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Miracles and migrants

By   /  May 22, 2019  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Over the years I’ve had gripping conversations with people who’ve said I don’t belong on the Left of politics because of my socially conservative views. Conversely, folk on the Right have said they wouldn’t welcome me because of my perceived economic liberalism.

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This is not us

By   /  March 19, 2019  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

Stories of Muslim women being yelled at to go back to their countries continue to emerge. Posts online of people yelling at ‘dark-skinned’ individuals cheering at this despicable act of last week surface. And this is just the outward manifestation of the racism in NZ. It has been insidious for years. The term unconscious bias is the nice, polite way to describe the way in which the brain reacts to difference. And in the main, difference is the colour of your skin and gender. That difference is picked up by the eye immediately and it feeds that information directly to the brain. Then judgements are made about who is in, and who is out.

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That awkward conversation in the lift

By   /  March 5, 2019  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Get into the lift at work in town with 3 other people.

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Tough being the only White person

By   /  June 27, 2018  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

After taking our food orders we sit down to chat. He looks around and I can sense he’s feeling pretty nervous.

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MUST READ: I’ve read the PWC Stadium report and it didn’t take me very long because so many words were redacted from the version I got!

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

I’ve read the PWC report and it didn’t take me very long because so many words were redacted from the version I got. But in light of a looming regional fuel tax, which hits poorer communities hardest and representing a Ward with the lowest level of home ownership… a stadium in the middle of the city to host a future Commonwealth Games and the odd Abba comeback concert, is the last thing on their minds.

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If not for yourself Labour, fight for your south!

By   /  August 1, 2017  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

A couple of dispiriting polls means one thing Labour. Fight. You’re caught on the ropes and you can put your hands up in defence or you can get the swag back into your skip and box your way out. For the people of the south; the truest support known to the Labour Party my message to you is simple and loud. Fight.

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Efeso Collins Speech

By   /  November 3, 2016  /  Efeso Collins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Maiden address

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