From Tom Scott’s collection of cartoons, “Life in New Zealand”‘ – his take on the Aramoana massacre on 13 November 1990 where a crazed gunman shot and killed thirteen people.Read More →
When we in Australia and New Zealand cry, Lest We Forget our fallen soldiers, we should also never forget President Atatürk’s comforting words.Read More →
Even worse is the realisation that it is not Martyn who is defending himself against criminal charges. It is the Police who are on trial for mis-using their powers by breaching a person’s privacy without due regard to the laws of this country.The police over-stepped and mis-used their powers of search and seizure. It was an illegal action, as Privacy Commissioner John Edwards stated with searing clarity, “that Police had collected his information in an unlawful way”.Read More →
Some may balk at these suggestions. I make no apology for making them.Read More →
On a day when our young people succeeded in prodding grownups to take notice of the looming climate change disaster bearing down on us, other “grownups” had more nefarious, murderous thoughts in mind. On a day which should have been positive and filled with idealism and hope, we ended with tragedy and tears.Read More →
It is a struggle to understand how “gender critical” activists can make a case against housing trans-women in Women’s prisons based on such a profound lack of clear evidence.What is clearly understood is a history of trans-people suffering harrasment, assaults, sexual violation, and worse within prisons in New Zealand and overseas. For “gender critical” activists to now target trans-people as threatening women in “safe places” such as prisons is disturbing.Read More →
“…No ifs, no buts, no caveats, I will repeal this CGT as Prime Minister of New Zealand ” – a statement so categorical that it made John Key’s 2008 commitment never to raise GST, look timid;
“National is not going to be raising GST.National wants to cut taxes not raise taxes.”
Except, he did.
In October 2010, Key’s National government increased GST from 12.5% to 15%.
Minister Tracey Martin has a moment in our history to do the right thing. Fran Wilde led the way with gay law reform.
But the movement for social justice and inclusion did not end thirty-three years ago. Just as the feminist movement still has much to accomplish.
We cannot, as a society, exclude a small minority by creating a system or practice that separates people according to their status as trans-gendered.
That is apartheid.Read More →
As property investors/speculators; assorted financiers; and their political-wing, the National Party, ramp up their opposition to a capital gains tax to a stridency approaching hysteria, current party leader, Simon Bridges, has used the mainstream media to push his highly propagandised (and highly emotive and misleading) messages;Read More →
The increase in child obesity occurred under National’s watch and was not helped by then-Minister of Education, Anne Tolley and then-Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, who scrapped the previous Labour government’s Healthy Food in Schools policy;Read More →
It would not be the first time that inexplicable “problems with paperwork” had impacted on New Zealand commerce with China.Read More →
On 24 January, I wrote to David Farrar, pointing out that his blogpost and ‘tweet’ were based on an inaccurate media story;Read More →
So much for NZ Post assuring the public that it would not be “closing or downgrading” services to any areas. Provision of services now appear to be haphazard.Read More →