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Design – Beauty – Glitter – Maori intelligence and Mums cooking!

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How many times can we accept mediocre design ?

Yep this blog is about beauty or more to the point “lack of it” … In fact it will probably be a recurring theme.

What is our nation preoccupation with mediocrity! Celebrate the bland whilst ignoring the amazing.
Real beauty exists when people are free. This means where our government does the simple act of showing care for all of us here, now and future generations.

We have Marriage rights now. Oddly, as happy as I was for those who will choose this option I was more struck by the simple fact that in 2013 we still needed approval of someone else to have that kind of freedom. There are still 8 countries that kill gays (I’ll probably use that term a lot as the anagrams glbt lgbt. Glbitt – gay lesbian bi intersex transgender Takataapui, fafafine is still at odds with me – the thought of being reduced to an amalgamated abbreviation is odd. We should also add St8 and find some group with the letter E, then I could call us GLITTERS! lol

Anyways I digress

Beauty
The freedom when you accept that you are just ok. So, why do governments still prevent us from being free / that’s right? Why are governments still deciding the kind of freedoms we all deserve? Eg. Why is there a concern that we can’t grow our vegetable gardens (that’s right there is a real threat that regulations may prevent us growing our own spuds, kumara and herbal teas!)

Mums can no longer make home preserves for school fairs WTF … I don’t know about you, but I have always trusted any mums cooking anywhere in the world! It’s a fact Mums cooking is always the best. I took my dance crew to India in 2009. Every day we ate on dirt floors, using our fingers eating off palm leaves NOT one illness. Some of the dancers tried a restaurant once and jelly belly galore!!

Why is there a real threat that Maori traditional medicine our herbs and natural Taonga can possibly be taken and owned by a multi nation foreign nation?

There, where’s the beauty in that?

I use beauty as a way of expressing frustration in our day to day survival.

I breathe in the pure energy of the universe and breathe out L. O. V. E. Eliminating ill will and ugliness, whilst calmly drinking my latte.

It’s quite good to reflect on how we all change. How we can free ourselves without from society burnout, that “what’s the point I can’t do anything” feeling. We can actually do a lot. Because you read this and I write it –we create freedom and beauty. In many countries censorship would prevent us participating in either.

I want To be able to protest – drive a dingy against a nuclear frigate

March for people who are about to lose their homes

Just so I’m upfront here (declaring conflict of interests). I belong to no political party. I formed the Mika Haka Foundation (www.mhf.co.nz) A charity I created to support young minds & future leaders explore amazing social change through arts and health programs. I prefer not to use the term youth at risk – all youth are at risk, white, brown, yellow.

We make art that provokes. We discuss issues and generally we don’t celebrate smoking, drugs alcohol, junk food into our space. We do however encourage safe sex and sexuality and freedom of thought. I welcome your comments & support.

Yes we need to feed children – we also need to feed their minds spirit and dreams. What’s the point of having a full stomach if the mind isn’t nourished? Long live debate alternative views
Someone asked me (well criticized is a better word for it) my working with MP John Banks. The reason I worked with him was to challenge both “our” stereotypes of how NZ is and how our people are, as his recent support of gay marriage showed. Sometimes we simply need to hold out a hand to those who don’t really know us.

And then there are the new Maori – ME. Ones who believe Maori culture is not an obese stereotype. Yep health is a political issue. I believe obesity comes into lower socio classes not just because of poor food choices and inactivity but because of pure mental exhaustion and lack of proper breathing. It’s interesting why so many Māori now live in Australia. Part of it, I know is some were sick of having to be Maori! Yep, every time an issue came up they were expected to comment on it; at their work place, locker room, supermarket, hairdressers. So to disassociate themselves from the issues some left NZ for a place worse. Yep c’mon we all know how Australia is – you can still be at a dinner party and hear someone “those b$@#$? Abo’s all drunks, on the dole (fill in the rest) …” Lol.
Until next time

Kotahitanga ma te rereketanga – unity through our rich diversity

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Postcard from a police state

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The-NomadWhen you live in a police state, it’s hard to know just how seriously to take the possibility that this might directly affect your own life. Yes, of course, big brother might be watching every move I make, but what are the chances that he actually cares?

Events happening around me lately, though, have given me cause to look over my shoulder and watch what I say over the phone a little more than usual. Foreigners in the country I live in are used to keeping their heads down on anything political (I’ve well and truly perfected my naïve face for when any local asks me what I think of the President), but aside from those that literally go looking for trouble (like the friend of mine who said some mean things about the Government to the UN Security Council and was never allowed back in the country), expatriates living here are generally allowed to go about their business.

But, recently the authorities have been unusually busy, rounding on foreigners who they suspect may be guilty of spreading Christianity and other western ideas. Many of the accusations and rumours are ludicrous. One prominent aid agency was almost thrown out of the country recently for allegedly hiding Bibles in sacks of grain. Many others have been threatened for using words like “conflict resolution” and “marginalised persons” in their work. And then there is my personal favourite news report about the chemical that has been placed in Pepsi that will turn you into a Christian (apparently Coke is still safe for Muslims to drink).

Amid the weird and wonderful anecdotes, however, are real stories. A man I know found himself in prison for 30 days without charge before being deported. Another friend of mine was hauled into the national security office for interrogation about why she had been teaching children about “human rights”. And a friend of mine has just had his visa revoked for having loaned his car to someone for what was alleged to be “evangelistic purposes”. Thus, I have started to become a bit more careful about who I talk to and what I say. Because, when you live in a police state, it’s not just those who have done something wrong that have to something to fear; it’s everyone.

And these are just stories of western foreigners; those that have a modicum of protection from their embassies; those that can simply be turfed out into the safety of their home countries and never allowed back. For locals who fall foul of the regime, the situation is much worse. They have nowhere to run to and there is no line the authorities are afraid to cross.

Despite these (and other) obvious disadvantages, I love living where I live. Nasty government does not equal nasty citizenry; indeed, the opposite is more likely to be true in my experience. But, as I engage with the news of my home country at times like this, it does make me homesick. When I read about the Prime Minister appointing one his school-mate’s to a senior government position I think, “What a good thing that someone is writing about this (and staying out of jail)”. When I hear religious leaders prophesying the collapse of society because of gay marriage I say, “Thank God New Zealand is a country where you are allowed to express religious views”. And after I read about Paula Bennett denying the existence of child poverty, I cry, “Won’t someone please oppose this nonsense?” and then someone does. The quality of such discourse in New Zealand is, of course, regularly found wanting. But, it is there, it is precious and we should never take this for granted.

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Comedy Fest Review: Tom Rhodes (4 stars)

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If you haven’t made it yet to a comedy fest show, this is your chance. Imagine Bill Hicks if he had survived cancer and mellowed out with an ounce of cannabis per day, you’d have Tom Rhodes.

The semi-auomatic rapid fire of jokes is machine gunned into the audience bringing forth biting cynical observations of the world from an angry Gen Xer.

The early 90s rap jokes are beautiful, his desire to shout witch whenever he sees a magician perform a trick, the worst present he ever got was an audio book narrated by Stephen Hawkins and the Gay Angel jokes are all terribly clever quirky twists of wit which Rhodes pulls off effortlessly.

He’s charming, a bit dark (his reasons for hating on his 12 year old niece are hilariously bleak) and his rant on how Barbie leads girls to giving rich guys blowjobs is comedic genius.

Rhodes is the real deal and worth making the effort to get out and see.

4 stars

PLAYING: 8.30pm 9th, 10th & 11th @ The Classic

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Comedy Fest Review: Titty bar ha-ha (3.5 stars)

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I’m a bit of a cabaret fan so am always pretty keen to check out anything that opens. Sadly there is a lot of trite cabaret out there that doesn’t have any of the vocal skills necessary to make the event memorable, Titty bar ha-ha is worth going just for the singing.

The narrative was easy to set aside (it’s London during the blitz and both well to do society girls have killed and hidden an ex and are running the ‘Titty Bar Ha-Ha’), but the comedy was adult and the moments hilarious.

Highlights were the dueling kazoos, a wonderful mash up of tainted love and bang bang, and a breast puppet show where breasts complete with wigs, eyes and mouths (the nipples were noses) sang french love songs.

There is always a risk at cabaret that you will get dragged up on stage. The first unlucky victims had to keep there mouths closed while bubbles fizzed and was won by a model wearing an hilarious ‘little death’ t-shirt, the second draft unluckily included me. Two other participants and I had to do a sexy burlesque dance with gloves on stage. Unfortunately based on crowd cheers, I won which required me staying on stage, being blindfolded while having a song sung to me by what I could only ascertain was one of the society girls doing something fairly rude on my lap.

On second thoughts I’ll give it 4 stars.

It’s a very funny show, and you see why they are loved and celebrated in Adelaide.

PLAYING 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th @ The Basement

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Key & Henare on feeding the kids

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Key & Henare on feeding the kids

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Responses to Stephen Hawking’s brave decision to boycott Israel

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Responses to Stephen Hawking’s brave decision to boycott Israel

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Quick – there’s no time to explain

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Quick – there’s no time to explain

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Warning: Clitoris celebration

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Warning: Clitoris celebration

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If Star Wars was made by environmentalists…

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If Star Wars was made by environmentalists…

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Face TV listings Thursday 9th May

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AM
8.00 In Focus
8.45 Classic serial
9.00 Bloomberg
10.00 Nat Geo Live
10.30 Made in Germany
11.00 euronews

PM
12.00pm Beatson Interview
12.30 Bloomberg
1.00 Korean News
1.30 euronews
2.00 NHK Newsline
2.30 TV Chile 24 Horas
3.00 German news
3.30 French news
4.00 Dutch news
4.30 Made in Hollywood
5.00 Euromaxx
5.30 DW Journal
6.00 Aljazeera News
7.00 Let’s Talk
7.30 Citizen A
8.00 The McLaughlin Group
8.30 The Tribute Show
9.00 Australia News
9.30 euromagazine
10.00 Speaker TV [PG]
10.30 euronews
11.30 Blokesworld [AO]

Face TV broadcasts on Sky 89 & Auckland UHF

Face TV Twitter
Face TV Facebook

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Proverbs you won’t read on Whaleoil

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“Money can’t buy political freedom.”

Radical Proverbs

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The Daily Blog Watch Wednesday 8 April

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Today’s Daily Blog Watch Round-Up of matters that have attracted the attention, assessments, and articulations of this country’s leading bloggers…

 

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NZ Left Blogosphere

Something interesting on Open Parachute; beggars, homelessness; and religion – see what all three have in common on A beggar’s market

Aaron Gilmore – you are the weakest link … Goodbye, writes Waitakere News, and points out that Gilmore’s behaviour has simply reminded the public what lies beneath the veneer of respectability that the Nats have so desperately cultivated over the last few decades…

… Which is the same message made by Recess Monkey, in it’s piece, Born To Rule. A good little post, which gives a decent background look at the hidden culture of the National Party.

Denise Roche offers  Kudos to the Warehouse for pay move on Frogblog, saying “it’s great news that the Warehouse is making it a policy to lift wages”.

Indeed.

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In the post war period the minimum wage used to be close to 80% of the average wage.

Since the 1980s this figure has dropped to around 50% of the average wage making New Zealand one of the most unequal societies in the OECD.”

Well done, Warehouse.

Now let’s see other employers follow The Warehouses’ lead!

Also on Frogblog, Kennedy Graham  asks,  “What Does It Take” … to extract climate change action from this Government?

Indeed. National has abandoned bringing agriculture into the ETS scheme – which means that the Scheme is essentially futile. So much for Key’s pledges on strengthening the ETS and environmental policies in 2008.

On a vastly more negative note, No Right Turn sez we’re Not so proud any more as this country becomes a worse and worse place to raise a family. As Idiot/Savant writes,

New Zealand was ranked as the 4th best country in the world in which to be a mother. This year, we’ve dropped to 17th, behind not just the usual Scandinavian suspects, but also a host of middle-ranked European social democracies. Worse, we’re barely above Greece, a country in economic collapse. Definitely not something to be proud of.”

John Key’s Brighter Future…

On another positive note, Equality comes to Delaware in the form of marriage equality.  Delaware, writes I/S, is now the 11th US state to recognise marriage equality. Good on’em!

Meanwhile, Danyl writes on The Dim Post about Two comparisons, and points out the rank hypocrisy of the NZ Herald in it’s editorialising policies, from the  the Electoral Finance Act, in 2007 – to National’s plans to extend the powers of the GCSB to allow it to spy on all New Zealanders.

Great article. Great imagery. Worth a read.

NZ Herald – shame on you.

On The Pundit, Sue Bradford outlines how the Children’s Commissioner fronts for Nats on food in schools and Corporate agenda rules.

Sue writes,

Food in schools – Russell Wills now Key’s puppet – targeting, corporatisation and the charity model rule

Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills  gave a grand demonstration on RNZ yesterday of how even a well meaning and highly respected professional can become a right wing Government’s puppet in the blink of an eye.”

On Radio NZ and a Dominion Post op-ed, Wills has been promoting right-wing policies regarding implementation of meals in schools for chilodren in low decile schools. (An upcoming blogpost here in The Daily Blog, will explain further.)

It appears that Dr Wills has been ‘captured’ by this country’s rightwing – something that may indicate that pressure is building on the Nats to support the Mana Party’s “Feed the Kids” bill.

Meanwhile on Red Alert, David Cunliffe takes aim at Peter Dunne, who is about to piss 1.5 billion tax-dollars down a fiscal urinal. What’s half a billion between the Government’s friends asks David Cunliffe??

That’s $1 billion on IRD’s flash new computer – plus $500 million as a slush fund if when the project goes Nova(pay).

$1.5 billion on a computer! What the hell does this gadget do – plan for galactic domination???

Good to see David go after these Tory wastrels.

Socialist Aotearoa offers a short interview, McStrike: Interview with Unite delegate Sean Bailey, and describes the campaign for better pay. Sean is the young person who was told by McDonalds “not to act “gay” at work”.

Well. That speaks volumes about McDonalds, I think. (Note; our household is boycotting McDonalds. Back to our local fish’n’chips for us!)

On The Hand Mirror, LudditeJourno writes about Sexual abuse and culture and the yawning chasm of difference between how the media (and society) treat sex offenders of differing  ethnic backgrounds.  LudditeJourno asks,

” We need to ask questions of culture if we want to prevent child sexual abuse, but they need to be much broader than racist deficit assumptions for Muslims, Maori or any other people of colour.  What was the culture in the British entertainment industries which has led to a Police investigation arresting  pop star Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr, DJ Dave Lee Travis, publicist Max Clifford and comedian Jim Davidson, alongside of course the Jimmy Savile revelations and the recent arrest of Rolf Harris?”

Challenging stuff.

On a lighter note, Imperator Fish drags up More dirt from Aaron Gilmore’s past emerges – and pokes the borax at the hapless backbencher.

The Civilian, meanwhile, changes direction and writes about David Shearer gives speech about economy; what it is, how it works. The Civilian also makes a suggestion that whilst satirical – actually makes sense in a weird kinda way; Steven Joyce encourages overpaid teachers to pay underpaid teachers. Well, that would’ve saved taxpayers a bob or three, eh?

C’mon Steven – do it! Or as Picard would command (whilst pointing a boney Shakespearean finger at a very large wall-mounted plasma-screen),

Make it so!”

The folks over at The Standard have been trés busy in the last twentyfour hours. (I hope they getting their legal tea breaks and lunch hour?)

  • Warehouse adopts the living wage for adopting the living wage. As the Warehouse advertising jingo sez, “Where everyone get’s a bargain – and a decent wage!”.
  • Key cheated of his rightful victory! thunders The Standard, as they demand Key’s rightful place in world standing of the Most Ridiculous leaders. We need to get behind Dear Leader on this one. He definitely deserves First Placing!
  • What if Gilmore quits? asks
  • Karol writes about the GCSB Bill: & Dotcom versus FBI, “NZ Intelligence Community” et al, and points out Key’s ultimate goal to unify the “intelligence community” in this country. Big Brother is alive and well.
  • Congratulations EPMU, writes back-pay for workers at Tiwai point, after years of being underpaid.  Nice to see the law working for employees for a change.
  • The Nats have held us back for four years, sez

And for a nice little round-up on the Gilmore Affair from TumekeDear fucktard, I’m sorry you don’t recognise greatness…

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Corporate Employer of the Day

The Warehouse – for paying it’s (longer term) employees a living wage.

Nice to see some real  corporate responsibility for a change, instead of the Clayton’s variety.

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Soon to be Famous Quote

Waiter-To-Politician; “Don’t you know who I am? I’m Trev. I’ll be your waiter for the evening, Sir/Madam. Oh, and I don’t recommend the veal. It’s dodgy.”

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Thought for the Day

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Reuben Blades

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~oo~

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Democratic Lions, Or Paper Tigers? – Reflections On The “Keep Our Assets” Campaign

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asset-sales-petitionIT WASN’T A CON, but it wasn’t smart, either. The attempt to use the Citizens Initiated Referendum process to halt the Government’s partial privatisation programme was always a risky strategy. Political parties, in particular, take a huge risk in associating their names with operations in which so many things, over which they have no control, can go wrong. And now, of course, they have gone wrong – badly wrong – and at the worst possible moment.

It’s the perception that the “Keep Our Assets” petition has failed, on the very eve of the Government learning how much Mighty River Power’s shares are worth, that’s done the damage.

Political insiders may know that CIRs almost always fall short on the first official count. That someone has only to shift flats, and write their new address on the petition form, for the Clerk of the House to disallow that person’s signature. Unfortunately, 90 percent of the voters don’t know. If John Key tells them that one-in-four of the petition’s signatures are “fake” – they’re quite likely to believe him.

Key can also be reasonably confident that the 40-50 percent of the electorate who back the National Party continue to see the whole “Keep Our Assets” campaign as a politically illegitimate attempt to overturn the result of the 2011 election. On the Right, the conviction that National was given an incontrovertible mandate to sell up to 49 percent of the state-owned energy companies remains unshakeable. To these voters, any backing away from the asset sales programme would be a betrayal. For the Government, reversing the policy has never been an option.

Ironically, the smart strategy for Labour and the Greens was the one they came up with last month – almost by accident.

John Key told the electorate that, if elected to a second term in 2011, National would sell 49 percent of the state-owned energy companies. The voters were thus given the option of backing him or sacking him.

Labour’s and the Greens’ best bet was always to offer voters the same sort of choice. And that’s exactly what NZ Power does. Labour and the Greens have come up with an alternative way of running the energy sector. Working families are being offered the chance to knock $25.00 per month off their power bills. Back it or sack it.

The really silly thing about the “Keep Our Assets” CIR is that a very clear, and cautionary, historical precedent was right there in front of Labour and the Greens.

The Alliance’s (a.k.a Jim Anderton’s) petition for a referendum on the sale of the State’s forestry assets absorbed a huge amount of activist energy in the run-up to the 1996 General Election. Bedraggled Alliance campaign workers, who should have been delivering pamphlets and organising street-corner meetings, were to be found, instead, standing in the rain outside supermarkets trying desperately to collect the required number of signatures before the official cut-off date.

Anderton had studied the Alliance’s 1993 election campaign (when it received 18.3 percent of the popular vote) and decided that its activists’ participation in that year’s big push for MMP had been one of the most important factors in its electoral success. Knowing that an overwhelming majority of New Zealanders were opposed to the sale of state forests, he reasoned that the sight of Alliance candidates and their supporters collecting signatures would, thanks to the new MMP system, deliver an even more impressive tally of votes in 1996.

But it didn’t. The Alliance never managed to collect enough valid signatures to trigger a CIR, and its Party Vote – at 10.1 percent – was well below the party’s 1993 result.

New Zealand voters aren’t silly. They have a fairly shrewd appreciation of what is and isn’t politically possible. They knew back in 1996 that the forests were going to be sold, CIR or no-CIR. And they’re pretty sure the same is true in 2013 – Hell! John Key’s told them often enough. So, when they see people standing outside the supermarket with a clip-board in their hands and a “Keep Our Assets” T-Shirt covering their torso, they don’t think: “Labour/Green/Aged Care/CTU Hero!” Nope, they just shake their heads and mutter: “Nuts!”

It isn’t a reaction conducive to instilling trust and confidence in a Labour-Green alternative government.

Even worse, the Labour-Green failure to collect the required 10 percent of registered voters on the first attempt has provided the National Party’s strategists with some extremely useful intelligence. It tells them that neither of their main opponents possesses anything like the activist base required to pull off such a labour-intensive propaganda exercise.

And the involvement of the CTU was clearly no help. CTU president, Helen Kelly, is always reminding us that, “with 350,000 New Zealand union members in 40 affiliated unions”, the CTU is “the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.” Hmmm. If that was true, all she needed to do was ask every one of those union members to sign the “Keep Our Assets” petition and everyone else could have gone home.

What do you think the Minister of Labour, Simon Bridges, is likely to make of the fact that no such mass response was forthcoming from organised labour? Looking at the CTU’s negligible contribution to the “Keep Our Assets” campaign, will the Minister’s reaction be: “Democratic Lion” or “Paper Tiger”?

The extra-parliamentary Left’s demonstrations against asset sales produced a very similar, counter-productive, effect. The first big push, on 28 April 2012, produced a turnout of 6,000-7,000 demonstrators. The second, on 14 July 2012, just 2,000-3,000. The last, on 27 April 2013, attracted barely 500 people in Auckland and a similar number in Wellington. From 7,000 New Zealanders angry enough to join a protest march in April 2012, to less than 1,000 Kiwis just twelve months later. What message do you think those numbers sent to John Key and his colleagues?

Voters really aren’t silly. They know the Government’s partial privatisation programme is a done deal. They’re also reasonably certain that petitions, demonstrations and referendums are not going to undo it. Only a general election can deliver the Government’s opponents the political power necessary to bring a new deal to the table.

If Labour and the Greens would return New Zealand’s energy generators to the hands of the people, they need to put that option in front of them clearly and unequivocally – long before they enter the polling booth.

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“NEW GCSB POWERS ARE FASCIST AND DANGEROUS” – Hone calls it like it is

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NEW GCSB POWERS ARE FASCIST AND DANGEROUS WARNS MANA
Hone Harawira, Leader of MANA and MP for Te Tai Tokerau
8 May 2013

“The Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill is fascist and dangerous,” says MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira. “Any government that demands this level of surveillance over its people is a direct threat to their freedom and democracy.”

“The Prime Minister was supposed to kick the GCSB’s arse for illegally spying on at least 85 Kiwis, but what he’s doing instead is ramming through, under urgency, a bill that will not only justify those unlawful actions, it will also erode NZ’s civil liberties so that the Police, the Secret Intelligence Service, the military and even private companies can get access to the GCSB spying on citizens.

“He’s granting corporations access to the private information of New Zealanders who protest their illegal procedures and unsafe products” said Harawira. “He is prioritising corporate profits over the rights of NZ citizens. It’s an absolute bloody disgrace.”

“By being able to simply list a class of people to justify a search warrant rather than provide details on specific individuals, the GCSB can now spy on every Greenpeace member, MANA member, Union member, Green Party member, Labour Party member, Amnesty International member, Oxfam member, peace activist and any Maori who has ever voiced a critical opinion.”

“It also means that the GCSB can now spy on anyone in Tuhoe just because they don’t like Tame Iti, on Ngapuhi for refusing to acknowledge the authority of the Crown, and on anyone for daring to join a picket against a corrupt employer.”

“This bill is a direct threat to the democratic process because it will allow the PM to make deeply personal information available to political appointees without justification, and opens the door to wide scale human rights abuses.”

“And because GCSB staff will receive harsh penalties under this new law if they go public with complaints about who they spy on, there’ll be even less scrutiny about what is actually happening.”

“This is military grade spying being turned on a civilian population. It is insidious, it is dangerous, it is fascist, and MANA will resist it at every stage.

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The Liberal Agenda-May 8th-12th

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Apologies for the terrible lateness of this weeks blog. I’ll try and make up for it…

 

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First up, the Comedy Festival continues this week in Auckland and Wellington. There’s a tonne of brilliant stuff on, and we’ll continue reviewing bits and pieces too. If you’re stuck for something to do this weekend I would highly recommend taking the kiddies to Stand Up For Kids (you’ll love it too).

 

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Tonight in Wellington, it’s the second forum in JustSpeak’s Unlocking Prisons series. This one, Within the Walls explores life on the inside from people who’ve been there. It will address questions about it’s impact of decisions to reoffend, and what the experience was like. If you’re interested in the Justice System, then you should definitely get to this. And if you’re in Auckland, fear not, we get it next week. It’s at St John’s in the City from 6pm.

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Don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. If you’re stuck for something to do,  Kaipatiki Project are running one of their Nana Technology courses. I quite like the idea of learning to make chutney like my Grandma used to with my Mum. Or if you’re brave, you could all head out to plant trees at Long Bay.

 

The Autumn Series is on in Auckland and Wellington right now. It’s basically a precursor to the Film Festival, something with which to whet your appetites. I would suggest About Elly tomorrow night in Auckland, or Pierrot le fou in Wellington on Sunday (hey- another Mother’s Day idea).

 

There is a great sounding workshop this Sunday about how to set up your own Transition Town. It’s between 10-1 and includes a networking lunch. It’s free but you have to register for catering purposes (contact Debbie.Netley@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone Debbie on 09 367 4342). It’s at The Green Room at the Grey Lynn Community Centre 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn.

 

Lastly, people of Not-Auckland. I want to start including more goodies from around the country too, but it’s a big place. If you know of things that are happening, head to our calendar page and send us a link. Or tweet me.

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