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Requesting confirmation that NZ Health Partnerships Ltd is the ‘Insurer’ driving the decision by Waikato DHB to request the reopening of the Nicky Stevens Coronial Inquiry and the replacement of the Coroner

By   /  February 15, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

We have this afternoon been informed by a member of management at NZ Health Partnerships Ltd that they are the provider of indemnity insurance to Waikato DHB.

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The Increasing Absurdity Of “White Supremacy” Allegation-By-Association Attacks In US Politics

By   /  February 14, 2019  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

So earlier this week I happened across a headline: DAVID DUKE ENDORSES ILHAN OMAR, or words to that effect.

Now, for those unaware, David Duke is a rather well-known figure due to his previous infamy in association with the KKK. 

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Imperial Nostalgia And Manifest Hypocrisy: New Zealand’s Increasingly Unlikeable “Friends”.

By   /  February 14, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

ONE OFFICIAL ERRUPTION of imperialistic bile in 72 hours could be dismissed as coincidence; two looks like a plan. The first spewed from the mouth of Gavin Williamson, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of Defence, on Monday (11/2/19). The second came today (13/2/19) from Admiral Phil Davidson, Commander of the newly minted United States Indo-Pacific Command. Williamson was delivering a speech to the Royal United Services Club. Davidson was testifying before the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee. The principal target of both men was the Peoples Republic of China.

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Dave Macpherson – Update re Waikato DHB demand for Nicky Stevens Inquest to be reopened

By   /  February 14, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Nicky’s family recognise that the DHB, it’s solicitors and the shadowy insurance company supposedly behind this demand, are not adequately informing media of their current and proposed actions, so we have decided to share the information we are getting.

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Accusing Iran of genocidal anti-Semitism is designed to strengthen western hawks

By   /  February 14, 2019  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

It is important to understand that bombastic rhetoric is very common in the Iranian lexicon. Verbal posturing and mistranslated or misunderstood quotes do not count as a credible evidence of Iran’s “genocidal” threat against the Jewish people.

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Laila Harré – Labour Protections

By   /  February 13, 2019  /  Laila Harre, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The panel at the hui in October 2018 on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy for New Zealand Should Look Like on sustainable work, began with this contribution Laila Harré.

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What Arthur Taylor’s journey tells us about crime and rehabilitation

By   /  February 12, 2019  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

When Arthur Taylor was eleven he was sent to the Epuni Boys Home for skipping school. It was a brutal institution (and Arthur later received a government apology and compensation for being mistreated there). Like most such institutions the Epuni Home was a school for crime, so it was no surprise that Arthur committed his first crimes, for burglary and car conversion, after he escaped from the Home. He was in and out of prison from that time on and has spent two thirds of his life, around 40 years, behind bars.

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Commentary Is Free – But Facts Are Sacred

By   /  February 12, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

POLITICAL COMMENTATORS tell us a great deal about themselves when they turn their gaze away from home, and towards events unfolding overseas. Domestic politics inevitably presents a rather muddied picture. There is so much happening: so many players – all with competing agendas – that achieving clarity is extremely difficult. With events overseas, however, there is much less in the way of clutter. The issues seem so clear, and the players so compelling, that the temptation to apply only the brightest primary colours to one’s analytical canvas is very hard to resist. Muted palettes are best reserved for the politics of one’s own homeland.

The commentary currently being offered up to New Zealand readers on the crisis playing-out in Venezuela strongly confirms these observations. And nowhere is the tendency to apply the brightest colours with the broadest brushstrokes more in evidence than in the commentaries of Liam Hehir.

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Penny Hulse – I joined the Pride march

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Penny Hulse, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

I joined the Pride march yesterday and now as I read the comments on it today I want to deal with some of the criticism I am getting for being there, I also want to explain why it was so important to me to be there. One of the signs I saw yesterday summed up […]

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Dave Macpherson – Forget the headline, this is a video you need to watch

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Matthew Tukaki (featured in the video) is Chair of the National Maori Council, but is not someone I have ever met, or had anything to do with. He has also previously been the Chair of the Australian National Suicide Prevention Council – I think he knows what he’s talking about.

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MUST READ: Dr Susan St John – Justice delayed is democracy’s undoing

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  21 Comments

Individuals arguing their case for justice have been caught up in Kafkaesque-like experiences at WINZ, MSD, ACC and IRD, where unresponsive officials impose anachronistic rules and laws made for a different time and era. For those who don’t cave in at this point, there may be appeals to the Benefit Review Committee, the Social Security Appeals Authority, and then the daunting prospect of higher courts. Some disappear for years in the labyrinth of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings (OHRP) and the Human Rights Review tribunal (HRRT). While getting to a hearing in the HRRT can take years, after the hearing an actual decision can take many more years and even then, a finding of unlawful discrimination does not bind the Crown to reform the laws.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Testing the Consumer Guarantees Act

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Expensive consumer products, whether cards, furniture, technology or appliances, usually come with a warranty, often for one or two years. Many people believe that this is the end of the story.  If the thing fails or breaks down once the warranty has expired, there is no cover for the purchaser.

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Annette Sykes – Waitangi Tribunal claim and the TPPA

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The panel on a Tiriti-compliant strategy for Aotearoa at the October 2018 hui on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy for New Zealand Should Look Like reminded us of the uniqueness of our challenges and opportunities. Annette Sykes reflects on the Waitangi Tribunal claim on the TPPA from the claimants perspective: Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti […]

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MUST READ: Nikki Kaye – playing politics with children’s health

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The increase in child obesity occurred under National’s watch and was not helped by then-Minister of Education, Anne Tolley and then-Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, who scrapped the previous Labour government’s Healthy Food in Schools policy;

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China flexing it’s economic muscle again?

By   /  February 10, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

It would not be the first time that inexplicable “problems with paperwork” had impacted on New Zealand commerce with China.

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No let up in Zionist inhumanity

By   /  February 10, 2019  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

For the Palestinian people, 2019 has begun strictly as the Zionist enterprise intends – with no let up to its grim, discriminatory violations of international humanitarian law and implacably unjust rule.

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