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UPDATE: To the young Muslim woman wearing a headscarf at Dominion Rd Countdown 1pm Wednesday – I am so very sorry

By   /  October 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  45 Comments

The Pakeha woman crosses the pathway of the two young Muslim women as she is walking towards one of those little green trundler trolly’s  that you pull along behind you and then suddenly the Pakeha woman does something that makes me stop dead in my tracks and has my mouth just drop open in total shock.

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The Maker Of “Men” – Masculinity and its Origins

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  37 Comments

WHO MAKES “MEN”? With the behaviour of movie magnate, Harvey Weinstein, dominating the headlines, the nature and origins of masculinity have become a hot topic. At issue is whether all expressions of masculinity are to a greater-or-lesser extent “toxic” – or only some? And, whether the ultimate liberation of womankind is contingent upon the unequivocal elimination of the culturally constructed beings we call “men”?

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Passchendaele – Absent with Leave, a Soldier’s Story

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

John Alexander (his real name, but not his full name) – commonly known as ‘Jack’ – was 25 when World War 1 broke out. Jack was no war hero; nor was he an anti-war hero. No, Jack might best be described an anti-war anti-hero. Born as the ninth and youngest child of a South Canterbury […]

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Galipolli or Mangatawhiri? – selective memory of war

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It would be much more appropriate for New Zealand to scrap ANZAC DAY (25 April – dated for the landing at Gallipoli in World War I) and shift our national remembrance of war to 12 July – the day in 1863 that imperial troops crossed the Mangatawhiri River and the great war for New Zealand began.

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GUEST BLOG: Karl Pearce – Sid, The man who would set himself alight on Parliament Grounds; His Story.

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  28 Comments

When I found out what happened to him I wanted to tell his story. Not only because I had met him just the day before. Not only because of the shocking nature of his death, But because we wondered what drove him to such a lengths to set oneself alight on parliament grounds in protest and pure frustration. And that his story is the story of so many others in a broken Family Court System.

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How Neoliberalism Made me Selfish

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Saturday was election day in New Zealand, and while the final configuration of parliament is still being negotiated, as has become normal under the proportional representation system, it’s petty clear that New Zealand has voted for a continuation of a neo-liberal approach to governance.

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Can we pause and consider what just happened to Metiria back there?

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

Metiria’s crime was not that she had told the truth about needing to game the draconian neoliberal welfare system, but that she had the audacity to tell her story with her chin up in defiance at the injustice of that system rather than the self-shaming we all demand from anything that is attached to the virgin sacrificing sacredness of ‘taxpayer money’. 

In NZ we accept the dignity of the broken, but never the dignity of the resistant.

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National Party Voters: An electorate or a cult? Understanding the viciousness spat at Metiria

By   /  July 22, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

As a small country, we have mistaken NZ as an equal country where people can freely move up through the social strata. I would suggest to you that statistic of 70% of National voters not knowing anyone unemployed actually shows that we are a highly segregated culture.

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Can we please have weeks of intense outraged Rugby frame-by-frame navel-gazing headlines screaming at injustice of a draw for a game barely anyone else on the planet plays?

By   /  July 9, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

As a very young and juvenile country, New Zealand has all the cultural maturity of a can of day old Coke. Rugby dominates our sense of identity like a jealous tyrant. This myopic focus allows Kiwi’s to distract themselves to the point of outright denial over the numerous social ills currently rotting our society.

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A Tale For The Times

By   /  July 8, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  30 Comments

WHY IS “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” so bloody scary? The movie was bad enough, but the television series is so chilling I find it hard to watch. And what, exactly, is the raw nerve which the story is touching this (it’s third) time around?

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Herald & Fairfax Watch: We are in denial over the why of suicide in New Zealand

By   /  July 6, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  29 Comments

The Herald are copying Stuff by running big current affairs campaigns. This week Stuff is looking at cannabis reform and the Herald are attempting to talk about suicide.

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Ariana Grande, Manchester, London, Zbigniew Brzezinski, toxic masculinity, the War on Terror and us

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

…responding to cruelty, hate and twisted spiteful inadequacy with compassion, kindness and love will do more to ending this war on terror than any military escalation or civil liberties clamp down ever can.

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On beauty routines…

By   /  May 30, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

Someone asked me yesterday if I had a ‘beauty routine’

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GUEST BLOG: Ruby Joy – A blog for John Doe

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

I want people to stop blaming mental health alone and start realising that the hand to hold closest to us is theirs. Some things can’t be fixed but all things can be fought and every enemy subdued – not by an offices intellect but by the collective might of enough civilian foot soldiers.

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Mother’s day rant, for grumpy mums to read with their cup of tea?

By   /  May 10, 2017  /  Genevieve McClean, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  7 Comments

OMG it’s another whole week till Mother’s Day… not only is it a load of blocks, but so many of you are celebrating two weeks and one week early, making it a mother’s month… What a triumph for shopping centres.

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Solo Fatherhood, gender roles and my fingernail polish

By   /  April 30, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  8 Comments

Solo Fatherhood is just like sole fatherhood but uses Han Solo more.

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