MUST READ: Does this budget turn the tide?

By Dr Susan St John

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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MUST READ: I’ve read the PWC Stadium report and it didn’t take me very long because so many words were redacted from the version I got!

By Auckland Councillor Efeso Collins 

I’ve read the PWC report and it didn’t take me very long because so many words were redacted from the version I got. But in light of a looming regional fuel tax, which hits poorer communities hardest and representing a Ward with the lowest level of home ownership… a stadium in the middle of the city to host a future Commonwealth Games and the odd Abba comeback concert, is the last thing on their minds.

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MUST READ: Budget 2018 – Half of something and half of nothing

By Alan Johnson

In its first Budget the Government had an opportunity to break the neo-liberal mould which has been the basis of every budget for the past 32 years but they didn’t.

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MUST READ: Budget 2018: Labour’s Pre-Emptive Capitulation To Kiwi Capitalism’s Discontent

By Chris Trotter

Grant Robertson’s dutiful and fiscally timid first budget has furnished New Zealand business leaders with all the proof they could possibly need that neoliberalism’s sharpest teeth are all perfectly safe.

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Union leader Mike Treen to join flotilla to Gaza in July

By Mike Treen

I spoke with acclaimed US/Palestinian author Dr Baroud who is currently on a speaking tour of New Zealand on why I’m going on the Flotilla to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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Why Ashley Peacock’s appalling treatment makes me oppose euthanasia

…when I look at the way NZ treats prisoners, beneficiaries and the mentally ill, I have zero confidence in any suggestion of state sanctioned euthanasia. 

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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – “hidden borrowing”?!

By Frank Macskasy

National is at it again;  indulging in rank hypocrisy by criticising the Labour-NZ First- Green Coalition Government of policies that they themselves carried out.

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Clever marketing over ‘scrapping’ the ‘mega’ prison at Waikeria masks a new Goon squad in Christchurch Prison

While Labour desperately work out how to sell the new prison build there to their activist base who are already disenchanted by the National lite Budget (I’ve suggested how Andrew Little should spin the new prison announcement here), we shouldn’t take our eye off the ball of what is happening in Christchurch Men’s Prison….

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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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Setting The Agenda View All →

MUST READ: Does this budget turn the tide?

By   1 hour 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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MUST READ: Budget 2018 – Half of something and half of nothing

By   1 hour ago

In its first Budget the Government had an opportunity to break the neo-liberal mould which has been the basis of every budget for the past 32 years but they didn’t.

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MUST READ: I’ve read the PWC Stadium report and it didn’t take me very long because so many words were redacted from the version I got!

By   1 hour ago

I’ve read the PWC report and it didn’t take me very long because so many words were redacted from the version I got. But in light of a looming regional fuel tax, which hits poorer communities hardest and representing a Ward with the lowest level of home ownership… a stadium in the middle of the city to host a future Commonwealth Games and the odd Abba comeback concert, is the last thing on their minds.

Read More →

MUST READ: Budget 2018: Labour’s Pre-Emptive Capitulation To Kiwi Capitalism’s Discontent

By   1 hour ago

Grant Robertson’s dutiful and fiscally timid first budget has furnished New Zealand business leaders with all the proof they could possibly need that neoliberalism’s sharpest teeth are all perfectly safe.

Read More →

Union leader Mike Treen to join flotilla to Gaza in July

By   19 hours ago

Mike Treen spoke with acclaimed US/Palestinian author Dr Baroud who is currently on a speaking tour of New Zealand on why he is going on the Flotilla to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. (See link below)

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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – “hidden borrowing”?!

By   1 day ago

National is at it again;  indulging in rank hypocrisy by criticising the Labour-NZ First- Green Coalition Government of policies that they themselves carried out.

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Dr Liz Gordon – A just nation?

By   2 days ago

It has been a very long time since a New Zealand government has had an agenda of justice sector reform.  In truth, justice has been run on the fuel of the agony of the victims of crime. It has been stoked by rage and fear.  There has been little that is dispassionate or even that over-used phrase, evidence-based, about justice policy. To be honest, justice policy since about 1990 has been stark raving bonkers.

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Budget 2018 – Fiscal restraint and state housing – ideological craziness exposed

By   3 days ago

The government has decided to increase the building of state housing from their extremely modest target of 1000 a year to the still very modest target of 1600 a year over the next four years.

Housing NZ is not being given any extra money to do this.

They will have to borrow on private financial markets at higher rates than the government can borrow money for.

The cost to the government will be more as a result.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

If the Israeli Embassy doesn’t like NZs criticism over their latest Gaza massacre, there’s the door

By   1 day ago

…We should be doing far more than criticising Israel, we should be kicking their embassy out and revoking their work visa status. Israel uses NZ as a safe holiday destination for their soldiers to chill out from all that oppression. We shouldn’t allow them to do that.

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Why Ashley Peacock’s appalling treatment makes me oppose euthanasia

By   1 day ago

…when I look at the way NZ treats prisoners, beneficiaries and the mentally ill, I have zero confidence in any suggestion of state sanctioned euthanasia. 

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Clever marketing over ‘scrapping’ the ‘mega’ prison at Waikeria masks a new Goon squad in Christchurch Prison

By   1 day ago

While Labour desperately work out how to sell the new prison build there to their activist base who are already disenchanted by the National lite Budget (I’ve suggested how Andrew Little should spin the new prison announcement here), we shouldn’t take our eye off the ball of what is happening in Christchurch Men’s Prison….

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NZ Police ‘respect my authority’ used to justify killing another citizen

By   1 day ago

Our authority worship culture that is so intent on giving the Police any power to bash, chase and kill who ever they like just wouldn’t be acceptable in any other public policy field.

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The 3 reasons why the 2018 Budget is so depressing for the Left

By   3 days ago

When the Leader of the Opposition can claim on TV that ‘trickle down’ works, you know we are a country still in the grip of neoliberal culture. The Left has become so distracted by Identity Politics they don’t have an economic class response to counter neoliberalism and Budget 2018 is the perfect example of this.

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Suburban Far Right Race Candidate enters Northcote by-election

By   5 days ago

If there is a silent majority of racists living in Northcote, they finally have their knight in shining by burning cross light armour. 

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Guess who’s back? Back Again? The Saudi Sheep Bribe is back – tell a friend

By   5 days ago

…you may not remember the unbelievable clusterfuck that was the Saudi Sheep bribe fiasco, so let me remind you in detail the fully fledged horror of it all.

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So when are Farmers going to start blaming National for Mycoplasma bovis?

By   6 days ago

Every election NZ has the choice to either allow National to keep screwing the country up, or allowing Labour in to fix National’s damage

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Media Watch View All →

Child Poverty Action Group Post Budget Meeting

By   1 hour 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   1 day 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   2 days 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   3 days 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   4 days 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   5 days ago

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

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Ali Jones rips right wing blogger a “new one” on Radio NZ’s “The Panel”

By   6 days ago

Unexpected fireworks erupted on Jim Mora’s ‘The Panel’ on Radio NZ yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 15 May) when PR consultant and  former Christchurch City Councillor, Ali Jones, took on National Party apparatchik, pollster, wannabe Bond-villain, and right-wing blogger, David Farrar.

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What the online Left don’t get about National Party propaganda

By   7 days ago

We of the online Left have openly mocked these weird memes which keep showing Jacinda winning as a weird message to use in attempting to denigrate the new Government. What we on the online Left however are missing is that for rump National voters who believe erroneously they were cheated by Jacinda winning, this constant winner framing is rubbing salt in still open wounds.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

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

By   25 mins 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   3 days 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   5 days 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   6 days 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   1 week 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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GUEST BLOG: Danyl Strype – Work and Income is Beyond Repair – Scrap it!

By   1 week ago

Reflecting on about 20 years of dealing with WINZ on and off, this is what I think needs to happen. Firstly, WINZ needs to be abolished. The mild reforms of the Clark years prove that it’s far too politicized to be reformed without just being deformed again by the next government. It’s a failed model. Just bin it.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Reclaiming Marx

By   1 week ago

A famous dead white man indulges us by coming back from the grave on his 200th birthday for a bit of celebrity haunting.

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GUEST HEALTH VLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis

By   2 weeks ago

Gallstones are common, particularly in women. It is estimated that, from the age of 40, more than 20 out of 100 women, and 10 out of 100 men, have gallstones. If you have abdominal pain similar to what I spoke about in this vlog please get it checked out!

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

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

By   6 days 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   7 days 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   1 week 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   1 week 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   1 week 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   2 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   2 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   2 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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The Daily Gallery View All →

Malcolm Evans – Wedding vs All Blacks

By   2 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – Wedding vs All Blacks

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 hours ago

David Seymour using up all the winter subsidy as quickly as possible so that there’s none for poor people

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 22nd May 2018

By   2 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 – Budget 2018

By   1 day ago

Malcolm Evans – Budget 2018

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 21st 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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 20th 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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Raw News feed View All →

EDS congratulates Government on DOC funding increases

By   1 day 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   1 day 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   1 day 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   1 day 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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Funding could protect thousands of migrant workers – FIRST Union

By   1 day ago

Labour inspectorate funding could protect tens of thousands of migrant workers from exploitation FIRST Union welcomes the Government’s announcement of 34 million dollars towards a beefing up of Labour Inspectors. FIRST Union’s General Secretary Dennis Maga says it will improve the accessibility of labour inspectors to ensure workplaces adhere to at least the minimum requirements […]

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xtra investment in Police welcomed – NZ Police

By   1 day ago

Police Commissioner Mike Bush welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Police and says it represents a significant investment in NZ Police that will help make New Zealand the safest country. “We are now positioned to deliver 1800 new police and 485 support staff,” says Commissioner Bush. “This is an extra 920 officers and 240 […]

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Budget Not the Big Hit Needed – Salvation Army

By   1 day ago

Budget 2018 addresses many aspects of poverty and poor housing not tackled by previous Governments, but it is not the transformational change we had hoped for. This Budget will assist the most vulnerable New Zealanders but it will not rid New Zealand of the combined plagues of homelessness and child poverty. Free Health Care for […]

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Clothing allowance for children welcomed with open arms – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

By   1 day ago

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it has budgeted $101.9 million over the next four years for the clothing allowance for recipients of the Unsupported Child and Orphan’s Benefit. From 1 July 2018, thousands of grandparents and whanau caregivers raising someone else’s child will receive the clothing allowance at […]

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