Watch for the ‘no policy’ sexist attack on Jacinda by the right in the election

Jacinda’s popularity is based on hope, emotional intelligence, compassion based reasoning and the ability to connect personally and empathetically to voters. Painting her as emotional and flakey with no policy as Matthew Hooton did when she won the leadership is a sexist wishful fantasy on behalf of the right, and it should be shown the contempt it deserves at the ballot box next month.

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Maori TV Leaders Debate – What new poll means, Hone Harawira + Gareth Morgan shine

If there is a desire for change within the Maori electorate as strong as it is forming within the General electorate we need to start thinking about a Labour + Green Government because if this Maori support joins middle class support joins workers, women, beneficiaries and most importantly young voters, Labour will have a shot at a 40+ result now.

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Purple Rain Man: The Brief History Of Thirty Three Years Of Peter Dunne In Parliament

By Curwen Rolinson 

Earlier this week, The Rev. Rolinson asked me just what it was that United Future stood for.

“Election in Ohariu, I believe”, was my reply.

Try as I might, I can’t seem to articulate a meaningful response about Dunne that’s more accurate than that.

Maybe that’s what ultimately did it for him. Finding himself without identifiable ‘principles’ in a game which more often seems to actively punish those who instead HAVE same.

Peter Dunne – This Was Your (Political) Life.

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No hope for equality for women in next Parliament

By Dr Liz Gordon

Women holding out for gender equality in Parliament after this election are likely to be disappointed.  The main mechanism for achieving gender equity within parties is the party list, and most of the parties that will do well in 2017 are far from gender equal. There are currently 38 women in parliament, and the outlook for doing much better is poor.

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The only reason farmers suddenly care about the water is because they know Labour will win

The only reason the bloody corporate farmers who are intensifying dairy suddenly care about the water is because they sense the outrage from voters at the way they have stolen and polluted our water ways while giving us expensive product because they charge us what they can get off shore. 

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Fraud, class and the media: the Metiria Turei controversy

By Dr Wayne Hope

Research by Associate Professor Lisa Marriot from Victoria University reveals that 5 per cent of welfare recipients are investigated compared to .01 per cent  of taxpayers. Welfare fraud attracts 800-1000 criminal prosecutions a year compared to 60-80 for tax fraud.  Of tax dodgers whose offending reaches about $270,000, 18 per cent will be jailed. Of those welfare fraudsters who have obtained around $70,000, 67 per cent can expect jail time.

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LAUNCHING: The Daily Blog 2017 election contribution drive

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

Brothers and sisters, Comrades – if you want to support independent blogs so you have some critical media this election rather than the corporate crap we are usually fed, then we need your help.

While other sites complain about the new media landscape, we actually go out and just do it.

If you are in a position to contribute towards us covering the election this year – please do so here.

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.

Kindest of regards – The Daily Blog Team. 

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Dear Beneficiaries of NZ – I’m beyond being polite – please read this & share

These rich white male broadcasters who are vilifying Metiria for courageously admitting what you all know, (that the cruel system WINZ treats you to is impossible to live on), aren’t just angry, they are frightened.

This character assassination of Metiria isn’t just driven by naked sexism, racism and classism – it is driven by fear.

Read their diatribes and rants, beneath the anger is a genuine fear. A fear that Metiria will unleash a wave of beneficiaries who are part of the missing million voters.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Purple Rain Man: The Brief History Of Thirty Three Years Of Peter Dunne In Parliament

By   13 hours ago

I remember once upon a time remarking that Peter Dunne’s occupancy of the Ohariu seat was one of the great certainties in life, almost equivalent to those other inevitabilities – “Death” and “Taxes”. Which, given his previous positions as Minister of Revenue and Associate Health Minister, was a perhaps apt comparison. The other (slightly disappointed) […]

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Fraud, class and the media: the Metiria Turei controversy

By   2 days ago

Research by Associate Professor Lisa Marriot from Victoria University reveals that 5 per cent of welfare recipients are investigated compared to .01 per cent  of taxpayers. Welfare fraud attracts 800-1000 criminal prosecutions a year compared to 60-80 for tax fraud.  Of tax dodgers whose offending reaches about $270,000, 18 per cent will be jailed. Of those welfare fraudsters who have obtained around $70,000, 67 per cent can expect jail time

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Pure Magic: Jacinda Ardern Launches Labour’s Election Campaign

By   2 days ago

The enormous significance of political magic is made clear principally by its absence. None of Jacinda’s four male predecessors had it. Contact lenses and a new haircut couldn’t make it appear. Speechwriters working in shifts couldn’t summon it. Focus groups couldn’t even tell the party where to look for it. But no Labour member; no Labour voter; had the slightest difficulty understanding that the Magic was passing them by.

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Why I’m Not Celebrating Steve Bannon’s Ouster From The White House

By   2 days ago

At the time of writing, it’s been perhaps sixteen hours since news of Steve Bannon’s resignation broke. And dependent upon which side of the aisle you’re sitting on, this is either the best news since the Emancipation Proclamation because an alleged far-right apocalyptic ideologue has been turfed out of a position of power … or […]

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“Pussycat” Collins and “Hollow Man” Joyce back down to corporate thieves

By   3 days ago

It’s no surprise to see the National government backing away from measures to enforce tax rules against multinational corporations operating in New Zealand.

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Dave Macpherson – Last minute election bribes won’t cut the mustard, Coleman

By   3 days ago

The entire community mental health care sector is a mess, and forms a major part of the change requirement that the Government proposals barely touch on.

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Jacinda’s speech – Let’s do this – Labour’s election campaign launched

By   3 days ago

Jacinda launching her Labour Party election campaign as leader

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One Day Out with Green Team #5

By   4 days ago

As part of my contribution to the Green party election campaign, I joined the Green’s Billboard Team #5. Our team was assigned to the Rimutaka Electorate – and it was an eventful day…

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Bill English had bad acne as a teenager – he understands pain

By   6 hours ago

As National strategists desperately scramble to make Bill English seem as empathetic as Jacinda Ardern, Bill’s opened up about his pain.

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The only reason farmers suddenly care about the water is because they know Labour will win

By   9 hours ago

The only reason the bloody corporate farmers who are intensifying dairy suddenly care about the water is because they sense the outrage from voters at the way they have stolen and polluted our water ways while giving us expensive product because they charge us what they can get off shore. 

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Watch for the ‘no policy’ sexist attack on Jacinda by the right in the election

By   9 hours ago

Jacinda’s popularity is based on hope, emotional intelligence, compassion based reasoning and the ability to connect personally and empathetically to voters. Painting her as emotional and flakey with no policy as Matthew Hooton did when she won the leadership is a sexist wishful fantasy on behalf of the right, and it should be shown the contempt it deserves at the ballot box next month.

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Twitter outrage will get TOP 5%

By   1 day ago

The simple truth is that TOP can only implement their policy with Labour, they can’t do it with National, but the TOP electorate are alienated by tribal identity twitter politics so TOP can appeal to them by outraging Twitter.

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What’s really slowing housing markets? A 10 year old birthday present from the GFC

By   1 day ago

Lot’s of ’10 years ago today’ stuff last week marking the beginning of the meltdown in global markets as weapons of mass destruction derivatives forced a global market collapse that almost tail spun the entire planet in a steep economic depression.

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Greens promise free public transport to under 19yr olds

By   2 days ago

The Greens are back on their feet with a promise for free public transport to under 19yr olds, free off peak public transport for university students, apprentices and those with disabilities…

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Media Watch View All →

New war crime allegations by NZDF must be investigated

By   4 hours ago

Tying the dead of our enemies onto the front of tanks and unloading them in front of villagers in an attempt to shock them is desecrating corpses, and the desecration of the war dead is a war crime…

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Maori TV Leaders Debate – What new poll means, Hone Harawira + Gareth Morgan shine

By   11 hours ago

If there is a desire for change within the Maori electorate as strong as it is forming within the General electorate we need to start thinking about a Labour + Green Government because if this Maori support joins middle class support joins workers, women, beneficiaries and most importantly young voters, Labour will have a shot at a 40+ result now.

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We have a media more interested in Aaron Smith’s sex toilet texts than Bill English’s abuse of power texts

By   3 days ago

Aaron Smith’s sex toilet romp is actually more important to the corporate media than Bill English secretly paying a former staff member a small fortune to protect one of his MPs that National were dependent upon to get legislation through.

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Hosking & Gower are hosting debates – so choice is between National Party Casino pimping cheerleader or homicidal sadistic chipmunk

By   5 days ago

Hosking is a sexist piece of trash who has spun deluded neoliberal fantasy after neoliberal fantasy to justify his love affair with National while Gower is a homicidal political sadist who crowed about being responsible for taking out Metria in the pack lynching that saw her destroyed.

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Facebook Watch: This post by the Young Nats has to be seen to be believed

By   1 week ago

How privileged and stuck up your own arsehole must you be to see this as a positive learning experience?

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MUST WATCH: Hit & Run with Nicky Hager

By   1 week ago

Investigative journalist and author Nicky Hager talks about his recent book Hit & Run; the events it uncovers and the issues raised for New Zealand.

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Rachel Smalley finally disappears up her own arse

By   1 week ago

I’m just gong to be brutal now.

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MUST WATCH: Jake Tame destroys Bill English over Bootcamps

By   1 week ago

Jack Tame is one of NZs best and most underrated journalists and interviewers, watch him destroy Bill English’s bullshit reasoning over Bootcamps.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

Want to save the planet? Eat more insects

By   2 hours ago

Order Cricket Pasta from The Daily Blog now!

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Liz Gordon – No hope for equality for women in next Parliament

By   10 hours ago

Women holding out for gender equality in Parliament after this election are likely to be disappointed.  The main mechanism for achieving gender equity within parties is the party list, and most of the parties that will do well in 2017 are far from gender equal. There are currently 38 women in parliament, and the outlook for doing much better is poor.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Jacinda’s speech was one of the most significant speeches in my political life

By   1 day ago

Jacinda’s speech on Sunday was one of the most significant speeches in my political life and dare I say it, the life of this country.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – Campaign Diary

By   2 days ago

Some ad-hoc adventures I’ve had over the last few weeks.

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We need to eat more insects

By   2 days ago

Order Cricket Pasta from The Daily Blog now!

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GUEST BLOG: Suzie Dawson – CIA Whistleblower joins 2nd Internet Party #AntiSpyBill Panel

By   3 days ago

CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou was recruited from the high school he taught Jared Leto at. In the decades to follow, he travelled the world, recruited other spies in turn, and oversaw operations that captured Al Qaeda militants and sent them to Guantanamo Bay. Trained to keep secrets, there was one he couldn’t live with – his government was torturing people. Eventually, he shared what he knew with his fellow countrymen. Tonight, he will share it with New Zealand.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – and you, are you ‘comfortable’?

By   3 days ago

“British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he’s comfortable with the UK selling billions of dollars’ worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, which have been used to kill thousands of civilians in Yemen.” The quotation is from a The Nation Press Release , about a Lisa Owens  interview with Boris Johnson held on 29 July this year.  

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – Shaw Thing

By   3 days ago

Now that the dust is settling on the Turei resignation, it might be time to have a dispassionate look at why she had quit as leader of the Greens.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda: Remember Fatima on 22 August: Inquiry into Afghan Deaths Now! – Hit & Run Inquiry Campaign

By   1 day ago

At 12:30pm on Tuesday 22 August, the Hit and Run Inquiry Campaign will hold a commemoration protest at the Wellington Cenotaph to remember Afghan civilians killed seven years ago during a New Zealand SAS-led raid in Baghlan Province Afghanistan. Fatima was one of those killed, at only three years of age.

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The Liberal Agenda – Labour’s 2017 Campaign Launch

By   5 days ago

WHAT: Labour Party Election Launch

WHERE: Auckland Town Hall

WHEN: 1pm Sunday

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The Liberal Agenda – ARTWEEK AUCKLAND 2017

By   5 days ago

An artistic explosion will engulf Auckland from October 7- 15 with Artweek Auckland; a 10-day festival showcasing and celebrating the visual arts and artists of New Zealand. Ten Auckland precincts (Central City, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Arch Hill, Parnell, K’ Road, Devonport, East, West and South) come alive with a vibrant and dynamic programme providing a unique […]

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The Liberal Agenda – Metiria speaking about fighting poverty

By   1 week ago

WHAT: Metiria speaking about fighting poverty
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday 31st August
WHERE: Cardboard Cathedral, Latimer Square

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The Liberal Agenda – BASEMENT THEATRE SPRING SEASON

By   2 weeks ago

This Spring at Basement, we’re all about promoting our flexible options to our audiences. We’ve got two venues chocka full of new work from the best talent in town. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, a bar fly or a flying-by, we’ve got a live theatre option that suits.

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The Liberal Agenda – Tūhoe leader Tāmati Kruger to give 2017 Bruce Jesson Lecture

By   2 weeks ago

A leader of the Tūhoe people’s drive for self-determination, Tamati Kruger, will give the 2017 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture on 31 October.

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The Liberal Agenda – Sugar, Rum and Tobacco a new BWB Text on sugar taxes

By   2 weeks ago

‘Sugar, rum and tobacco are commodities which are nowhere necessaries of life…which are…objects of almost universal consumption, and which are therefore extremely proper subjects of taxation.’ – Adam Smith

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The Liberal Agenda: Jacinda’s first policy announcement as Labour Party Leader

By   3 weeks ago

Come along to Jacinda’s first policy announcement as Labour Leader this Sunday, which will focus on how the next Labour Government will make Auckland a world-class city.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   6 hours ago

“My eyes are the greatest eyes. They can look at any Sun. The Sun is terrific, but not as terrific as my eyes. I can cut a deal with the Sun that won’t burn my eyes and will build the wall. Mexicans will burn our eyes and I will burn North Korea.”

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Malcolm Evans – On TOP of the Pigs back

By   9 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – On TOP of the Pigs back

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 23rd August 2017

By   11 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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New Labour Party Ad #LetsDoThis

By   1 day ago

New Labour Party Ad

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Malcolm Evans – Statues under attack

By   1 day ago

Malcolm Evans – Statues under attack

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Political Caption Competition

By   1 day ago

When irrelevant met desperate

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 22nd August 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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Malcolm Evans – Pinetree stain

By   2 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Pinetree stain

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Raw News feed View All →

Greenpeace tells farming leadership – show us the substance

By   10 hours ago

Greenpeace is welcoming the farming leadership’s acknowledgement that the problem with our waterways is greater than previously admitted. “It is great that farming leaders are beginning to appreciate just how much New Zealanders care about their rivers,” says agricultural campaigner Gen Toop. “But this pledge, without a plan to back it up, could be seen […]

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More primary healthcare needed – NZNO

By   10 hours ago

NZNO welcomes proposed new initiatives from the current National-led Government to improve healthcare access to disadvantaged New Zealanders, but Associate Professional Services Manager Hilary Graham-Smith cautions against exaggerating expected uptake of schemes that involve the Community Services Card. “More families on low incomes being able to pay less for adult GP visits is welcome as […]

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Make eliminating child poverty New Zealand’s No.1 priority – CPAG

By   10 hours ago

Former Prime Minister Sir John Key, said as he was knighted for service to New Zealand, that the only regret he had from his ten years in office was not eliminating child poverty. During those ten years, housing became tragically unaffordable for many while Working for Families (WFF), the incomes policy tool to address child […]

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Protesters leaflet defence headquarters staff this morning

By   1 day ago

New Zealand Defence Force staff were leafletted this morning to mark the anniversary of the SAS raid on two Afghan villages where civilians were killed and injured. The leaflets said “Did you join NZDF to be part of war crimes and cover ups? Of course not.”

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Students welcome free public transport announcement – NZUSA

By   1 day ago

Students have welcomed the Green Party’s announcement today of free off-peak public transport for tertiary students. The policy covers students at university, polytechnic, wānanga, private training establishments, and people training through apprenticeships. The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) says that free public transport for students puts the country one step closer to a […]

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Students Against Sexual Violence – a call to action

By   1 day ago

Students Against Sexual Violence—Otago Uni is releasing a booklet about sexual violence in the student community, distributed throughout the Otago University Dunedin campus. It is also available through group’s Facebook page: Students Against Sexual Violence – University Of Otago, https://www.facebook.com/SASVOtagoUni/ @SASVOtagoUni Due to intimidation by the University, an article about sexual violence which was scheduled […]

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National’s TPPA-11 leaves four questions unanswered – Professor Jane Kelsey

By   1 day ago

The National government announced on the last day of Parliament that Cabinet has endorsed terms for a major new trade and investment deal – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement minus the US, or TPPA-11. It said the TPPA text will remain basically unchanged, despite the US no longer participating. That begs multiple questions, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey.

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Support for cannabis law reform remains high – NZ Drug Foundation

By   1 day ago

Public support for cannabis law reform is as strong as ever, a new poll conducted for the NZ Drug Foundation shows. The Drug Foundation is urging political parties to make firm commitments to health-focused drug law during this election campaign. Almost two thirds of those surveyed want cannabis to be either legalised (28%) or decriminalised […]

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