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Use of Nudge theory: The Winter Energy Payment

By   /  January 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  17 Comments

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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Instagram hit by fake advertiser scam

By   /  January 17, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

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

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China launches first strike in looming trade war with America

By   /  January 17, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

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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Why are Fairfax pimping for climate deniers?

By   /  January 16, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

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   /  January 16, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

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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All the canaries in the minefield are dead – the looming economic correction

By   /  January 16, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

…people are going to want a State that will be prepared to step up to the challenge and lead rather than leave it to the free market.

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

By   /  January 16, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

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

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

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

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

[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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Open Letter to WOMAD 2018 to remove controversial Israeli performer

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  11 Comments

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

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Malcolm Evans – #MeToo?

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  4 Comments

Malcolm Evans – #MeToo?

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So for 38 minutes the people of Hawaii knew what it felt like to live in Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen & other places US + allies bomb

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

…except for of course that the people we bomb in those countries don’t generally get a text alert that we are about to blow them up.

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One of Maggie Barry’s tracks

By   /  January 12, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

DOC has great people doing a fantastic job but it’s had nasty, venal ministers like Nick Smith and Maggie Barry who have done their best to drive it into the ground.

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Malcolm Evans – Summer Kiwi Poker

By   /  January 12, 2018  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  2 Comments

Malcolm Evans – Summer Kiwi Poker

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Idea Upgrades for 2018

By   /  January 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

One of the things dear to Jim’s heart was the idea that the State should use its power to make good outcomes and not leave it to the free market. In that vein, here are some upgrades for 2018 that we should push from a progressive Government.

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National’s road lust petition campaign gives insight as to how they plan to attack new Government

By   /  January 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Vested commercial interests + pretence of democratic participation + culture war values = National in Opposition.

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