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Easy Foreign Investor Target Not Necessarily the Right One

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

The recent release of Statistics New Zealand figures showing the levels of foreign investment in New Zealand properties confirmed biases for many. I’m not a fan of globalisation, or investor capitalism, per se, but I do have an expectation that facts will inform policy and that liberal citizens and politicians will avoid racist dog whistles misleading attention away from real causes of inequality and injustice.

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MUST READ: Why the Price of Oil is a Class Concern

By   /  May 27, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Modern life has most of us over a barrel. An oil barrel. The price of oil is a fundamental force in shaping our quality of life and how much take home pay is left for other needs and wants. This has all hit home in the last few weeks as the price of fuel at the petrol pump has reached its highest ever.

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The case against light rail

By   /  May 14, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

The Government’s announcements that they are to accelerate the procurement process for light rail to the airport and to the NorthWest including Kumeu, had some pundits and young transport enthusiasts breathless with excitement.

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Western Economic and Military Groupthink on Parade This Week

By   /  April 22, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

So while leaders from European superpowers, Five Eyes nations and the Commonwealth parade, in self-congratulatory back slapping and hand shaking in front of the cameras, they engage in lock step and group think, marching as one over firing missiles at Syria that are actually aimed at Russia, in a real battle for supremacy of the ‘There is No Alternative’ approach to economic management, monetary policy, growth, trade and the neo-liberal agenda.

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MUST READ: Russian Spy Drama Symptom of and Distraction From Bigger Geopolitical Play

By   /  April 8, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  93 Comments

I prefer to live in a country that makes its international relations decisions based on firm, independent evidence rather than speculation. Let’s not forget the rush to war based on allegations of Weapons of Mass Destruction. It doesn’t have to be ‘you’re either with us or you’re against us’, it can be a case of wait and see – at least until Wednesday when the UN Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons releases its report into the incident.

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What price is dolphin protection? Election donations? Conflicts of Interest?

By   /  March 18, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

In 2016, Stuart Nash proposed a ten-year moratorium on commercial fishing within waters 50m deep. He said the video monitoring programme needed to be rolled out more quickly, that the (National) government wasn’t doing enough. By 2017 after the formation of the Labour – New Zealand First coalition government, he has suggested doing away with electronic monitoring altogether and has proposed nothing credible or timely in its place.

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Without even small environmental wins, justice is a distant dream

By   /  March 4, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

As the ‘left’ moves to the centre, I find myself on the further margins of the spectrum. Here I am, left of Labour and greener than the Greens, looking for everyday solutions as well as system level change to solve the problems of our era. I can’t see how incremental and conservative capitalist prescriptions can ever be the remedy for environmental collapse, economic inequality or social exclusion at their present scale.

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Overseas banking villains suck New Zealanders’ wealth offshore

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The ANZ is our biggest bank, with around one million Kiwi customers and 31.3% of the market. The ANZ lending business is worth about $72.35 billion, with net loans worth $117.24 billion. That reflects staggering wealth to have in the hands and at the mercy of overseas banks.

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Primates, politics, the Princess and the PM

By   /  February 3, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Despite the Prime Minister’s pregnancy, this government represents a modified status quo and change will be incremental and conservative (note the debate and votes on medicinal marijuana), and in many instances Labour will be more aligned with National than the Greens.

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Don Brash’s attitudes a relic of colonialism

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

Don Brash also overlooked the historical and contemporary diversity, and complexity of New Zealand, saying ‘New Zealand values are British values’, and that a lot of socio-economic deprivation among Maori is because they ‘don’t speak English properly’.

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Reflections on racial exclusion in an EziBuy catalogue

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

The absence of ethnically diverse women in fashion magazines as part of media bias, ‘defines the contours of society’, shapes our understanding of the world, how we see ourselves, how we are seen, and helps create ‘social identities and realities’. It’s a form of ‘racial framing’.

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On calling out the excesses of capitalism

By   /  November 4, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

It’s true that capitalism has failed low income earners who live in poverty at one of the highest rates in the developed world, and indeed, all over the world. It’s failed the children who live in those low-income homes. It’s failed the homeless. But capitalism has also failed our rivers, our oceans, biodiversity, future generations and our atmosphere.

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NZ companies complicit in culture of violence, intolerance and oppression

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

War is great for business. About $1.68 trillion worth of business globally as of 2015. Defence market reports say global tension and conflict will drive ongoing defence spending, “leading to global market opportunities for exporters”. Even here in NZ, our comparatively small defence budget is increasing, and NZ based military technology manufacturers are poised to […]

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Theo Spierings: An Icon of Inequality

By   /  October 1, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  34 Comments

Mahatma Ghandi said the true measure of any society is its treatment of its most vulnerable members. Others say inequality is the measure of fairness in society. The massive levels of inequality in modern capitalist societies reflect badly by any measure. Egalitarian New Zealand is a myth.

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Little chance of system change, but change in government is a good place to start

By   /  September 16, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

For those of us who also want a more fundamental change than just rearranging the parliamentary seating order, and minor changes by degrees, in some ways, hope competes with despair. I’d like to take a vote on neo-liberalism itself but it’s not even on the agenda.

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National Party sacrifices human rights to politics

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Bill English and Paula Bennett admitted the new powers would stretch human rights laws, but would only apply to serious criminals who had ‘fewer human rights than others’ anyway, clearly misunderstanding human rights. We should be wary when the Prime Minister and his Deputy are prepared to trade off these rights as a pawn in desperate election politics.

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