This is not us

By Efeso Collins

Stories of Muslim women being yelled at to go back to their countries continue to emerge. Posts online of people yelling at ‘dark-skinned’ individuals cheering at this despicable act of last week surface. And this is just the outward manifestation of the racism in NZ. It has been insidious for years. The term unconscious bias is the nice, polite way to describe the way in which the brain reacts to difference. And in the main, difference is the colour of your skin and gender. That difference is picked up by the eye immediately and it feeds that information directly to the brain. Then judgements are made about who is in, and who is out.

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What Happened Here?

By Chris Trotter

Part of the answer, the most important part, we have already seen. In the floral tributes outside the nation’s mosques. In the images of the imam and the rabbi embracing each other. In the Pasifika voices raised in a hymn of heart-breaking poignance. In the Maori and Pakeha faces wet with tears, yet set in grim defiance. In the passionate cry of the massacre survivor: “This is not New Zealand!” In the nearly $5 million already raised to support the victims’ families. The answer already given by the people of New Zealand, united in grief, is unequivocal: When confronted with such reckless hate, the only possible answer is aroha – love.

The wrong answer; the answer the terrorist is always hoping the strategic targets of his rage will give; is to meet recklessness with recklessness; hate with hate.

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How to combat Islamophobia and white supremacy

By Keith Locke

Whether consciously or not, successive New Zealand governments have helped foster this modern Islamophobia by participating in the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and not speaking out against Western military action in places like the Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The Western propaganda around those wars has fostered prejudice towards Muslims living in New Zealand.

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Mucad Ibrahim was just 3 years old when he reportedly died in his father’s arms during last Friday’s massacre

By Bryan Bruce

Mucad’s right to life (and the right to life of all the 49 other innocent victims of Friday’s massacre) vastly supersedes anyone’s “right” to own a semi- automatic weapon.

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Waatea News: Why I’m taking my daughter out of school today

This was written the morning of the shooting. It seems like a distant shore now.

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Forcefields of hate

By Dr Wayne Hope 

I feel sad about the consequences for New Zealand. An array of see-it-perfectly well social liberals will  advocate the  restriction  of free speech from those they disagree with. Without question, Tarrant`s  manifesto should be taken down, it clearly incites and celebrates violence against others. However, less extreme yet noxious ideas  should not be automatically banned from the internet or public meetings.

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The racist right in Aotearoa

By Dr Liz Gordon

Thousands of young people (and I am thinking mainly of young men here) up to age 24 are ‘NEET’ (not in education, employment or training).  Some have nothing to do but surf the internet all day, where they may find themselves excited by the rhetoric of the far right. Here we see a potential breeding ground for disaster.

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National Day of “Peace, Love, Solidarity” needed.

By Mike Treen

We need to do more, much more to challenge all forms of bigotry and hatred. This includes on a personal level calling out anyone and everyone who peddles the lies and hatreds. It means physically protecting where necessary any people that are being targetted for abuse for their race, religion, ethnicity, sex or gender.

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How UN Global Compact hysteria is driving right-wing rage in New Zealand

By Louie Encabo

The entire country, and the rest of the world, is shocked and disgusted by the terrorist attacks that occurred in Christchurch last week that targeted two mosques. A day before that, Greens co-leader James Shaw was assaulted unprovoked by a member of the public.

The two events had a common denominator – both of the perpetrators were riled by the Government’s signing of the United Nations Global Compact on Migration.

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This is what political leadership looks like

In a lot of the angry debate swirling right now, please let us remember that this diseased human chose Christchurch BECAUSE NZ is a peaceful progressive multi-cultural society, this violence IS NOT a reflection of us, we were targeted because we are good.

That’s not to say there isn’t much Islamaphobia we need to stamp out, that blogs like Whaleoil with their constant Muslim Hate, David Moffett and the New Conservatives language of violence and a rise of the far right aren’t concerns, but we weren’t targeted because this is us, quite the opposite and we need to remember that as we move forward because while this atrocity must change us, it will not define us.

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If we can ban single use plastic bags and fireworks – why the Christ can’t we ban machine guns for civilian use?

If only we could spy on white supremacists with the ease we spied on Nicky Hager ‬and it’s not good enough to say, ‘he wasn’t on a watch list’ when all the watch lists are focused on Māori, Environmentalists, Greenpeace, the Greens, Earthquake victims and the MANA Party!

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Sasya Wreksono: We mourn, reflect and face up to NZ’s ‘fragment of darkness’

“Standing beside our Muslim brothers and sisters” … a placard at the Aotea Square vigil on Saturday. Image: David Robie/PMC

By Dr David Robie 

“What happened on Friday was appallingly, disgustingly atrocious. While we undoubtedly need to hold alt-right politicians and commentators around the west accountable for pushing the rhetoric of white supremacy and Islamophobia, in turn cultivating bigotry and hatred, we can still do something here at home.”

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Mass Shooting in Christchurch – the white supremacist link

A person has been named on social media as the gunman, I have no confirmation of this but I’m reading their manifesto that was loaded up 2 hours ago, it is white supremacist madness.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

This is not us

By   1 hour ago

Stories of Muslim women being yelled at to go back to their countries continue to emerge. Posts online of people yelling at ‘dark-skinned’ individuals cheering at this despicable act of last week surface. And this is just the outward manifestation of the racism in NZ. It has been insidious for years. The term unconscious bias is the nice, polite way to describe the way in which the brain reacts to difference. And in the main, difference is the colour of your skin and gender. That difference is picked up by the eye immediately and it feeds that information directly to the brain. Then judgements are made about who is in, and who is out.

Read More →

How to combat Islamophobia and white supremacy

By   1 day ago

Whether consciously or not, successive New Zealand governments have helped foster this modern Islamophobia by participating in the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and not speaking out against Western military action in places like the Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The Western propaganda around those wars has fostered prejudice towards Muslims living in New Zealand.

Read More →

Dr Liz Gordon: The racist right in Aotearoa

By   1 day ago

Thousands of young people (and I am thinking mainly of young men here) up to age 24 are ‘NEET’ (not in education, employment or training).  Some have nothing to do but surf the internet all day, where they may find themselves excited by the rhetoric of the far right. Here we see a potential breeding ground for disaster.

Read More →

Forcefields of hate

By   1 day ago

I feel sad about the consequences for New Zealand. An array of see-it-perfectly well social liberals will  advocate the  restriction  of free speech from those they disagree with. Without question, Tarrant`s  manifesto should be taken down, it clearly incites and celebrates violence against others. However, less extreme yet noxious ideas  should not be automatically banned from the internet or public meetings.

Read More →

National Day of “Peace, Love, Solidarity” needed.

By   1 day ago

We need to do more, much more to challenge all forms of bigotry and hatred. This includes on a personal level calling out anyone and everyone who peddles the lies and hatreds. It means physically protecting where necessary any people that are being targetted for abuse for their race, religion, ethnicity, sex or gender.

Read More →

Sasya Wreksono: We mourn, reflect and face up to NZ’s ‘fragment of darkness’

By   2 days ago

“What happened on Friday was appallingly, disgustingly atrocious. While we undoubtedly need to hold alt-right politicians and commentators around the west accountable for pushing the rhetoric of white supremacy and Islamophobia, in turn cultivating bigotry and hatred, we can still do something here at home.”

Read More →

What Happened Here?

By   2 days ago

Part of the answer, the most important part, we have already seen. In the floral tributes outside the nation’s mosques. In the images of the imam and the rabbi embracing each other. In the Pasifika voices raised in a hymn of heart-breaking poignance. In the Maori and Pakeha faces wet with tears, yet set in grim defiance. In the passionate cry of the massacre survivor: “This is not New Zealand!” In the nearly $5 million already raised to support the victims’ families. The answer already given by the people of New Zealand, united in grief, is unequivocal: When confronted with such reckless hate, the only possible answer is aroha – love.

The wrong answer; the answer the terrorist is always hoping the strategic targets of his rage will give; is to meet recklessness with recklessness; hate with hate.

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15 March: Aotearoa’s Day Of Infamy

By   2 days ago

On a day when our young people succeeded in prodding grownups to take notice of the looming climate change disaster bearing down on us, other “grownups” had more nefarious, murderous thoughts in mind. On a day which should have been positive and filled with idealism and hope, we ended with tragedy and tears.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

How amazing has Jacinda been under this pressure? This is what political leadership looks like

By   2 days ago

In a lot of the angry debate swirling right now, please let us remember that this diseased human chose Christchurch BECAUSE NZ is a peaceful progressive multi-cultural society, this violence IS NOT a reflection of us, we were targeted because we are good.

Read More →

If we can ban single use plastic bags and fireworks – why the Christ can’t we ban machine guns for civilian use?

By   2 days ago

‪If only we could spy on white supremacists with the ease we spied on Nicky Hager ‬and it’s not good enough to say, ‘he wasn’t on a watch list’ when all the watch lists are focused on Māori, Environmentalists, Greenpeace, the Greens, Earthquake victims and the MANA Party!

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Jacinda goes beyond ‘thoughts & prayers’ and will change gun laws

By   3 days ago

As we rock on our heels at the magnitude of evil that has been spat upon our Muslim whanau, we will kaleidoscope a spectrum from shock to grief to rageBut the best of us is better than this spite and we must not allow this stain to hollow our wholes.As we lay down with numb souls, rest dear friends. Tomorrow’s grim grey will continue to test us as we struggle for our nations oxygen.

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National peddle right wing conspiracy about UN, Green Party Leader attacked by angry man yelling about the UN…

By   4 days ago

…Political Leaders are responsible for the passions they inject into debate through their rhetoric. National knew the complaints they raised about the UN were spiteful and conspiracy laced, and they did it anyway.

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James Shaw assaulted in public – a sudden political chill on a Summer day

By   5 days ago

…let’s hope this is some dreadful random violence by a disturbed person as opposed to a targeted political attack – the former is depressing, the latter terrifying.

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The irony of the SFO investigating National

By   6 days ago

What a week to be progressive in NZ.

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Why Shane Jones & NZ First must be destroyed

By   6 days ago

Every neoliberal hawk and Feudal Public Service Lord want to trip Jones up and see the Provincial Growth Fund fail because NZ First’s desire to force actual change with public money threatens all their vested interests.

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Media Watch View All →

Waatea News: Why I’m taking my daughter out of school today

By   1 day ago

I’m taking my 9 year old daughter to the climate protest today, which means she’s wagging a day from school.

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TWITTER WATCH: National Party – sensing the political backlash, quietly remove far right UN conspiracy

By   2 days ago

…so after National embarked upon a far right conspiracy about the UN we had the co-leader of the Greens punched by a man yelling angry things about the UN and we had this diseased human being scrawl messages about the UN on his guns…

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Donna Awatere Huata dismantles Duncan Garner’s climate denial on The AM Show

By   5 days ago

Since the student strike against climate change apathy was announced, Duncan Garner and his sidekicks have been shitting on the students and writing them off as a joke.

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MEDIA WATCH: Things we need to consider if we want to social media lynch Michael Jackson

By   1 week ago

I don’t know if Michael Jackson molested children, I do know that there is much more to justice than a multi hour documentary that is popularised on social media networks that are algorithmically fuelled by subjective rage in a call out culture that thrives on public shaming.     

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Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – International Women’s Day, The third non-binary gender, Should Cullen get paid to promote the government’s CGT agenda?

By   1 week ago

Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – International Women’s Day, The third non-binary gender, Should Cullen get paid to promote the government’s CGT agenda?

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Waatea News Column – The new stolen generation of Māori children

By   2 weeks ago

Where is the outcry over this ramping up of seizing children and what extra resource has been put in place to protect those children once they have been taken?

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Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – Roger Douglas legacy, Fireworks & Identity Politics & Cops carrying guns

By   2 weeks ago

Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: This week – Rodger Douglas legacy, Fireworks & Identity Politics & Cops carrying guns

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Mucad Ibrahim was just 3 years old when he reportedly died in his father’s arms during last Friday’s massacre.

By   1 day ago

Mucad’s right to life (and the right to life of all the 49 other innocent victims of Friday’s massacre) vastly supersedes anyone’s “right” to own a semi- automatic weapon.

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GUEST BLOG: Suzie Dawson – Misguided Spying and the New Zealand Massacre

By   1 day ago

Now that the bodies of 50 innocent human beings are lying in a Christchurch, New Zealand, morgue — gunned down by a heavily armed terrorist — New Zealand media are asking the obvious questions: why didn’t our intelligence agencies know there were xenophobic, murderous, white supremacists on the loose in Christchurch?

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GUEST BLOG: Ross Meurant – Passing the buck

By   1 day ago

As a result of this city’s history of radicalized right-wing groups, failure of police and GCSB to have entrenched and effective spying apparatus in that sector, is in my view one good reason why we need a review of what I say, has been a lamentable performance by any measure of national security providers.

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GUEST BLOG: Louie Encabo – How UN Global Compact hysteria is driving right-wing range in New Zealand

By   1 day ago

The entire country, and the rest of the world, is shocked and disgusted by the terrorist attacks that occurred in Christchurch last week that targeted two mosques. A day before that, Greens co-leader James Shaw was assaulted unprovoked by a member of the public.

The two events had a common denominator – both of the perpetrators were riled by the Government’s signing of the United Nations Global Compact on Migration.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – 100% support for gun law reform call by The Prime Minister

By   2 days ago

All guns need to be registered with the police.

All semi- automatic and automatic weapons should be banned and the sale of devices that can facilitate the self loading of rifles should also be banned. No citizen in our country needs such a weapon.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Complacency Delivers Misery

By   3 days ago

Yesterday we witnessed the best and worst in humanity in one day.

49 people murdered in Christchurch and many injured in an act of hate, while thousands of school students ignored warnings of punishment to protest our lack of progress on climate change.

Both events are connected by the complacency of New Zealand governments over many years to regulate on some serious issues in the greater public good.

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GUEST BLOG: Gerard Otto – The UnSerious Fraud Office ( UFO )

By   4 days ago

The UnSerious Fraud Office is dependent on sponsors, unlike the Serious Fraud Office, which operates independently of government and is therefore immune to bullshit, threats, influence or propaganda.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Hit and Run inquiry more duck and cover

By   4 days ago

Another example of setting the terms of an inquiry to favour the outcome you want.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

Vanessa Kururangi : Hate is not welcome here…

By   3 days ago

Vanessa Kururangi is a State House Tenant Advocate, a mother and a writer.

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The Liberal Agenda – Hands off Venezuela – protest Saturday, 2pm, Aotea Square, Auckland

By   5 days ago

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is encouraging all supporters of peace and justice to join the international day of action on Saturday, March 16 against the US government’s effort to engineer a coup in Venezuela and a new devastating war there.

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The Liberal Agenda – Bryan Bruce interviews Max Rashbrooke

By   1 week ago

My thanks to the many people who supported and commented on posts relating to government and how, for example, we expect better from people like Judith Collins and Simon Bridges.

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RIP Luke Perry & Keith Flint

By   2 weeks ago

Two cultural books ends over a decade too short.

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The Liberal Agenda – Please sign this GPJA letter for a “Hands Off Venezuela” day of action March 16

By   1 month ago

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is asking for individuals and organisations to endorse the following appeal:

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The Liberal Agenda – Hands Off Venezuela day of action March 16

By   1 month ago

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is asking for individuals and organisations to endorse the following appeal:

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The Liberal Agenda – New Zealand Public Television – Rebellion Extinction

By   1 month ago

Marney Brosnan of Mahi Pai Media filmed the event -You can check out what they want from the Mayors of all our cities and why on New Zealand Public Television . Here’s the link

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The Liberal Agenda – Cuckoo’s Nest #3, raising awareness for Mental Health to take place this Friday in Auckland

By   1 month ago

Ding Dong Lounge presents Cuckoo’s Nest #3, a series of events promoting Mental Health Awareness within the local Auckland Rock scene & wider community.

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Malcolm Evans – shoes

By   2 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – shoes

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 19th March 2019

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 – never the twain shall meet

By   21 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – never the twain shall meet

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 18th March 2019

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 17th March 2019

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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 16th March 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 – Saturday 16th March 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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Raw News feed View All →

Unions Wellington: students on strike are fighting for all of us

By   4 days ago

The Wellington Local Affiliates Council of the New Zealand trade union movement offers its full support to school students walking out of class on Friday 15 March. Schools across the country are expected to be affected by the strike, which calls on the government to take more urgent action in curbing carbon emissions and reducing […]

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Youth union movement supports School Strike 4 Climate

By   4 days ago

Stand Up, New Zealand’s youth union movement, supports the School Strike 4 Climate taking place on Friday 15 March and congratulates all those taking part.   Students will walk out of schools across New Zealand in protest against the impending climate catastrophe and demanding urgent action from the government to curb carbon emissions.   “We […]

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Māori Climate Commissioner: ‘Everyone who love their children should march with students this Friday against climate change’.

By   7 days ago

Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, is calling on every Parent, Grandparent, Uncle, Aunt and whanau member to join their mokopuna this Friday to strike against climate change. 

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The Human Rights Review Tribunal has upheld a complaint against Cameron Slater and order that he pay $70,000 damages to Matthew Blomfield, one of the highest awards ever made.

By   7 days ago

The Human Rights Review Tribunal has today upheld a complaint against Cameron Slater. The Tribunal found that Slater had breached the privacy of Matthew Blomfield by obtaining and publishing Mr Blomfield’s personal information.

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Importance of Higher Taxes on High Incomes – Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand

By   7 days ago

Recent announcements from the Tax Working Group regarding a Capitak Gains Tax and increase in income for the lowest paid is a good start but have not hit hard enough on the highest earners, says Equality Network, Closing the Gap. Closing the Gap has seen their efforts to raise the minimum wage helping to gain […]

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Movement defending vulnerable New Zealanders launches website and video – DefendNZ

By   7 days ago

Movement defending vulnerable New Zealanders launches website and video Today marks the launch of the website and trailer for a series of documentary videos from the grassroots #DefendNZ movement – defending Aotearoa and some of its most vulnerable people from the legalisation of ‘assisted dying’, a euphemism for assisted suicide and euthanasia. Thousands of Kiwis, […]

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SAFE demands this be the last rodeo season, as a horse is killed at Rodeo National Finals

By   7 days ago

A horse has been killed at the Rodeo National Finals in North Canterbury today, renewing demands from SAFE for the Government to urgently ban rodeo cruelty. The incident happened after the ‘bronc’ riding event when the horse was killed after running into a fence. The horse is the fourth animal to be killed this rodeo […]

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Government Correct to Abolish Blasphemy Laws – Free Speech Coalition

By   7 days ago

The Government has made New Zealand freer by abolishing outdated blasphemy laws prohibiting speech critical of religion, says the Free Speech Coalition. Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Patrick Corish says “A remnant of New Zealand’s less liberal past has been struck off the law books.” “A key quality of liberal democracy is the ability to critique […]

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