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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Friday 23rd June 2017

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  1 Comment

5: Are Russia and the US About to Go to War Over Syria?
4: Trump does not want a ‘poor person’ in cabinet role
3: Jared Kushner’s Pursuit of Middle East Peace Looks a Lot Like Total Surrender to Israel
2: U.S. Tied to Torture in Network of Secret Yemen Prisons Run by UAE
1: Brexit economy: UK faces slowdown amid living standards squeeze

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 23rd June 2017

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  2 Comments

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Bill English misleads Parliament on Police statement – Labour Party

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Bill English’s attempt to restore his damaged credibility over the Todd Barclay affair has backfired after his claim to have “reported” Mr Barclay’s actions to Police has proven not to be true, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. “Yesterday in Parliament, Bill English claimed in response to a question from Andrew Little that […]

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All Tyred out; government announces false solution for tyre woes – Product Stewardship Council

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

After rejecting an industry-designed workable product stewardship scheme for end of life tyres, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today the government would allocate $19 million taxpayer dollars into a false solution instead – most of the funding to go to Chinese-owned company, Waste Management NZ, to collect and shred scrap tyres. Smith has proposed scrap […]

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Two Reports Show Health & Poverty Gaps Widening – Closing The Gap

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Two reports released last week show need for real concern about widening children’s health & poverty gaps, according to the Closing the Gap organisation. The Perioperative Mortality Review Committee’s sixth report, looking at New Zealand deaths that occur within 30 days of an operation, shows people living in lower socio-economic areas had near double the […]

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Record new arrivals as net migration tops 72,000 – Statistics New Zealand

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Annual net migration reached 72,000 in the May 2017 year, Stats NZ said today. Migrant arrivals numbered 130,400 and migrant departures numbered 58,400 in the year ended May 2017. “The continued high level of net migration in the May 2017 year was driven by non-New Zealand citizens migrating to New Zealand,” population statistics senior manager […]

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Mixed views on Christchurch stock transfer – Community Housing Aotearoa

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) says the shortlisting of consortia is the expected next step in seeing state housing in Christchurch transferred to a new provider, yet the process remains fraught. CHA Chief Executive, Scott Figenshow, says all three of the shortlisted consortia include New Zealand registered community housing providers, a notable change from previous announcements. […]

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Christchurch City Council helps National government facilitate the biggest privatisation of state assets in NZ history – State Housing Action

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

In a particular shameful act the Christchurch City Council is helping the National government facilitate the biggest privatisation in Zealand history – our $18 billion of state house assets. The council’s Otautahi Community Housing Trust is putting in a bid for 2,500 Christchurch state houses which the government wants to sell for $700 million. The […]

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Make Trade Fair in the Pacific

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 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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Statement from Matt McCarten, Campaign for Change

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  8 Comments

In May this year my contract with the Labour Party ended and I left to run a programme called the Campaign for Change. The programme was supported by the Labour Party in Auckland, however I led and managed it. This programme involved an international volunteer programme with a focus on voter enrolment, working with trade […]

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English fails the character test over Barclay – Labour Party

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Bill English is hoping this scandal will go away, but he is still dodging important questions over his role in covering up for Todd Barclay, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “Throughout this whole affair, Bill English has failed to be upfront with the public. He misled the public for months, both as […]

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EnglishGate Update: National Party Goon threatens, intimidates and bullies staff member

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  26 Comments

…so a National Party Goon, Glenda Hughes, a board member of National’s ruling council no less, contacts the staff member Barclay has been spying on and effectively bullies and intimidates the staff member into dropping the case.

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

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 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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BREAKING: Todd Barclay steps down from Parliament at next election

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

…now he’s gone, what about Bill English? Surely as Prime Minister, Bill’s deception was actually worse than Barclay’s.

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Malcolm Evans – Bill, Todd & Dick

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Malcolm Evans, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  3 Comments

Malcolm Evans – Bill, Todd & Dick

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GCSB review into spying for Tim Groser is a 100% whitewash and far more important than Todd Barclay

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

To have the most powerful spy agency in the country pimping their spying services directly to Minister’s under the guise of ‘economic benefit’ and then have no paper trail explaining what the hell happened is utterly unacceptable, yet this story has been eclipsed by a backbencher taping a staff member!

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