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So “throwing money” at poverty does work, according to National?

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

One of the most commonly parroted cliches from the rightwing of politics; “throwing money at the problem” – usually with the add-on; ” – doesn’t solve anything”. Except, of course, when it comes to tax-cuts. Then it’s not so much “throwing money” at middle class and affluent voters – as labelling it a “reward”

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Shouldn’t Radio NZ feel ashamed for its Metiria Turei coverage?

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  83 Comments

For the first time ever, I had willfully switched off a Radio NZ political programme. Listening to three, privileged, well-paid, middle-class, pakeha professionals pontificating on the sins of a 23 year old young maori woman two decades ago was more than I could stomach. 

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Time to speak up for Metiria Turei!

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The media witch-hunt against Metiria Turei gathers pace with “Newshub” digging up another story about the Green co-leader. Shock! Horror! She lived at a different address to the one on the electoral roll so she could vote for her friend in the McGillicudy Serious Party.

Really?

This is the kind of superficial bullshit that has undermined real journalism in this country.

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Some background info for Guyon Espiner

By   /  July 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

Either Espiner has forgotten the lessons of history, grimly recounted to him by former Prime Minister Jim Bolger – or he wilfully chose to ignore the dire circumstances that Metiria Turei, and thousands of other New Zealanders, found themselves in at the time.

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Is Don Brash running CYFs now? Why we will see a new stolen Generation

By   /  September 30, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Many Maori and Pacific Island community organisations already complain about the lack of research the current CYFs go to when trying to find appropriate whanau, how much more lax will it become if cost cutting private contractors are focused on the placement over other considerations?

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The cruelty of social welfare prosecutions against ‘benefit fraudsters’

By   /  July 9, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  11 Comments

We will be gathering in support of Ms H and her family at the High Court in Auckland at 9:30am 4th August 2015.  We ask that anyone who is willing and able to show their support to join us and attend this court hearing.

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GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Cultivating Tragedy: The Culture of WINZ

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  32 Comments

The last time I personally required assistance from WINZ was in early 2012. I didn’t know what, if anything, I was eligible for or how they could assist me, mainly I needed information and support.

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