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Election ’17 Countdown: The Promise of Nirvana to come

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

The great mistake made by National is that, at the beginning when they dreamed up these feel-good gimmicks, they set target-goal dates too close to the present. For example, when John Key and Bill English published a document entitled “Better Public Services” in February 2014, issuing a whole raft of target-goals, they set the date for accomplishment at 2017 (for most, though not all).

That left National minister in office only three years later having to explain their failure to achieve their target-goals.

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INTERNATIONAL COMEDY ALL STARS ARE COMING TO TOWN!

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on INTERNATIONAL COMEDY ALL STARS ARE COMING TO TOWN!

comedy.co.nz productions ltd presents THE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY ALL STARS Hal Cruttenden (UK), Ismo Leikola (FIN), Chris Martin (UK), Jimmy McGhie (UK) Four international pro comedians will be hitting the road bringing some of the globes’ finest, and most hilarious comedy to Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Wellington and Napier this April and May. Fresh from […]

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You’d Have To Be High To Believe That Record Migration Is Due To Drug Use

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

It’s become a depressing pattern. Every time news of record migration numbers come out in the media, the National Party leap into action with another excuse for why they’re justified.

The most recent “alternative facts” laden argument for adding tens of thousands of people to the New Zealand labour market … is that apparently the workers already here can’t pass drug tests.

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My life – my experience

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Twenty years later and I still get a little sense of unease when I wander into the women’s wear section of Farmers Lambton Quay, or spend fruitless hours looks for a non chintz print edition of a t-shirt dress in the Lyall Bay Warehouse. I still notice the glances I get when I’m going around with makeup on my face, that are absent when I’m being read as male.

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Hypocrisy of ACTs Prisoner Reforms

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

So after building the Prison Empire that we now suffer under, ACT have decided the skyrocketing prison population is a damaging social cancer and are suggesting if Prisoners learn reading or writing the will get an early release.

Lovely to see ACT come out of the dark ages.

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A week of The Project, why is the AM Show so bad and should we sell off TVNZ?

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Right now we have Breakfast TVNZ, The AM Show, The Project and Seven Sharp all of which manage to make us less compassionate, more ignorant and a lot dumber.

Unfortunately a stupid electorate is exactly what many Politicians want.

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – Questions about Ron Mark

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Ron Mark left Oman in 1990 to return to NZ and has spent much of the last 20 years building his political career in New Zealand. He is currently the deputy leader of NZ First, and should that party enter government after this year’s election, it would be likely that Ron mark would be pushing for a place in cabinet.

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Auckland Pride Parade 2017 Photo montage by photographer Kina Sai

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

Kina Sai is an artist, musician, photographer and human rights activist. She went to the Auckland Pride Festival this weekend and took a snapshot of our largest Gay Pride celebration

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The Daily Poem – The Girl On The Swing by Marck Prisco

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on The Daily Poem – The Girl On The Swing by Marck Prisco

The Daily Poem – The Girl On The Swing by Marck Prisco

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New CPAG Report: Children and the Living Wage

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New CPAG Report: Children and the Living Wage

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that care must be taken not to undermine the needs of families by promoting a Living Wage (LW) as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. A new report written for CPAG by Susan St John and Yun So, Children and the Living Wage, explains why families in Aotearoa New Zealand need a […]

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Net annual migration passes 71,000 – Statistics NZ

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A record 71,300 more migrants arrived in New Zealand than left in the January 2017 year, Statistics New Zealand said today. This surpassed the previous annual record set in December 2016. The net gain reflected an increasing number of people arriving here and fewer leaving to live overseas. Migrant arrivals numbered 128,300 in the January […]

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Political Caption Competition

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  4 Comments

Alternative Facts – Trump in La La Land

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Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – Luscious Jackson – Ladyfingers

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  Comments Off on Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – Luscious Jackson – Ladyfingers

Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – Luscious Jackson – Ladyfingers

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Tuesday 28th February 2017

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  Comments Off on TDB Top 5 International Stories: Tuesday 28th February 2017

5: Committee to Protect Journalists: Trump’s Attacks on Media Will Be Felt by Journalists Around World
4: Happy Photos of Auckland’s Sunset Pride Parade
3: LOS ANGELES MAYOR FLIRTS WITH SANCTUARY MOVEMENT WHILE COLLABORATING WITH ICE
2: Donald Trump’s first budget: enormous defense spending as most agencies cut
1: ‘White Helmets’ bags Oscar on politically charged night

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 28th February 2017

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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On ‘flushing out the homeless’ and stoner workers necessitating mass immigration

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

As for his claim that we need to import all this cheap and exploitable migrant labour because NZ stoners keep failing their drug tests, let’s remember that in 2015, 8000 beneficiaries were sent for drug testable jobs, and how many fails were there?

22 fails.

Out of 8000 drug testable jobs.

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