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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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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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