Pitiful response to Housing NZ meth hysteria

By John Minto 

The “pocket money” offer to state house tenants wrongly evicted from their homes based on bogus meth testing is deeply cynical and insulting.

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The State Stasi have used corporate spies on beneficiaries as well, not just activists so who will the NZ Deep State spy on next?

I persoanlly have always found it fascinating that the whispering campaign against Clarke Gayford exploded in terms of amplification right after Jacinda ruled out all State agencies using Thompson & Clark.

How interesting. 

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Annual Leave: Time’s Up – Pay it back!

By Mike Treen

Hundreds of millions of dollars are owed to hundreds of thousands of workers and only the top 100 employers are being asked to fix the problem and pay it back.

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Has Neoliberalism Colonised Our Minds?

By Chris Trotter

New Zealand is by no means exempt from the effects of this unravelling neoliberal hegemony. In this country, also, there is a large colonised population presided over by a distant and hated elite. We, too, have constructed an underclass whose full citizenship and personhood is routinely denied in overcrowded prisons; at the counter of the local WINZ office; and by “unconsciously biased” teachers, medics and cops.

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Sacking a female Māori MP in the week of Suffrage 125

What a tragic symbolism for Māori women in the week of Suffrage 125.  

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Why National Party MPs are scum sucking maggots

…who the Christ goes out of their way to remove peoples rights to sue the State for discrimination, especially when those people are carers for family members who have serious illness or disability?

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So when will the NZ mainstream media start examining how they contributed to the Meth Hysteria story?

How did this monstrosity manage to get out of hand so fast in a first world country based on science? Because the corporate media’s favourite whipping boy, beneficiaries, were involved and no one lost money in newspapers from beating up on bludgers.

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Mark Richardson accidentally criticises NewsHub’s ‘Gower Gotcha’ journalism on The AM Show and it’s glorious

I actually like Mark Richardson, sometimes he will blurt something out that is remarkably stupid and sometimes he mainlines the truth of the Universe, this morning on the The AM Show he accidentally did the latter.

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Twyford gutlessly fears PSA, lets HNZ off hook for $120m meth hysteria

So, 2400 tenants mercilessly thrown onto the street, $120m needlessly pissed against the wall, National use entire fiasco as cover for state housing privatisation while homelessness spikes, the mainstream media whip it up for ratings & not one fucking person is held accountable at Housing NZ because Labour are too gutless to annoy the PSA???

Welcome to fucking NZ.

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The coming checkmate of capitalism moment: Understanding how the new Government was birthed & who they should save when the economic meltdown hits

The failure of neoliberalism has been looming for sometime, but the questions we should be asking as the global economy continues to dance spastically on the lip of the volcano is what does this mean politically for New Zealand and what should the new Government look to do as a response.

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The Liberal Agenda – Frontline housing worker to give 2018 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture

Frontline social housing worker Bernie Smith will examine how to restore secure housing for all New Zealanders in this year’s Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture on October 23.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Pitiful response to Housing NZ meth hysteria

By   15 hours ago

The “pocket money” offer to state house tenants wrongly evicted from their homes based on bogus meth testing is deeply cynical and insulting.

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Annual Leave: Time’s Up – Pay it back!

By   15 hours ago

Hundreds of millions of dollars are owed to hundreds of thousands of workers and only the top 100 employers are being asked to fix the problem and pay it back.

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A Modest Proposal For Russia’s Response To Israel In The Wake Of An F-16

By   16 hours ago

So now the dust (or, perhaps, some measure of the ‘fog of war’) is starting to clear over Monday’s events in Syria, it’s probably prudent to reflect on what Putin can and should do in response to what has occurred.

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Has Neoliberalism Colonised Our Minds?

By   16 hours ago

New Zealand is by no means exempt from the effects of this unravelling neoliberal hegemony. In this country, also, there is a large colonised population presided over by a distant and hated elite. We, too, have constructed an underclass whose full citizenship and personhood is routinely denied in overcrowded prisons; at the counter of the local WINZ office; and by “unconsciously biased” teachers, medics and cops.

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Dr Liz Gordon: Suffrage 2018 – Until death

By   3 days ago

So this suffrage day, celebrate 125 years, mourn those no longer with us as a result of domestic violence, whisper in the ear of men friends who seem to be overly possessive and let’s work towards a violence free future.

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No Substance To Her Stardust: Has Jacinda Lost The Magic?

By   4 days ago

HOW DID IT HAPPEN? Where did she go? The Jacinda Ardern who rocked our world? Where did she lose her sparkle and her stardust? What, or who, took from her the qualities that had so decisively interposed themselves between the centre-left and almost certain defeat?

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The Child Poverty Action Group rethinking welfare in the 21st century speech

By   5 days ago

let us acknowledge that it has been a long harsh winter for far too many children. The Families Package was too slow coming, and for the 140,000+ children below the very lowest 40% poverty line it has been a drop in the bucket.  Without a longer-term goal of systemic reform, short term improvements can seem like tinkering and band aids.  Or even worse, they may create the illusion the problems are solved.

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Dr Liz Gordon: The collapse of the welfare state

By   6 days ago

These are the ongoing effects of 30+ years of neo-liberalism, a political philosophy aimed at shifting wealth from the poor to the rich in New Zealand.  It has been a most successful movement. Even though, as Max Rashbrooke shows, the bottom 90% of New Zealanders are worse off, most people still think that it is the best economic model.

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Sacking a female Māori MP in the week of Suffrage 125

By   15 hours ago

What a tragic symbolism for Māori women in the week of Suffrage 125.  

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Twyford gutlessly fears PSA, lets HNZ off hook for $120m meth hysteria

By   1 day ago

So, 2400 tenants mercilessly thrown onto the street, $120m needlessly pissed against the wall, National use entire fiasco as cover for state housing privatisation while homelessness spikes, the mainstream media whip it up for ratings & not one fucking person is held accountable at Housing NZ because Labour are too gutless to annoy the PSA???

Welcome to fucking NZ.

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Why National Party MPs are scum sucking maggots

By   1 day ago

…who the Christ goes out of their way to remove peoples rights to sue the State for discrimination, especially when those people are carers for family members who have serious illness or disability?

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Massey University lied – bad day for the woke anti-free speech brigade

By   1 day ago

Reading Farrar is like going to the dentist, no one wants to go and while you know it will hurt it’s sometimes necessary and his expose on what really happened at Massey means the Vice Chancellor must be forced to resign.

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The State Stasi have used corporate spies on beneficiaries as well, not just activists so who will the NZ Deep State spy on next?

By   2 days ago

I persoanlly have always found it fascinating that the whispering campaign against Clarke Gayford exploded in terms of amplification right after Jacinda ruled out all State agencies using Thompson & Clark.

How interesting. 

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Government does the right thing – lifts refugee quota

By   2 days ago

So much for the  media beat up regarding Government about to implode because Winston and Jacinda hadn’t agreed on a a lift in refugee numbers!

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Fonterra – creaming it?

By   2 days ago

…someone is getting rich, and it ain’t the poor hard working farmer.

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Donna Awatere Huata – Finally some good news on Climate Change!

By   2 days ago

Her appointment is possibly the first good news we’ve had on climate change in a very long time. Much power to her arm.  

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Media Watch View All →

So when will the NZ mainstream media start examining how they contributed to the Meth Hysteria story?

By   1 day ago

How did this monstrosity manage to get out of hand so fast in a first world country based on science? Because the corporate media’s favourite whipping boy, beneficiaries, were involved and no one lost money in newspapers from beating up on bludgers.

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David Fisher and the double standards of NZ Politics

By   1 day ago

Labour will always be crucified for policy in a way that National never does.

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Mark Richardson accidentally criticises NewsHub’s ‘Gower Gotcha’ journalism on The AM Show and it’s glorious

By   2 days ago

I actually like Mark Richardson, sometimes he will blurt something out that is remarkably stupid and sometimes he mainlines the truth of the Universe, this morning on the The AM Show he accidentally did the latter.

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Media response to Jacinda’s empty crisis management speech as underwhelmed as you would expect

By   4 days ago

How about they stop panicking, start a far better internal communication plan, utilise the personal relationships they already have existing with Winston within the Labour caucus and get some bloody runs on the board.

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Sure, but why would you go on The Nation (or The Am Show)

By   5 days ago

Why appear on a show with no audience, just to get tripped up on purpose by Paddy wannabes Tova, Duncan or Lisa to manipulate a headline for the 6pm news?

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Thank Christ Mike Hosking & Kate Hawkesby have found a new mansion to call home

By   1 week ago

Brothers and sisters, we can all rest easy today, because the two broadcasters who epitomise white privilege more than a hand-job in a Maserati while listening to Kenny G , Mike Hosking and Kate Hawkesby, have managed to find a new mansion to call home…

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Latest media claims of cracks in the Government

By   1 week ago

Folks, it’s all bullshit spun by right wing trolls in the mainstream media. We are being led by people like Matthew Hooton, Tova O’Brien, Jordan Williams, Duncan Garner, Mark Richardson, John Armstrong, Cameron Slater, Mike Hosking, Kate Hawkesby, Heather Du Plisses Allan and Barry Soper!

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Amnesty International – Police spying must be investigated

By   3 days ago

Rochelle Rees  is a mother of a seven-year-old, an IT professional that drinks soy lattes and she’s pretty sure the police have been spying on her.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – 1080

By   3 days ago

Sadly, much of the substance of the anger at 1080 seems to draw from the anti-establishment well. This is what saddens me the most; that despite all the evidence of 1080 being effective it is quickly dismissed because there is some relation to a crown entity or state department. Even the independent charities, such as Forest and Bird, are dismissed as being too cosy with government. While there are obvious and understandable reasons people may be sceptical of government and even science; but pest control is not a profitable industry. There is no financial motive, or any discernible motive that comes from the use of 1080. So why would we continue to use it? Because it’s proven to work.

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Alison Campbell – So what does the actual Science say about 1080?

By   4 days ago

The scientists & conservation workers that I know look forward to the time when reliable, equally-effective alternatives become available – but that time is still, realistically, years away and frankly, our native ecosystems can’t wait that long. We definitely need to keep talking about this issue, and we need to improve the way we do that. The grandstanding and the untruths don’t help anything, least of all the living taonga we all want to protect.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Reclaiming Marx 2 – Marxism after Marx

By   4 days ago

Dave Brownz is TDBs guest Marxist because every left wing blog needs a Marxist.

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GUEST BLOG: Bill Rosenberg – Rethinking Welfare speech notes

By   5 days ago

Bill Rosenberg is the economist and director of policy for the Council of Trade Unions 

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – New pilot programme for apprenticeships a win for young people

By   1 week ago

I re-entered politics because I wanted to see hope return for the many New Zealanders whom National had failed. I was sick of seeing the people in my community go without and fall further and further behind as those from the wealthier parts of town danced to a ‘rock star’ economy tune none of us could hear.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – Freedom of speech does not negate the freedom to protest

By   1 week ago

It’s strange to see that the infamous British politician Nigel Farage didn’t set the internet aflame in New Zealand, but I guess there’s no algorithm to the fickle beast of social media.

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GUEST BLOG: PSA Socialist – PSA betraying solidarity

By   1 week ago

On 5 September 2018 this joint letter was signed by a dozen members of the PSA from across the country and sent to the PSA Executive. As the PSA leadership have since publicly released a statement defending their support for the SToNZ ‘union’, we share the contents of the letter in the spirit of solidarity and open, free debate.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – Paper Planes: Theatre Magic from a First-Time Playwright

By   1 week ago

Dates: 2nd – 6th October, 6.30pm
Venue: Studio, Basement Theatre
Tickets: $18 – $25
Bookings: www.basementtheatre.co.nz

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The Liberal Agenda – Frontline housing worker to give 2018 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture

By   2 weeks ago

He will deliver the 2018 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture in the Old Government House Lecture Theatre (102-G36) at the University of Auckland at 6pm on Tuesday 23 October.

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The Liberal Agenda – Enabling Communities

By   2 weeks ago

Disability & Community Well Being
Thursday 13th September

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The Liberal Agenda – Ding Dong Lounge presents Cuckoo’s Nest

By   3 weeks ago

Cuckoo’s Nest presents an opportunity to network, socialize and find guidance and support if you require it, or simply come and enjoy the acts.

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The Liberal Agenda – MEDUSA

By   4 weeks ago

The historic emblem of female rage is reclaimed and brandished in all its glory in MEDUSA, created by visionary feminist theatre makers Nisha Madhan, Julia Croft and Virginia Frankovich. MEDUSA premieres at Circa Theatre Sept 20 – Oct 6, before moving north to Q Theatre Oct 24 – Nov 3 as the fourth work in the powerful MATCHBOX 2018 Season.

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The Liberal Agenda: Neža Jamnikar presents – Saudade

By   4 weeks ago

Saudade plays
Dates:  4/9, 5/9, 6/9, 7/9, 8/9 @ 6:30 PM
Venue: Basement Theatre
Tickets: $15 – $20
Bookings: www.basementtheatre.co.nz or phone iTicket 09 361 1000

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I’m no Daddy Blogger, but…

By   1 month ago

I’m no Daddy Blogger because I don’t write much about my personal life (this is a political blog after all) and because I find Mummy Bloggers to be terribly self righteous and I’d never want to sound like that over a human experience like parenting that has so many variations, interpretations and pathways, so I can only speak humbly for myself and my experience of Fatherhood.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 21st September 2018

By   16 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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 20th September 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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Political Caption Competition

By   3 days ago

Russia needs a better lie.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 19th September 2018

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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Political Caption Competition

By   4 days ago

James: Fumble, mumble, fumble.
Jacinda: I fucking told you that you weren’t allowed to speak in front of the adults!
Winston: I don’t even let him make direct eye contact with me. You’re sure Marama is tied up somewhere in the basement & is gagged right?

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Tuesday 18th September 2018

By   4 days ago

5: TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT NOMINEE IS IN TURMOIL. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
4: Argentina’s crisis: What went wrong and what is next
3: GOVERNMENT CAN SPY ON JOURNALISTS IN THE U.S. USING INVASIVE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE PROCESS
2: As Blasey Ford Alleges Kavanaugh Assaulted Her, Will Senate Repeat Mistakes Made with Anita Hill?
1: Asia Argento threatens legal action against Rose McGowan over ‘horrendous lies’

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 18th September 2018

By   4 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 – Jacinda’s pep talk

By   4 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Jacinda’s pep talk

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Raw News feed View All →

E tū welcomes High Court ruling on steel dumping

By   16 hours ago

E tū says its support for NZ Steel’s complaint of steel-dumping by China has been vindicated by a High Court ruling directing MBIE to reinvestigate. NZ Steel claimed Chinese producers of galvanised steel coil were heavily subsidised by the Chinese government and this negatively affected its business. However, in a decision last year, MBIE said […]

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Senior doctors ask Minister to put pathology back on short supply list

By   16 hours ago

The senior doctors’ union has asked the Minister for Economic Development, David Parker, to reverse his Ministry’s decision to remove pathology from the Government’s list of essential skills in short supply. “Removing pathology from this list is a mistake and just piles more pressure onto a workforce already under stress,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director […]

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Meth eviction compensations don’t account for social harm caused – AAAP

By   1 day ago

Housing Minister Phil Twyford, alongside HNZ officials, announced this morning that people wrongly penalised for meth contamination in their state home are to be given compensation and a formal apology. The compensation is to be between $2,500-$3,000 per tenancy, with around 800 tenants being eligible for this kind of compensation. Auckland Action Against Poverty is […]

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E tū welcomes Suffrage Day equal pay bill

By   2 days ago

E tū has welcomed the introduction to parliament today of the Equal Pay Amendment Bill, which the union believes will ease the way for women pursuing equal pay claims. Government Ministers, Eugenie Sage and Iain Lees-Galloway announced the new bill at a Suffrage Day petition re-enactment at parliament by union women to mark the 125th […]

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Senior doctors welcome Government’s recognition of importance of public health service –

By   2 days ago

The senior doctors’ union has welcomed the Government’s recognition of the importance of universal public health services and the need for further improvements. “Our public hospitals and other publicly-funded health services are as essential today as they were 80 years ago when the 1938 Social Security Act came into being,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director […]

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MPI to release findings into investigation of illegal sow stalls – SAFE

By   3 days ago

The Ministry for Primary Industries says it will soon release the findings from its investigation into the use of illegal sow stalls on a Timaru farm. Sow stalls, used to cage pregnant pigs, were banned in 2015 on cruelty grounds.  However, hidden-camera footage shot in April this year shows the stalls were still being used. […]

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Nearly 900 to strike at BlueScope steel mills – E Tu

By   3 days ago

E tū members at BlueScope Pacific Steel in Auckland will strike for a second time for 24 hours, from 7am on Wednesday, 19 September in protest over 6 months of stalled pay talks. The strike affects about 120 members at Pacific Steel’s rolling mill and wire mill. Also, at 7am on Wednesday, about 750 members […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR ACTIVIST COMMUNITY: Can you help me find this man?

By   3 days ago

Yesterday, a piece by Stuff Circuit questioned whether an activist by the name of Laurie Moore was in fact a spy for the New Zealand Police or Thompson & Clark back in 2003. New Zealand is a really small place, and we figure that someone must be able to identify this man. Please share these photos far and wide and appeal to all your networks to identify this man.

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