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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Bridge of Remembrance Christchurch, Rally

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for coming.  My name is Lois Griffiths. Martin , my husband, and I are members of  NZ Palestine Solidarity Network. We  have become very concerned about the situation in what is sometimes called the ‘holy land’, ever since we visited Israel and the West Bank for the first time in 2009. […]

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GUEST BLOG: Nicky Hager – DEFENCE FORCE HAD REPORTS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AFTER SAS RAID BUT DID NOTHING

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) received intelligence updates within one or two days of the August 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan that reported civilian casualties, including the death of a child, new Official Information Act documents reveal. This is what was written in the book Hit and Run but the NZDF had denied the whole book.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Crown Law Trying to Usurp Corrections as the Biggest Bully on the Block

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The Crown lost an extremely important case relating to fundamental human rights in the high court.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Employment stats are ‘twice as bad’ for Māori

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

I’m pretty chuffed with the unemployment rate dropping to its lowest level in nine years.
That means we are almost back to where we were before National took over.
However, I wouldn’t be doing right by the communities that supported me into Parliament if I didn’t demand more for New Zealand workers.

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GUEST BLOG: Background information on Mike Feinberg and KIPP (Knowledge is Power Programme) Charter Schools (2012) – Quality Public Education Coalition (QPEC)

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

  Who is Mike Feinberg? Mike Feinberg is the co-founder of KIPP and is a board member of the KIPP Foundation.   What is KIPP? KIPP stands for “Knowledge is Power Programme” and uses a “no excuses” philosophy to run 125 Charter schools across the US enrolling nearly 40,000 students mainly from low-income communities.   […]

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GUEST BLOG: TPPA-11 – Let’s Not Do This! Nationwide Public Meetings

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

As the government prepares to sign us up to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, the country has been lulled into a false sense of security that came with our change in government and a rebranding of a not so comprehensive and progressive deal.

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GUEST BLOG: Jeni Cartwright – Confusion reigns on measurement of Child Poverty – THANKS BILL

By   /  February 9, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

It’s probably been a bit of a surprise for many – especially for those who wiggled their eggs out of National’s basket and into Labour’s at voting time – to read claims from former Prime Minister Bill English that his government lifted 85,000 children out of hardship between 2011 and 2016.

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Waitangi Investigation: Steve Edwards – Harnessing the Herd to Hide a Historical Heist: The Crown’s breach of the Crimes Act

By   /  February 6, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

The New Zealand Crown’s ongoing failure to acknowledge that the British Crown did not gain sovereignty over New Zealand in 1840 is a breach of the Crimes Act.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Busting the Cannabis ‘madness’ myth

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Busting the Cannabis ‘madness’ myth

The Green’s Bill was voted down but we should still use the opportunity to challenge the myths surrounding cannabis without the debate being dominated by the hysteria of the corporate media and the lobbyists for big pharma.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Happy Birthday Ahed Tamimi

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Sixteen year old Ahed Tamimi ‘s birthday is on 31 January of this year. She will not be having a party. Instead she will still be alone, in an Israel prison.

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UPDATE: Alvina Edwards – Fairfax manipulated my story for racist clickbait

By   /  January 24, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

I had agreed to be interviewed earlier for a piece on education, but it wasn’t conducted by either of the above mentioned journalists. Nor was it ever mentioned that my interview would be included in the article by Wall and Parahi.

What has unfolded, including the use of photographs of myself and my elderly mother without permission in the article, is something I’ve laid a complaint over. Below is my formal letter:

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GUEST BLOG: Vanessa Kururangi – Going into Labour

By   /  January 23, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

People. It’s 20-fricken-18. Woman work. Women multitask. Women have choices. Women protest. Women celebrate. In New Zealand, women vote. Since the age of time, woman have given birth. I repeat: since the age of time woman have given birth. Some women do all of this and more simultaneously. It is not some new phenomenon.

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GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Storm Surge and Sea Flood Firth of Thames – Jan 5 2018

By   /  January 17, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Here is a short YouTube video and photo montage I have put together of the January 5 storm surge and sea flood event in Kaiaua, Thames and the Thames Coast. Why it happened, and some graphic not seen before footage of sea walls being overtopped, suburbs flooded, and roads wrecked.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – AND YET, NOT THE WORST THING HE’S SAID!

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Sure Trump’s foul remarks re Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in general are raising ire around the world. I like the remarks coming from Norway about a ‘shithole’ of a country that does not have a decent publicly funded free health system .

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GUEST BLOG: Apollo Taito – Why New Zealand should not have rodeos

By   /  January 10, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

On Saturday 13th of January Direct Animal Action (DAA) will hold their 2nd protest of 2018 outside the rodeo in Whangarei. The primary goal is to call on the government to ban rodeos across Aotearoa, New Zealand. Our first protest was held on New Years day outside Warkworth rodeo, and was well attended by over a hundred kiwis from different parts of the upper North Island.

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Liz Gordon – Men and their toys

By   /  January 7, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Any research report on the planet Earth would come to some grim conclusions.  Can you imagine it?

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