A Reminder to the Parties about what’s important for the mental health of New Zealand

By Dave Macpherson

It has taken Coleman five years and 10 months of being Health Minister to recognise that the Government’s suicide prevention strategy is not working (that’s if you can even find the strategy), and for every one of those years and months he has presided over a system that has delivered world record youth suicide statistics.

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Why Jacinda needs to lose this election

By Keith Rankin 

I believe that there will be a financial crisis next year (see my recent ’New Zealand’s Cyclical Growth Contractions’, 12 Sep 2017), and that Labour at present is ill-equipped to handle such a crisis. Further, it may take a major financial crisis (with Labour in Opposition) to drag Labour into the present century, just as the 1930s’ crisis belatedly dragged Labour into the twentieth century.

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The only votes that count is the party vote – except in………

By Mike Treen 

Given the momentum shift in the last few weeks it seems inevitable there will be a change in government.

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The TPPA and this election

By Professor Jane Kelsey 

The most important first step is get the government to adopt a moratorium on future negotiations until it conducts a full open review of the implications of these agreements, including the risks of investor-state disputes. But that will only happen if ‘we the people’ force them to do so.

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Housing is the critical issue for the election

By Dr Susan St John 

We are not doing policy development well in New Zealand. Labour now has a real chance here to get it right. There would be time, for example, to investigate the risk-free return method first discussed by the McLeod Tax Review committee in 2001, and more recently by the Gareth Morgan foundation.

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NORML’s Guide to Cannabis Policies of NZ Political Parties

By Chris Fowlie

Cannabis is well and truly an election issue. For the first time ever, most parties now have written policies or have taken a stance supporting reform of some description. There is a lot to consider so to help we have assessed the cannabis policies or public statements of party leaders against NORML’s three core policies:

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EXCLUSIVE: My case against a secret NZ Police investigation that breached my privacy and my civil rights

It’s not important to like or dislike my work, but I think we can all agree that allowing the Police to conduct secret investigations into activists and political bloggers that then damage their reputation negatively based on spurious grounds isn’t acceptable in a liberal democracy.

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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 →

NORML’s Guide to Cannabis Policies of NZ Political Parties

By   10 hours ago

Cannabis is well and truly an election issue. For the first time ever, most parties now have written policies or have taken a stance supporting reform of some description. There is a lot to consider so to help we have assessed the cannabis policies or public statements of party leaders against NORML’s three core policies:

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The only votes that count is the party vote – except in………

By   10 hours ago

Given the momentum shift in the last few weeks it seems inevitable there will be a change in government.

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Transforming New Zealand

By   10 hours ago

There’s a lot at stake in this election. We face huge challenges ahead, including tackling climate change and building a more equal society. The Greens have put transformative proposals on the table. If we succeed in forming a government with Labour, we will usher in an era of progressive change for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

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Dave Macpherson: A Reminder to the Parties about what’s important for the mental health of New Zealand

By   11 hours ago

It has taken Coleman five years and 10 months of being Health Minister to recognise that the Government’s suicide prevention strategy is not working (that’s if you can even find the strategy), and for every one of those years and months he has presided over a system that has delivered world record youth suicide statistics.

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Housing is the critical issue for the election

By   1 day ago

We are not doing policy development well in New Zealand. Labour now has a real chance here to get it right. There would be time, for example, to investigate the risk-free return method first discussed by the McLeod Tax Review committee in 2001, and more recently by the Gareth Morgan foundation.

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Why Jacinda needs to lose this election

By   1 day ago

I believe that there will be a financial crisis next year (see my recent ’New Zealand’s Cyclical Growth Contractions’, 12 Sep 2017), and that Labour at present is ill-equipped to handle such a crisis. Further, it may take a major financial crisis (with Labour in Opposition) to drag Labour into the present century, just as the 1930s’ crisis belatedly dragged Labour into the twentieth century.

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The TPPA and this election

By   1 day ago

The most important first step is get the government to adopt a moratorium on future negotiations until it conducts a full open review of the implications of these agreements, including the risks of investor-state disputes. But that will only happen if ‘we the people’ force them to do so.

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1969: The “Nearly-But-Not-Quite” Election

By   2 days ago

“WE’VE GOT IT!” Was the triumphant (if incautious) assertion of the supposedly neutral Professor Bob Chapman on the night of the 1969 “nearly-but-not-quite” general election. The worthy professor should perhaps be forgiven for his premature psephological ejaculation. He had marked down the electorate of Eden as the seat Labour was bound to take if it was on-course to becoming the government.

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Why the Auckland oil pipeline rupturing is the perfect symbolism of 9 years under National

By   1 day ago

The story of how Kauri poachers damaged the only oil line into Auckland sums up the last 9 years of the National Government so perfectly and has dropped it hot into the lap of the voting public days before the impact of Auckland running dry of petrol will arrive with the election.

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Auckland running out of petrol & Maori voter suppression: ‘Events, dear boy, events’

By   3 days ago

The last thing National needed was a reminder that they’ve done nothing to prepare our infrastructure  for the growth they’ve generated.

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Who are the biggest snowflakes? Gun owners, Landlords or Farmers?

By   3 days ago

Who are the real snowflakes? Who are the people in NZ who are in such denial about their impact on the rest of us that they desperately need safe spaces because they’ll scream micro aggression if confronted with their behaviour?

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The unbelievable Saudi Sheep Bribe should disqualify National from Government

By   4 days ago

Saudi Arabia crucifies human beings – just think about that for a second. Do we really want a free trade deal with a country that crucifies human beings? To be told that we not only are attempting to in fact cut a free trade deal with a country that whips women for being raped, we fucking well spent $11.5 million trying to bribe these buggers to get that trade deal!

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When will Newshub & Radio NZ investigate Jian Yang with the same focus they investigated Metiria with?

By   4 days ago

Are they honestly saying a solo mother committing welfare ‘fraud’ 25 years ago to feed her child is more important than a possible Chinese spy infiltrating the Government?

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What is happening to our Politics? Youth have become a class and Jacinda is its champion

By   5 days ago

…what van Beynen has stumbled upon in his tour is a basic truth from the generational backlash of the 30 year neoliberal experiment. 

‘Youth’ is no longer an age. It is a class.

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BREAKING: Labour announce no new taxes before 2020

By   6 days ago

Labour is removing National’s tax scare mongering plan by announcing today that there will be no new taxes until after 2020…

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“I taught the spies, but I’m not a spy’ doesn’t fill me with confidence

By   6 days ago

Allegations that one of their MPs might be a Chinese spy demands scrutiny on top of National’s relationship with Chinese business people.

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Media Watch View All →

WaateaNews Column: Maori voter suppression allegations demands investigation!

By   1 day ago

Allegations of widespread Maori voter suppression made by Massey University Political Lecturer, Veronica Tawhai require an immediate response from the Electoral Commission.

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Why on earth are we interviewing 13 political parties tonight at 8pm?

By   2 days ago

Tonight from 8pm, live streamed here at The Daily Blog and on www.kiwidebate.online I will interview 13 Political Parties to hear what they think the big issues of our country are and how they intend to solve them.

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Facebook suppressing Willie Jackson’s post on Maori and youth voter suppression

By   3 days ago

…Facebook needs to explain why they are suppressing this post about voter suppression.  

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BREAKING: New Roy Morgan Poll – Nats 40% (down 2.5), Labour 39.5 (up 7), Greens 9, NZF 6 (down 5.5)

By   4 days ago

Somewhere Matthew Hooton, Ben Thomas, David Farrar, Michelle Boag, Cameron Slater, Simon Lusk and Jordan Williams are all silently rocking and sobbing in a  group pity hug.

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BREAKING: New TV One Poll Labour 44% National 40% Green 7% NZ First 6%

By   6 days ago

This gives Labour plus the Greens the majority. If you look at the train wreck of Winston on Radio NZ this morning, you can see that Winston has lost his puff.

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The new Fonterra advert has to be seen to be believed

By   6 days ago

Richie McCaw wanders around a Farm in the early morning and marvels at the pristine goodness of these human beings as if Jesus himself had personally popped down to the milking shed to milk a herd before feeding 5000 with a block of cheese.

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TV Review: Who Owns NZ Now?

By   1 week ago

Bryan Bruce has done more fourth estate journalism in one documentary than the entire mainstream media have managed all year on housing. In a country where the sleepy hobbits don’t want to be woken from their slumber with economic ideologies when the Bloc is on, we have allowed a train wreck neoliberal experiment to benefit the few while crucifying the many.

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WaateaNews – The importance of the Maori electorates this election

By   1 week ago

There’s a chance Labour could lose Te Tai Tokerau and Te Tai Hauāuru and possibly gain Waiariki, but only focusing on the electorates misses the bigger picture, and that’s in Party vote. The Party vote determines the final shape of the Parliament and in this case, the Party vote that Maori voters are looking to send Labour is enormous and could well see Labour in the mid 40s.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – URGENT: Maori and youth voters being abused by Electoral Commission staff – KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS!

By   3 days ago

In 2017, I will not tolerate any attempt to rob Maori or young people of their right to vote because of a incompetence and ignorance at our electoral booths.

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Jacinda Ardern – Setting the record straight on National’s tax scaremongering

By   4 days ago

Jacinda Ardern – Setting the record straight on National’s tax scaremongering

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – National’s use of suicide to attack Jacinda disrespectful and ugly

By   1 week ago

O’Connor claimed that Jacinda’s tears at the suicide memorial were strange because she supports euthanasia and went as far as to suggest Jacinda’s motives were driven to exterminate voting groups who don’t support Labour.

Just writing that makes me ill.

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GUEST BLOG: Lizzie Cook – I will not vote Labour

By   1 week ago

I will not vote Labour, not even strategically to keep the National candidate out in my electorate. Why?

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Why Jonathan Coleman must go

By   1 week ago

I have time for many MPs across the spectrum, but Coleman is someone who really tests my patience. Under his watch as Health Minister he and his Government have underfunded health by almost $2billion during their 9 years in power and it’s an underfunding that is killing some of our most vulnerable.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Joyce’s disgraceful dirty politics

By   2 weeks ago

The dirty politics tactics of Steven Joyce who has lied about Labour’s budget is a disgrace to the credibility of the Finance Minister, the National Party and to the entire country.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Will US vs China/Russia end in WW3?

By   2 weeks ago

The Pentagon now agrees with anti-imperialists that the US is in decline and faces the rise of Russia and China. They term this the “loss of US primacy” or global hegemony, and want the US military to gear up to take on Russia and China.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Response to Paula Bennett recent statements

By   2 weeks ago

No one wants to see meth in our community, no one wants to see organised crime flourish – but Paula Bennett’s absurd suggestions that we allow Police to conduct unreasonable searches on ‘gang members’ has so many loopholes and counter productive outcomes it smacks of desperation rather than intelligent and well thought out social policy to solve complex issues.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – The Winterreise Project

By   2 days ago

 The Winterreise Project plays
17th to the 28st of October 6.30pm
Basement Theatre
Lower Greys Avenue, 
Auckland CBD (adjacent to Civic Car Park)

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Confirmed guests for The Daily Blog’s KIWI FAIR GO DEBATE Monday 8pm

By   5 days ago

The Daily Blog is pleased to announce the “Kiwi Fair Go Debate” – the first major broadcast political debate open to every registered political party standing in the 2017 New Zealand general election.

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The Daily Blog Announces The KIWI FAIR GO DEBATE In a real democracy, everyone gets a voice.

By   7 days ago

The Daily Blog is pleased to announce the “Kiwi Fair Go Debate” – the first major broadcast political debate open to every registered political party standing in the 2017 New Zealand general election.

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The Liberal Agenda – Come To Waihopai Spy Base Protest, January 26-28, 2018

By   2 weeks ago

The disastrous Trump Presidency raises the urgent question – why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire? The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on […]

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The Liberal Agenda – Two-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee David Swanson joins 4th Internet Party #AntiSpyBill Panel TONIGHT!

By   2 weeks ago

How many people do you know who will be kayaking the Potomac River to the Pentagon in a flotilla to protest the monolithic oil consumption of the war industry? That’s how our friends roll. Well, glide to be precise.

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The Liberal Agenda – Medical Cannabis March – the election special this Saturday!

By   3 weeks ago

Patients, caregivers and supporters of safe legal access to natural affordable cannabis will march down Queen Street in Auckland, this Saturday 2nd September. 

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The Liberal Agenda – Turei Will Not be Silenced on Poverty

By   3 weeks ago

WHEN: Thursday, 31st August

WHERE: Cardboard Cathedral 

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Malcolm Evans – National

By   6 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – National

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Political Caption Competition

By   10 hours ago

A desperate man remembers the last time he was this desperate

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 20th September 2017

By   10 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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Political Caption Competition

By   1 day ago

National Party redneck fuckwits scream they don’t want to be seen as redneck fuckwits

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 19th September 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

“And then after you’ve been spanked on the naked bottom 3 times by each member of the ACT Executive, you can become a candidate, it’s all very above board.” David Seymour explains the inner workings of his Party to a concerned candidate.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 18th September 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

Once again it will require red and green to solve a blue problem

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Raw News feed View All →

Statement by Waikato DHB Board member Dave Macpherson regarding the latest reported death of a baby at Waikato Hospital

By   5 hours ago

Like many other New Zealanders tonight, I viewed the TVNZ News story of the family who lost their baby while under the care of Waikato Hospital with a mixture of sadness, horror and embarrassment. Sadness, that ANY family had to go through that experience – my own family knows what it is like to lose […]

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TOP SLAMS ALL WATER TAXES. IT’S ABOUT SETTING A PRICE

By   5 hours ago

The Opportunities Party has joined farmers across the country in rejecting Labour and other parties plans to tax water.   Deputy Leader Geoff Simmons has written a hard-hitting blog rejecting water taxes set by politicians and bureaucrats in favour of a market price for water.   This would allow farmers and other business folk to […]

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National’s health report card gets an ‘F’ for funding – PSA

By   6 hours ago

Persistent underfunding of the health system over the last nine years is having a severely negative impact on the quality and timeliness of services, and funding must urgently be restored by the next government if we are to avert the worst of an impending crisis, says the Public Service Association. “Seeing National’s record on health […]

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Political parties need to spell out how they will address burnout of hospital specialists – ASMS

By   6 hours ago

“Burnout among hospital specialists providing front-line clinical care in our public hospitals is an important issue that political parties aspiring to be the next government need to address,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “We want to hear from the Government on why they let this disaster happen […]

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E tū: National Government’s record on health funding a fail for members

By   6 hours ago

E tū says it fears health services will deteriorate further in the face of Government denials that DHBs are underfunded. E tū is the country’s largest private sector union with more than 55,000 members. “A lot of our members are in the Counties Manukau area, where services have been so under-funded we have the highest […]

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Elderly tenants takes Tāmaki Regeneration all the way to the High Court – Tāmaki Housing

By   6 hours ago

Two days before the 2017 General Election, state housing advocates and supporters will march and assemble at the Auckland High Court where the appeal of Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti will be heard.   Niki was fighting this eviction last election against Housing New Zealand. She is not up against Tāmaki Regeneration Limited.*   Niki is an […]

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Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life

By   1 day ago

Postie forced to work with supervisor who threatened her life A postal worker was expected to continue working with her supervisor after the supervisor threatened to kill her, despite New Zealand Post investigating the worker’s complaint and acknowledging that the threat actually happened. Jessica Peebles, who worked at the Hamilton delivery branch of New Zealand […]

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Shortage of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough DHB part of wider pattern – ASMS

By   2 days ago

A survey of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has revealed a shortage of specialists nearly two and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). This follows a similar survey of senior doctors at Capital & […]

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