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A Tale of Terror and Love

By   /  March 26, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

I don’t believe in any God, but wish I did. For what good prayers and hugs in defence against violence and terrorism have served in the past, it might provide some comfort to the believers. It’s hard to believe in the saving graces of love and hope when they can so easily be overthrown by one evil man with several guns.

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Government needs to act on prevalent toxic cocktail

By   /  March 12, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Government needs to act on prevalent toxic cocktail

The New Zealand Government has been criticised for delays in responding to the issue despite growing international concern. Here, some PFAS chemicals were banned in fire-fighting foam in 2006 but they weren’t banned in other products until 2011. The NZ Defence Force was in contact with the Australian Air Force about groundwater contamination here, a year before they told the New Zealand public.

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National’s Environment Discussion Document Business as Usual

By   /  February 24, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

National’s new Environment Policy Discussion Document released this weekend in Raglan has plenty of virtue signalling, and motherhood and apple pie. But despite the Party’s claim of an ambitious approach, it fits neo-liberal solutions to ecological problems, and in many ways reflects business as usual.

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An end to inhumanity to whales is still a dream

By   /  December 28, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Japan has announced it will leave the International Whaling Commission, withdraw its ’scientific’ whaling fleet from the Southern Ocean and focus on ‘commercially harvesting’ whales from its own territorial waters.

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Have my coins, we all need change

By   /  December 23, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

As well as the usual worthy, weekly calls from the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, the Deaf Foundation, Foster Kids, Greenpeace, and a suite of non-governmental organisations doing important work ameliorating social, environmental, and physical ills, this week I was also called by UNICEF, asking for weekly donations.

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Denial of Prisoners’ Votes Medieval Injustice

By   /  December 1, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The fundamental right to vote shouldn’t be a political football. Imprisonment shouldn’t be a denial of civil rights as well as of liberty. Convicted criminals should be due court imposed sanctions, but not civil death, otherwise universal rights die too.

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Feeling like a stranger in a familiar land

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

Whether it’s the Greens in Government, or Jacinda’s pragmatic idealism, our politicians are manifest oxymorons. Despite our hope and best wishes for a Labour-Green coalition, this political landscape is not the world we thought we knew. We’re strangers in a familiar land, or maybe we’re familiar, but the world is a strange one. The grief and disappointment despite the nicey nice hopeful and kindness stuff, (and some genuine wins), is real.

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Abortion decisions in the hands of doctors and politicians should be in the hands of women

By   /  November 5, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It’s ironic that with about 270,000 children living in poverty, and one of the highest child abuse and child death by maltreatment rates in the world, that women’s decisions about whether they can cope with a child, are still in the hands of doctors and politicians, not the women themselves.

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First World Problems

By   /  October 9, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Reckless, provocative and dangerous as Trump is, and despite the gravity of our first world concerns, they’re convenient distractions from unpalatable everyday wars and tyrrany of the world’s evil affecting the already most vulnerable and dispossessed. We’re just lucky Trump’s not at war with us.

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MUST READ: The case against the hollowness of Jacinda’s Labour – we need more than words!

By   /  September 29, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

Are we so relieved that this government isn’t National-led that we will settle for less than what might have been? Now that with relief we finally have a Labour-led Government, have we lost a sense of inquiry and our ear for irony? Is it no longer acceptable to expect better, more, a real move away from the austerity and hypocrisy of the past nine years. How long should we wait and what compromises are we prepared to accept in the hope of eventual real change?

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MUST READ: Talking about 1080 & dispelling the ignorance of science

By   /  September 9, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  99 Comments

Taking a view on 1080 is almost guaranteed to cause disagreement with at least half your friends. Indeed, it seems nothing causes strange cleavages across the political spectrum, like talking about 1080. But the subject is like a spectre – and if we don’t talk about it fundamental disagreements will never get reconciled; and we let untruths continue, misunderstandings prevail, malintentions inform.

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Game theory and NZ Coalition Politics : Agenda Setters, Co-operation, Triumph and Suckers

By   /  August 26, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

By applying Game theory, Nested games and the Prisoner’s Dilemma to current NZ politics, we can see that NZ First is playing the sharpest game; it’s triumphant in many policy and funding allocations. Meanwhile the Greens celebrate relatively small wins, with no real incentive to defect, playing the sucker in Labour and New Zealand First’s game.

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Plastic pollution? (Almost) Business as Usual – why the plastic bag ban is barely a victory

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

with most policy announcements, the devil is in the detail. And though it might seem churlish, if you look closer, this is more a victory for public relations than it is for our environment. As usual, political measures are too little, too late, and not even what they seem.

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MUST READ: On freedom of speech and racism most vile

By   /  August 5, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

The most significant injustice isn’t that some barely credible white supremacists travel the world vomiting diatribe, but that racial inequality still informs and shapes life outcomes marginalising ethnic groups here and in every nation on a daily basis.

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Never mind the wagging tail, the system’s a dog

By   /  July 15, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This week a range of environmental group representatives, fishing company agents, scientists, consultants and international experts gathered in Wellington to review the threats facing Maui and Hector’s dolphins. The meeting was organised by DoC and Fisheries NZ and participants had to agree to Terms of Reference which included a clause saying they wouldn’t talk to the media about the proceedings.

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Plastic Pollution by Manufactured Consent

By   /  July 9, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Supermarkets and retail outlets have moved an inch toward addressing the hundreds of millions of plastic bags usually in a one-way journey to the landfill, by phasing out single-use check out carry bags at various outlets.

But the pervasiveness of plastic in our lives and in the environment show both market failure, and government failure, to adequately deal with the forces of production creating pollution problems way bigger than free bags at the till.

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