I’m off today walking Te Araroa – from Cape Reinga to Bluff – carrying this important message on my T-shirt.Read More →
The restructuring of state education proposed by the government working group led by Bali Haque, feels like a fresh breath of spring air after 30 years in the dark ages of Tomorrow’s Schools.Read More →
Yesterday the Fiji Times reported Prime Minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama attended a memorial service at Qana in Southern Lebanon to remember the Fijian soldiers who died as part of United Nations peace keeping missions in Southern Lebanon.Read More →
How did it come to this?
New Zealand’s economy now depends on more Chinese mothers NOT breastfeeding their babies.Read More →
Earlier this year Nuk Korako was one of six National MPs who attended a dinner hosted by the Israeli ambassador with the aim of establishing a New Zealand Parliamentary Friends of Israel group. (For the record the other MPs were Alfred Ngaro, Tim McIndoe, Todd Muller, Jian Yang and Paul Goldsmith)Read More →
The government’s announcement today of a major regeneration project for East Porirua has all the hallmarks of Auckland’s Tamaki tragedy whereby low-income residents and families are being displaced from Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure as these suburbs are gentrified for the middle class.Read More →
Despite claiming National was concerned about Jami-Lee Ross’s mental health, Paula did her best to exacerbate it in revealing aspects of his private life.Read More →
What should be our response to the “fines” handed down by an Israeli court against Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab?
The most important lesson to learn from the Israeli court case which saw “fines” handed down to Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab is just how important and effective the BDS campaign has become in fighting for Palestinian political and civil rights. Justine and Nadia wrote a letter to New Zealand singer Lorde which asked her […]Read More →
Open Letter to Mediaworks to withdraw Sodastream sponsorship of “Married and First Sight” or face boycott
Our request is made as part of the international BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign which was launched in 2005 by Palestinian civil society groups to bring pressure to end Israeli apartheid. Israeli-made products such as Sodastream are one focus of the campaign.Read More →
Christchurch City Council subsidises building homes for the wealthy but refuses to rebuild council rental housing destroyed in the earthquakes
It should make an uncomfortable juxtaposition for the mayor and councillors.
One week they vote an extra $220 million for a new rugby stadium without public consultation and the next they are consulting on whether they should give a $30 million loan to the council’s housing arm – the Otautahi Community Housing Trust – to build 130 more council rental homes.Read More →
If those on the lowest incomes pay the highest tax rates that means the average Maori or Pasifika taxpayer pays a higher proportion of their income in tax than the average Pakeha family – or the average beneficiary pays a higher tax rate than a rich lister.Read More →
Bridges colleague Mike Sabin, former policeman and former National MP, was at the heart of the moral panic over meth.Read More →
I’ve had the chance to read the interim report of the tax working group over the weekend and it’s a sorry, sad document.Read More →
The “pocket money” offer to state house tenants wrongly evicted from their homes based on bogus meth testing is deeply cynical and insulting.Read More →
Members of the Christchurch Progressive Network will attend todays Christchurch City Council Meeting from 8.30am to protest the proposal to spend an extra $220 million on a rugby stadium ahead of rebuilding council rental housing destroyed in the earthquakes.Read More →