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Nats getting squeamish on zero hour contracts

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Date published: 10:14 am, March 4th, 2015 - 39 comments
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Zero hour contracts are the logical end point of National’s agenda for employment legislation. But last night Workplace Relations & Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse promised legislation to “prohibit the worst excesses”. “Excesses” in the free market – who would have thought?

No to zero hour contracts

Is Human Resource Management in New Zealand Ethical?

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Date published: 2:21 pm, March 4th, 2015 - 10 comments

The behaviour at NZCU Baywide presents HRINZ with a rare opportunity to demonstrate that it is a body made up of professionals, serious about their work, concerned about standards, and intent on ensuring the safety of others

On Northland

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Date published: 1:44 pm, March 4th, 2015 - 24 comments

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I’ve been getting tired of the fantasy elections that some political commentators seem to enjoy playing. Currently the fantasises is in Northland, with the same old tiresome lines. It is a pity that most of those playing this game don’t ever seem to think about the behaviours of real voters, real candidates, and real parties.

Why are we going to war?

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Date published: 8:20 am, March 4th, 2015 - 107 comments

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National’s justification for going to war against ISIS suffers from two fundamental problems, it is supporting an Iraqi regime that is corrupt and working against the best interests of all of its people, and there is no plan to convert Iraq into a sustainable state.

Open mike 04/03/2015

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Date published: 6:31 am, March 4th, 2015 - 290 comments

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Local Bodies: A Luddite Led National Government

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Date published: 4:01 pm, March 3rd, 2015 - 23 comments

Nationals ideas on innovation

The development of new knowledge and technology is growing at a faster rate than ever before and successful businesses generally have to remain at the cutting edge of their industries to survive. But National likes the obsolete extractive industries from early last century.

NRT: Climate change: The first climate war

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Date published: 3:10 pm, March 3rd, 2015 - 36 comments

no war no warming

One of the predictions about climate change is that climate change-induced drought and famine will lead to more wars. Sadly, it turns out that what is happening in Syria is one of those wars.

Dim-Post on *that* $168k cake story

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Date published: 12:07 pm, March 3rd, 2015 - 68 comments

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Danyl at the Dim-Post has looked more closely at the decision to award a worker $168k over a cake and a Facebook post – and what it tells us about National’s employment law reforms.

Politicising banking

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Date published: 7:25 am, March 3rd, 2015 - 102 comments

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The attack on banking services for Mega is a high profile example of the politicisation of banking. We’re on a very slippery slope here…

Open mike 03/03/2015

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Date published: 6:45 am, March 3rd, 2015 - 238 comments

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Kelsey et al on TPPA Wn 4 & Akl 5 March

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Date published: 9:33 pm, March 2nd, 2015 - 6 comments

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It’s High Noon for the TPPA – Jane Kelsey with others will speak in Wellington at Connolly Hall 5:30pm Wednesday 4 March and in Auckland at Owen Glenn Building 6:30pm Thursday 5 March. All welcome – more info and register Wn here and Akl here.

Key folds on pay rises

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Date published: 4:41 pm, March 2nd, 2015 - 82 comments

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Key has folded on MPs’ pay rises. Vernon Small and others are covering events on Twitter.

Political donations and conflicts of interest

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Date published: 12:30 pm, March 2nd, 2015 - 53 comments

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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.

Brassneck

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Date published: 12:21 pm, March 2nd, 2015 - 64 comments

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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 - 132 comments

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Open mike 02/03/2015

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Date published: 6:55 am, March 2nd, 2015 - 133 comments

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A Fair Deal for Christchurch

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Date published: 4:51 pm, March 1st, 2015 - 92 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 - 85 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 - 20 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 - 23 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 - 274 comments

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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 - 13 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 - 375 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 - 17 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.

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