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Political donations and conflicts of interest

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Date published: 12:30 pm, March 2nd, 2015 - 2 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, christchurch earthquake, election 2014, election funding, Gerry Brownlee, hone harawira, john key, labour, national
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Whether it’s about election donations or portfolios, some people do seem to think MPs should always get the benefit of the doubt.

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Brassneck

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Date published: 12:21 pm, March 2nd, 2015 - 22 comments

money into pocket

The release of the candidate donation returns has shown us that the National Party are still rorting the system. However, there are issues for the NZ Labour Party as well. Four MP’s have taken money from sources that do not have the interests of the Labour party or, indeed, the majority of Kiwis at heart. Brassneck or bought and sold?

David Lange had guts

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Date published: 7:26 am, March 2nd, 2015 - 79 comments

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Open mike 02/03/2015

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Date published: 6:55 am, March 2nd, 2015 - 40 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

A Fair Deal for Christchurch

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Date published: 4:51 pm, March 1st, 2015 - 87 comments

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The Christchurch earthquake was a catastrophe that was national in its impact and significance but that required the people of Christchurch to pay its terrible price. In the four years that have since elapsed, they have had to shoulder the burden of rebuilding shattered lives and a devastated environment. There has been no shortage of […]

Do the young really lack concentration?

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Date published: 1:23 pm, March 1st, 2015 - 80 comments

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Now that I can no longer call myself young, the old adage that younger people simply lack concentration does appear to me to be correct. I look to the numbers on The Standard to see if there is a correlation and if I can argue a causation based on age. Are the younger readers without concentration, or are they just busy…

Andrea Vance on Andrew Little’s “dream run”

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Date published: 9:32 am, March 1st, 2015 - 18 comments

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Andrea Vance on the Labour leader’s first 100 days in office.

Spock was a socialist

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Date published: 9:01 am, March 1st, 2015 - 20 comments

Leonard Nimoy

If you analyse the many things said by Spock you would come to the conclusion that he was a strong progressive.

Sand sculpture competition at Whatipu

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Date published: 7:37 am, March 1st, 2015 - 2 comments

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If you are looking for something to do today there is a sand sculpture competition with an environmental theme happening at Whatipu.

Open mike 01/03/2015

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Date published: 7:00 am, March 1st, 2015 - 256 comments

Carmel Sepuloni

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Slane: National’s clubs

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Date published: 1:26 pm, February 28th, 2015 - 25 comments

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Live long and prosper

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Date published: 1:07 pm, February 28th, 2015 - 12 comments

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Nats laundering donations (as ever)

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Date published: 10:09 am, February 28th, 2015 - 28 comments

money into pocket

National have found new ways to launder their donations. Makes you wonder what they’re hiding.

Open mike 28/02/2015

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Date published: 7:15 am, February 28th, 2015 - 200 comments

Carmel Sepuloni

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Weekend social 27/02/2015

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Date published: 2:21 pm, February 27th, 2015 - 35 comments

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Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Winston: We Will Fight Them on The Beaches of Northland!

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Date published: 1:29 pm, February 27th, 2015 - 374 comments

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NZ First leader Winston Peters is to stand in the Northland by-election. A three way race between NZ First, Labour and National will make for an interesting campaign and factors outside of National’s control may determine the result.

Labour’s new president

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Date published: 11:22 am, February 27th, 2015 - 14 comments

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Congratulations to Nigel Haworth who has been elected President of the Labour Party and commiserations to Rob Gallagher.

Politician salary rises and the minimum wage increase

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Date published: 7:30 am, February 27th, 2015 - 106 comments

Angry John Key

John Key has yet again asked the Remuneration Authority to limit the increase in MPs pay.  And yet again they have said that the law required them to make the decision they did.  So MPs get a hefty raise at the same time that the minimum wage is raised slightly.  And the media report Key’s comments sympathetically.  He is the Prime Minister.  If anyone can change the law he is the person best placed.

Public support for the Iraq deployment (In which the insightful and knowledgable Mike Hosking springs to the defence of the embattled PM!)

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Date published: 7:11 am, February 27th, 2015 - 87 comments

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Despite the best efforts of Mike Hosking, the poll numbers tell us that Kiwis have lost their historical appetite for this kind of misadventure.

Open mike 27/02/2015

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Date published: 6:45 am, February 27th, 2015 - 221 comments

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John Key channels Clarke and Dawe

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Date published: 7:16 pm, February 26th, 2015 - 26 comments

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David Parker recaps Key’s bluster on his Donghua Liu dinner, and it’s pure comedy.

NRT: John Key on MP’s pay rises

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Date published: 3:26 pm, February 26th, 2015 - 36 comments

Angry John Key

John Key has said today that he has urged the Remuneration Authority not to give MPs a salary increase.  Get that feeling of deja vu?  Idiot Savant at No Right Turn explains why.

Andrew Little; leadership, loyalty and lasting the distance.

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Date published: 1:19 pm, February 26th, 2015 - 64 comments

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Its 100 days since the NZ Labour Party elected Andrew Little as its leader. What an inspired decision that has turned out to be! Little has galvanised the party, united the caucus and looks set to be the next PM. How has he turned Labour around?

Obama vetos Keystone pipeline

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Date published: 10:42 am, February 26th, 2015 - 8 comments

smoke stacks

Too little, too late, but a victory the environment (and for sanity) none the less.

All the best Helen Kelly

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Date published: 10:26 am, February 26th, 2015 - 49 comments

Helen Kelly

“The head of the Council of Trade Unions has confirmed she has lung cancer.”

Get some guts

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Date published: 8:11 am, February 26th, 2015 - 114 comments

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After the formal speeches on the Iraq deployment John Key set off on an extraordinary spittle-flecked rant against Labour. His “get some guts line” is going to haunt him for the next 3 years.

Petition – Not In My Name

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Date published: 7:11 am, February 26th, 2015 - 5 comments

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A petition to oppose sending troops to Iraq has gained over 9,000 signatures in its first 24 hours. You can sign the petition here.

Open mike 26/02/2015

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Date published: 6:54 am, February 26th, 2015 - 268 comments

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Carmel stood down for possible conflict of interest

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Date published: 6:48 pm, February 25th, 2015 - 230 comments

Carmel Sepuloni

Carmel Sepuloni’s mother has had charges of benefit fraud being laid against her. Andrew Little has done the sensible thing and stood down her as its social development spokesperson. While I’m sure that we will still get the dribbling trolls, this is how potential conflicts of interest should be handled. Updated.

The Continuing Fight for Justice at Pike River

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Date published: 4:16 pm, February 25th, 2015 - 7 comments

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Yesterday the families lost only a small bit of the battle for justice at Pike in an application to get some of the documentation on the Peter Whittall decision. It is clear from the decision that the process of filing itself caused MBIE to agree to release a number of the key documents.

Polity: Excluded middle

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Date published: 2:59 pm, February 25th, 2015 - 24 comments

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National counterattack line on Iraq is now out and about, courtesy of National’s tester and parrot of lines – National pollster David Farrar at Kiwiblog. It consists of two contradictory lines about Labour. Also neither line is true. But they are just there for the ‘journalists’ to mindlessly repeat in the evening news.

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