Do we really want a Christian Zionist being the tail wagging a National dog?

Despite the overwhelming meaninglessness of this unprepared Government, Labour + Greens + NZFirst are lights years more preferable than a Judith Collins led National Party returned to power with a fanatical religious zealot holding power.

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The People’s Budget 2019 – Friday 31st May

Had enough of trickle -down economics? Work all week and still struggle to make ends meet? Can Grant Robertson’s neoliberal austerity budgets really improve all our well-being… or not?

Join us for the New Zealand Public Television Town Hall Event of the year 6.30 pm Friday, May 31st Otahuhu Town Hall.

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Big Oil infects the civil service

The rules are written by the greedy Big Oil industry, they are set to benefit them, not us the people and the sooner we acknowledge how infected our public service has become the sooner we can start purging these interests from setting the rules.

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Review: Game of Thrones- 8 year review – 5 stars (spoiler alerts)

No other show has managed to imprint the way GoT has culturally. It permeates social media and popular culture in a unique way that manages to slot effortlessly into the multi narrative world social media now provides. 

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The Quiet Australians revolt

Electing a Prime Minister who once entered Parliament proudly holding up coal forces us in NZ to reconsider the open immigration policy we have with Australia before the climate crisis shit really hits the fan.

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Fear of the State vs Omnipotent big data inter-agency mass surveillance: Will $320m for family & sexual violence actually do anything?

…it’s good that there will be a promotional advertising campaign calling on behaviour change and support for the men who cause this violence, but my suspicion is that once people in harms way realise calling the Police triggers inter-agency backlash then those in danger will stop calling Police.

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Hate in the time of the Internet

By Bryan Bruce

Twenty- two years ago I made a documentary about mass murder in which I had the harrowing experience of interviewing the families of the mass murder victims. Back then (1997) I recommended banning military style semi automatic weapons and registering ALL guns, as did Justice Thorp in his report published around that time.

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Oh no, not more exams!

By Dr Liz Gordon

The Minister intends to fix the terrible workloads that this causes, not by reducing the qualification burden but by shifting from internal to external assessment and thus reducing the assessment burden on teachers.

Of all the reforms possible, he has chosen the worst one.  I will debate this with anyone. I have studied assessment systems for over 30 years and I know as much as anyone about them.  So here is the truth about assessment systems in five easy lessons.

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If we are quite finished with patting ourselves on the back for a fairly meaningless call in Paris to restrict free speech could we get back to housing and homelessness?

While Grant Robertson and James Shaw continue to promise our corporate overlords that a Labour led Government will maintain National’s old austerity budget, those children living on the streets are the most obvious amputation of the politics of kindness. 

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Waatea News Column: I will continue writing about the state taking children until something meaningful has occurred

If you have the privilege of a platform, you must endeavour to use that platform for good. I have written previous columns about the extraordinary abuse of power by the state when they take children into their ‘care’.

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The fantasy world of Alfred Ngaro

By John Minto

Whatever Ngaro may offer the country as a conservative Christian leader it won’t be compassion, tolerance, justice or truth. Instead it will be a conservative straitjacket of bigotry, arrogance and injustice.

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In 2019 women live in fear

By Hadley Robinson-Lewis

Women need allies now more than ever.

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The Liberal Agenda – 12pm Post Budget livestream Friday 31st for the first Wellbeing Budget

Each year Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) provides child-focused analysis and commentary of the budget.  The aim is to provide an accessible and affordable avenue for the community to come together and hear about how the budget affects children and young people, especially our most vulnerable who live in poverty.

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Unwilling To Disclose.

By Chris Trotter 

The suspicion arises that in 2014-2015, in some unspecified, possibly unlawful, and highly secretive way, the country’s national security apparatus was working hand-in-glove with senior elements within the police to silence and punish a couple of outspoken critics of the National-led 2008-2017 Coalition Government.

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Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: Ngaro in Botany, Christchurch call, Police admission on social media watchlist, Game of Thrones Finale, Water Issues

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Dr Liz Gordon – Oh no, not more exams!

By   2 days ago

The Minister intends to fix the terrible workloads that this causes, not by reducing the qualification burden but by shifting from internal to external assessment and thus reducing the assessment burden on teachers.
Of all the reforms possible, he has chosen the worst one.  I will debate this with anyone. I have studied assessment systems for over 30 years and I know as much as anyone about them.  So here is the truth about assessment systems in five easy lessons.

Read More →

The fantasy world of Alfred Ngaro

By   3 days ago

Whatever Ngaro may offer the country as a conservative Christian leader it won’t be compassion, tolerance, justice or truth. Instead it will be a conservative straitjacket of bigotry, arrogance and injustice.

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Hadley Robinson-Lewis: In 2019 women live in fear.

By   3 days ago

Women need allies now more than ever.

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Israel Lobby influence in New Zealand

By   3 days ago

In a Press Release published on 28 April, ACT MP David Seymour took our Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt, to task because he had “failed to condemn” what he asserted was “the anti-Semitism of UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Inquiry will miss the main issue which keeps us at risk

By   5 days ago

The most worrying aspect of the commission of inquiry into the Christchurch shootings is that the terms of reference give too much room for our security agencies – the SIS and GCSB – to hide.

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Phil Twyford the privatiser of state assets

By   5 days ago

I used to feel a bit sorry for Minister of Housing Phil Twyford being blamed for failing to deliver something he can’t control – the market price for housing. When Labour was elected the market had already driven prices to the unaffordable level for the vast majority.But when he started taking Housing NZ land that should be used for more state housing to achieve that goal he became another privatiser of state assets. 

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Add ‘Trade for All’ to the list of government sell-outs

By   6 days ago

Some have asked why my radio silence over recent months. Simple. Once it became clear that I could have zero influence on this government’s trade and investment policy, I have been working where I can make a difference. There are other governments, international institutions, and influencers who are genuinely rethinking the current rule-book and resisting moves to make it even worse.

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Dave Macpherson: Same mental health system, with the same creaking around the edges

By   1 week ago

The problem to date is that, apart from a literal handful of pilot/trials, no new initiatives have yet started as a result of these findings, and the Government itself has three times delayed the release of its statement as to what it will be doing, now tieing that in with the upcoming budget. And the thing about budgets is that they do not get things started immediately – very often the earliest implementation of budget initiatives happens the next financial year (after April 1) or, if you’re lucky, in the new calendar year.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Parliament has a toxic culture – when you consider what public service do to beneficiaries are you surprised?

By   6 hours ago

Let’s dump the faux shock, it’s beneath our collective intelligence. 

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The arrogance and ignorance of Alfred Ngaro is as breathtaking as his misplaced self-assured smugness

By   6 hours ago

I feel stupid even having to state something so obvious, but post the Alabama decision and the rise of the religious right wanting to control women’s bodies, it’s time for clear cut and serious pushback.

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ACT vs Greens, culture wars & threatening Golriz

By   7 hours ago

In the culture war between ACT and the Greens – ACT says freedom of speech trumps all while the Greens argue micro aggressions lead directly to macro violence.

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Do we really want a Christian Zionist being the tail wagging a National dog?

By   2 days ago

Despite the overwhelming meaninglessness of this unprepared Government, Labour + Greens + NZFirst are lights years more preferable than a Judith Collins led National Party returned to power with a fanatical religious zealot holding power.

Read More →

The Quiet Australians revolt

By   2 days ago

Electing a Prime Minister who once entered Parliament proudly holding up coal forces us in NZ to reconsider the open immigration policy we have with Australia before the climate crisis shit really hits the fan.

Read More →

Big Oil infects the civil service

By   2 days ago

The rules are written by the greedy Big Oil industry, they are set to benefit them, not us the people and the sooner we acknowledge how infected our public service has become the sooner we can start purging these interests from setting the rules.

Read More →

Fear of the State vs Omnipotent big data inter-agency mass surveillance: Will $320m for family & sexual violence actually do anything?

By   3 days ago

…it’s good that there will be a promotional advertising campaign calling on behaviour change and support for the men who cause this violence, but my suspicion is that once people in harms way realise calling the Police triggers inter-agency backlash then those in danger will stop calling Police.

Read More →

If we are quite finished with patting ourselves on the back for a fairly meaningless call in Paris to restrict free speech could we get back to housing and homelessness?

By   3 days ago

While Grant Robertson and James Shaw continue to promise our corporate overlords that a Labour led Government will maintain National’s old austerity budget, those children living on the streets are the most obvious amputation of the politics of kindness. 

Read More →

Media Watch View All →

NZer of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan joins The People’s Budget

By   5 hours ago

Just when you thought The People’s Budget hosted by Bryan Bruce and with panelists Rod Oram, Sue Bradford, Russel Norman, Efeso Collins, Professor Jane Kelsey and Julia Whaipooti was a great way to debate if neoliberal economics can build a well being budget, news tonight that NZer of the Year, Dr Lance O’Sullivan will also be joining the panel.

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Review: Game of Thrones- 8 year review – 5 stars (spoiler alerts)

By   1 day ago

No other show has managed to imprint the way GoT has culturally. It permeates social media and popular culture in a unique way that manages to slot effortlessly into the multi narrative world social media now provides. 

Read More →

The People’s Budget to screen 8pm Sunday 2nd June

By   2 days ago

Comrades – are you sick of neoliberal economics ruining our changes of a truly transformative progressive economy?

Me too!

Here’s what Bryan Bruce and a I have been working on, The People’s Budget 2019…

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Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: Ngaro in Botany, Christchurch call, Police admission on social media watchlist, Game of Thrones Finale, Water Issues

By   2 days ago

Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: Ngaro in Botany, Christchurch call, Police admission on social media watchlist, Game of Thrones Finale, Water Issues

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Waatea News Column: I will continue writing about the state taking children until something meaningful has occurred

By   2 days ago

If you have the privilege of a platform, you must endeavour to use that platform for good. I have written previous columns about the extraordinary abuse of power by the state when they take children into their ‘care’.

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Paula Bennett is a political coward

By   1 week ago

Let’s get this straight, Paula Bennett is such a coward, that she refused to appear on a TV panel with Chloe Swarbrick to debate cannabis reform?

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The PMs censorship panel highlights all that’s wrong with the current social media/free speech debate

By   1 week ago

So the panel advising the PM on censuring the internet is an industry spokesperson, a corporate media interest, an angry Twitter rage tech person, a lawyer, a state wonk and someone who used to sing Popera?

And this isn’t a joke?

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Waatea News Column: State Spying and a Police who see no spying, hear no spying and speak no spying

By   2 weeks ago

John Campbell’s remarkable investigation at the beginning of the week into a Government agency tasked with looking after earthquake survivors using corporate spies to secretly tape those complaining  was made more important by the remarkable announcement midweek from the NZ Police that found nothing illegal in the actions of anyone involved.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Hate in the time of the Internet

By   2 days ago

Twenty- two years ago I made a documentary about mass murder in which I had the harrowing experience of interviewing the families of the mass murder victims. Back then (1997) I recommended banning military style semi automatic weapons and registering ALL guns, as did Justice Thorp in his report published around that time.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – I have just signed a petition to parliament by 13 year old Sinead Latimer

By   5 days ago

We have the highest rate of teenage suicide in the developed world. According to Stephen Bell (Director of Youthline ) In a average week two teenagers kill themselves and about 20 young people will be hospitalised for self-harm each week, he estimated.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – The Prime Minister is remarkable

By   5 days ago

There is no question our Prime Minister is a truly remarkable person.

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GUEST BLOG: Ross Meurant – America: Rogue State

By   6 days ago

The trouble with schoolyard bullies is; sooner or later the smaller kids catch up. And as Great Britain and France found out: EMPIRES DIE. 

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GUEST BLOG: Edward Miller – Why is it ok to frack Taranaki if we’re going carbon neutral?

By   6 days ago

The latest offer of 2200 square kilometres of land around Taranaki for the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas, or ‘fracking’ deserves attention. Green MP Chloe Swarbrick explained to her followers that this under the current law this was an administrative decision, while Energy Minister Megan Woods was quick to note that among the offer’s benefits was that it didn’t include offshore oil and gas. But why frack now?

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

By   1 week ago

Is our government serious about Climate Change or not?

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Kia kaha teachers!

By   1 week ago

As a former teacher let me be clear I’m 100% behind our educators in their efforts to get better pay and conditions.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Gee some people get upset when I dare to examine the governance of Labour and Greens

By   1 week ago

So even at the time of announcing the death of neoliberalism the Prime Minister knew her Party was going to keep the economic philosophy it had introduced in 1984 on life support

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – The People’s Budget 2019 – Friday 31st May

By   2 days ago

WHAT: The People’s Budget
WHERE: Otahuhu Town Hall
WHEN: 6.30pm Friday 31st May

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The Liberal Agenda – 12pm Post Budget livestream Friday 31st for the first Wellbeing Budget

By   1 week ago

Each year Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) provides child-focused analysis and commentary of the budget.  The aim is to provide an accessible and affordable avenue for the community to come together and hear about how the budget affects children and young people, especially our most vulnerable who live in poverty.

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The Liberal Agenda – Tamil Association to remember Genocide Day May 18

By   1 week ago

A vigil has been organised on the 18th May 2019, from 12.00 to 4.00 pm at the Aotea Square, Auckland to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the “Tamil Genocide Day”.

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The Liberal Agenda – New Zealand Public Television Trust: Transforming cities with technology?

By   2 weeks ago

If you use one of those “free” electric scooters or bikes you are giving someone valuable data about your movements around the city. Is that something that concerns you – or not?

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The Liberal Agenda: NZ Public Television – The Universal Basic Income – a good idea or not?

By   3 weeks ago

Imagine paying people no strings attached cash whether they have a job or not.

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The Liberal Agenda – Nationwide Post Budget Event Series 

By   3 weeks ago

Each year Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) provides child-focused analysis and commentary of the budget.  The aim is to provide an accessible and affordable avenue for the community to come together and hear about how the budget affects children and young people, especially our most vulnerable who live in poverty.

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The Woke review of Avengers: Endgame 5 stars (warning – spoilers)

By   3 weeks ago

After eliminating climate change and over population issues, radical environmentalist, solo dad and Mens Rights Activist, Thanos, has retired to a life style block to grow sustainable vegan crops.

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The Liberal Agenda – Mediating Terror

By   3 weeks ago

Seven weeks after the Christchurch mosque shootings it is time to reflect upon the mediated nature of these traumatic events. To this end, the Journalism, Media and Democracy research centre has assembled a distinguished panel of speakers to discuss the interrelated themes of online white extremism, media depictions of terrorism, terror and security and representations of Islam.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   16 hours ago

Spot the difference 

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Tuesday 21st May 2019

By   16 hours ago

5: Extremists Are Winning the War on Abortion
4: Iran slams ‘genocidal taunts’ by US, increases uranium production
3: THE RISE OF “GAME OF THRONES” WAS PART OF THE FALL OF AMERICA
2: Meet The Alabama Doctor Who Could Face 99 Years In Prison For Providing Abortions Under New Law
1: US ban on Huawei a ‘cynically timed’ blow in escalating trade war, says firm

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 21st May 2019

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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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

That’ll get ’em to pay for a subscription!

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Monday 20th May 2019

By   2 days ago

5: What It’s Like at an Alabama Clinic Still Performing Abortions
4: Saudi Arabia ‘seeks to avert war, ready to respond with force’
3: A VIGILANTE MILITIA DEFENDS AN IMAGINARY BORDER
2: What Does a Post-Roe America Look Like? As Anti-Choice Laws Multiply, Many Already Are Living In It
1: US prosecutors to ‘help themselves’ to Julian Assange’s possessions

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 19th May 2019

By   3 days ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 17th May 2019

By   5 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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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Friday 17th May 2019

By   5 days ago

5: DRUG CARTELS ARE PREYING ON MIGRANTS STUCK IN MEXICO
4: Saudi-UAE coalition carries out deadly air raids on Yemen’s Sanaa
3: WILL JOHN BOLTON FINALLY GET HIS WAR WITH IRAN?
2: As EPA Insists Weed Killer Roundup is Safe, a Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay $2B to Couple With Cancer
1: Iran tells Middle East militias: prepare for proxy war

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Raw News feed View All →

Wellbeing budget delivers for Ambos’ wages, St John already making moves to spend elsewhere – First Union

By   14 hours ago

After months of industrial action to draw attention to the low wages and poor conditions of work, Ambulance Professionals are delighted that there government has listened but fear the money won’t make it to the frontline where it is needed.   This morning, Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters announced that Ambulance Professionals have been remembered […]

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ITF condemns suspension of union members in Auckland

By   14 hours ago

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) strongly condemns the 30-day suspension without pay of union members by the Spanish employer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Auckland, New Zealand.   As part of a campaign for fairer wages, members of the ITF-affiliated Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) had planned partial strike action that […]

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Robertson’s Budget $6 Billion Short – Social Credit

By   14 hours ago

Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s budget later this month could have contained an additional $6 billion in spending without costing taxpayers a single cent more, Social Credit Party Leader, Chris Leitch told the party’s Canterbury Regional conference yesterday. But it won’t, Mr Leitch said, because the Finance Minister doesn’t understand that he could save that amount […]

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Public transport reform welcomed – Wellington Tramways Union

By   14 hours ago

Wellington bus drivers are welcoming reform of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) says their union.   The reform process was announced by the Transport Minister today at the Wellington Tramways Union AGM in front of hundreds of drivers.   Tramways union Secretary Kevin O’Sullivan says change has been desperately needed. “We’ve watched Wellington’s public […]

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Racism Underpins the Prisoner Voting Blanket Ban – Media Release on behalf of Tom Hemopo and Donna Awatere-Huata

By   16 hours ago

Former retired Probation officer Tom Hemopo and Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere-Huata are due to give evidence this afternoon at the Māori Prisoner’s Voting Inquiry at the Waitangi Trbunal in Wellington. Mr Hemopo and Mrs Awatere-Huata claim that the blanket prisoner voting ban discriminates against Maori and is a breach of their tino rangatiratanga and […]

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Over 1,000 prisoners sign voting petition – Wellington Howard League

By   16 hours ago

The Wellington Howard League’s “Let Prisoners Vote” petition, presented to Parliament by Wellington Central MP, the Hon. Grant Robertson, will be tabled in the House on Tuesday 21 May before question time. The over two thousand people who have signed the petition are asking Parliament to repeal section 80(1)(d) of the Electoral Act 1993 to […]

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3 days to go until thousands of students strike from school – School Strike 4 Climate

By   16 hours ago

There are now only three days until May 24th, when thousands of school students across the country and the world will strike from school to demand the Government treat climate change as the crisis that it is. There are currently over 25 events planned across Aotearoa. Some communities are doing tree plantings and beach clean […]

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Ngaro’s support of “abortion equals Holocaust” views needs scrutiny – Jami Lee-Ross

By   2 days ago

Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross says Alfred Ngaro’s support for a group comparing abortion to the Holocaust needs scrutiny. On Saturday Mr Ngaro shared on Facebook the comments of an anti-abortion post where it is claimed that abortion is “… an unholy Holocaust in our nation”. ”Alfred is entitled to his view, but it’s not one […]

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