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EXCLUSIVE: Message to Minister Adams: Family of five, including six month old baby – about to live in a van…

By   /  June 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

In 2 days’ time, a family of five in Upper Hutt will become homeless. They are in the final week of a 90 Day notice to vacate.

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The Labour interns – ACT exposes hypocrisy!

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

A few days ago, headlines appeared supposedly “exposing  a rort” by the NZ Labour Party to exploit American interns for electoral campaigning purposes;

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Break out the champagne! City Care victory

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

After a two-year battle KOA was successful in not only stopping the sale of the council works company City Care but also in pressuring the council to restore the company to the strategic assets list.

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Trumps anti-Cuba policy should be condemned

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years, should be condemned.

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The broad definition of GCSB security

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The broad definition of security is long-standing, introduced around the same time as the SIS botched break in of Aziz Choudry’s house in Christchurch at the time of an APEC meeting there.

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Make Trade Fair in the Pacific

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

We gain privileged access to Pacific markets, but they gain no new access to our markets. There are no obligations on Australia to stop their protectionist policies towards Pacific kava exports and other fruit and vegetables that are produced in Australia. New Zealand exporters will gain $20 million in reduced tariffs, but this is lost revenue for Pacific governments that are already struggling to provide basic health care and education to their people.

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Are Todd Barclay And National High-Ups Guilty Of Witness Tampering?

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

There’s just something about living in a small, insular ‘everybody-knows-everybody’ kinda place that makes attempts at pulling off a genuine “cover-up” something of a fool’s errand.

Todd Barclay, apparently, is that fool.

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A Point To Consider On s59 ‘Anti-Smacking’ Debate

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

There’s a point to be made on this whole ‘Anti-Smacking’/s59 debate which New Zealand First has brought back to the limelight, that I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else making.

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Director of Mental Health states DHBs have provisions to allow mental health unit patients to smoke – not followed by Waikato DHB

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

Dear Waikato DHB Board members – attached is a link to an article published today by Stuff in which the Director of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health, Dr John Crawshaw, made the following points in respect of smoking by inpatients at DHBs’ mental health units:

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Christchurch council helps National’s social vandalism

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

It is deeply disappointing to see the Christchurch City Council lining up to help the government sell 2,500 state houses in Christchurch.

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Dave Macpherson – Mental Health failures: the Government’s ‘gift’ that just keeps giving

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I know I’ve said it before, but the issue of our failed mental health system IS very definitely becoming an election issue, despite the best intentions of Health Minister Coleman who, in an attempt to prove he’s pulled his head out of the sand or wherever else it was stuck, has put out more media releases announcing minor dollops of dough to mental health in the last 4 months than I’ve had hot breakfasts.

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Foot in Mouth Award – Nicky Wagner, because disabilities issues are such a drag on a nice day

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Yes, indeed, Ms Wagner, we’re sure you’d rather be out on the harbour rather than having to mess around with boring disability issues. After all, it’s not your responsibility if some people ‘choose’ to stay indoors rather than go sailing because they happen to have a disability.

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Grenfell Tower – an Epitaph to Epic Failure

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Only when inequality, deregulation, austerity and privatisation are reversed, will justice be done for the Grenfell dead.

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Danger! The economic bubble is bursting

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

Statistics NZ figures released this week have confirmed that New Zealand is in recession on a per capita basis as the economy has declined for two-quarters when measured on this basis.

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Trumpwatch – How Elon Musk can overcome Trump’s climate-change obstinacy

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Ironically, big corporations have parted company with Trump and the American Right, siding instead with the science community;

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The Scalise Shooting: this solves nothing!

By   /  June 17, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

. . A few days ago; Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, was in critical condition on Wednesday night after he and three others were shot as they practiced for a charity baseball game. […] Also wounded were a congressional aide and one former aide who now works […]

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