Urgent Summer contribution drive

Folks – we urgently need to lift our contributions if we are to stay on over Summer

PLEASE NOTE: Paula Bennett DOES NOT endorse this contributions drive and would probably prefer you don’t read this blog at all. 

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Time for new strategies for women’s equality

Dr Liz Gordon

I can remember many years ago being told my one of my senior academic colleagues that I should not be so impatient for women’s equality – that it would come, but probably take about 25 years. Well, 25 years has been and gone and progress have been sporadic and regression all too common. In particular, men are still mostly in charge of things. In the private sector and the state, most CEOs are men, most board chairs are men and most of the voices heard are males.

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Why I do not welcome euthanasia in New Zealand

When I look at the horror our mental health system, prison system & welfare systems have become for the most vulnerable via chronic underfunding & indifferent staff – I fear how euthanasia will mutate in that cruel environment.

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Busting the myths around Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

By The Nomad

Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has produced a lot of hot air; not only from the President himself, but from the mainstream media, which seems stuck more or less in the same narrative it’s been in for decades.

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In 9 weeks, Labour has done more to eradicate child poverty than National did in 9 years

This is a great start, but to truly change we need a new Government who will use the looming economic meltdown as an opportunity to borrow and invest directly into the social infrastructure to handle the jump in poverty that economic recession will cause….

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Medicinal cannabis: good news, bad news

By Chris Fowlie

Good news! The Labour-led Government will introduce legislation to “legalise medicinal cannabis”, this side of Christmas. Bad news! Based on early hints about the content of the reform, patients are fearful about whether the changes will go far enough and whether they will have to continue to resort to criminal activity.

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Further fraying of the social welfare net

Dr Susan St John

One of the clear threads is the move to a greater reliance on the complex stigmatizing regime of supplementary hard to access add-on means-tested assistance. Core benefits are not enough to live on and low wages are far too low.

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We will miss Mike Hosking at 7pm the way we miss cancer

I think Mike appeals to those who already have and his quaint musings on working hard and not helping beneficiaries because that only enables them when you feed them slips effortlessly into the cultural norms rich people convince themselves of when they have to step over beggars to get into Louis Vuitton stores.

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Public Equity and Tax-Benefit Reform

By   1 hour ago

Public Equity is not a difficult concept to understand. Equity is about ownership. And equity is about equality. Equal owners own what they own equally. Two equal owners of a house own that house equally. Two people with equal shares in a business have equal equity in that business. In capitalism, we understand equity to represent a private property right. That’s why many of us distrust capitalism; the problem is that emphasis on the word ‘private’.

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Governing For The “Other Half” Of New Zealand

By   1 day ago

THE LABOUR PARTY has never been very tolerant of dissenters. It is, therefore, unsurprising that very few within its ranks have reacted positively to my recent posting on The Daily Blog. No matter how many private reservations Labour supporters may be harbouring about Grant Robertson’s “fiscally responsible” economic policies, they would rather his critics refrained from giving public voice to their concerns.

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Busting the myths around Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

By   1 day ago

Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has produced a lot of hot air; not only from the President himself, but from the mainstream media, which seems stuck more or less in the same narrative it’s been in for decades.

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Further fraying of the social welfare net

By   2 days ago

One of the clear threads is the move to a greater reliance on the complex stigmatizing regime of supplementary hard to access add-on means-tested assistance. Core benefits are not enough to live on and low wages are far too low.

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Grant Robertson’s “Mini Budget” Presents Progressives With A “Maxi-Problem”

By   2 days ago

IT’S OFFICIAL – there is now no prospect of this government living up to its promises of introducing “transformational” change. Thanks to Grant Robertson, the Labour-NZ First-Green Government will, with one exception, be fundamentally indistinguishable from the Clark-Cullen ministry of 1999-2008.

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$639 million upgrade poses question of whether we need frigates

By   2 days ago

The frigates Te Mana and Te Kaha are a huge drain on the taxpayer. They cost hundreds of millions of dollars a year in running costs and regular upgrades. The current electronics upgrade is now priced at a whopping $639 million.

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Medicinal cannabis: good news, bad news

By   3 days ago

Good news! The Labour-led Government will introduce legislation to “legalise medicinal cannabis”, this side of Christmas. Bad news! Based on early hints about the content of the reform, patients are fearful about whether the changes will go far enough and whether they will have to continue to resort to criminal activity.

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Bitcoin – A Glimpse At Our (Grim) Economic Future

By   3 days ago

There’s been quite a lot of mainstream media attention on the Bitcoin phenomenon recently. And while any amount of prognostication about whether its runaway increases in value represent a bubble can be found pretty much wherever one cares to look, there’s one aspect of the present Bitcoin boom that I think’s been somewhat under-discussed. 

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Why should we trust SIS, GCSB & Police with more power when they can’t use their current powers legally?

By   1 day ago

We have Police and Intelligence Agencies stepping well outside the law and not getting punished for it.  

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In 9 weeks, Labour has done more to eradicate child poverty than National did in 9 years

By   1 day ago

This is a great start, but to truly change we need a new Government who will use the looming economic meltdown as an opportunity to borrow and invest directly into the social infrastructure to handle the jump in poverty that economic recession will cause…

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Why I do not welcome euthanasia in New Zealand

By   3 days ago

When I look at the horror our mental health system, prison system & welfare systems have become for the most vulnerable via chronic underfunding & indifferent staff – I fear how euthanasia will mutate in that cruel environment.

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Chippy chops National Standards

By   4 days ago

This was never about the educational needs and simplification of explaining grades to parents, it was always about building the infrastructural data to allow league tables.

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The incredulous self-righteousness of Gerry Brownlee, Amy Adams, Paula Bennett and Bill English

By   4 days ago

Forget the Housing failure, the homelessness failure, the health service failure, the education failure, the prison failure, the transport failure, the environmental failure, the social issues failure and the infrastructure failure, just look at the current incredulous self-righteousness being spouted by National over the last week.

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National held back advice on 1.9m sea rise until after election while new developments built

By   4 days ago

The National Government knew what the report said but held it going out before the election because it would demand they had an actual plan for climate change rather than the meaningless lip service they currently provide.

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Are we really sad KidsCan is getting dumped? Really?

By   4 days ago

KidsCan has been lauded because it stepped in when the Government refused to do anything meaningful and that was acceptable to the majority of NZers who argue that free lunches or shoes or raincoats from the State will let parents off the hook.

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Audacity of Green Party staff complaining

By   6 days ago

Every time I see the Greens in the news headlines now it feels like the nervousness you get when the kids take the car out for a drive. You know it’s going to come back written off with a whole bunch of excuses and explanations that it was someone else’s fault.

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Media Watch View All →

We will miss Mike Hosking at 7pm the way we miss cancer

By   2 days ago

I think Mike appeals to those who already have and his quaint musings on working hard and not helping beneficiaries because that only enables them when you feed them slips effortlessly into the cultural norms rich people convince themselves of when they have to step over beggars to get into Louis Vuitton stores.

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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Māori Politics 2017 – wins and losses

By   4 days ago

2017 was an explosive year for Māori politics and the election reshaped the political landscape in a dramatic fashion wiping out Māori Party and MANA Party aspirations while leaving the Labour Party with an enormous obligation to Māori voters.

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New Zealand media ownership: History and obfuscation

By   4 days ago

This year’s New Zealand Media Ownership report written by Merja Myllylahti and published by the Journalism, Media and Democracy research centre (JMAD) recounts how two attempted mergers failed. The Sky TV–Vodafone and NZME–Fairfax mergers were prevented by the Commerce Commission (in the latter case an appeal is before the High Court). These events are of […]

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RIP Patrick Gower Political Editor 2012-2017

By   6 days ago

…Patrick Gower isn’t so much a journalist as he is a barking dog that chases every stationary car he can see. I enjoy watching his work for the pure bloodsport element, when his eyes roll into the back of his head as he starts his death spin on whatever unfortunate soul has been stupid enough to be interviewed by him,  you watch with all the excitement of a really gruesome snuff movie.

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What does the final Q+A Poll mean and why it should freak out Labour

By   1 week ago

So no bounce for the new Government and that is pretty grim, why is it so grim? This new Poll was taken using 50-50 cellphone and landline methodology . This is the best ever polling landscape for the Left yet all they’ve done is stay static in the final MMP numbers.

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Only four years too late – TVNZ-Colmar Brunton catch up with The Daily Blog

By   1 week ago

Four years ago, this blogger pointed out that then-existing polling methodologies – relying solely on landline respondents – was flawed. The 2013 Census had revealed a significant ‘chunk’ of the population had surrendered access to landlines, in favour of cellphone/smartphone usage.

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What the 2017 Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) report means for NZs media landscape

By   2 weeks ago

It paints a bleak picture of the current NZ media landscape and highlights the real threat that the majority of news media is now in private hands meaning we are ripe for political manipulation and exploitation by those commercial interests that own those media.

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BREAKING: The Daily Blog to livestream TPPA meeting 6pm tonight

By   2 weeks ago

It is almost incomprehensible that a meeting about the TPPA is being held in a tiny room like Europe House at AUT. 

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – What a Trio, a Toxic Trio: Trump. Netanyahu and Mohammed Bin Salman

By   45 mins ago

We here in NZ need to debate our role in the world. There is too much at stake. New Zealand should not be afraid to have an independent foreign policy. Someone must say NO to militarism , NO to war, YES to sanity, YES to humanity.

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Liz Gordon – Time for new strategies for women’s equality

By   1 day ago

I can remember many years ago being told my one of my senior academic colleagues that I should not be so impatient for women’s equality – that it would come, but probably take about 25 years. Well, 25 years has been and gone and progress have been sporadic and regression all too common. In particular, men are still mostly in charge of things. In the private sector and the state, most CEOs are men, most board chairs are men and most of the voices heard are males.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz: Regulating or Liberating Cannabis?

By   2 days ago

The NZ Drug Foundation has published its Briefing Document on Drug reform for the incoming Parliament. The indications are that its approach is one that the Government might favour because while it argues for decriminalisation to remove the worst aspects of our demonic cannabis laws, it also recommends heavy regulation of “production, consumption and sale”. 

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson: Focus on real jobs with security, forget ‘bludgers’ rhetoric

By   4 days ago

The Jonesy is a passionate bloke and mate of mine who wants to do what is right by our people who have been forgotten in the regions when it comes to jobs. He fired up last week and went on TV wanting to force beneficiaries into work with plenty of sticks to prod and push them into jobs.

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GUEST BLOG: Lachlan Forsyth – Why The Syrian Conflict Is Ours To Care About

By   5 days ago

How to comprehend the brutal conflict that has enveloped Syria for almost seven years?

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Neoliberalism is naked capitalism on its death bed

By   2 weeks ago

Marxist economist Michael Roberts takes on Noah Smith’s claims that neo-liberalism is making a comeback and is actually increasing GDPs and reducing inequality. But to make that claim Smith has to use China and India as examples of successful neo-liberal economies. Roberts says that growth in these two countries comes not from market reforms but from heavy state intervention.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – Have we forgotten about the working poor?

By   2 weeks ago

When we discuss poverty, the two extremes seem to fall in two categories: beneficiaries and the uber rich. The “middle class” seems to be an amorphous blob which fills the gap between the two, and (according to the law of post-90s politics) is the demographic which politicians have to appeal for votes.

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GUEST BLOG: Mike Lee – ‘Fear and Loathing’ – Auckland Transport and the Super City

By   2 weeks ago

Recent disclosures about an unbudgeted blowout on staff salaries amounting to $42m, ‘communications’ costing $45.6m per year, and $1.3m spent on business class travel and luxury hotels, unhappily have coincided with widespread public complaints about the council’s failure to manage even basic services such as mowing the grass in local parks.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – Protest the Warkworth Rodeo

By   5 days ago

Direct Animal Action are taking action for rodeo animals this summer and we need you to join us.

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The Liberal Agenda – Global Climate Leaders to Discuss Path for NZ – 350 Aotearoa

By   5 days ago

When: 7pm, Wednesday, 13th December
Where: GBLT1, Victoria University of Wellington Law School, 33 Bunny Street, Wellington 6011

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The Liberal Agenda Review: Gideon Levy’s road to Damascus (via Palestine)

By   2 weeks ago

His message – that Israeli society is incapable of dismantling the occupation and that the only way change will occur is by outside nations forcing that change upon Israel. He spoke positively of the BDS  (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) calling it the only game in town in shaming Israel into action.

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The Liberal Agenda – Journalism, Media & Democracy (JMAD) 2017 Media Ownership Report

By   2 weeks ago

Journalism, Media & Democracy (JMAD) 2017 Media Ownership Report

Monday December 4, live streamed on The Daily Blog 5pm

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The Liberal Agenda – Peter and the Wolf – 5 stars

By   4 weeks ago

I have to be 100% honest with you, I didn’t have any great expectations for this.

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The Liberal Agenda – The Jubilation Choir – Saturday 18th November

By   1 month ago

The Liberal Agenda – The Jubilation Choir – Saturday 18th November

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REVIEW: Thor does for positive masculinity what Wonder Woman does for feminism

By   1 month ago

Thor: Ragnarok has been reviewed by far more clever and geeky comic book nerd types than me so I won’t even attempt to compete with their detailed reviews of how this fits into the Marvel Universe and Norse mythology, but what struck me about Taika Waititi’s incredibly funny movie is the real tenderness he gives the male characters.   

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The Liberal Agenda – Protest 90 Years of Cannabis Prohibition, Sat 11 November

By   1 month ago

Presented by NORML NZ, Auckland Patients Group, Cannabis Social Clubs of NZ, The Hemp Foundation, and assorted associates.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   52 mins ago

So it’s agreed then Mr Trump. I’ll continue manipulating you and you’ll continue taking the planet to the brink of nuclear war with North Korea.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 17th December 2017

By   56 mins 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

The blind leading the dead

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 16th December 2017

By   1 day ago

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

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

We’ve just had confirmation from the Situation Room, Mike Hosking, Sean Plunket, Matthew Hooton and Cameron Slater have all been shot dead by special forces. 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 15th December 2017

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

Photo bombing has never bombed so badly

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 14th December 2017

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 →

Families package welcome news at Christmas – Office of the Children’s Commissioner

By   59 mins ago

“We welcome the Families Package announced today and we hope it will make a big difference to the lives of many New Zealand children”, said Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft. “These are really positive steps, many of which echo recommendations made by the Expert Advisory Group on child poverty in 2012. Raising family incomes, enabling warmer […]

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Families package signals a sea change for children – CPAG

By   1 hour ago

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Government’s Families Package announced today, which provides a significant boost to income support where it’s desperately needed. “This is a long overdue response to the disastrous child poverty experienced since the 1990s,” says Associate Professor Susan St John, CPAG’s economics spokesperson. “The Prime Minister is to be applauded […]

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Medicinal cannabis users’ plea to Government – NORML

By   1 hour ago

On Thursday, 47 medicinal cannabis patients and caregivers sent an open letter to the Government to express our concerns about their imminent legislation. Patients are grateful for the new Government’s commitment to law reform on medicinal cannabis. But with reforms set to be unveiled as soon as next week, and early warning signs appearing that […]

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Government Must Heed Report on Adapting to Climate Change – Forest and Bird

By   2 hours ago

Forest & Bird calls on the new government – which has staked its reputation on dealing with climate change – to recognise the critical role our natural world plays not only in our economy, but also in protecting us against the worst impacts of climate change. Climate Change Minister James Shaw today released a report […]

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New Zealanders need time to upskill for climate change – Council of Trade Unions

By   2 hours ago

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard says today that he is worried people working in New Zealand don’t realise how much their livelihoods are at risk from climate change. “The Stocktake Report from the Climate Change Adaptation Working Group, released by the Government today, shows that we haven’t had the conversations we […]

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Families Package Will Make a Difference to Children – Auckland City Mission

By   2 hours ago

The Government’s announcement of the $5.53 billion Families Package yesterday will have a significant impact on the lives of many of New Zealand’s most vulnerable people – our children, says Auckland City Missioner Chris Farrelly. “The Families Package is a deliberate attempt to reach families who are struggling the most,” Mr Farrelly says. “It will […]

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What’s in Labour’s Medical Cannabis bill? – Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

By   2 hours ago

With the looming introduction of a bill by Labour for Medical Cannabis, the patient community is sceptical, and bordering on preemptively hostile due to the lack of consultation, and the comments from Jacinda Ardern about pharmaceutical grade Cannabis Based Products. Considering the lack of information coming out, we wish to publish our bottom line positions. […]

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High Court decision: Kim Dotcom v The District Court

By   2 hours ago

High Court decision Kim Dotcom v The District Court at North Shore Introduction [1] The United States of America (“USA”) applies to strike out seven causes of action in the statement of claim filed by Mr Dotcom in this proceeding. The USA asserts they are an abuse of process being both collateral attacks on previous […]

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