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Dave Macpherson: End of dispute between Nicky Stevens’ family and Waikato...

Most readers will be aware that my family’s long-running (four and a half years long) ‘dispute’ with Waikato DHB is now over.

GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Balanced Journalism

My apologies for not commenting much at the moment. I'm working on two big projects that are gobbling my time . One is the Trade Secrets doco which has become such a multi-headed monster and another I can't talk about for a few months.

Pub Politics – The Cannabis Referendum Debate – 8pm September 2nd...

Deputy Leader of the National Party, Paula Bennett. Leader of the ACT Party, David Seymour. Green Party spokesperson on Drug reform, Chloe Swarbrick. President of NORML and TDB cannabis blogger, Chris Fowlie.

Political Caption Competition

Does this make me look gay and Polynesian? Can someone call Alan Jones and ask him?

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We Have A Problem

Does humanity grasp this: the brutal, but inescapable, reality that lies at the heart of the problem within the problem of Climate Change? That to come through the next 100 years, the human species will, somehow, be required to reduce its present population by nine-tenths?

Should Labour kneecap the Greens for NZ First in order to win 2020 election?

No one should think that the 2020 election will be a walk in the park. On social media the activist base seem delighted that the TVNZ Poll put them in front but this could all change in a flash.

Ihumātao a reminder in making sovereignty our own

We can take inspiration from the current occupation of Ihumātao and its reminders about the wider Treaty principles of tino rangitiratanga and kawanatanga, governorship and sovereignty. In fact, those principles, and occupation as an example of passive resistance, will be more important tools through time.

Kafka’s Shadow: My hearing against NZ Police & secret trials

It is important that this precedent is not allowed. The State are trying this on when they don't think anyone is looking. Secret trials and secret evidence require enormous checks and balances which the Human Review Tribunal has been too underfunded to enable.

Upholding The Accused’s Right To Write.

THE SHOCK/HORROR expressed at the Christchurch Shooter’s letter from prison is unworthy of a grown-up nation. A bold assertion, to which the cynical will undoubtedly reply: “True – but this is New Zealand we’re talking about!” Beleaguered liberals will chuckle ruefully – and move on. Because who now believes that the shock/horror “deplorables” are in any way redeemable? And, who really cares?

Pacific Islands Forum – Issues NZ must confront

The Pacific Islands Forum is on and there are some issues that NZ must confront even if our Pacific Island whanau won't.

Simon Bridges Leads National Down Into The Dark

AND SO IT BEGINS, the National Party’s simultaneous descent and ascent. Downwards, into the dark territory of “whatever it takes”. Upwards, into the glare of electoral victory. It’s happening because the party’s present leader has convinced himself that it is only the first movement which makes possible the second.

So both Mike Hosking AND Simon Bridges would send the army into Ihumātao? Why...

If Bridges and Hosking have their way, they would demand Police remove the protesters, the protests would swell beyond the ability of the local pigs to control and Bridges would need to send in the army with Hosking cheering from the sideline.

China continues to threaten NZ

...this phenomenal ricocheting up of tensions is being ignored by the mainstream media who are more focused on a storm and Julie-Anne Genter's 'secret letter'. 

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Kafka’s Shadow: My hearing against NZ Police & secret trials

It is important that this precedent is not allowed. The State are trying this on when they don't think anyone is looking. Secret trials and secret evidence require enormous checks and balances which the Human Review Tribunal has been too underfunded to enable.

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