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GUEST BLOG: John Tamihere – Our babies deserve better

By   /  December 15, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

This is not the city or country I want.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Drug reform

By   /  December 15, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

When you are in Government you can either continue doing things that don’t work but make the angry happy, or you can challenge counter productive policy and push for change.

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Well, well, well – Kim Dotcom was right – here is the mass surveillance

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Are you feeling safe yet sleepy hobbits? 

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The Salvation Army’s Latest Report: Identifying the Sins – but not the Solutions

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

THE LATEST “State of Our Communities” report from the Salvation Army exposes a worrying fragility in New Zealand’s social relationships. Behind the happy multicultural façade so beloved of politicians and bureaucrats, racial animosities fester and tensions between competing ethnic communities multiply.

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How badly beaten down have we become by drug prohibition? When we are offered crumbs we cheer

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

…giving Police discretion to prosecute drug users is not a solution and will result in racist outcomes, which is what we have now – but by all means, cheer like this is meaningful.

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Soaring rents, skyrocketing suicide rates, environmental scientists too frightened to talk and 100 000 hungry children – Merry Christmas NZ

By   /  December 14, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

We have lost perspective on what actually matters in this country. It’s partly a current affairs and news environment more focused on petty gotchas and infotainment, it’s partly a smug conceit by the Left who have ignored those issues because Labour is in Power.

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Of all the people to attack, Richie Hardcore isn’t one of them!

By   /  December 13, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

…this story is such horse shit! If there are any questions to answer it’s from Simon Bridges and the National Party member who is in a relationship with Sroubek’s former partner…

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The horror of Antarctica meltdown

By   /  December 13, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

While our political leaders are numbed into inaction by business interests who gain the most from climate change pollution, the one place climate deniers always pointed at to claim global warming wasn’t really happening, is in meltdown…

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National’s disgusting and despicable fear mongering over medicinal cannabis

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

The only thing worse than the Greens celebrating this pathetic nothing is National trying to manufacture monsters that simply don’t exist.

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TWITTER WATCH: Politicising a death

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  40 Comments

Everyone seems to want to twist the tragic death of this young visitor to our shores into their own ideological frame work.

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MUST READ GUEST BLOG: Vanessa Kururangi – Throwing my weight around

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

I am a poet/creative writer. I don’t claim to know facts or statistics. This piece is offered purely as a creative response to recent (and historic) events, speaking to how women and girls are forced to navigate the World throughout their lives. 

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Brothers – the Vigils are anti-male violence, not anti-male and the empathy of a Prime Minister

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  48 Comments

Jacinda’s apology captured all that guilt and shame and articulated it in a way that was raw and human, we are blessed to have her.

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On Human Rights – Declared, Upheld, And Otherwise

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The 10th of December marks the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It’s a pretty interesting document – not least because, if you peruse its contents, it contains an array of “rights” that have largely fallen by the wayside here in modern, neoliberal society.

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Medicinal Cannabis Bill set to pass Parliament; patients celebrate ambivalently

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

“A lot of us also have mixed feelings at the moment. New Zealand is catching up with the rest of the world, but this new law has only delivered part of what we hoped for,”

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Why? What’s it to you?

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

“Well, actually…I like children!”

This is the response African-American novelist and poet Alice Walker gave when she was asked why she wanted to go to Gaza. 

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Normalising The Unthinkable

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

It is the privilege of artists to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable. Which is exactly what so many of them are doing in response to the deepening crisis of anthropogenic global warming.

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