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Supported autonomy

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Date published: 9:00 am, August 31st, 2016 - 29 comments
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Philip Patston writes about the important difference between autonomy and independence.

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Mt Roskill by election – cooperating parties cooperate shock!

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Date published: 7:02 am, August 31st, 2016 - 89 comments
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If Phil Goff wins the Auckland mayoralty there will be a by-election in Mt Roskill. Building on their MOU, Labour and the Greens may cooperate. Good!

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Daily Review 31/08/2016

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Date published: 5:30 pm, August 31st, 2016 - 16 comments

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Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

NRT: A death-knell for Ruataniwha?

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Date published: 12:52 pm, August 31st, 2016 - 35 comments

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I/S at No Right Turn writes: If the ruling stands, it won’t just kill the dam, but also National’s policy of trying to crack open reserves for development through an ideology of “net conservation gain”.

The elephant in the room

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Date published: 10:11 am, August 31st, 2016 - 4 comments

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Open mike 31/08/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, August 31st, 2016 - 307 comments

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Daily review 30/08/2016

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Date published: 5:41 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 18 comments

Keep on the grass

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The right for Spy’s to break the law, bill.

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Date published: 4:49 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 16 comments

No Right Turn has reminded me that the deadline for submissions on the Spy bill is 7th October 2016. Submissions.  can be made here. The spy bill. The bill makes it illegal for civil servants, or anyone else,  to blow the whistle on the Government. It makes it legal for spies to break laws at […]

Nats cut police resources then demand the impossible

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Date published: 12:02 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 42 comments

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We have had years of systematic under funding of the police and front-line numbers are falling. None the less police are now expected to attend every burglary. For the sake of this exercise in public perception other areas of police wrok will suffer.

Nanaia Mahuta: “I refuse to engage in the politics of desperation”

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Date published: 12:00 pm, August 30th, 2016 - 108 comments

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The MP for Hauraki-Waikato has responded strongly to the latest jibes coming from the Māori Party.

Labour’s Auckland Push

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Date published: 10:51 am, August 30th, 2016 - 55 comments

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Matt McCarten is to head a new Labour party office in Auckland. The party is going to take to fight to National in the city that decides the election. Yet another bold step from Andrew Little, who is looking more and more like the next PM.

Key finally admits there is a housing crisis but says it is all Labour’s fault

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Date published: 8:35 am, August 30th, 2016 - 31 comments

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John Key has used some very dodgy figures to claim that the housing crisis was worse under Labour than it is now.

Key: Crisis? What me worry?

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Date published: 8:10 am, August 30th, 2016 - 34 comments

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John Key is defending his handling of Auckland’s housing crisis on the grounds that Auckland’s prices have only risen as much under him as they did under Labour.

So the prices that he said were a crisis in 2007, have risen by as much again, and thus… no problem?

Open mike 30/08/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, August 30th, 2016 - 59 comments

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Roy Morgan August; Nat’s Down 7%

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Date published: 7:50 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 265 comments

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The latest Roy Morgan is out. A solid 7% drop for National.

Daily Review 29/08/2016

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Date published: 5:30 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 23 comments

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Last chance to sign the equal pay petition

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Date published: 5:05 pm, August 29th, 2016 - No comments

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New Zealand’s record is shameful. It is long past time or equal pay. You can sign the petition here.

Launch of Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA)

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Date published: 1:36 pm, August 29th, 2016 - 35 comments

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There is a new leftie think tank in town. Congratulations to Sue Bradford and her team. We hope to hear plenty more from ESRA!

Why I hate UBER

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Date published: 10:00 am, August 29th, 2016 - 66 comments

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt high court will hold a hearing on a recent lawsuit brought against Uberpop by Taxi Deutschland on Tuesday.  San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. The company has faced regulatory scrutiny and court injunctions from its early days, even as it has expanded rapidly into roughly 150 cities around the world.   REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

Uber is great for the consumer but terrible for its contractors.

Hekia Parata fabricates a ‘Special Education Association’

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Date published: 9:07 am, August 29th, 2016 - 83 comments

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Hekia Parata has stooped to a new low. She has lied. Openly and blatantly. I do hope the media and opposition MPs take this further.

Land banking – National gives up on housing crisis

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Date published: 7:02 am, August 29th, 2016 - 29 comments

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As the average Auckland house price hits $1 Million, the Special Housing Areas fail, and Real Estate agents openly promote land banking, what does National do? Why, they give up, of course.

Open mike 29/08/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, August 29th, 2016 - 172 comments

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Toby Morris: TA’s Story

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Date published: 11:12 am, August 28th, 2016 - 10 comments

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Illustrator and commentator Toby Morris has animated TA’s story: “What do you want most in the world,” John Campbell asks TA, who has been living in a van with her family since February. “A library.”

Hollowing out the regions

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Date published: 10:58 am, August 28th, 2016 - 44 comments

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The closure of 19 mostly rural Westpac branches is indicative of the ongoing hollowing out the regions. Neglecting Northland cost the Nats the last by election. Neglecting regional NZ as a whole might cost them the next general.

Open mike 28/08/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, August 28th, 2016 - 126 comments

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Fair and sustainable economics

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Date published: 12:42 pm, August 27th, 2016 - 167 comments

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Green Party finance spokesperson Julie Anne Genter starts a conversation about post-neoliberal economics.

Nick Smith commits to raising average wage to $250,000

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Date published: 10:55 am, August 27th, 2016 - 35 comments

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Great news everyone! On The Nation this morning Nick Smith committed to raising average NZ wage to $250,000!

Making us proud internationally

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Date published: 10:18 am, August 27th, 2016 - 7 comments

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McCully and the Auditor General’s report on #sheepgate

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Date published: 9:00 am, August 27th, 2016 - 17 comments

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It has been over a year since the Auditor General announced an inquiry into the circumstances around Sheepgate.  Why has it taken so long?

The Spinoff: Housing crisis costing Nats

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Date published: 7:23 am, August 27th, 2016 - 14 comments

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The Spinoff: “Lose the top of your party vote in Auckland, with Labour making ground, and the picture for the general election in 2017 looks like, walks like and quacks like a crisis.”

Open mike 27/08/2016

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Date published: 6:00 am, August 27th, 2016 - 58 comments

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