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$17million camera programme good for fishing sector not for dolphins

By   /  June 10, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

For years I’ve been writing on this blog and elsewhere about New Zealand’s shame in failing Māui and Hector’s dolphins. Here I go again.

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When the police perpetuate injustice

By   /  May 29, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

In recent weeks the police were at hand to serve the interests of capital rather than the interests of justice, exhibiting class betrayal and undermining the legitimacy of the police force, and the state.

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Fragile, finite ….fucked?

By   /  May 12, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  74 Comments

The underwhelming decision on climate change follows the disappointments of the non-binding marijuana referendum, timid welfare responses, the jettison of a recommended capital-gains based redistributive tax system, labour reform limitations, and KiwiBuild’s failure to deliver affordable homes, I’m too cynical to expect much improvement in frameworks to protect endangered species from extraction, waste or exploitation.

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Winston Peters and Neo-liberalism, Beat Compassion and Cool.

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

No wonder Winston Peters objected to the Coalition Government being called Labour-led. Because, on matters of most importance, it’s led by New Zealand First. And even though Fortune Magazine this week said Jacinda Ardern was the second most powerful leader in the world, that would make Winston the first.

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What about the actual military weapons?

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

After the Christchurch massacre, there’s a rightful focus on the prevalence and public access to ‘semi-automatic military-style’ guns. It takes a crisis to create change but with the loopholes in our gun laws, and in light of previous governments’ missed opportunities and the current government’s previous plans to centralise gun registration inspections, in fact, reform is overdue. Shame it took a massacre to force this change.

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A Tale of Terror and Love

By   /  March 26, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 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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