courage, why can’t NZ update its ridiculous laws on abortion?

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MUST READ: Why the Price of Oil is a Class Concern

By Christine Rose 

Modern life has most of us over a barrel. An oil barrel. The price of oil is a fundamental force in shaping our quality of life and how much take home pay is left for other needs and wants. This has all hit home in the last few weeks as the price of fuel at the petrol pump has reached its highest ever.

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The narcissist twins and the future of humanity

By Dr Liz Gordon

Donald Trump is a narcissist. While I don’t think he has actually killed anyone (there are plenty of stories about the big T but I haven’t heard any about dead bodies in concrete boots at the bottom of the Hudson River), he lives life on a dangerous edge of immense sensitivity to criticism and a retaliatory instinct. His disregard for other people, his lack of empathy, the feeling that he is the only actor who counts on his own stage, all demonstrate his deeply narcissistic streak.  Someone once noted he was personally unfit to be President, and that indeed is true.

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Support Independent Media – contribute to The Daily Blog

Platforms like The Daily Blog are now more crucial than ever before in the NZ media landscape, if you haven’t donated before, but read us regularly, we could do with your support.

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The High Cost of Fast Fashion – Is it time for a revolution and mandatory grading?

As Kiwis, we like to think of these issues as ‘far away’ or not our problem to own. However, the truth is many New Zealand consumers purchase imported clothing and are therefore contributing to this problem without realising it. Rather than remaining naive, we propose that Kiwis become more accountable for their actions.

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Trams to Auckland airport – is this really a Super idea?

From the Walsh Memorial Library

By Mike Lee

I trust the government is getting good advice on this proposal because the worry is that when it comes to choice of rail mode to the airport, it clearly doesn’t have good advice at all. Opting for widely criticised light rail (trams) instead of heavy rail (trains) to the airport is a very high-risk call; one taken on dubious technical advice and without a business case.  

It also out of line with international best practice.

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Toil and Trouble

By Kate Davis

When  Smith City was ordered to back pay the workers it had been ripping off for 6 years for all unpaid staff meetings, it didn’t take three witches or a crystal ball to know that the flood gates would open. They have. At First Union along with over 1500 people responding to a survey, the call centre and organisers are all being contacted with people wanting to lament all the unpaid hours or the time off never taken in lieu. As the National Organiser for The Warehouse and Cotton On I have received more than my share.

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What is more important for Christchurch? A rugby stadium or social housing?

By John Minto

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Christchurch city councillors hearing submissions on the council’s long-term plan. A vast range of community groups and individuals, fronted by positive, passionate people concerned for Christchurch’s wellbeing, have presented funding wish lists both great and small. However, there is a finite amount of money and hard decisions need to be made.

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Testing The Speaker

By Chris Trotter

QUESTION TIME IN PARLIAMENT this afternoon was a useful reminder of what Jacinda and her government are up against. In theory, Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition are supposed to impress the Visitor’s Gallery as a government-in-waiting: sagacious, witty and (to use a favourite parliamentary term) honourable. In practice, Simon Bridges’ National Party Opposition comes across as ignorant, boorish and disturbingly truculent.

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National finally hit gold with stupid-little-girl-gate

One of Key’s greatest gifts was knowing what the average Kiwi shopping at a mall believed. Time and time and time again the incredibly clever focus group value mining that David Farrar managed to get him allowed Key to side step criticism by playing to the petty ignorances of muddle Nu Zilind.

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Neoliberalism has mutated MPI into an agency that protects Industry from regulation – does Nash deserve the bash?

The neoliberal public service that Shane Jones was recently blasting is there to do as little as possible while building their own fiefdoms.   All we have leant from them is that they are as useless at looking after cows as they are beneficiaries and miners. 

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The 2018 Voyager NZ Media Awards

I was fortunate enough to get a guest ticket to go along with Voyager to the NZ Media Awards last week. It’s a big moment for Voyager, they are stepping up to sponsor the awards because their leader and founder, Seeby Woodhouse, believes passionately in journalism.

I support his vision, and who am I to turn down an open bar?

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Dr Liz Gordon – The narcissist twins and the future of humanity

By   6 hours ago

Donald Trump is a narcissist. While I don’t think he has actually killed anyone (there are plenty of stories about the big T but I haven’t heard any about dead bodies in concrete boots at the bottom of the Hudson River), he lives life on a dangerous edge of immense sensitivity to criticism and a retaliatory instinct. His disregard for other people, his lack of empathy, the feeling that he is the only actor who counts on his own stage, all demonstrate his deeply narcissistic streak.  Someone once noted he was personally unfit to be President, and that indeed is true.

Read More →

MUST READ: Why the Price of Oil is a Class Concern

By   6 hours ago

Modern life has most of us over a barrel. An oil barrel. The price of oil is a fundamental force in shaping our quality of life and how much take home pay is left for other needs and wants. This has all hit home in the last few weeks as the price of fuel at the petrol pump has reached its highest ever.

Read More →

Toil and Trouble

By   1 day ago

When  Smith City was ordered to back pay the workers it had been ripping off for 6 years for all unpaid staff meetings, it didn’t take three witches or a crystal ball to know that the flood gates would open. They have. At First Union along with over 1500 people responding to a survey, the call centre and organisers are all being contacted with people wanting to lament all the unpaid hours or the time off never taken in lieu. As the National Organiser for The Warehouse and Cotton On I have received more than my share.

Read More →

What is more important for Christchurch? A rugby stadium or social housing?

By   2 days ago

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Christchurch city councillors hearing submissions on the council’s long-term plan. A vast range of community groups and individuals, fronted by positive, passionate people concerned for Christchurch’s wellbeing, have presented funding wish lists both great and small. However, there is a finite amount of money and hard decisions need to be made.

Read More →

Testing The Speaker

By   3 days ago

QUESTION TIME IN PARLIAMENT this afternoon was a useful reminder of what Jacinda and her government are up against. In theory, Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition are supposed to impress the Visitor’s Gallery as a government-in-waiting: sagacious, witty and (to use a favourite parliamentary term) honourable. In practice, Simon Bridges’ National Party Opposition comes across as ignorant, boorish and disturbingly truculent.

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Cannabis referendum: Bring it on!

By   3 days ago

Great news today with the Government announcing it is considering bringing forward the binding referendum on legalising cannabis to next year, 2019, rather than during the 2020 general election. 

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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – 2,000 more state houses?!

By   4 days ago

Soon after criticising the Coalition for “hiding debt in SOEs” – a capital offense that National was guilty of in 2009, and which contributed to  bankrupting Solid Energy by 2015 – National Party’s finance spokesperson, Amy Adams, was at it again.

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MUST READ: Does this budget turn the tide?

By   5 days ago

Let’s be clear, the family poverty inherited from the last decade of entrenched poor policies, sheer neglect or deliberate attacks on living standards won’t be fixed overnight. We get that. We know the PM has solving child poverty at her core, and her values and integrity are the best thing that has happened to children for a very, very long time. But CPAG is the critical friend and has to say the hard stuff on behalf of children.

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Abortion rights, Maori Wards and Cannabis – why can’t NZ show any bloody courage?

By   53 mins ago

In the wake of Ireland’s historic and righteous abortion reform, NZ is once again looking like the book burner in a library – if Ireland can find the courage, why can’t NZ update its ridiculous laws on abortion?

Read More →

Neoliberalism has mutated MPI into an agency that protects Industry from regulation – does Nash deserve the bash?

By   1 day ago

The neoliberal public service that Shane Jones was recently blasting is there to do as little as possible while building their own fiefdoms.   All we have leant from them is that they are as useless at looking after cows as they are beneficiaries and miners. 

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Trump flunks North Korea

By   2 days ago

News out overnight that Trump has walked away from the North Korean summit shouldn’t surprise anyone more than the original announcement of the summit.

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Dear Phil Twyford – Kia kaha Comrade

By   2 days ago

your gracefulness at offering your resignation for this phone call on a plane only makes you a better human being and leader.

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New internal Labour poll for Northcote by-election bad news for Greens

By   3 days ago

Labour have just sent this out to their Northcote support team, and if true could be one of the biggest upsets in a  safe National electorate since Winston took Northland!

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National finally hit gold with stupid-little-girl-gate

By   3 days ago

One of Key’s greatest gifts was knowing what the average Kiwi shopping at a mall believed. Time and time and time again the incredibly clever focus group value mining that David Farrar managed to get him allowed Key to side step criticism by playing to the petty ignorances of muddle Nu Zilind.

Read More →

Trump’s Christian death cult behind US embassy move to Jerusalem

By   3 days ago

The massacre of Palestinians by Israel over the US Embassy recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital is driven by fanatical American Christians who see violence in the middle east as a pre-requisite for their rapture to heaven.

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Media Watch View All →

If MPI put in as much energy attacking Mycoplasma bovis as they do Rachel Stewart and Duncan Garner we wouldn’t have a problem

By   36 mins ago

This is a public service that does the public a disservice. they have been so run down and underfunded they are a toothless watchdog that has become a lapdog to those they are supposed to guard against.

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Why Q+A moving to 9.30pm matters

By   3 days ago

Putting political discussion on the dead wasteland of Sunday morning relegates it to religious programming, something only train spotters in anoraks enjoy. 9.30pm however creates a space that builds the town square into an audience that actually matters and is meaningful.

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Child Poverty Action Group Post Budget Meeting

By   5 days ago

From the Child Poverty Action Group Auckland Post Budget Meeting proudly live streamed on The Daily Blog last Friday

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The AM Show Review: Simon Bridges doesn’t want to play ‘blame game’ over mycoplasma bovis – what a surprise!

By   6 days ago

It’s like there is one rule for National and another rule for every other political Party, watching Duncan Garner chime in and support Simon Bridges in demanding no more political blame helps explain why this double standard is so endemic in NZ politics. 

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#RoyalWedding review from a cynic who doesn’t care

By   1 week ago

I watched the Royal Wedding alone on my couch with only everyone else’s twitter feed and Siri to keep me company. After an hour, Siri stopped responding to my constant questions as to why am I reviewing this bloody thing.

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Support Independent Media – contribute to The Daily Blog

By   1 week ago

Platforms like The Daily Blog are now more crucial than ever before in the NZ media landscape, if you haven’t donated before, but read us regularly, we could do with your support.

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CPAG Post Budget Special live stream 11.30am today

By   1 week ago

Streaming live today at 11.30am – CPAG Post Budget special – Guest speakers include senior lecturer in economics Dr Stephen Poletti; Public Health Medicine and Māori Health expert Dr Rhys Jones; and Professor Innes Asher, Starship Children’s Hospital paediatrician and Professor of Paediatrics.

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Extraordinary interview exposes Garth McVicar as anti-science flat earth creationist when it comes to sensible sentencing

By   1 week ago

Garth McVicar is to reasonable social policy on prisons what ISIS is to inter-faith dialogue.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: The High Cost of Fast Fashion – Is it time for a revolution and mandatory grading?

By   6 hours ago

As Kiwis, we like to think of these issues as ‘far away’ or not our problem to own. However, the truth is many New Zealand consumers purchase imported clothing and are therefore contributing to this problem without realising it. Rather than remaining naive, we propose that Kiwis become more accountable for their actions.

Read More →

GUEST BLOG: Mike Lee – Trams to Auckland airport – is this really a Super idea?

By   6 hours ago

I trust the government is getting good advice on this proposal because the worry is that when it comes to choice of rail mode to the airport, it clearly doesn’t have good advice at all. Opting for widely criticised light rail (trams) instead of heavy rail (trains) to the airport is a very high-risk call; one taken on dubious technical advice and without a business case.  

It also out of line with international best practice.

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GUEST BLOG: Matthew Hooton – My position on NBR

By   4 days ago

For those asking, yes, Todd Scott filed a Statement of Claim against me in the High Court today. He alleges that it was negligent for me to have sent NBR the column I did about Steven Joyce. Consequently, despite the column having been published in the NBR after being read and subedited by several NBR staff including editor Duncan Bridgeman, Todd says I should have to pay some or all NBR’s costs and any losses it suffers from Mr Joyce’s litigation.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Explosive new allegations about Christchurch Prison

By   5 days ago

The Daily Blog is right about Christchurch Prison’s problems and a lot hasn’t come out yet.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – The Budget and Māori

By   1 week ago

It’s appropriate that I give my view on our just released Budget. Already you have seen the misinformed and nonsensical views from the National and Māori Party on how ‘wonderful’ they were last time and how we ‘missed the boat’ this time. So let me tell you just how big the boat is that we have caught.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – War Crimes? Of Course!

By   1 week ago

So why doesn’t New Zealand summon the Israeli Ambassador? Are we more indifferent to atrocities being committed? Also, as others have pointed out,  the Working Holidays Scheme for young Israelis should be stopped.

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GUEST BLOG: Gareth Morgan – Weak Analyses Plus Political Bias

By   2 weeks ago

The TWG has been set an impossible mission – improve the tax regime, make it more efficient and fair, but don’t recommend any changes to the tax treatment of owner occupied housing. And another – make the tax system fairer but don’t deal with the interface between tax rates and welfare (which is just negative tax after all).

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GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – The lies of Hobsons Pledge

By   2 weeks ago

Just to clear up the racist lies and propaganda that Hobsons Pledge are spreading about our founding national document the Treaty of Waitangi.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – Protest outside of Jacinda Ardern’s Office: Action on the Sanctions

By   2 weeks ago

What: Action on the Sanctions: Protest outside of Jacinda Ardern’s Office demanding an end to sanctions on sole parents. There will be speeches by community representatives and parents.

Where: 658 New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland. 

When: 12.00 – 1pm, Friday the 18th of May.

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The 2018 Voyager NZ Media Awards

By   2 weeks ago

I was fortunate enough to get a guest ticket to go along with Voyager to the NZ Media Awards last week. It’s a big moment for Voyager, they are stepping up to sponsor the awards because their leader and founder, Seeby Woodhouse, believes passionately in journalism.

I support his vision, and who am I to turn down an open bar?

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My Top 15 NZ songs for NZ Music Month

By   2 weeks ago

I was a DJ once.

Clarke Gayford and I did a show on Channel Z.

I liked music.

Here are my top 15 NZ songs for NZ Music Month. With fierce justifications.

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CPAG’s nationwide post budget events

By   2 weeks ago

Find out what the impact of Budget 2018 will be for families and children, in Child Poverty Action Group’s 2018 Post Budget presentations.

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The Liberal Agenda – BDS call for action

By   2 weeks ago

The Palestinian BDS National Committee, Palestinian civil society’s largest coalition, calls on people of conscience, unions, municipalities, political parties, social movements, student groups, academics, artists, churches and LGBTQI groups, around the world to: Plan actions to intensify and amplify campaigns that are linked to the call to end military and security ties with Israel. For […]

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The Liberal Agenda – Inaugural Professorial Address AUT Public Lecture Series 2018

By   3 weeks ago

WHAT: AUT Inaugural Professorial Address
WHEN: Tuesday 15th, 4.30pm
WHERE: WA Conference Centre, AUT City Campus

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The Liberal Agenda: Happy 200th birthday Karl Marx! Auckland forum and screening

By   3 weeks ago

WHAT: The Young Karl Marx film screening to celebrate Marx’s 200th Birthday.

WHEN: 12th May Thursday 7pm

WHERE: Unite Union, 6a Western Springs Rd, Kingsland.

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The micro-aggression review of Avengers: Infinity War

By   3 weeks ago

Radical environmentalist, solo dad and Mens Rights Activist, Thanos, has mansplained himself into believing the only sustainable way forward for the Universe is a radical heteropatriarchy that kills off half the population of every planet while turning all waste body matter into biodegradable plant fertiliser.

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Political Caption Competition

By   6 hours ago

TVs ‘Modern Family’ sitcom takes a dark turn  

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 27th May 2018

By   6 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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Political Caption Competition

By   1 day ago

This baby needs extra burping

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 26th May 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

Trevor Mallard blah blah blah

(enter corner left)

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 25th May 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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Political Caption Competition

By   3 days ago

Proof that Simon Bridges is a cactus. Thick skinned and surrounded by pricks. 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 24th May 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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Raw News feed View All →

More strikes planned for Event Cinemas this weekend – Unite

By   2 days ago

Unite Union has authorised a window of industrial action across Event cinemas up and down New Zealand again today, following on from the success of Wednesday nights’ strike on the midnight screening of Star Wars movie Han Solo. This industrial action will run from Friday night until Sunday night during the opening weekend of this […]

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Peace Activists arrested for expressing opinion on Palestine – Auckland Peace Action

By   2 days ago

“Two peace activists have been arrested and charged by Police for simply expressing their view that the film Ben Gurion is Israeli propaganda to whitewash Israel’s crimes in Palestine,” said Auckland Peace Action member Valerie Morse. “Last night, the film screened at the Q Theatre, and activist staged a small protest inside as the film began.” “While […]

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Star Wars Film to face strike action tonight at Event Cinemas

By   4 days ago

Tonight, Unite Union advises Star Wars fan to go elsewhere instead of Event cinemas for the midnight premiere of Han Solo. Union members have voted to authorise strike action over a low offer of wages from the company. Asina Crawford, a cinema attendant and university student from St Luke’s in Auckland says “When I go […]

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Wendy’s impose cut in rostered hours for union members

By   4 days ago

Unite members are balloting on whether to authorise strike action and the union believes the company is trying to intimidate staff. “This is a vicious attack on the very limited income these workers already receive,” says Unite Union National Director Mike Treen. “The company is claiming they have to do this because the collective agreement has expired. This […]

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EDS congratulates Government on DOC funding increases

By   6 days ago

The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the budget announcement of increased funding for the Department of Conservation. Finance Minister Hon Grant Robertson announced a $181.6m increase in DOC’s funding over four years. This represents a 16 per cent increase on the current departmental allocation. “Finally, we have some realistic funding for the Department’s core financial […]

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Support for Many, But Social Services Will still Struggle – NZCCSS

By   6 days ago

“This Budget has not recognised the extremely dire situation that community social services are experiencing”, said Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services. “While, we are pleased to see the initiatives which will begin to address the needs of those in our communities who are living in poverty, the social services […]

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Budget a step in the right direction, but misses the mark for children in need today – Variety – The Children’s Charity

By   6 days ago

Variety – the Children’s Charity is pleased to see the Labour-led government is committed to addressing the significant factors which contribute to children living in deprivation throughout the country. “We commend the Government for acknowledging the issue that is child poverty and creating a framework towards a solution. The initiatives are a step in the […]

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Budget in line with infrastructure expectations – Infrastructure NZ

By   6 days ago

“The Adern-led Government’s first Budget has followed through on well-signalled investments in transport, housing, education and health, but greater use of private investment will be needed to get overall investment to the level required,” says Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zealand. “Additional capital investment of $750 million in hospitals, $400 million in schools […]

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