Migrant labour exploitation will increase with cuts to permanent residence numbers

By Mike Treen

Instead of allowing more permanent residents in the government has continued to allow bosses to import labour on a temporary work visa. The number of these remains around 250,000 a year – yes, a quarter of a million a year. This has created a pool of at least 150,000 workers here at any one time on a temporary visa.

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OUT OF THE INFERNO

By Ross Meurant

Three men who grew up in the same country town find themselves at the heart of a national crisis. One a gang member. One a cop. One an MP.

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Trump’s war with the ‘Squad’ – less dog whistle, more Ku Klax Klan airhorn

This constant cacophony of base racism defended with a ludicrous sophistry to try and justify and excuse the base racism is an audacity and affront to anyone with basic reading skills.

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Filling Up

By Chris Trotter

A WARBLING CHARM of magpies in the macrocarpa serenaded the windy forecourt of the service station. Two weather-beaten cockies were filling up their mud-splattered gas-guzzlers and chatting away to one another in the desultory fashion of their kind.

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These are the people our corporate farmers are destroying our environment with intensive farming practices for?

Want milk powder with that repression?

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With what we know about ill trained NZ Police shooting NZers, shouldn’t we always film cops in action?

We know the Independent Police Conduct Authority is a toothless lap dog to Police, the only thing the Police fear is public scrutiny, so when you see the Police roll heavy, you always get your phone out and record their actions.

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Good grief!

By Bryan Bruce

I am no great fan of the flawed Kiwibuild policy, but I am even less of a fan of the Judith Collins type of entrenched neoliberal mindset that thinks government should NEVER interfere with the marketplace.

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MEDIA WATCH: FaceApp – a vanity project with little beauty

I think it really says something about our total terror of ageing & being old in a selfie narcissist youth worshipping culture that we get a social media tsunami of genuinely frightened FaceApp portraits grieving at their own self demise.

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Spinoff & Stuffs vacant optimism, plastic bag ban/Carbon Neutral 2050/ETS greenwash & Julie Anne Genter’s righteous war analogy: Middle class climate crisis minimisation will be the new battlefront

Dear folks, we don’t have the fucking luxury to be depressed, the enormity of what we face collectively must forge a new reality. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of a moon landing that showed how far we can technologically leap, as we commemorate the 80th year of the start of World War 2 and the defeat of fascism, as we plot how far we have come as a species we can not allow depression to rob us of the energy to generate survival from a crisis created by our own greed and pollution.

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MUST READ: No Time For Shifting The Colonial Furniture

By Chris Trotter

MANY OF US want to believe that if Jacinda Ardern watched Melanie Reid’s “Taken Generation” video, she’d be outraged. What person with a heart wouldn’t be? Reid’s exposé of Oranga Tamariki’s failings is an enormously confronting piece of journalism. It has moved Maoridom like nothing else since the Foreshore and Seabed furore of 2004-05. For that reason alone, you would think the Prime Minister might consider the 45 minutes required to watch Reid’s video, time well spent.

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The Black Caps didn’t lose, they just didn’t win

Jacinda Ardern was in TVNZ breakfast this morning suggesting that a parade would be too much, I think she is deeply wrong. We should give this team a parade, they might not have arrived with the cup, but they are still winners who did us proud.

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What is at stake for New Zealand in the final moves of the Dotcom Chess battle

…this case has been an abomination of legal process, jurisdiction and injustice. You might not like Kim Dotcom, but the manner in which his rights have been breached and 70 odd armed paramilitary cops broke into his home and terrorised him and his family is as unacceptable as the abuses of power used in court against him.

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Unwilling To Disclose.

By Chris Trotter 

The suspicion arises that in 2014-2015, in some unspecified, possibly unlawful, and highly secretive way, the country’s national security apparatus was working hand-in-glove with senior elements within the police to silence and punish a couple of outspoken critics of the National-led 2008-2017 Coalition Government.

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The People’s Budget: Hosted by Bryan Bruce & Martyn Bradbury

Can Neoliberalism build a wellbeing budget? Has the Government been transformational?

Join Bryan Bruce and panelists
Economist Rod Oram
Political Commentator Sue Bradford
Greenpeace Leader Russel Norman
Professor Jane Kelsey
Auckland Councillor Efeso Collins
Just Speak Board member Julia Whaipooti

With Guest Commentators:
Kerri Nuku Co-President of Nurses Union
Economist Ganesh Nana
Professor Lisa Marriott from Victoria University
Unionist Annie Newman from Living Wage
Ricardo Mendez from Auckland Action Against Poverty
Professor Wayne Hope from AUT Communications School
Political commentator Chris Trotter

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Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: 

THIS WEEK: Feebate for cars. Should we borrow for infrastructure? Jacinda holiday. Would you admit to killing the pms cat. Local bodies are they fit for purpose? Cricket.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Migrant labour exploitation will increase with cuts to permanent residence numbers

By   22 hours ago

Instead of allowing more permanent residents in the government has continued to allow bosses to import labour on a temporary work visa. The number of these remains around 250,000 a year – yes, a quarter of a million a year. This has created a pool of at least 150,000 workers here at any one time on a temporary visa.

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Filling Up

By   22 hours ago

A WARBLING CHARM of magpies in the macrocarpa serenaded the windy forecourt of the service station. Two weather-beaten cockies were filling up their mud-splattered gas-guzzlers and chatting away to one another in the desultory fashion of their kind.

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Dr Liz Gordon: Sharing would have been better

By   3 days ago

Anyway, I will leave the technical writing to others, but I do want to talk a bit about winning.  Competition is healthy until it becomes unhealthy. Whether it be a sporting game, an educational outcome or anything else, sometimes one person alone does not come put on top.  What you do about that defines who you are as a person, a country or a sporting tournament.

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MUST READ: No Time For Shifting The Colonial Furniture

By   3 days ago

MANY OF US want to believe that if Jacinda Ardern watched Melanie Reid’s “Taken Generation” video, she’d be outraged. What person with a heart wouldn’t be? Reid’s exposé of Oranga Tamariki’s failings is an enormously confronting piece of journalism. It has moved Maoridom like nothing else since the Foreshore and Seabed furore of 2004-05. For that reason alone, you would think the Prime Minister might consider the 45 minutes required to watch Reid’s video, time well spent.

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Extinction a harder case than climate change?

By   4 days ago

Calling for villagers not to kill elephants destroying their crops, or tigers killing their children, are just causes for us in the west. But we live in the luxury of the system that’s delivered goods to us at the expense of those communities and ecosystems and species.

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Why Zionists avoid saying ‘anti-Jewish’

By   6 days ago

According to the online Oxford English Dictionary, the term anti-Semitism means “Hostility to or prejudice against Jews”. It defines Semite as: “A member of any of the peoples who speak or spoke a Semitic language, including in particular the Jews and Arabs. From modern Latin Semita, via late Latin from Greek Sēm ‘Shem’, son of Noah in the Bible, from whom these peoples were traditionally supposed to be descended.”

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MUST READ: Why City Air Makes You Free – And Bad

By   7 days ago

The pervasiveness of the rural virtue/urban vice myth similarly explains the widespread refusal of the Right to accept the reality and urgency of climate change. The countryside cannot be disentangled from the extractive and environmentally unsustainable industries it supports. But, accepting this fact means casting rural New Zealand in the role of ecological villain, rather than economic and cultural hero. Unacceptable.

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    Deconstructing Headlines View All →

    Trump’s war with the ‘Squad’ – less dog whistle, more Ku Klax Klan airhorn

    By   22 hours ago

    This constant cacophony of base racism defended with a ludicrous sophistry to try and justify and excuse the base racism is an audacity and affront to anyone with basic reading skills. 

    Read More →

    With what we know about ill trained NZ Police shooting NZers, shouldn’t we always film cops in action?

    By   2 days ago

    We know the Independent Police Conduct Authority is a toothless lap dog to Police, the only thing the Police fear is public scrutiny, so when you see the Police roll heavy, you always get your phone out and record their actions.

    Read More →

    The Black Caps didn’t lose, they just didn’t win

    By   3 days ago

    Jacinda Ardern was in TVNZ breakfast this morning suggesting that a parade would be too much, I think she is deeply wrong. We should give this team a parade, they might not have arrived with the cup, but they are still winners who did us proud. 

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    Your daily friendly reminder that it’s been 34 days since the Oranga Tamariki footage was released & the Prime Minister & Minister still haven’t seen it

    By   3 days ago

    In 2016 the National Party weaponised CYFs uplift powers & created the Ministry for Vulnerable Children (later brown washed to Oranga Tamariki) so why the Christ will the PM and her Minister die in a ditch for draconian neoliberal big data social policy that isn’t even theirs?

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    As the most important political Māori hui in 15 years closes, one simple question for Jacinda and her Minister Tracey Martin

    By   4 days ago

    Isn’t it unacceptable that the Prime Minister and Minister in charge have yet to see that video? How can they answer honestly when they haven’t seen first hand the duplicity, manipulation, out right lies of their own Government agents and the brutal math used to simply wear the mother down in the hope she collapses with exhaustion.

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    The thing I hate most about NZ Suicide – we never dare ask why

    By   4 days ago

    We refuse to ask the why of suicide because we are too frightened to know the answer is a reflection of the shallow and lonely community we have become. Instead we reel off a list of phone numbers whenever we dare mention suicide as if that means a fucking thing. 

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      Media Watch View All →

      MEDIA WATCH: FaceApp – a vanity project with little beauty

      By   22 hours ago

      I think it really says something about our total terror of ageing & being old in a selfie narcissist youth worshipping culture that we get a social media tsunami of genuinely frightened FaceApp portraits grieving at their own self demise.

      Read More →

      Spinoff & Stuffs vacant optimism, plastic bag ban/Carbon Neutral 2050/ETS greenwash & Julie Anne Genter’s righteous war analogy: Middle class climate crisis minimisation will be the new battlefront

      By   2 days ago

      Dear folks, we don’t have the fucking luxury to be depressed, the enormity of what we face collectively must forge a new reality. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of a moon landing that showed how far we can technologically leap, as we commemorate the 80th year of the start of World War 2 and the defeat of fascism, as we plot how far we have come as a species we can not allow depression to rob us of the energy to generate survival from a crisis created by our own greed and pollution.

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      Waatea News Column: Two juxtapositions of the current furore over Oranga Tamariki uplifts

      By   3 days ago

      On Friday morning breakfast TV, Judith Collins bristled at suggestions that there was institutionalised racism inside Oranga Tamariki by simply stating, “just stop beating up kids, and you won’t need Oranga Tamariki”.

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      ‘Pacific Media Watch – the Genesis’, a new freedom, ethics and plurality doco

      Kalafi, Sri and Blessen

      By   6 days ago

      Sri Krishnamurthi: “The catalyst for Pacific Media Watch was the jailing of the “Tongan Three” – founding editor of Taimi ‘o Tonga Kalafi Moala, his deputy Filokalafi Akau’ola, and pro-democracy MP ‘Akilisi Pohiva, now Prime Minister of Tonga – for contempt of Parliament in 1996.”

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      Sean Plunket’s Working Group with Bomber Bradbury & Damien Grant: THIS WEEK: Feebate for cars. Should we borrow for infrastructure? Jacinda holiday. Would you admit to killing the pms cat. Local bodies are they fit for purpose? Cricket.

      By   6 days ago

      THIS WEEK: Feebate for cars. Should we borrow for infrastructure? Jacinda holiday. Would you admit to killing the pms cat. Local bodies are they fit for purpose? Cricket.

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      It’s funny that the killing of the PMs cat gains more news headlines than the revelation that the NZDF showed politicians doctored footage

      By   1 week ago

      …so the NZDF doctored SAS footage to diminish the civilian casualty rate after already being caught out doctoring footage from a  previous meltdown and what does NZ media focus on?

      The confession of someone who killed the PMs fucking cat!

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      Waatea News Column: Could Dame Tariana Turia’s musings cost Labour the Māori vote?

      By   1 week ago

      How hard will Jacinda and Grant make it for Willie Jackson to deliver the Māori vote for Labour again?

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        Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

        GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Good grief!

        By   2 days ago

        I am no great fan of the flawed Kiwibuild policy,but I am even less of a fan of the Judith Collins type of entrenched neoliberal mindset that thinks government should NEVER interfere with the marketplace.

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        GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Winston Peters Economics 101

        By   2 days ago

        “When Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters was asked for his opinion (TVNZ 12th July) he shrugged it off saying ” ….I’m not worried … the share market is at record levels, profitability is up at record levels, banking profits are up at 9 per cent… So let’s not have this doom and gloom contrived by the National Party.”

        OK stop!

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        GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Suicide and Economics

        By   4 days ago

        In the year 2017 to 2018 , 329 people died on our roads . Almost one a day – which is bad. But last week we learned that twice as many, 668 New Zealanders, took their own lives that year, the highest rate yet – which is terrible.

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        GUEST BLOG: Murray Horton – Time to recognise Rocket Lab for what it is

        By   5 days ago

        Rocket Lab was originally touted as a shining example of Kiwi innovation. It continues to be, under the present Government. But, in fact, it is now simply the NZ subsidiary of an American company, one with major ownership by Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest weapons manufacturer.

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        Guest Blog: Ross Meurant – Where lies the power?

        By   5 days ago

        The latest diplomatic cable “leak’ out of the bowels of Britain’s bastion of bureaucracy, accuses President Trump of “diplomatic vandalism”, abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran for “personality reasons” because the pact had been agreed by his predecessor, Barack Obama. 

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        GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – We hear the cry of our Children

        By   1 week ago

        Noam Chomsky has described  Israeli control over  Gaza as ‘sadistic.’ Israeli historian Ilan Pappé has said, ‘incremental genocide’. The UN  has said that Gaza will be unliveable by 2020.

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        Guest Blog: Ross Meurant – Why I penned this book

        By   1 week ago

        The book is a fiction.  It is not autobiographical.  But my exposure to the environments which I write about, “equipped me well”, to invent fiction.  

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          The Liberal Agenda View All →

          Guest Blog: Ross Meurant – OUT OF THE INFERNO

          By   1 week ago

          ‘In Out of the Inferno, Meurant proves there’s only one way to tell the unvarnished truth about the country he loves – write fiction.’                      Christ Trotter: political commentator & editor.

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          The Liberal Agenda – Once Were Warriors – 25 years on. A Pakeha experience.

          By   4 weeks ago

          There has been a lot of discussion recently on Stuff.co.nz about the 25 year history of Once Were Warriors, that quintessential New Zealand film that went beyond the shaggy dog antics of Goodbye Pork Pie and Came a Hot Friday  or the dystopia of the Quiet Earth or Sleeping Dogs or the pure creepiness of Vigil and The Navigator to enshrine itself as a chapter of our cultural history that to this day still resonates with all the fury of its opening night.

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          TV REVIEW: Chernobyl – Gen X ratings winner & why the accents worked

          By   1 month ago

          Gen X, (the generation who always get ignored), roared back into life last week by reminding everyone they are a huge target market with a ratings bonanza that has helped ‘Chernobyl’ become the highest rated series ever!

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          The Liberal Agenda – HEAP OF DUNG CRAWLING WITH WORMS

          By   1 month ago

          Bloomsday! Sunday, June 16, 4pm! Thirsty Dog, K Rd!  Joe Carolan! Chris Trotter! Rima Te Wiata, Tom Sainsbury, Donogh Rees, Bruce Hopkins, Linn Lorkin, Hershal Herscher, Farrell Cleary, Yuko Takahashi, Jean McAllister, Karel Radek & the Jews Brothers Band!

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          The People’s Budget: 8 new Guest Commentators announced for Friday 31st

          By   2 months ago

          Kerri Nuku Co-President of Nurses Union 

          Economist Ganesh Nana

          Professor Lisa Marriott from Victoria University

          Kyle MacDonald psychotherapist and Herald columnist

          Unionist Annie Newman from Living Wage

          Ricardo Mendez from Auckland Action Against  Poverty

          Professor Wayne Hope from AUT Communications School

          Political commentator Chris Trotter

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          The Liberal Agenda – The People’s Budget 2019 – Friday 31st May

          By   2 months ago

          WHAT: The People’s Budget
          WHERE: Otahuhu Town Hall
          WHEN: 6.30pm Friday 31st May

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          The Liberal Agenda – 12pm Post Budget livestream Friday 31st for the first Wellbeing Budget

          By   2 months ago

          Each year Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) provides child-focused analysis and commentary of the budget.  The aim is to provide an accessible and affordable avenue for the community to come together and hear about how the budget affects children and young people, especially our most vulnerable who live in poverty.

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            The Daily Gallery View All →

            Political Caption Competition

            By   23 hours ago

            Me have to listen to girl?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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            TDB Top 5 International Stories: Thursday 18th July 2019

            By   1 day ago

            5: GOP Candidate Running Against Justin Amash Just Unleashed a Wildly Transphobic Ad
            4: WHO sounds global alarm over DR Congo Ebola outbreak
            3: Kellyanne Conway’s Irish Ancestors Were the Enemy When Donald Trump’s Dad Was Arrested at a Klan Riot in 1927
            2: Amazon Workers Demand Fair Pay & Conditions as Company Continues Undercutting Rivals
            1: Footage of Trump and Epstein partying with women in 1992 emerges

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            The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 18th July 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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            Political Caption Competition

            By   2 days ago

            Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..

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            TDB Top 5 International Stories: Wednesday 17th July 2019

            By   2 days ago

            5: THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS IS GETTING SO BAD THAT CITIES ARE NOW BUILDING THEIR OWN CAMPS
            4: Iran hits back at US demand on ballistic missiles
            3: HOW MORGAN HARPER’S OHIO PRIMARY CHALLENGE EXPLAINS THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC MELTDOWN
            2: “Our Squad Is Big”: Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump’s Racist Attack
            1: July on course to be hottest month ever, say climate scientists

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            The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 17th July 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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            Political Caption Competition

            By   3 days ago

            SHANE: “Shane Jones likes to refer to Shane Jones about the things that Shane Jones likes. Shane Jones”.

            PAULA: “Whaaaaaat?”

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              Raw News feed View All →

              Increase in demand for cage-free eggs set to continue – SAFE

              By   21 hours ago

              The increase in demand for cage-free eggs is set to continue according to animal rights organisation SAFE, who says the egg industry should expect this and prepare. The 2012 ban on battery cages, which comes into force in 2022, and the subsequent transition to colony cage systems has resulted in a recent decline of the […]

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              Working Poor in New Zealand a disgrace – Closing The Gap

              By   4 days ago

              The growing number of working poor is an alarming indicator that the regulatory Minimum Wage does not cut it said Closing the Gap spokesperson Peter Malcolm. He said the “great work” done by agencies, groups and individuals is filling some of the gaping holes but the quantum shift that is needed, needs to be met […]

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              Historic hui gives overwhelming agreement for Māori Inquiry – Whanau Ora

              By   4 days ago

              The inquiry into state run Oranga Tamariki will be led by whanau, kaimahi and Māori leaders. Yesterday the largest gathering of Māori leadership since the Foreshore and Seabed debate voted unanimously to hold an Inquiry. Jean Te Huia Māori Midwives Aotearoa CEO shared her experience and honest opinion of the failing realities of the agency […]

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              Call for action on the practices of state removal – Whanau Ora

              By   5 days ago

              An overwhelming response sees Māori from across the country pouring into Māngere today. The call for action came from Māori leadership concerned with the practice of tamariki removals by the state. Whānau, experts, and highly skilled Māori from across all pursuits of governance, research, evaluation, clinicians and practitioners are here most have been calling for […]

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              NZ to learn from US gun violence report – Amnesty International

              By   5 days ago

              Amnesty International has released a scathing report into the United States’ response to gun violence, a report that New Zealand policy-makers can learn from. In Scars of Survival: Gun Violence and Barriers to Reparation in the USA, survivors of gun violence in the US tell how bad policy and a lack of support services cause […]

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              Battle lines drawn on prescribing Medical Cannabis – Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ

              By   5 days ago

              With the release of the Medical Cannabis Consultation paper, the most immediate contentious issue is prescribing. The Ministry’s preferred solution is for GPs to prescribe unconsented/off-label only with the support of a specialist. This conflicts with the fact that those that are vocationally registered as GPs are considered specialists in General Practice. Various groups have […]

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              Excessive force used after pursuit in Ramarama – Independent Police Conduct Authority

              By   5 days ago

              The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that two officers used excessive force during an arrest in Ramarama, South Auckland on 26 October 2016. Police received a 111 call from a man, whose Ute had just been stolen from Bombay, South Auckland. Police located the Ute with the assistance of the Police helicopter, Eagle. The […]

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