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EXCLUSIVE: Intern tells what really happened inside Campaign for Change ‘slave labour Marae’

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

I do know that this well-intentioned educational program which somehow turned into a “scandal” has been completely blown out of proportion by the media. I am writing this because the lack of sensitivity that has gone along with criticizing this program is despicable.

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – Ideas arent enough

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

In contrast to the rest of the world, NZ seems to be sleepwalking towards an election. If you want too see an ambitious, radical and progressive political voice, the options are sadly limited. For the radical left, the question is how do we turn this around? How can we build a radical political instrument to express the popular frustration with the status quo?

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Slumlord’s have to go

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

There are times I’m really outraged by the lax manner we allow standards to slip in this country because it’s always the poor who pay the steepest price. NewsHub’s recent report on deplorable conditions of boarding homes in this country is a perfect example.

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – How Odd of Todd, how Ill of Bill

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Three quick questions over the Barclay/English affair.

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – The Last Days of May

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

It’s looking increasingly likely that embattled UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, will have to stand down.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Business as usual – No, it’s worse, it’s Trump

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  93 Comments

People ask why I’m not writing about Barack Obama, because he too dropped bombs and gave military support to Israel and did any number of dubious things that American presidents seem to do as a matter of course. In fact presidents who have dropped bombs include but are not limited to Washington, Lincoln, Regan, Truman, Nixon, Bush senior and Junior

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Corbyn: A partisan revolution?

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The reason that thousands of young people flocked to Corbyn’s program was because they agreed with it.  As did many die hard older Labour supporters despite decades of Blairism, and before that, decades of Labourite attacks on the working class.

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GUEST BLOG: Julie Carter – Well done Labour!

By   /  June 13, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

Labour’s plan to put an end to fake student’s is bang on the money.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – SBW, Mike King and Nicky Hager should be getting honours

By   /  June 13, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

It’s another Queen’s Birthday Honours list and although I have never been a supporter of this nonsense and hope that one day we throw out this outdated way of honouring Kiwis, I have to admit there are certainly a couple of people who deserve their honours.

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GUEST BLOG: Alan Johnson – Making sense of the Government’s housing numbers

By   /  June 9, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

In a press release of June 1 2017, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams claimed her Government was “planning to increase the number of social houses from 66,000 today to 72,000 over the next three years.” A closer scrutiny of such a claim suggests that it is at best fanciful and at worse misleading.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Analysing the Polls

By   /  June 9, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

I’ve had a number of people ask me about the latest TV One News Colmar Brunton Poll. If you missed it, the numbers are: National (49%), Labour (30%), Greens (9%), NZ First (9%), The Opportunities Party (1%), ACT (1%) and the Maori Party (1%).

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – Death of a Deportee

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

In December 2015, I interviewed a young Aussie who had been deported from his home to New Zealand, the country of his birth. A 501er, as they are known in the Lucky Country. In the article, I referred to him as Doug for privacy reasons.

His real name was Matt and he killed himself last night.

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GUEST BLOG: Jin An – Serco: New Zealand’s real Minister of Police

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

Having studied criminal policy, worked as a prosecutor, and served as a justice policy advisor, I can tell you with absolute confidence that all the research concludes that prisons do not reduce crime. Prisons do not reduce crime. Prisons. Do not. Reduce. Crime. But what some of the research does show is that they make people feel good; make people feel more safe. More prisons offer the illusion of greater safety.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – The World Heats Up for Trump

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

We are all waiting for the wheels of justice to just grind a little faster already, so that Trump can be impeached and this joke of a presidency can stop, and become the horrible business as usual presidency of the Pence administration that also must be stopped.

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GUEST BLOG: John Stroh – What it means to “AVOID AMERICAN”

By   /  June 3, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

On this grand occasion of a visit by a Trump agitator to New Zealand next week – I speak of the former Fossil Fuel Industry ogre who is tasked with the oh so challenging job of finding a use for and promoting the sale of American weapons around the world – it seems timely to serve up a reminder to let go of America. The European Union is doing it and New Zealand as a country has opportunities to follow suite.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – NO COUNTRY WOULD DARE ATTACK A US NAVAL SHIP!

By   /  June 3, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

June 8 should be remembered in America as a ‘day of infamy’.

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