BREAKING: Human Rights Review Tribunal don’t have the budget to hear my case against the NZ Police

If the NZ Police can get away with taking personal information from a political blogger that breaches the privacy act and my civil rights, they can do it to anyone and the supposed watchdogs that are there to protect us are so underfunded they’ve become lap dogs to police abuse of power.

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Urgent January contribution drive

Folks – we need to lift our contributions if we are to stay on over Summer

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Going into Labour

By Vanessa Kururangi

People. It’s 20-fricken-18. Woman work. Women multitask. Women have choices. Women protest. Women celebrate. In New Zealand, women vote. Since the age of time, woman have given birth. I repeat: since the age of time woman have given birth. Some women do all of this and more simultaneously. It is not some new phenomenon.

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Calm down, I performed on stage when nearly nine months pregnant – this is what women do, women have babies and they do stuff

By Genevieve McClean 

As we all get used to the pregnancy, and the child that follows, can we please refrain from falling into a state of total tabloid adoration, but allow the inferences to unfold in a way that changes infrastructure at a level that really benefits women who are otherwise not given as many options, or who are vulnerable to having their options taken from them on account of their being women who have children.

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Cough-cough. Look I appreciate the country has baby brain, but what about that housing affordability and inequality eh?

Growing inequality and housing affordability are more important than a single baby and we’ve already seen policy that was supposed to start fixing these issues have had their numbers overcooked and in the case of the $50 a week student allowance, actually become counter productive!

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Professor Bill English lectures young New Zealanders on free education

By Frank Macskasy 

The notion of free education in this country has become like our “clean and green” environment and “100% Pure” rivers: a fiction. New Zealanders are deluding themselves if they believe education is still free.

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Is media coverage of Treaty payout race baiting or just ignorant?

Thankfully Māori are incredibly generous and patient with their selfish and hateful Pakeha neighbours, it’s not like this is the first time white people have signed a deal with Māori and then thrown a tantrum right?

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How does National attack a pregnant Jacinda? Unions! Unions! Unions!

If National feed an attack on Jacinda they are going to unleash all the worst angels of their nature. From conspiracy theories to outright burn-witches-at-the-stake level sexism, focusing on Jacinda is a dangerously risky line that is doomed to failure.

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Glitterboobs, tinned tomatoes, racist menus and golliwogs – have we started the year off angry?

…The wounds that so many are speaking from can’t be argued with, they need to heal first before they can listen and I don’t  think there is going to be a lot of listening in 2018. 

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Let’s do this – Dr Liz Gordon

By   2 days ago

I probably wasn’t the only one out there who was a little bemused by Labour’s election slogan, ‘Let’s do this”.  Let’s do what? I thought at the time.  Now the ‘doing’ is at last unveiled as we learn that our Prime Minister is going to have a baby.

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Professor Bill English lectures young New Zealanders on free education

By   3 days ago

The notion of free education in this country has become like our “clean and green” environment and “100% Pure” rivers: a fiction. New Zealanders are deluding themselves if they believe education is still free.

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On Pregnancy-Induced Irrationality & Mood-Swings In The Nation’s Electorate

By   3 days ago

The specter of a woman having a child out of wedlock whilst drawing tens of thousands of dollars a year from the state in income must cause absolute paroxysms of political pyroclasmis! 

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Take back ACC’s $30 billion in stolen taxes

By   3 days ago

The government has opened or will be opening, some doors that will enable unions and other progressive movements to push for far more than is currently being offered.

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New Zealand Prime Minister announces pregnancy on Instagram

By   4 days ago

We now cross live to Mark Richardson and The AM Show for comment…

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Labour Party’s Tax Working Group stacked 8 to 2 with corporate representatives

By   5 days ago

Most of these people spend their working days earning fat salaries advising wealthy corporates and rich listers how to minimise their taxes.

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Use of Nudge theory: The Winter Energy Payment

By   6 days ago

Behavioural economist Richard Thaler, the father of ‘nudge theory’ was awarded the Nobel economics prize in 2008. In New Zealand we see his influence in the auto-enrolment, opt-out design of KiwiSaver.

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A Point Being Overlooked In The Trump-Haiti “Shithole” Controversy

By   1 week ago

[Author’s Note: Due to some confusion derived from people not reading beyond the first few lines, it’s probably necessary to include a disclaimer at this point – I’m NOT defending Trump here. Read the whole thing before angrily writing in to suggest otherwise, please.] 

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

The problem with National’s drug driving law and the complicity of Fairfax media to fan victim porn

By   3 hours ago

While every lose of life is a tragedy, I’m not sure what the hell the relevance of dredging up a road death over a decade old is other than to generate manufactured anger.

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BREAKING: Human Rights Review Tribunal don’t have the budget to hear my case against the NZ Police

By   8 hours ago

If the NZ Police can get away with taking personal information from a political blogger that breaches the privacy act and my civil rights, they can do it to anyone and the supposed watchdogs that are there to protect us are so underfunded they’ve become lap dogs to police abuse of power.

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Cough-cough. Look I appreciate the country has baby brain, but what about that housing affordability and inequality eh?

By   9 hours ago

Growing inequality and housing affordability are more important than a single baby and we’ve already seen policy that was supposed to start fixing these issues have had their numbers overcooked and in the case of the $50 a week student allowance, actually become counter productive!

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How does National attack a pregnant Jacinda? Unions! Unions! Unions!

By   3 days ago

If National feed an attack on Jacinda they are going to unleash all the worst angels of their nature. From conspiracy theories to outright burn-witches-at-the-stake level sexism, focusing on Jacinda is a dangerously risky line that is doomed to failure.

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An unmarried pregnant Prime Minister whose partner will be the stay at home dad…

By   4 days ago

…the Right in NZ are literally rolling in their graves…

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Nashy says ‘Oi. You. Noooooo!’ to Fishing Industry censorship

By   5 days ago

Good day for democracy and a good day for the environment.  

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America edges towards NSA mass surveillance Death Star

By   5 days ago

Overnight the US Senate inched closer to granting the NSA a mass surveillance Death Star by ending debate on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act.

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China launches first strike in looming trade war with America

By   6 days ago

After setting out the parameters of the next economic crash yesterday, China have stepped up and launched the first strike in the looming trade war with America…

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Media Watch View All →

Is media coverage of Treaty payout race baiting or just ignorant?

By   1 day ago

Thankfully Māori are incredibly generous and patient with their selfish and hateful Pakeha neighbours, it’s not like this is the first time white people have signed a deal with Māori and then thrown a tantrum right?

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The continued media lynching of Metiria

By   2 days ago

Metiria Turei in the news AGAIN for an act of political courage while Key’s mass surveillance lies, a Chinese spy inside National & how bad NZ was left after 9yrs of National rule go unchallenged – this is why fake news as a term works.

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Instagram hit by fake advertiser scam

By   6 days ago

This is enormously damaging to Instagram who allowed a fake company to create a scam and advertise on their platform. 

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Why are Fairfax pimping for climate deniers?

By   1 week ago

What the hell do Fairfax think they are doing by allowing a climate denial pimp like Doug Edmeades a platform?

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Duncan Grieve’s analysis of TVNZ vs Mediaworks seems a tad optimistic

By   1 week ago

The Spinoff’s Editor, Duncan Grieve, claims Mediaworks (the company giving him a TV show) have outfoxed TVNZ by coming back to air early with The Project and The AM Show and that this is somehow a brilliant game of Chess being played y Mediaworks.

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Calm down David Farrar – Hayley Holt was barely a candidate (and why John Campbell might leave RNZ)

By   1 week ago

Right wing spin dr and pollster to the failed National Party, David Farrar, is incredulous that former Green Party candidate Hayley Holt has been given the new presenting job on Breakfast…

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People you should follow on NZ Twitter in 2018

By   2 weeks ago

There are some amazing voices and opinion on Twitter that you should consider following in 2018 to enable yourself to have a more rounded view of current affairs and the human condition.

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Why NZ dropped 8 places in the World Press Freedom Index

By   3 weeks ago

The World Press Freedom Index is out and after 9 years under National, NZ has dropped 8 places from 5 to 13. Here’s what the report had to say…

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Vanessa Kururangi – Going into Labour

By   10 hours ago

People. It’s 20-fricken-18. Woman work. Women multitask. Women have choices. Women protest. Women celebrate. In New Zealand, women vote. Since the age of time, woman have given birth. I repeat: since the age of time woman have given birth. Some women do all of this and more simultaneously. It is not some new phenomenon.

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GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Storm Surge and Sea Flood Firth of Thames – Jan 5 2018

By   6 days ago

Here is a short YouTube video and photo montage I have put together of the January 5 storm surge and sea flood event in Kaiaua, Thames and the Thames Coast. Why it happened, and some graphic not seen before footage of sea walls being overtopped, suburbs flooded, and roads wrecked.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – AND YET, NOT THE WORST THING HE’S SAID!

By   1 week ago

Sure Trump’s foul remarks re Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in general are raising ire around the world. I like the remarks coming from Norway about a ‘shithole’ of a country that does not have a decent publicly funded free health system .

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GUEST BLOG: Apollo Taito – Why New Zealand should not have rodeos

By   2 weeks ago

On Saturday 13th of January Direct Animal Action (DAA) will hold their 2nd protest of 2018 outside the rodeo in Whangarei. The primary goal is to call on the government to ban rodeos across Aotearoa, New Zealand. Our first protest was held on New Years day outside Warkworth rodeo, and was well attended by over a hundred kiwis from different parts of the upper North Island.

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Liz Gordon – Men and their toys

By   2 weeks ago

Any research report on the planet Earth would come to some grim conclusions.  Can you imagine it?

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Update on Corrections choking me unconscious

By   3 weeks ago

This hearing has been called with indecent haste , giving me no time to prepare . I believe certain parties at Auckland Prison are desperate to undermine any independent enquiry about the Waikeria transfer incident by pointing to me being convicted of a prison rules breach .

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Hypocrisy Alert: Logan Paul & Suicide

By   3 weeks ago

Calling out the ‘maverick’ Logan Paul for his coverage of a Japanese suicide below Mt Fuji is hypocrisy.

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GUEST BLOG: Sister Barbara Cameron – One Palestinian Family’s Story

By   3 weeks ago

In 2011 as a NZ  Catholic nun, a Mission Sister, I had volunteered with the  International   Women’s  Peace Service group in Palestine on the West Bank, a group that supports the Palestinians in any  non violent resistance to the occupation of their land by  Israel, and reports on human rights abuses.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

In fervent defence of Te Reo being used in pop-up Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer’s Dream’

By   3 hours ago

If you honestly had  problem with the Te Reo spoken during this perforce, perhaps you need to have a good hard look at yourself.

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The Liberal Agenda – FREE AHED TAMIMI

By   4 hours ago

WHAT: FREE AHED TAMIMI
WHERE: Aotea Square Auckland, Bridge of Remembrance in Christchurch 
WHEN: 2pm February 3rd

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The Liberal Agenda – Auckland Fringe Festival – PARDON ME ALAN TURING

By   5 hours ago

WHAT: PARDON ME ALAN TURING – Auckland Fringe Festival
WHERE: Samoa House TAP Studio, 283 Karangahape Road, Auckland
WHEN: Auckland 14th – 17th February at 7pm, Wellington 1st – 4th March at 9pm

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Calm down, I performed on stage when nearly nine months pregnant – this is what women do, women have babies and they do stuff

By   2 days ago

As we all get used to the pregnancy, and the child that follows, can we please refrain from falling into a state of total tabloid adoration, but allow the inferences to unfold in a way that changes infrastructure at a level that really benefits women who are otherwise not given as many options, or who are vulnerable to having their options taken from them on account of their being women who have children.

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The Liberal Agenda – WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST SATURDAY JANUARY 27th

By   4 days ago

People from all around New Zealand will be converging on the super-secret Waihopai satellite interception spybase, in Marlborough, on Saturday January 27th.   We will be at the Waihopai spy base main gate at Waihopai Valley Road from 10 – 11 a.m. There will be speakers; information will be provided on the function of the […]

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The Liberal Agenda – Auckland Fringe Festival – Question Time Blues

By   5 days ago

Question Time Blues plays:

Dates: 1 – 3 March, 6:30pm

Venue: Vault at Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland City.

Tickets: $20-25 (VIP tickets available)

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The Liberal Agenda – The last weeks of Auckland’s Golden Dawn Tavern Of Power

By   5 days ago

It will be the end of one of the great reigns of culture in Auckland. The Golden Dawn Tavern is sadly closing and if you’ve never been to this icon before, this is the time to do it.

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Open Letter to WOMAD 2018 to remove controversial Israeli performer

By   1 week ago

We see from the programme that Israeli singer Victoria Hanna is scheduled to perform at the March 2018 WOMAD festival.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Malcolm Evans – a new baby

By   10 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – a new baby

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Political Caption Competition

By   10 hours ago

The American Basil Fawlty

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 23rd January 2018

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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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 22nd January 2018

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 21st January 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

You know it’s New Zealand when the Minister of Finance commentates the Cricket with a stuffed parrot and a bloke who sang, “I smoked P (and I’m alright)”

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 20th January 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

Three beards walk into a bar…

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Raw News feed View All →

Oxfam NZ inequality data 2018

By   9 hours ago

Richest 1 per cent of Kiwis bagged 28 per cent of all wealth created last year while the poorest 30 per cent of the population got just 1 per cent A staggering 28 per cent of all wealth created in New Zealand in 2017 went to the richest 1 per cent of Kiwis. While the […]

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Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey – Demographia

By   10 hours ago

14th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey http://demographia.com/dhi.pdf ( reload / refresh if necessary ) www.demographia.com HOW DOES YOUR CITY RATE ? 293 URBAN MARKETS OF AUSTRALIA * CANADA HONG KONG-CHINA * IRELAND JAPAN * NEW ZEALAND SINGAPORE * UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES The 2018 14th Annual Edition … The 14th Annual Demographia International Housing […]

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Opinion: PM’s baby news sends message on gender equality – Massey University

By   10 hours ago

Opinion: PM’s baby news sends message on gender equality by Associate Professor Grant Duncan Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement of her pregnancy is fabulous news that we can all celebrate and support. It sends a very empowering message to women. Even if she occupies the highest office in the land, a woman can become a […]

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Congrats, Jacinda and Clarke on adding to your portfolios – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

By   10 hours ago

The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff extended warm congratulations today to the Prime Minister and her partner Clarke Gayford on the news they are expecting their first child. “I think it’s fair to say that of all the roles they’ve signed up for in the last few months, this one can be the […]

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Extension of Ahed Tamimi’s imprisonment is illegal – General Delegation of Palestine

By   10 hours ago

The decision by the Israeli Ofer military court to extend the detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi is both illegal and morally repulsive. On 15 December, Ahed and her family were peacefully protesting the US administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel when Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin Mohammed was shot in the head by […]

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Community support for a GE-Free Waikato – SOIL and HEALTH Assn of NZ

By   10 hours ago

The Soil & Health Association is encouraging the Waikato District Council to adopt precautionary provisions in the Waikato District Plan for any genetically engineered organisms that may be trialed or commercially produced. The plan as currently drafted fails to regulate, or make any mention at all of GMOs. “We want to ensure that the Council […]

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Farmed animals’ lives revealed in New Zealand first virtual reality experience – SAFE

By   4 days ago

Brand new 360-degree footage reveals, from the animals’ eye view, the inside story of animal suffering in factory farms. ‘FARM360: a nationwide virtual reality experience’ is a new initiative from SAFE. The public launch of FARM360 will be held on Saturday 20th January, (with a media preview on Friday 19th) in Auckland’s CBD. People will […]

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Experts propose framework for Royal Commission into abuse – Auckland University

By   5 days ago

Experts propose framework for Royal Commission into abuse of children and vulnerable adults in state and out of home care One of the Prime Minister’s first 100 day commitments is to “set up an inquiry into the abuse of children in state care”. As the end of those first 100 days approaches, the debate on […]

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